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Campus Chronicles with Peter MacDougall

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 11/11/2008
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Without games to look forward to this past weekend, the Golden Griffins tried to see what life had to offer outside of hockey. While practices, workouts and video sessions were focused and productive, there were a few events last week that made an impact on many of us on the team.

Last Tuesday’s presidential election was a historical event and the first witnessed for some of the Griffs from the Great White North. Having little, or no, knowledge of the American politic system did not stop many of us from understanding how important and monumental Tuesday’s election was and ultimately all the talk about change and hope left a really big impression on a lot of the boys. I can relate to how hard President Obama had to work throughout his life to get to where he is and I think that there are more than a few of the Griffins who were glued to their televisions for something other than NHL highlights that night.

All of the talk about helping others seemed to leave a lasting impression on the team, as the Golden Griffs volunteered on Saturday and Sunday mornings with Hasek’s Heroes organization. Hasek’s Heroes is committed to bringing the game of hockey to young boys and girls who would not otherwise be able to afford to play. Dominic Hasek started it while he was as a Sabre and although the focus of the organization is to help these young people play the game we love so much, it is also a great way for the kids involved to build self confidence and have a safe social outlet. Truthfully, I think it was the kids that did us a favor because the entire team had a blast working with them and we left the experience feeling really lucky to have had the opportunity to grow up playing the sport we all love so much.

On a lighter note, Saturday also brought an opportunity for the CFL fans on the team to watch our favorite teams hit the field in the playoffs. The day left me and my fellow Saskatchewan Roughrider fans eating a pretty good serving of humble pie, as the Riders blew home field advantage out the door and lost to the BC Lions. Of course my first reaction was a little less than politically correct but like any good athlete, I tried to learn a little something from my beloved Riders’ fall from Grey Cup Champions. In sport, as in life, there are no do-overs’ allowed. When the pressure is on, you get one chance to put all that you have learned to use and get the job done. I think that this lesson is very fitting for the upcoming week, as the Griffs get ready for the Battle of the Bridge against the Niagara University Purple Eagles. This is a best-of-one series and as Homer Norton said, “It is how you SHOW UP at the SHOWDOWN that counts.” Hope to see you at the game and until next time....

This is your captain here, over and out
Pete MacDougall

Did You Know ...
November 11 is a holiday in Canada? Also known as Remembrance Day, it is a time to reflect on the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and of civilians in times of war.
In Canada, the poppy flower is worn in remembrance of all who died for our freedom?

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