2011 Advent Calendar

Day 18: Silver Medal

18 : Silver Medal

January 22, 2011

This is Craig waiting for his silver medal after losing in the Minor Hockey Week final in 2011.

Everyone knows that winning isn't everything, but the kids all knew this game meant something. They'd played hard to get here, including a very stressful 1-0 win in the semi-final the night before.

Every single kid played hard in this game, but it wasn't enough. It was a close game right up until the end. KC got the emtpy netter to make it 3-1 and a bonus goal in the last minute to make the final 4-1.

All year, I'd never seen the kids take a loss like this. There were a few tears after the game and I know there were a few kids that really wanted this one.

I had my camera and wanted to get a shot of all the kids getting their medals. I caught this one of Craig as they were getting to him. Instead of watching the medals come down the line to him, I know he's watching the other team getting their gold medals at the same time. If you look close, you can see a few tears on his face.