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The Road Not Skated
With Apologies to Robert Frost
4/29/14 - By Ryan Hall -

Two roads diverged on a frozen pond,
And the Sharks confront them both this day,
And being one team, long they stood,
And looked down one as far as they could
To where it bent down the dressing room hallway;

That path leads to questions, despair,
Shattered dreams; potential left unrealized.
The end of an era, with naught
Save Stanley Cup dreams forgot.
No names etched in metal, no heroes deified.

Then they took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was bloody and wanted wear;
Though Bay City teams that before had passed there,
Had worn it really about the same.

To tread this road meant sacrifice,
Demons of the past to wrestle
Every man together on the ice,
Giving their all each shift; no respite.
Showing champions mettle.

And both on April 30 equally lay
On rinks no skates had yet to cut.
Oh, leave the first for another day!
You know where leads that path San Jose.
Better yet, close it shut.

Rather, telling this with a sigh,
Somewhere in June coming hence;
Two roads diverged on a frozen pond, and aye -
The Sharks took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.


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