I am contacting the Red Deer Advocate in regards to an amazing person I have had the pleasure of knowing for the past year and a half.
His name is Mike Friederici. He is currently coaching the midget A+ hockey team in Red Deer.
This coach does not have a child on the team. He dedicates his time and his heart for “the love of the game.”
His passion and compassion are beyond what words can explain.
He began a coaching program last year in midget A hockey, bringing on three 19-year-olds, one being his son, to begin mentoring them to become the future generation of minor hockey coaches.
This year, there are five of them; we call them junior coaches.
These young men have also dedicated their time, spirit and knowledge for the love of the game.
It is amazing that there are people out there that will sacrifice so much for others — time, effort, money, etc. — to be part of an amazing life experience, such as an organized sport for our sons.
My son has had the pleasure of being with this coaching staff for two seasons now and we have never seen a team be treated with such compassion.
I felt it necessary for everyone to know that there are still unselfish, amazing, caring people out there.
I thank Mike and his coaching team and support their continued coaching for what I hope will be years to come.