“To win, you have to give up something… ego, physically or mentally for the betterment of the team.” – Barry Trotz
“I looked for PEOPLE first, athletes second. I wanted people with a sound value system as you cannot buy values. You’re only as good as your values. I learned early on that you do not put greatness into people… but somehow try to pull it out.” – Herb Brooks
“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller
We see it all the time in hockey, because it’s truly a team sport. You can have the biggest stars, the best talent on a team, but if they aren’t able to work together and put the team first, it just doesn’t work. The playoffs require so much endurance that there’s not much chance of winning the Cup if everyone down to the 4th line isn’t ready to play a role.
No matter how much talent you have, everyone can make a difference. It’s about staying humble and keeping yourself accountable. It’s about realizing that there’s something bigger than yourself and that one person can’t do it all on their own.
Game Plan: Recognize the people who are a part of your team and make sure you acknowledge them for what they do.
Quote: Barry Trotz