By Cameron McCusker ’10, Sixth Grade Teacher
On Thursday, December 19, the Cardigan Mountain School Varsity Hockey Team had a special night. As all of Cardigan’s students had returned home for the commencement of their winter break, the only thing standing between the Varsity Hockey Team’s players and their much awaited/deserved time off was a weekend of hockey—more of a welcomed opportunity than an obstacle.
On both Friday and Saturday the Cougars were scheduled to play in Belmont Hill’s freshman holiday hockey tournament. In preparation, the boys of winter adjourned to the TD Garden to take in a Boston Bruins game, where they were joined by many of their families in celebration of a special experience meant to stoke their competitive fires.
In what was an exciting and highly-competitive game, the Bruins fell in a shootout to the New York Islanders—to the delight of some and the dismay of many more, Cardigan company included.
Regardless of the result, the experience was one that the boys on the team won’t forget, as it blended elements of hockey, family, and time with close friends—all things that are highly valued by these young men.
Unfortunately for the Cougars, they did not fare as well as they had hoped they would in hockey affairs of their own that weekend. In Belmont Hill’s tournament, the Cardigan team fell to a scrappy St. Sebastian’s team on Friday, before battling to a hard-fought tie on Saturday—unable to harness the magic of their special holiday uniforms.
Despite the somewhat disappointing result, the getaway afforded the group an opportunity to come together and bond away from campus in the presence of some high-level hockey. And, while the Cougars had hoped to perform better themselves, the experience of the whole weekend will stand out as one that was overwhelmingly positive and memorable for all involved.
The team’s first contest upon returning from winter break is on January 11, against Cardigan’s longtime rival, Eaglebrook School. Hopefully, they can draw on some of the inspiration born of their experience as a team in Boston.