“He’s compassionate, but he’s very demanding,” said son Mark, who for five years had assisted his father coaching youth hockey before stepping away. “He’s a benevolent disciplinarian.”
This discipline is exactly what the Wolf Pack needed to contain their sometimes over zealous competitiveness while focusing on the ultimate prize, USA Hockey’s National Championship.
In route, they lost their first game 2-1 to the Dallas Stars, then beat Little Caesar’s 6-2, followed by a 7-0 blow out of the Springfield Rifles where Messier spread his players around the Olympic ice sheet. He told them they had room to be patient, wait for Springfield to swarm then pass the puck across ice for an open player with speed to exploit the out-coached opponents. The Olympic sheet favored them again in a 4-2 win over Bracket C winner Ohio Jr Blue Jackets and then a 4-1 win against perennial powerhouse Shattuck St Nary’s. The Pack knew how to win on the big sheet!
In the finals today against the previously undefeated NJ Avalanche the Wolf Pack won 5-4 in OT! Although the game was on the smaller surfaced feature rink, an early lead and tenacious play help them win the ultimate prize…Watch the Wolf Pack win Youth Tier-1 18U title, 5-4, in OT over NJ Avalanche right here
Congrats to all the Wolf Pack and their families!