Coach Derek Percy:  At age 14 I became his “Student.” Not only was I his student of the sport of hockey, but also life. The memories, feelings, and life lessons I experienced during our tenure are still crisp.

July 19th, 2012 when life took an unexpected turn I posted a Facebook status. I figured it would only be appropriate to make that status my first post towards, “The Little Thing5.” Coach Derek’s, “Little things,” that he preached to me endlessly, continue to inspire me to this day. They’ve opened my eyes to perspectives, and open new doors towards life each day. They inspire and help me with my work. I’ve been working on something Coach, and it begins here….with “The Little Thing5.”

“Seven years ago I met someone who ended up changing my life forever. He became a father, brother, coach, and friend. He always believed me, and I always believed in him. Not only did he turn me into the player I am today, but he also made the person I am today. He converted me from a follower into a leader. I’ll never forget all the 7am skates we had, and 9pm “Hell Practices.” We were looking forward to coaching together on the same bench one day; but in the end I can proudly say I am a ‘Product of Derek Percy.’ The rest of my hockey playing days will be dedicated to you. I will forever hear your voice in my head telling me, “To take care of the little things, and shoot to score.” –July 20th 2012 Kyle “Mickey” McKenna.

There’s more to come…

DP 5. RG71. MW12.


Published by kylemickeymckenna

Freelancer & aspiring author writing about the little things in life & sports that inspire me. Never forget DP5. RG71. MW12. Forever teammates.

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