Monday, June 19, 2006


The Oilers lost game 7 to the Hurricanes, ending an amazing playoff run.

The playoffs require a combination of endurance, luck, talent, grit, and most of all mental toughness. The Oilers showed all of these, and excited a city that knows how to appreciate what a great gift hockey is to our society.

The final series showed both teams at their best and worst, and the swings of emotion and momentum were remarkable. The lesson for me was that commitment and desire and talent are not enough for peak performance; there is another element, a spirit of performance that comes and goes, but which rests on the winning team more than on the losers. Congratulations to the Hurricanes, of course, but congratulations also to the Oilers who have begun a mighty journey as a team.

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