An Open Letter To The Game I Love

An Open Letter To The Game I Love

Love is a strong word but it can easily be said when talking about the game of hockey

Ever since the age of 12 roller hockey has been a huge part of my life. Growing up hockey was always around, Sabres games were always on and there was a tremendous hockey presence in my family. This game has given me so much. I have met endless amounts of people throughout my years. People that I can easily say are some of the most inspirational people in my life. The teammates and coaches I have played with and against are a huge part of why I am where I am today. I can only continue to grow with the endless amounts of talent and skill that are in the game. I am in no ways a great player but I can only hope to get there someday. You have to fight, cherish the wins and forgive and forget the losses. That is the only way you will get better and the moment you can accept defeat is when you can truly win. This is my open letter to the game that I love.

Dear Hockey,

Thank you for the memories all of the great times and all of the bad times. You have taught me so many life lessons and there are so many more to be learned. Thank you for all of my teammates the ones who never got down on me and who always stuck around until the final buzzer. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to play with family and friends as it wouldn't be the same without them. In all honesty I have to thank you for all of the losses I have endured because in the end it made me a better player. Losing made me more grateful for all of my wins. Thank you for the last second ties when tensions are running high and the game is tied with 3 seconds left on the scoreboard. This makes me believe and gives me hope that no matter what the game isn't truly over until that final buzzer sounds. This may seem different but thank you for making me get into scrums and fights. This not only makes me stronger but it teaches me lessons. I am lucky to be playing after my knee dislocation, that injury taught me many lessons. Yes I may lead the league in penalty minutes every year but sticking up for my teammates is something I specialize in. Thank you for all of the people who have tried to get me down with their chirps. Words are different than actions, you really want to get through to me take a swing. You have made me stronger than before and now I feel as if nobody can get through to me. Not all of your impacts have been fights, many of them have been friendly encounters. The people of the sport the fans, the parents, the coaches, and the players are what make this game as great as it can be. Without one of these factors the game would be flawed. These people have changed my life and I can only hope they are as much of a factor in my future as they were in the past. You have impacted so many lives, there are many people that cannot live without you. I am one of those people, no bond will ever be closer. Nothing gives me the high that you do and at some times the low. I can trust you with all of my problems and in the end I trust you to fix them. When nobody else is there you are because the game can't leave you, you are the only one who can leave the game. So I'll write my own future and I can only hope you're right by my side until that final buzzer sounds.


Alex Gill #9

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10 Things I Threw Out AFTER Freshman Year Of College

Guess half the stuff on your packing list doesn't really matter

I spent the entire summer before my freshman year of college so WORRIED.

I also spent most of my money that summer on miscellaneous dorm stuff. I packed the car when the time finally came to move in, and spent the drive up excited and confused about what the heck was actually going on.

Freshman year came and went, and as I get ready to go back to school in just a few short weeks (!!), I'm starting to realize there's just a whole bunch of crap I just don't need.

After freshman year, I threw out:

1. Half my wardrobe.

I don't really know what I was thinking of owning 13 sweaters and 25 T-shirts in the first place. I wear the same five T-shirts until I magically find a new one that I probably got for free, and I put on jeans maybe four times. One pair is enough.

2. Half my makeup.

Following in the theme of #1, if I put on makeup, it's the same eyeliner-mascara combination as always. Sometimes I spice it up and add lipstick or eyeshadow.

3. My vacuum.

One, I basically never did it. Two, if I REALLY needed to vacuum, dorms rent out cleaning supplies.

4. Most of my photos from high school.

I didn't throw them ALL away, but most of them won't be making a return to college. Things change, people change, your friends change. And that's okay.

5. Excess school supplies.

Binders are heavy and I am lazy. I surprisingly didn't lose that many pens, so I don't need the fifty pack anymore. I could probably do without the crayons.

6. Cups/Plates/Bowls/Silverware.

Again, I am lazy. I cannot be bothered to wash dishes that often. I'll stick to water bottles and maybe one coffee cup. Paper plates/bowls can always be bought, and plastic silverware can always be stolen from different places on campus.

7. Books.

I love to read, but I really don't understand why I thought I'd have the time to actually do it. I think I read one book all year, and that's just a maybe.

8. A sewing kit.

I don't even know how to sew.

9. Excessive decorations.

It's nice to make your space feel a little more cozy, but not every inch of the wall needs to be covered.

10. Throw pillows.

At night, these cute little pillows just got tossed to the floor, and they'd sit there for days if I didn't make my bed.

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10 Things I Will Always Miss About High School

High School truly is the glory days.


It's been 5 years now since I graduated from Beauregard High School. That's crazy to me! I wish all the time I could go back. There are plenty of great memories I have. As for you kids still in high school, your gonna wish you could go back no matter how much you want out of that hell hole.

Trust me, my high school was a hellhole but the greatest place at the same time.

1. Life was simple

All you had to do was show up, hang out, and do some class work and boom you're done. No dealing with bills, no paying for an apartment or house, no having to get a full-time job or having to do crazy college assignments or clinical.

2. You got to see friends everyday

I was told by one of my best friends that graduated two years before I did that once me and a couple other guys graduate, it's all gonna change. It definitely did. You don't see your school friends every day and you don't see your best friends as often. I moved away for college and another one of our best friends moved away for work. We see each other and have great times still. Then I see high school buddies whenever I'm around town and catch up some but it's just not the same.

3. The teachers

Yes, I said it. You will miss the teachers. You'll miss the fun teachers and the hard teachers. I had teachers who had daughters in the class under me and they were some of my best teachers along with my coaches. One teacher I remember everyone hated but I loved him, even though he was a hard history teacher. He was just challenging us to do a better job and I thank him still for that.

4. Shop

This won't hit the girls as much as the guys but the shop was where it was at. Crazy ass things happened in there from rebuilding an engine, catching on fire welding, or frying some chicken/grilling steak in the middle of the shop. I believe every guy should take shop and enjoy it and I bet you'll miss it. I saw a buddy I had shop classes off and on with all four years the other day and had a great time catching up talking about the fun times.

5. Sports

Whether you played sports or watched the games you'll miss it. Being under the lights on Friday night or being on the diamond is a great feeling until the day you end up on the sideline or the dugout coaching. For others, it's cheering on your friends and classmates. It just feels different when you see these people in class or the hallway every day and then see them play a big game.

6. Pep Rally’s 

I know some people hated pep rally's and wouldn't show but for others, it was a great time to go bat shit crazy at school. I loved pep rally's and even won most school spirit senior year by wearing some crazy outfits and painting myself crazy colors.

7. Homecoming week

For my school, homecoming week gave us a week to dress up as crazy as possible. I won one day every year. The unfortunate part is I could've won more but the most we could win was one day a week. Then there were the homecoming pep rally games. I'm a big guy — 6'6", 280 lbs — so I was always put in the tug of war and typically held my own.

8. The lunches

Yes, everyone's favorite period. The tables where the real shit happens. The food wasn't all that great except pizza day. But getting to eat lunch with friends every day was great. Then there was the sneaking to the gas station right down the street and hoping you don't get caught.

9. The principal 

At my school, we have a principal who's been there longer than the high school itself. Ole Dickie Brown has either coached or been principal of everyone's parents at the school. Then he loves the pep rally's more than the students and doing two bits.

10. The bus rides

For those that rode the bus once you get to high school, you're the high class back of the bus students that everyone looks up to. It's also the wildest spot on the bus.

There are many other reasons and more in-depth details on why you will miss high school but these are my top 10. My best advice is to enjoy your time in school and when you're young because it goes by quick and then life happens.

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