Giving Thanks, 2020-Style
As lousy as 2020 has been for most people around the world, there are still things to be thankful for. Our list includes...
-- The Players. Well, of course. They -- and only they -- can truly understand what it's like to play hockey in the middle of a pandemic, to say nothing of going to school, trying to have a social life, helping teammates and classmates... it's a hell of a lot. Thank you, guys. Stay safe, and we hope -- fingers crossed -- to see you in action after this long Thanksgiving/Christmas break.
-- The Coaches. What can we say? Take what they do in a normal year and multiply it exponentially. That's what coaches are up against this year as they balance keeping you as safe as possible while also working to make sure your development as a player continues. And a shout-out also goes to the athletic directors, who have the brain-melting job of constantly monitoring Covid-19 outbreaks, following local guidelines, and shaping schedules for dozens of sports.
-- The Front-Line Workers. The doctors, EMTs, nurses, health aides, food bank volunteers, and so many others who have put themselves in harm's way to save lives. With this current surge, many are being pushed to the breaking point. They are hurting. Many have gotten sick and died, often because they lacked the PPE and other equipment needed to stay safe. We don't know how they can be thanked enough.
-- The Scientists and Researchers. We now have at least two vaccines out there offering a potential path out this mess. We just have to keep our eyes on the prize. That means hanging on a bit longer.
-- You. Thank you for keeping your subscription to USHR. We're a small business, and really appreciate the support. You've enabled us to reach this, our 25th year of existence. Thank you. Beyond that, we are thankful for each and every one of you, both in and outside of the game, for graces that may seem small, but add up to something great. With you, we can get life -- and hockey -- back to some semblance of what it was like in the 'before times.' Stay positive. We have no other choice.
Thanksgiving Day, 2020
We're reopening later this week. Stay tuned!
2020 Beantown Summer Classic Starts Today
The 17th Annual Beantown Summer Classic gets underway today at the Rinks at Exeter in Exeter, NH.
For those more comfortable watching at home, all games will be live-streamed on www.hockeytv.com
The schedule can be found here: https://beantownclassic.com/events/summer-classic/
The rosters can be found here:
2020 Summer Beantown Rosters
In addition, the tournament will feature the Mike Grier and Bryce Salvador-coached NextGEN AAA squad, an all-minority squad recruited by NTDP Assistant Director of Player Personnel Rod Braceful. Here's more info on the program:
NextGEN AAA Info
The tournament concludes on Tuesday Aug. 11th.