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Hockey for Life is about believing that each of us is made for greatness, and that the game of hockey can be a powerful platform to learn life skills. As you read about Lakeville North players, both current and alumni, it is important to remember that none of them were born with greatness. All of them made a choice not to be ground down by mediocrity, not to settle for a small life. That’s Hockey for Life. It is not about your agility, your playing time, or the number of goals you score. It is about being fueled by the right purpose, guided by the right intention and formed by the right values. That’s a winning combination, not only for hockey but also for life.
See photos and bios of prominent Lakeville Panther alums.
Hockey Day in Minnesota- Lakeville North vs Duluth East 2016
“A man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder.” – Thomas Carlyle
Each of us has a reason to live, whether we’ve realized ours or not. Be it a driving passion or calling, it will provide meaning and context for our lives. Choosing to discover our purpose gives mission and meaning to our every pursuit. We Will Discover Our Why.
“Self as source is a very small reality.” - Jeff Huard
When we connect with a source of strength greater than ourselves, a power transfer occurs. We were created to live life’s adventure and overcome our limitations by drawing on the strength, encouragement and resources that come from God and others. We Will Find Our Strength.
“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” - William Arthur Ward
When we drift from our goals, wise counsel can help us amend our errors, recover from our wrong turnings, and guide us back to our intended path. In choosing to seek wise counsel, we will seldom stray far from the right path. We Will Seek Wise Counsel.
“Forget about likes and dislikes. Just do what must be done. This may not be happiness, but it is greatness.” – George Bernard Shaw
We must continually self-assess and improve, so that when our name is called, we will be prepared. Choosing to commit to growth gives us the self-improvement we need to become the very best version of ourselves. We Will Commit To Growth.
“If you don’t know where you are going, any path will get you there.” – Lewis Carroll
Our path, not our intention, determines our destination. Choosing to clarify our goals gives us focus, and the assurance that the impact of our work and life will land right where we intend. We Will Sharpen Our Focus.
“Be Yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde
Our identity must be certain. It is at the core of our relationships, family, activities, and our team. When our identity is clearly understood, we will be secure and confident in ourselves, in what we believe, and in the choices we make. We Will Build Our Confidence.
“A life of remarkable character is to be preferred over a life of remarkable achievement.” – Francis Fernandez
Stability comes from the development of our character. When we develop our character we become dependable, consistent, and trustworthy in our relationships. We Will Improve Our Stability.
“It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out; it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.” – Robert Service
Opposition confronts us only when we are seeking what is good. It is often invisible, internal and even imagined. We must win. Choosing to fight the resistance is proof that we are headed in the right direction. We Will Fight The Resistance.
“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man. True nobility is in being superior to your former self.” - Lao Tzu
Choosing to go for greatness is our life’s most noble pursuit and will transform us into people of positive influence. We Will Aspire to Greatness.
“Choices are the hinges of destiny.” – Pythagoras
We are what we are today because of the choices we made yesterday. Choosing to consider the consequences of our actions and decisions helps us make good choices, no matter what the circumstances. We Will Consider The Consequences.