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A Coach's appreciation to our Volunteers and Players
Submitted By webmaster on Thursday, April 19, 2018
I am not sure how to address the end of a coaching “career” within Cambridge Minor Hockey Association.  But I wouldn’t feel right saying good-bye without acknowledging this great group of volunteers.  I have had the privilege of being awarded the role of coach to many different age groups over the last 12+ years.  And in so doing I have met some absolutely amazing people who selflessly donate their time, energy, and love for the game of hockey.  

Almost as important as the young boys, girls, and young adults that play the game.  Whether they are volunteers to the board etc. or coaches/trainers/managers they are all heroes.  This journey has been nothing short of fantastic but not without bumps in the road traveled.  I realize now that the bumps are only there to navigate the next ones more smoothly.

The Galt Minor Hockey School is a fantastic program and under the direction of Al Findlay it allowed me the opportunity to get started on the right foot.  Al is a true leader who will always be the face of GMHS for me and so many others in this city.  


CMHA has just too many people to whom I look in wonder and say how do you do this year after year.  But in the end I know them to be people of character and moral fibre above reproach.  I thank all the coach selection members over the years for the privilege you granted to me.  Also the members who make life so much easier every year.  Terry, John, JVB, Sean M. and so many others that would take a terabyte to mention.  However, there is one person whose role is so easily underrated and undervalued:  CHERYL PODGER!  Without you we Coaches would sink fast.  We may not always agree with answers to our questions but in the end we know that you have it right.  We know you have our backs at every corner.  Thank you for putting up with my questions and requests every year. You are truly a special person. We coaches are truly stronger because of you.

To all the Assistant Coaches, Trainers and Managers that have been there for my teams and myself, I thank you for your volunteering and making each year a success.  There is no one head coach but a team of adults directing a ship of players along the waters of a long hockey season. 

Final note:  I get asked every year: “Why do you do this?” My answer always the same:

17 pairs of eyes

17 pairs of ears

17 faces – All wanting the same thing.
  
LETS PLAY HOCKEY!

Thanks everyone for the memories.
 
My life is so much fuller because you entered it.

Jeff Kerr 
 
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