Friday, December 26, 2008

10th Annual Joe Raymond Memorial Holiday Hockey Classic

From today's JS Online --

"Joe Raymond Tournament, Friday and Saturday, Naga-Waukee Ice Arena: Catholic Memorial takes on Chicago Mt. Carmel and Green Bay Notre Dame meets Black River Falls in first-round games Friday. Consolation and championship games will be played Saturday."

Coach Joe Raymond was a coach at CMH when hockey was just developing. After dying in a sad car accident, the CMH hockey community chose to honor his memory by annually hosting a tournament in his name. A former player for Coach Raymond once summed up his pre-game pep talks: "Have a game. Put everything on the line and don't cheat yourself. Do the hardest job you can with no regrets."

To open the tournament tonight, CMH's first hockey coach, John Marino, offer a few words about Coach Raymond's philosophy. I offered the invocation, and a young lady named Julianna (pictured above) did a great rendition of the National Anthem. She did a great job singing acapella. As a side note, a few weeks ago I asked that whenever possible the National Anthem used before home games at CMH be a sung version, not just an instrumental. I think that our young people need learn the lyrics to this great historical, civic hymn by Francis Scott Key.
Even when the lyrics are sung, it is only the first of four verses. It is worth noting that in the final verse citizens are called upon to "Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation." Something very much worth remembering every day.

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