To Everyone in Rush Nation: We Did It
When I first brought professional lacrosse to Edmonton, I envisioned bringing a Champions Cup title to Northern Alberta. Little did I know at the time that it would take ten years to do so, but a quote I read from Head Coach Derek Keenan sums it up perfectly, "It's always better when it's not easy".
Ten years of blood, sweat and tears have amounted to this, our first Champions Cup title in team history. We've had to make some moves over the years, trades that haven't been easy, but we did so knowing that we were building a championship calibre team, one that Edmonton could be proud of. This years' team was an especially talented, quality group of young men who overcame tremendous adversity on and off the field. The emotional tides brought the team closer together, and gave the players added incentive to bring the championship home.
What made the victory all the more sweet, was that we were able to win it on our on turf, in front of our amazing fans. Rush Nation has fully embraced this team since the very beginning, and through it all has remained loud and proud at every home game along the way. Over our team's history, no one has taken more photos or signed more autographs than Grandma Rush, our #1 fan. She is the backbone of our fan base and continues to rally our entire organization together.
In light of Monday night's tragic events, I believe this championship stands for more than just a lacrosse title, it's a symbol of the many sacrifices that men and women make on a daily basis to stand up and protect our fair city, 'the unsung heroes' that don't receive any recognition or championship titles. This ones for you.
Thank you fans for believing in us. Your phone calls, emails and social media comments since the victory have made it all the more worthwhile.
Savour the moment Rush Nation. You deserve it!
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