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CAPTAIN'S CORNER (EDITION THREE)

Blaze Faithful!

I hope you are all well this week and thank you for your questions. This week’s Captains Corner is random in an effort to answer some of your intriguing questions, as well as an inclusion of a few quotes that may or may not help you get through the week.

Question:

Pete Carr (@_Geordie_) asked: *Media team intervention* "Kevin, as you know, Coach Danny Stewart has won multiple championships with the Blaze... does his history, the stories and the banners hanging from the roof in the Skydome inspire you as a team to try to bring silverwear back to Coventry?"   

Answer:

To be honest, as athletes, we are inherently competitors. We want to win. Always. I don’t even like it when someone random walks faster than me on the street… that’s just the way we are wired, right or wrong. Most of us have experienced a championship at some point in our careers and know how it feels to be on top. Quite frankly, the trophies, banners and rings aren’t the most important part of winning for us. Of course, they matter and they are a nice token to remember a championship. But really what you’re seeking is that bond that immediately forms between the players, the fans, and the city. That feeling of achievement, pride, and success with your teammates is one of the best in the world. That’s the ultimate reward of a championship and that’s what we strive for.

Question:

Ros T (@blaze_ros) asked: "What superstitions or pre-game routines do the boys have and who has the strangest one?"

Answer:

I wouldn’t say anyone has anything crazy that they do before games. Most are just habits that they’ve grown accustomed to do without even knowing it. The most intriguing person would have to be Niki. He’s played all over and along the way he seems to have found out the little things that work for him to be successful. Along with a few subtle routines that I’ve picked up on sitting next to him in the room, his hat is the most noticeable. On game day he wears a hat from a peewee tournament in 1996 when he was 13. Somehow it hasn’t been thrown out by one of the 20 equipment managers he’s had over his journeyman career, there’s not much left to it! I’m pretty sure that he would agree with me in saying that, for him it’s a reminder that we get to play a kids game for a living. Keep it light. Keep it fun! A great reminder for all of us.

Mindset for the Week

The Tale of Two Wolves

“A Cherokee grandfather is talking with his grandson and he says there are two wolves inside of us which are always at battle.

One is a good wolf which represents things like kindness, bravery, and love. The other is a bad wolf, which represents things like greed, hatred, and fear.

The grandson stops and thinks about it for a second then he looks up at his grandfather and says, “Grandfather, which one wins?”

The grandfather quietly replies, “The one you feed.”” - Unknown

I’ve shared this quote before, but it’s one of my favorites. It’s easy for us to get caught up in the stinkin’ thinkin’ every once in a while. Remember to feed the good wolf in all aspects of life.

Chris Joyaux’s Food For Thought

“What gets harder to catch the faster you run?”

Cheers,