It’s important in business. It’s important in life (even if just sharing popcorn). And it’s important in hockey and other sports.
Hockey is very demanding in its teamwork, as you only have six players (or less, if you anybody’s in the penalty box) working together in a very fast-moving sport to either score or prevent goals, where one goal can be make or break. Maybe that’s why hockey teams are so close and the bonds of friendship so precious.
Oswego lost to Hamilton 3-1 in a hard-hitting fast-moving game full of lots of great teamwork on both sides over the weekend. This wraps the 2016-17 campaign for the Lakers and our winter sports. But the final score is only part of the story.
And the end of the game, I saw rugged men who played through injuries that would have me curled in a fetal position giving each other meaningful hugs, goodbyes to their hockey days together, sharing of emotion. Much like the women’s hockey team after their loss to Utica — they come together, they embrace, they show they’re a team.
In 5, 10 or 20 years, who knows how many plays they’ll even remember from this game, from any game. But they won’t forget the people they played with. The good times, the bad times, the silly times, and the faces they shared those times with.
Because after that final buzzer, after the score gets recorded and perhaps even forgotten, that’s what hockey — and life — eventually means to those friendships.