By Lee Samuels

It’s Fathers Day on Sunday…..


Years and years ago our son Eddie played for the AAA Vail Avalanche 14u bantam hockey team. We were on a winter road trip in Canada playing in a holiday tournament.

The head coach was the great Jamie O’Leary.

We always wanted to go a pre-game chalkboard meeting to see the X’s and the O’s on a blackboard to outline and how to attack the net, how to defend, all of the good stuff.

It was a players only meeting but we really want to see it

So we found a route to the upstairs hotel meeting room, cracked opened a door and looked towards the coach and our players.

The meeting came to a quick halt.

Jamie O’Leary looked towards me and said “everyone on this team has a job. I coach, the players have a game plan. Our goal scorers have a way to score, our defensemen defend, our goalies are the best around.

“What’s your job here.”

“Loading the hockey bags into the back of our team pickup trucks,” we said.

While our son glared at me Jamie said “well, go do your job.”

We went downstairs, walked outside. It was very cold.

Hockey dad Bill Nobles, whose son Taner played on the team, asked “how did it go up there.”

“Not to well,” we said.

We both laughed. 

He got into the truck bed.

“Ready,” he said.

We lifted and handed him the first heavy hockey bag. 

Just at that very moment it began to snow.


To all Fathers enjoy this special day. No matter what their ages your sons and daughters dearly appreciate you being at the practices and the games more than you will ever know.

And don’t be like me….do what the coach says…