Dear 67’s family,

I just wanted to say thanks for the support this season and I hope you’re looking forward to the playoffs as much as the coaches and players.

Much has been said about our team “going for it” this year, particularly since the acquisition of Mikey DiPietro, Lucas Chiodo and Kyle Maksimovich, and I can tell you that we are very excited about our team.  The coaching staff always tells the players to focus on the process—work hard at practice, in the gym, study the game film, eat well, get enough sleep and then do it all again the next day, just a little bit better.  It takes character to be able to maintain that commitment over the course of the long season, and that’s what I’m most proud of with our team. We have skilled, character players that are focused on the process to win games.

I thought you might like to know what a typical day in our players’ world is like just to understand the commitment that they have to each other, to the franchise and to you.  During the week, we start meetings at 7:30 AM and practice at 8:30, so the players tend to be up by 6:00 AM to eat and get ready.  I don’t know what you were like as a teenager but me I liked sleeping in and staying up late.  Our guys can’t do that.  After practice, we have skills training, conditioning in the gym and school classes.  Most nights it’s around 6:00 PM by the time the players are back with their billet families for dinner so they don’t have much personal time.  Hockey and the process for playing winning hockey is their focus.

You are our best fans, so I know you’ve noticed we’ve had bigger crowds this year.  I can tell you, that makes a big difference.  The players feel the vibe in the building, and when crowd is cheering and the team is rolling and the building is rocking it lifts everybody to a higher level.  Come playoff time, that’s what we need.  I know you’ll be there for us to be the “7th man,”  and please try to bring your friends and neighbors too.  The more the merrier and the louder the better!

Thanks again for your support.

Bear
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