Good Afternoon College Hockey Fans! First, I want to thank all of the Veterans that served this great country.
“All gave some, some gave all.”
Happy Veterans Day. For me, it’s one of my favorite national holidays. It’s a great day to reconnect with old army buddies. For many of us, Veterans Day is a time for deep reflection and remembering those we served with. It’s also a good time to remember those veterans that are no longer with us. Many of us have a family or friend that passed away or paid the ultimate sacrifice, their memories are with us today.
This past March, on Good Friday, my wife’s grandfather Clifton passed away after battling cancer, he was 95. He was remarkable man and he had some interesting stories. Her grandfather was a combat medic that fought in the Battle of Normandy. He lost his brother in the battle of Normandy. In transit to D-Day, a German submarine sunk the ship his brother was on. Much like the soldier on Saving Private Ryan, Her grandpa was given the chance to go home. Grandpa Clifton declined the offer and chose to remain with his unit.
Second, I want to salute my fellow veterans and send them some love and heartfelt gratitude. I have many great memories of the men and women that I served with. I will never forget them.
Finally, on a more serious note, daily, 22 veterans commit suicide. This is a national travesty. This is unacceptable and this shouldn’t happen. Not ever. We can do better to help our veterans make the transition from military life back to the civilian world. We need to do a better job of helping veterans deal with the effects of PTSD.
When I returned home from Desert Storm in June of 1991, we didn’t have much of a transition from the military back to civilian life. Almost immediately, I started experiencing systems of anxiety. At the time, I didn’t know what was wrong with me. I just knew something wasn’t right. I felt like I was broken and I needed to get help. But how? On one occasion, after a panic attack, my roommate Scott took me to the emergency room because I thought I was having a heart attack. The nurse in the emergency room told me that I was having an anxiety attack.
Lucky for me, while I was in graduate school, I was able to get help and through counseling I am able to control my anxiety. I guess what I am trying to say is that you’re not alone. There’s someone waiting to help.
Oh yeah. There’s a hockey game this weekend. The University of North Dakota is playing their league rival the University of Denver. Here are a few links you might be interested in.
First, if you’re not following Lets Go DU, you should give them a follow. They have a couple of nice posts up today. If you enjoy snarky stuff you’ll find their stuffy to be hilarious. Bitter Rivals Plot to Add New Summit League Sport and a blast from the past: Denver Tops North Dakota in Game for the Ages, 6-4.
My friend and colleague from the Hockey Writers Steven DiOssi had this fabulous article on: Montgomery’s team-first approach leading to success at Denver.
UND beat writer Brad Schlossman and I were interviewed for an article in UND Today blog: Rivalry renewed.
From the Grand Forks Herald, Brad Schlossman breaks down the series between Denver and North Dakota: UND returns home, where it has lost two of its last 35 games … Brad’s interview of junior goalie Cam Johnson illustrates what most of us already knew, goalies are weird. Get to know: UND goaltender Cam Johnson.