I recently found out a player that I coached in hockey years ago stayed in hockey because of me! I was a positive influence on him and set a good example so that he continued to pursue the sport. This was a refreshing compliment for me as it is always nice to know that I made a difference. Not often do players come back to tell you how much you helped them and taught them, for various reasons, but it is comforting when one does! This particular player has gone through some very tough times and changes in his life and family, yet he has stuck with hockey as a constant, steadying activity and has thanked me for that.