David vs. Goliath
Posted by Dean Holden at May 25th, 2014
by Chris Pryor, 17 April 2014
How many times have we’ve seen this in sports? Year after year, no matter what sport is being played or at what level, the best TEAM comes out on top. This doesn’t necessarily mean the most talented group or the most skilled, but the one that plays together and for one common goal. They put aside personal goals for the good of the team.
We just witnessed another example of this, this past weekend in the NCAA Frozen Four. Union College, with a student body of 2,200, beat the likes of perennial powers Boston College and Minnesota to win the national championship.
How does this happen? How does a team with only one drafted player beat the likes of both teams with 10 and 14, respectively. This was no fluke. This was not just a case of running into a hot goalie who single-handedly won both games by himself. No. This team thoroughly beat both these teams hands down. Yes, there were stretches in both games that they were down, but overall they not only outscored their two opponents, but outworked and outplayed them in almost every aspect of the game. No disrespect to either Boston College or Minnesota. They are both very good teams and have strong programs, but the best team won.
How does this happen? It shows again what we so strongly believe. A good TEAM will win out versus a good team “on paper” time and time again. Hard work, sacrifice and dedication are intangibles that cannot be replaced.
Congratulations to Union on a job well done!
Chris Pryor is the director of hockey operations for the Philadelphia Flyers. He is in charge of the amateur and pro scouting departments. A native of St. Paul, Pryor spent eight seasons as a scout for the Flyers. He played parts of six seasons in the NHL with the Minnesota North Stars and New York Islanders.
<This characteristics form the foundation of our Team Korea Blueprint! Hard work, sacrifice and dedication! – DH>