There always is a person in a community who sometimes goes unacknowledged for the effort they make and the lives they touch.
For two years, the Chinooks Junior B Hockey, Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association and others who skate or support the sport, have had the opportunity to learn from the experience Coach Paddy Flynn has to share. I, myself, this year had the opportunity to get to know Paddy, not only as a coach, but also a friend. As the season has come to an end, it is hard to say goodbye to someone who you really respect.
I was very proud to be a Chinook fan all year, especially when I made the trip to Fairbanks for the playoffs. Our team and fans were treated poorly by the Fairbanks fans, their team, the vice president of the Ice Dogs and mostly their mascot. Through all this, our boys and the coaches held their heads high and gave it their all.
I hope with all my heart, along with a lot of people I know, that we have these young men and coach Paddy back in our community for another Chinooks hockey season.
Thanks for the memories,
Editor's note: Flynn announced last week that he will not be returning to coach the Chinooks next season.
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