To play our sport at the highest level we must be hockey warriors. Bonded by purpose, brave in our actions, and relentless in our cause. This game demands so much, but returns a great deal for that effort.
An example of a true warrior that battled hard for his cause was the legendary Native American leader of the Shawnee Indians, Tecumseh. His resolve, perseverance, dedication to the freedom of Native American’s and grit has made him an iconic folk hero in both Canada and America. As a military commander he played a major role in Canada’s successful repulsion of an American invasion in the War of 1812, which eventually led to the nation of Canada being born in 1867.
Here is a poem by Tecumseh that I have researched and believe to be a fundamentally important statement of what I wish for my own life. As hockey warriors perhaps you will find a grain of truth and purpose for your time on the ice.
“So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.
Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none.
When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.
When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.”
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