I had to stare at this picture for a long time before I began to write this post. My words will be hopelessly inadequate. I’ve always been amazed at the end of a tough lacrosse playoff series or hockey series that the players who had hit each other, jawed at each other and ‘hated’ each other, would suddenly shake each others hands at the end of the series. Ultimately, it’s about respect. When the game or series is on, you want nothing more than to pulverize the opposition. Chris desperately wanted to win…every time he played. New West is a premiere lacrosse organization with deep roots in the game. When Steve Millikin, a New West lacrosse Dad and very involved in all things lacrosse, showed up on our doorstep with this flower arrangement my knees buckled. This gesture was so amazing, I could only try to catch my breath and I simply could not hold in the emotion. I feel it to this moment. The decision of what to do with this display was obvious. We put it front and centre at the church on the day of Chris’ funeral and many of you saw it there. For our ‘lacrosse fans in training!’, what you might not know is that red and white are the colours of the New West Salmon Bellies…the ultimate tribute to a respected competitor and Team BC teammate, Chris Friesen.
To the New West lacrosse association, families and players, we thank you for your amazing symbol of respect and honour. It is as breathtaking in the pictures as it was in person on that day just several weeks back.
Good luck to the Bellies…(and of course the Thunder!!) in the new season.
Warmest regards and heartfelt thanks from myself, Ingrid and Max.