The Micro Ice Penguins with RED SOX inspired special jersey took to the ice at Fenway Park to playing during the MASS Hockey ADM Jamboree. Twelve model organizations that follow the American Development Model in Massachusetts were choosen to play at Fenway and Micro Ice was fortunate enough to be one of them. Everyone involved was "over the moon" walking into the Stadium but there were surprises around every corner that made the event even more special. If it wasn't awesome enough to play outdoors at Fenway, the Micro Ice group was given the opportunity to dress in the 2013 Word Champs Boston Red Sox Clubhouse. The players also had a special guest coach in former Boston Bruin and two-time Stanley Cup Champion Jay Pandolfo for the day. There was truely nothing better then making the walk from the dugout, up the stairs and onto the ice at Fenway Park.
That’s what learning is, after all; not whether we lose the game, but how we lose and how we’ve changed because of it and what we take away from it that we never had before, to apply to other games. Losing, in a curious way, is winning.
~ Richard David Bach
The Penguins with brand new jerseys draped over their pads lost their first game to a very strong Valley Warriors team. The Penguins became almost accustom to winning and when your comfortable it's easy to lose sight of what you've done. The players worked their tails off but came up short in lopsided 17 - 7 score. Their was no crying, no complaining, no finger pointing, only smiles because they had the chance to play a game- not win a game - play a game. Mite Hockey is about learning from both wins and loses and doing it with sportmanship whatever side of the coin you end up on.
As a parent, you always wonder about the people, places and experiences that contribute in molding your child and their character. One of the reasons (and there are many), Micro Ice has been the program of choice for many of these Mite players and their families, is the Coaching philosophy – sportsmanship first and foremost above all else, yes, even above winning! Although the Penguins had a dominant appearance scoring in excess of 25+ goals during their first of two games at Dover Arena and Keegan Norton had a strong showing in net, with only two goals scored by their opponent in 30 minutes of play, it was the epitome of sportsmanship that was exhibited by a Penguins player, which wasn't center stage in the shadow of their victory. This led to a google search to look up the definition of sportsmanship – one definition was “respect for opponents”. The respect for opponents epitomizes this small act…during their first game, the opposing goalie lost his glove during some net traffic and while making a save, during this scramble not only did he lose the glove, but it traveled behind the net. Although it might have been a perfect time to score, Jacob Duval on the Penguins stopped to pick up and return the glove to the goalie on the opposing team. While winning is great, seeing a young player live sportsmanship was much more worthwhile on this Sunday afternoon of hockey.
Micro Ice Mite Minor Penguins visited Dover Ice Arena in Dover, NH.The Penguins played three periods in total against the Dover Stars Mite Travel team and the Cobras Keene Hockey Mite Select Minors team.The Penguins continued to dominate passing and stick handling skills.The lines demonstrated their ability to work as a team regardless of what line they skated on.Although, no official score was kept during the jamboree style play, the Penguins held their own, with goals scored spread amongst the Penguins players.Matt Venturi, had a strong appearance in net as Goalie for all three rounds, with some exceptional saves, including several butterfly.And what has formed as somewhat of a tradition for this team of young players win or lose, they ended the third round with a group congratulations surrounding their goalie.
The Middlesex Islanders 06 AAA invited the Penguins to the new Merrimack College practice arena for a game of pond hockey on Columbus Day. A holiday that most of the kids had no school and the option to participate. Both teams had a strong showing of players that on a day they could do just about anything, they chose hockey. This was a great opportunity for both teams to play some 3-3 hockey with no goalies for the pure enjoyment of having FUN! It was a great reminder for players, coaches, parents, siblings and family that hockey in its purest form, is a great game!
Micro Ice Mite Minor Penguins were host to the Middlesex Islanders 06 AAA for a second time this season. The Penguins were surprised with a special Bench Coach for the game, Jay Pandolfo, who played for the Bruins last season and won two Stanley Cups with the New Jersey Devils. Although excited with their guest coach, the team remained focused on the ice, demonstrating their strength in stick handling and passing the puck amongst their teammates creating scoring opportunities. Caleb Wooster, goalie for the Penguins made some incredible saves contributing to the team's overall winning score of 13-10.
Dreams for some, memories for another - Great Night of Hockey
Penguins players and their families had a great
day of practice on friday with the presence of a former Boston Bruin and two
time Stanley Cup Winner - Jay Pandolfo. With stars in their eyes the Penguins
skated their hearts out with such as special guest as their coach. It was skill
development and mini games for the day's curriculm. Jay had such a positive and
motivating presence on the ice the fun meter was through the roof. Jay must of
made an impression because the Penguins sweep the weekend with impressive displays
of passing and teamwork.