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Skaneateles hockey coach uses past for future

Next hockey season is a long time away, but not for Mitch Major.

He did not even allow himself one day away from hockey after his team's loss in the first round of the state championship on March 1. He started thinking about next season the very next day.

The Skaneateles hockey coach can't help but think about new strategies. It is in his blood after all. Mitch Major was the captain of the Skaneateles hockey team the last time the school made states in 1989.

"It felt really good to make states again," said Major, "What felt best was how much the guys were enjoying themselves. It was an interesting experience being on the other side of things this time."

The locker room was full of emotion after the team lost to Queensbury according to Major. The team was disappointed, but losing is just a part of life he said. The teamwork and bond the team built was the greatest accomplishment that the team had this year said Major.

"Just seeing all the camaraderie and hearing all the good things that the guys had to say about each other was really moving," said Major.

The team had worked hard to prepare for sectionals and states, but Major made sure that there was a fun activity at the end of every practice he said. Next season, he plans to be just as successful. The team has seven seniors graduating, but Major expects next year's team to be very talented.

"Success is not just measured in your record at the end of the season," Major said, "We might not have the same number of wins next season, but we might overcome something else."

Major has been coaching the hockey team for eight years, but is no stranger to the community. He grew up in Skaneateles with his four brothers and currently teaches social studies and language arts as a sixth grade teacher in the middle school. Now he is learning to balance his family life with his coaching.

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