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    Sunday, September 17, 2017

    Save Our Nation - Part 5 - Hockey Breeds Courage

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy

    Reason #4: Hockey breeds Courage

    The last bastion of hope for toughness in America?

    Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh claimed a few years ago that the sport of football represented “the last bastion of hope for toughness in America in men, in males.” He was explaining why he loved football so much. 

    Harbaugh was of course then pilloried in the press for being so “insensitive.” But I’m going to give him his due because I understand where he was coming from. 

    On the other hand, it is simply ridiculous to speak of “toughness in America in men” and exclude hockey players from the conversation. 

    This blog article looks at Reason #4 why I believe hockey players will save our nation, i.e. the fact that hockey breeds an unusual form of courage in its players. 

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    Thursday, September 7, 2017

    Save Our Nation - Part 4 - Hockey's Code of Honor

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy

    Reason #3: Hockey breeds Honor

    Is there a place in the game for fighting?

    There is an ongoing debate about whether or not fighting has a proper place in hockey. 

    And at the youth levels, of course, fighting is strictly frowned upon and enforced with game misconduct penalties. It is as close to a “zero tolerance” policy as possible.

    But at the older, more competitive levels, that is, junior hockey and above, hockey players will tell you that fighting is “part of the game.”

    This blog article looks at Reason #3 why I believe hockey players will save our nation, i.e. hockey's unwritten "Code of Honor" and its impact on true hockey players.

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    Monday, August 28, 2017

    Save Our Nation - Part 3 - Hockey Breeds Respect

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy

    In Part 1, I explained why I believe our nation needs saving. 

    In Part 2, I discussed the first reason why I believe that hockey players have the right stuff to help save our nation, which is that hockey’s nature as a sport breeds a certain “humility” in its players. 

    This Part 3 looks at my second reason, the fact that hockey breeds a unique “respect” in its players.

    (Caveat: In these articles I am not talking about ALL youngsters who play hockey. There are “hockey players” and there are “kids who play hockey.” Any hockey coach worth his salt can explain to you the difference. Here I am talking about hockey players. In particular, I’m talking about hockey players who aspire to the higher levels, and who have demonstrated the commitment level required to really excel at hockey.)

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    Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    Hockey Players Will Save Our Nation - Part 2

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy

    In my first article discussing this topic I explained why I believe our nation needs saving.

    This article and the next three discuss why I believe hockey players in particular have the right stuff to save our nation.

    (Caveat: In these articles I am not talking about ALL youngsters who play hockey. There are “hockey players” and there are “kids who play hockey.” Any hockey coach worth his salt can explain to you the difference. Here I am talking about hockey players. In particular, I’m talking about hockey players who aspire to the higher levels, and who have demonstrated the commitment level required to really excel at hockey.)

    Do hockey players really have the right stuff?

    A number of years ago, when Bridgedale Academy was still in the planning stages, I had the great good fortune to meet some wonderful people from Hillsdale College and Hillsdale Academy. 

     

    Almost immediately I knew I wanted Bridgedale to become a Hillsdale Academy-model school academically. 

    In one of my early discussions with Hillsdale Academy Headmaster Ken Calvert, he asked me if I thought using a classical curriculum would go over so well with young hockey players. 

    “After all,” he said, “our curriculum is quite challenging. Won’t the hockey players who attend Bridgedale be more interested in the hockey side than the academic side of things?”

    My answer surprised him.

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    Wednesday, August 9, 2017

    Hockey Players Will Save Our Nation

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy

    Let me repeat that. 

    Hockey Players will save our nation!

     

    That’s a bold statement. And it invites two arguments. 

    • First, it implies that our nation needs saving.

    And I’m fully aware that many of our fellow citizens, quite happy with the path we are on, would disagree.

    • Second, it implies that hockey players have “the right stuff” to do the saving.

    Which simultaneously implies that non-hockey players might not have what it takes, a notion sure to be disputed by many.

    Nonetheless, I stick by my statement and believe it to be so.

    In this article, I'll take on the first of these arguments.

    In future articles, I'll take on the second.

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