In the last couple of days I’ve been getting e-mails from a couple of individuals who are not happy with my choice of photos. They are lobbying to have the photo of a disappointed Kevin Hill taken off the blog. It’s not coming down. That is a fantastic photo and shows exactly what every kid on the Suffern roster felt in the emotional moments following a difficult loss to Saratoga.
You saw a similar photo of Thomas Brill dealing with a tidal wave of emotion the week before.
while those shots do single out an individual performer, they also show just how much these kids have invested over the course of years. Hill deserves a measure of praise for not being afraid to give us a glimpse of the raw emotion he and all of his teammates felt. Most of these kids grew up dreaming of the moment. What are we supposed to do, hide the fact that they care very deeply about the school and the program and their friends?
Hockey, in general, produces more postgame hurt than any other high school sport I’ve been around. No matter how many wins are produced in a season, only two schools in the state celebrate at the end. And there are tears.
Suffern and Mamaroneck both deserve credit for not storming off the ice and breaking something.
And since we’re handing out accolades, how about some noise for Anthony Carudo and Nick Jaeger who came off the ice, wiped away tears and spoke very well about the loss and what the last four years meant. These kids know what it is to sacrifice, and they get up early and work long hours to be part of this experience. Scroll down and look at the picture again. Hopefully, it’s a little clearer now.