The team of destiny — Mantar Bhandal BCIT Radio

This is it.

This is what every kid across the nation dreams of; winning a championship. This dream is born on the backyard ice rinks on a cold winter day, in the school gym playing hockey with friends, For 24 kids, this dream is as alive as ever.

Hockey is a game of sacrifices. The sacrifice of parents waking up early in the morning to take their kids to practice in the freezing cold, the sacrifice of not going out Friday night to prepare for the big game Saturday, the sacrifice of laying the body on the line to block a 100 mile an hour slap shot.

This is it.

The North Vancouver Wolfpack, for the first time in their history, are in the Pacific Junior Hockey League finals. Their journey here was not smooth by any means. The road to get here was filled with hard work, sacrifices, blood, sweat and tears.

How does this team do it? Is it the scorching shot of Mitch Crisanti? The bone-crunching hits from Daniel Delbianco? The spectacular goaltending of Trevor Withers?

No.

The beauty of this team is that it’s something different every night. Some nights it’s the relentless Daniel Tait fore-check, other nights it’s the gritty play of Josh Murphy. This team is the complete package. They will wow you every game with something different.

This is it.

This is the ultimate team game. 24 kids from different backgrounds coming together to play for one team, all with the same ambition; to win the Cyclone Taylor Cup. A team full of so much character, from the fierce leadership of Brodyn Nielsen, to the charisma of Adam Merenda, to the charms of Bret Higham.

This team is a family. Built around a culture devoted to nothing but success and led by a great coach in Matt Samson, these boys fight every single day and night to get to where they are now. Bonds are made in this great sport of hockey that last a lifetime. Teammates become brothers, and coaches become like fathers away from home.

This is it.

Opportunities like this only come around once in a while, so live in the moment. Enjoy this experience, as these are memories that will be cherished for a lifetime. For a lot of players, this is their swan song. A lot of players won’t be here next year, why not go out on top?

This is the team that won 17 games in a row in the regular season. This is the team that finished first place in the regular season. This is the team that swept the Delta Ice Hawks. This is the team that dispatched the mighty Grandview Steelers in five games. This is the team the Mission City Outlaws will have to compete with for the prestigious championship. This folks, is the team of destiny.

This is the North Vancouver Wolfpack.

This is it.