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Being a hockey mom just BEGS to be written about so when my daughter strapped on the goalie pads, I picked up the pen. Now I blog rink-to-rink keeping the world of youth hockey real AND real funny.

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Always a Bridesmaid..Never a Hockey Champ

It's just an honor to be nominated right? That's what the Oscar nominees always say but sometimes you can still see the look of defeat in their eyes before the obligatory clapping.

In hockey State Championships though I don't think the kids feel honored to be nominated. 

Since my daughter's mite year she's always the bridesmaid and never the bride..meaning she's never had a first place finish with her team. EVER. And I am pretty sure that is pissing her off.

Case in point, state championships a couple weeks ago. Positioned well in 2nd place we had to play our biggest rivals, a team we hadn't beaten since the beginning of the season.  And that weekend wasn't going to be the exception. No "miracle on ice" for us, no last minute rally resulting in a very close win. 

Nope. We lost big time. 

I won't tell you by how much because that is not the point of this story. The point is the heartbreak in which my goalie brought me all of her medals and  the trophy she's received since she started playing.

2nd place King of the Mountain

2nd place King of the Mountain

2nd place Summer League

2nd place Summer League

3rd place King of the Mountain

3rd place King of the Mountain

3rd place CanAm

3rd place CanAm

2nd place 2014 State Championships

2nd place 2014 State Championships

and of course...

2nd place 2015 State Championships

2nd place 2015 State Championships

Look at this. Always 2nd or 3rd place, I never win 1st place!

I looked at the medals and trophy strewn across my bed and carefully decided how I was going to handle this.

You are lucky
Lucky??
Yes, lucky. Don’t you think Team X would have killed to leave with a medal instead of getting beat 0-11?
Yes, I guess they would have.

I told her that 2nd place DOES matter. That this isn't some Will Ferrell, Ricky Bobby logic where "if you ain't first, you're last". What matters is how you played  to the best of your ability, held your head high and finished out the season with dignity and sportsmanship.

I don't know if the message completely got through because after all she is twelve and the loss was rough. I told her it was completely natural to feel that way. Along with..

But you will be always be first place in my heart!

But what I really wanted to tell her is that her time is coming. 

It might not be in hockey, but she wasn't always going to finish in 2nd place in life. I wanted to tell her that she WILL finish first if she can only remember what she is learning now, while wearing that silver around her neck. 

THAT will be the biggest win of them all. 

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