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Every good hockey player needs a good hockey family.

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Hockey seasons are long. At times most players are thousands of miles away from home, from their family, from their friends, and sometimes things aren’t going so hot with their game. The life of a professional athlete is anything but normal, it can be glamorous, but it can also be grueling.

Having family in town can make a guy play better. No one wants to disappoint mom when she flew half way across the world to see you play. Even more so, no one wants to look bad in front of their friends.

No awkward post loss dinners here for the Prince.

Family

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All smiles here for the Josi fam!

These are the moments... @mfisher1212 giving a puck to the little man while Papa holds on tight. #blessed

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If the Fisher family doesn’t give you serious family goals, I don’t know what will.

Sometimes it’s not always easy to have family and friends on the road, that’s why your hockey family always has your back.

While I’m convinced there can only be one Uncle and that’s Uncle Tone, I guess we can make an exception for the sake of supporting extended hockey family.

After-all, they always have each other’s backs. Sometimes literally...

...and they always make time to support the entire team and organization behind the team. Even making time for a good ol’ fashion family photo.

Blood might be thicker than water...until it’s frozen...or something else really inspiring about team unity and hockey bonds.

Flashback Friday

Always a highlight of the year when we do our fathers trip. So lucky to have parents like my mom and dad #randall

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The annual fathers trip, when hockey family meets actual family. Feels.