To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high
As we head into the week of Remembrance Day those timeless words, taken from the World War I poem In Flanders Fields by John McRae, always ring true for me. Those same words also have a connection to the world of hockey, inspiring generations of Montreal Canadiens players from the walls of their dressing room in the old Forum, and now the Bell Centre.
Another passing of a torch, of sorts, has happened in the Ottawa hockey community as the Adult Hockey Skills (AHS) program, first started in 2009 by then Carleton University student (not to mention varsity hockey team player) John Gleeson, has been handed over to Ryan Medel to continue the task of helping adult recreational hockey players take their game to the next level.