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We often refer to the bond between a coach and his players in high school sports as “he’s a father figure to them” but what happens when the coach is more than a “like father figure” because he is your actual father? Balancing between coach and father or player and son is not easy for anyone involved. At its worst it can be downright contentious reaching far beyond the confines of the game. However, at its best, it creates the greatest feeling in the world. For proof, simply look at Jason and Jack Monaghan – the father son duo leading the Eastside Stars this season.
“On the ice he’s a grown as a player especially in leading (his team). I think that the confidence took off last year and then especially this year when the seniors left last year so he’s picked up the role of doing the dirty work – going in, sacrificing his body for the plays, going into the corner – taking the hit – passing the puck out in front of the net; he’s grown in that way” Stars head coach Jason Monaghan said of his son, Eaton Rapids senior and Stars team Captain Jack Monaghan. “He’s also a big distributor of the puck- he’s a team player, and a team guy. That’s why he’s the Captain and he always gives the same kind of play every game, consistent all the way around. I couldn’t ask anything more from him.”
The Stars lean on Jack as a playmaker and as a Captain. One of the elite skaters in the area he can flip the game on a whim, and will grab his teammates when they are down both physically and mentally. He is a players player and where it comes from is evident – the often silent but smiling coach on the bench, his Dad. Jack explained what it was like to have his Dad as his coach.
“He brings leadership, grit and is always pushing us to be our best. He’ll get on you when you’re down but when you do something good he will let you know you’re doing good – he’ll reward us.” Jack commented. “He’s basically making us the best people we can be while we are playing hockey and for after, just trying to make the best we can be in life.”
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