To Make it to the NHL, you need Confidence and Perseverance

August 22, 2019

When I was young and making my way through life, I had an enormous amount of obstacles that I was faced with. As a hockey repair shop, I needed parts and supplies to repair hockey equipment that came into my house. Jack Dackray, the sales rep for Cooper Canada, refused to give me an account in order for me to repair Cooper hockey products. He indicated that since my business operated from my house and because I wasn't a retailer, he couldn't grant me an account. Every month I went to Cooper Canada on Alliance Street to see whether or not I could persuade his mind. Surely enough, every time I went, he was never in.


I decided to visit Cooper Canada every single day to see whether or not Jack would sell me hockey material for my business. He finally came to my house and told me that if I shouted loud and hard enough, people would eventually hear me. Over the years we became good friends and my business increased ten-fold. Indeed, I was grateful for Jack for giving me this opportunity. However one day Jack lost his job and went to work for Ferland Hockey. We overcame this obstacle by partnering with Ferland and growing our relationship with them.


For some unmitigated reason, another individual showed up to my store who showed me his innovative product. This unique product was based on a lock-and-load feature of a blade fitting interchangeably into a shaft of a hockey stick. I knew right off the bat that it was simply not going to work long-term. The design was faulty as it relied on carving a piece out of a wooden hockey blade so that a piece of metal could be placed there where new blades could be screwed onto. Jack was in my store at the time when Henry Hydek, the developer of the lock-and-load feature, was promoting his product. I took Jack aside and told him that this may not work because of the wood becoming too thin with respect to the metal. Jack discarded my opinion and took the lock-and-load feature over to Ferland.


Ferland proceeded to purchase hundreds of thousands of sticks with the lock-and-load blade from the Ukraine. When the sticks arrived every hockey player was eager to their hands on this innovative product. However upon using it for the first time, the blade would break on the first few shots because the wood was too weak to withstand the metal. Subsequently, Ferland lost millions of dollars due to unsold inventory that they weren't able to sell. Worst of all, my good friend Jack lost his job.


Jack came back to me telling me that things unfortunately didn't work out. He told me that sometimes in life, even when you're old, you have to take chances. He expressed how he regretted not listening to me in the first place. I told him a little story: when I was in university and I entered a class that taught epistemology, the professor would always use big words to explain his theories. I learned that when false proposition cannot be discerned between what is real and not real, then the facts are discarded with the real mechanics of how the real world works. The real truth comes with experience and sometimes it becomes fake news. No one now could've foreseen the future in how social media works between what is real and not real, nor can the world come to terms with the real economy that can't exist with the fake economy.


My good friend is probably dead by now and the real theory of epistemology would argue that individuals must think in order to propel their success upon this Earth at all costs. If one can not think, one can not exist, nor can they make the mistakes that are learned from previous failures. A hockey player has to arrive at the sequence to not only succeed, but to believe themselves to be true to themselves aside to what their parents are telling them.


Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Please reload

© 2023 by "This Just In". Proudly created with