Posted by Dean Holden at April 1st, 2014
by Chris Pryor, 26 March 2014
Everyone loves to be respected, but this is something that isn’t given. You have to earn it. For whatever sport you’re playing, respect is the ultimate accolade.
In hockey, respect is usually handed out to the players that are consistent with their effort and work and do the little things in every practice and in every game. They are not looking for publicity, they just want to win and will do anything it takes to achieve this. That might mean setting your individual goals aside and doing what’s best for the team.
This also might mean that you need to go against the “norm” at times. There are times when doing the “right” thing might go against the grain, but needs to be done for the good of the team. You might have to set friendships aside and stand up for things you truly believe in; sometimes this doesn’t sit well with the majority. Again, respect is something that is earned.
In sports these individuals are very hard to find. Rather they wear a “C” on their sweater or not, they are a rare breed, and no matter what level of competition or sport you’re playing, you cannot put a price on the value they have to a team. Coming to the rink every day and working, carrying out the game plan and doing whatever it takes to win – what a unique concept.
It makes no difference if you’re in hockey or the business world, individuals who c