Nobody thought you’d make it this far. At the beginning of the season everyone said “Ottawa who?”. You proved them wrong. You were the team that could. It was you against the world but you, you were a force to be reckoned with and the world was gonna know your strength. You fought through concussions and fractured feet and cancer but you didn’t let that stop you. You dug deep and you roared. You fought with everything you had, held nothing back, left everything on the ice. You clawed your way back and finished second in your division. You silenced the doubters and proved you could play with the best.
Dear Eastern Conference Finalists,
It was right there, so close you could see it and not just in your dreams but right there in front of you, feel it in your fingers battered and bruised and taped up, taste the blood and the sweat and the tears on your tongue until you couldn’t taste anything else but victory. I’m sorry the only thing left you can taste is bitter defeat.
I promise you there’s no shame in losing if you lose playing your best. You earned the right to be there. To play this series. To take on the reigning Stanley Cup champions. It took them seven games and double OT to take you down. You took on the titans and while you didn’t win you put up one he’ll of a fight. So hold your heads up high with pride because you have nothing to be ashamed of. I know it probably doesn’t seem like it right now but I promise you it’s true and if that’s something you can’t believe right now, then I will believe it for you until you can believe for yourselves.
Dear Team That Could,
I have never been more proud to be your fan. To wear the red, to wear this logo on my chest and your names on my back. You gave me your hearts and your souls and your sweat and your tears and your strength and your resiliency and I couldn’t ask for anything more because were the team that could. We were #ALLIN. It was us against the world and I wouldn’t have it any other way.