Dan O'Neill is the Blues' Assistant Director of Media Relations, but he has experience coaching youth hockey at the pee wee and squirt levels at Meramec, Chesterfield and Clayton High School. He is also a regular skater with the Blues Alumni at Hardee's Ice Plex in Chesterfield.
I used to tell my high school players how lucky they were to be able to put on their uniforms and have something for which to play. To dress up just like the guy sitting next to you and have something other than bragging rights on the line is a feeling most of us men's leaguers sorely miss.
For those of us that couldn't quite crack professional hockey, or any level past pee wee in my case, the greatest cup we have to lift is the one filled to the brim with Tim Hortons every morning. For the ninth to 12th graders, it could be the Founders Cup, Wickenheiser Cup or Challenge Cup depending on their high school's standing.