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Herb Brooks Made Me A Believer

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Have you ever thought about how a split second could change everything? Life cannot be taken for granted. No one is promised tomorrow, and no one can predict the future. So, I challenge you and myself, to try to live in the present and enjoy each moment as it comes. This is not an easy task; a lot of the time it's hard to not look behind us because the past is responsible for who we are today. People come in and out of our lives for a reason. They not only influence us, but they change us. We are constantly changing, and because at times we are caught up in the past or future, we are oblivious to see how many important people are around us right now. Herb Brooks is a unique example of someone who may not be with us physically, but his presence is still felt everyday. I truly believe that if Herb had not come into my life, I would not be the person I am today. Each day his legacy inspires me, challenges me, and motivates me to become better than I was yesterday.

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Jim Craig reflects on the "Miracle on Ice"

Jim Craig reflects on the 'Miracle on Ice'"At the Winter Olympics in upstate New York in February 1980, a motley band of American ice hockey players, on their path to the gold medal, upset the powerful Soviet team. The most lasting image of the games was goalie Jim Craig draped in the American flag, and the Stars and Stripes began to come out across the country. The sports columnist Pete Axthelm interviewed a woman who 'hadn't seen so many flags since the 1960s. When we were burning them.'"

From the story, "Seasons Of The Flag: After years of ups and downs, Old Glory has just made its greatest comeback," by Stuart Lutz, in the February/March 2002 issue of American Heritage magazine, the issue released in the wake of patriotic 9/11 and patriotic renewal

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Mentor Series: Jim Widmann

Mentor Series: Jim WildmannI make it my mission in life to say thank you and express gratitude to those who have mentored and helped me succeed - as a person, in my business career, and as an athlete. No one truly succeeds alone, and I am fortunate that I had the opportunity to learn from so many excellent mentors along the way.

The key to mentorship is double-sided: The mentor has to be fueled by a desire to give back and to impart their knowledge to others while the mentee needs to be coachable, above all else. My definition of "coachable" focuses on demonstrating a commitment to listening, a willingness to practice new techniques and lessons, and an unrelenting desire to improve. Many times, coachability is not an inherent trait, but instead one that needs to be learned through experience and effort. It takes a willingness to check your ego at the door and to accept that there is always more to learn. Ultimately, if you are willing to make the sacrifices to be coachable, you will often be rewarded with the most valuable lessons that can fuel success in all aspects of life.

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Professional Sports Franchise in Las Vegas Becoming a Reality

Professional Sports Franchise in Las Vegas Becoming a Reality

Las Vegas is not only the unofficial entertainment “capital” of the United States, but is known worldwide for being a hub for the biggest names in business, gaming, entertainment, and much more. Professional sports also have a foothold in Las Vegas, though much of the sports presence revolves around Mixed Martial Arts, boxing, and NASCAR. You’d think that Las Vegas would be a great place for sports teams within the “4 Major Sports” to call home, but that has never been the case up to this point… Let’s take a look at a few reasons why that is the case.

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Ultimate SAAAVE - Important & Vital Work

Ultimate SAAAVE - Important & Vital WorkI am fortunate to work as a spokesperson for Gore Medical and its Ultimate SAAAVE, a campaign to encourage those at risk for an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) to be screened for the condition. My father died from a ruptured AAA. If an AAA is detected in a screening, it can be repaired through a non-invasive procedure.

Earlier this spring, I was in Peoria, Illinois to participate in a free AAA screening clinic at the OSF Healthcare Vascular Institute – with the institute, along with Gore, also co-sponsoring the event. While in Peoria for the screening clinic, it was my privilege to meet and talk with U.S. Army Cpl. Matt Egan, who recently completed four years of active duty with the 173rd Airborne Combat Brigade – nicknamed The Sky Soldiers.

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Mentor Series: Gary Linehan & Dave Cleary

Mentor SeriesMY HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY COACHES - TWO VALUABLE MENTORS AND TWO WONDERFUL FRIENDS. I OWE A LOT TO DAVE CLEARY AND GERRY LINEHAN

If you talk to almost any successful adult, you will find that he or she has had at least one important mentor from high school that has played an important and positive role in their emotional, moral, and cultural development that has led them to be the person they are today.

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Mentor Series: Ben Smith

BenSmithNews_HeaderIt's funny. When Ben Smith discovered that I wanted to include him in my series of mentors who have most influenced and improved my life, he was a bit surprised. He maintains that, while he and I have long been good friends, and he knows that I think highly of him, he had not considered himself much of mentor to me. A reason that Ben didn't think of himself as mentoring me is that the help and opportunities he provided me were as a matter of course in giving back to hockey - and, more precisely, in one case, building a winning hockey team.

Benjamin Smith III is the son of U.S. Senator Benjamin Smith II. The younger Smith grew up in the Massachusetts seaside town of Gloucester. Ben Smith III is a storied and iconic figure in U.S. national hockey. A standout defenseman at Harvard University, from which he graduated in 1968, Ben went on to coach in college, then high school, and then again in the college ranks - before coaching U.S. teams in the Olympics.

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Secrets of a Great Winning Team

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The foundation of a fulfilling life, of a life of purpose and meaning, is honest work that one enjoys, and which one knows is important.

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Mentor Series: Neil Higgins

NeilHigginsNews_HeaderMy senior year in high school, I was hopeful that I could play major college hockey. My stats ranked among the best prep goaltenders in Massachusetts.

Our team, Oliver Ames High School, won every game but one during the regular season, and in the state tournament we lost by one goal to the eventual state champions.

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Jon Luther - Mentor Series

b2ap3_thumbnail_JonLutherNews_Header.jpgAmong the nine traits of great teams – traits that I call Gold Medal Strategies – that I speak and present on, that I write about, is Great Teams Are the Product of Picking the Right Players.

Is a trait that almost all great teams hold – whether a sports team or company, or other type of organization.

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Teamwork & Culture Keynote - Lime Energy's Management Team

WinningTeamwork_BusinessTraining "Jim spoke to Lime Energy’s Management Team during our integration of two industry-leading companies. He spent time researching our situation which made his presentation very relevant, and he did a fantastic job of relating his athletic and business successes to Lime’s mission.

Jim’s keynote message on teamwork and culture resonated with every participant at the meeting. His surprise meet and greet appearance following a screening of Miracle was moving, and he spent time one on one with many members of the Lime team. Jim exceeded our expectations and left us with several mementos which will ensure that his message stays with us, including signed jerseys that remind us we all play for the same team!

The 1980 US Olympic Hockey Team’s story is full of valuable insight which informs strategies for business success. Jim has already applied these lessons in the corporate world. I highly recommend demonstrating your commitment to your team, by including Jim’s presence and wisdom in your next corporate event!"

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The Art of Sport with Jim Craig

Enjoyed being interviewed by Yankee magazine’s Kristina M. Dodge. Posted with permission of New York Yankees Partnership. ©Yankees Magazine.

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Great Mentor Series - Dave Brandon

DaveBrandonNews_HeaderIn hockey, in business, in life, in order to compete most effectively, and to constantly up your game and be a winner, you have to be willing and able to adapt. You need to always learn and embrace change, for there is always new competition and new arenas in which to compete.

Fundamental to the success and accomplishment of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team was our ability to adapt, to change - to embrace a revolutionary form of hockey. Leading our change and transformation, enabling it to happen, was exceptional mentoring by Herb Brooks.

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Great Teams Manage Through Ego and Conflict

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Have You Ever Wondered Where the Chant USA USA Came From?

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