FC: Golden Knight 2008-2012
1: It's the friends we meet along the road that help us appreciate the journey.
2: Its a Golden Knight goal! | Freshman Year
4: Sophomore Year
6: Junior Year
8: SENIor Year
10: Hey Kal Pal, there is probably a book I could write about all the great (and okay some not so great) times we have had together this season. When Bethany told me she had met a girl on Clarkson named Kali Gillanders I thought, “YES, I could possibly have a friend!” Then came the day we were partying at your next door neighbors and I finally met you and thought, “Holy shit, I don’t think we will be friends after all, she scares the crap out of me!” And for a month we weren’t and then I got a concussion. And you may not feel the same way about it but I am so glad you were a small part of why I got a concussion. Because (1) karma came back and got you in the knee thus (2) it led us to becoming friends. Our trip to Harvard Square was truly amazing, it’s the first time I felt like I could trust you not to mention we went to a freaking dunkin donuts! And when you invited me to Gabby’s house was honestly one of the best moments of my life. | the freshman class | You were the one took me under your wing and made me feel at home more so than when I was actually at home. I cannot say thank you enough for everything you have done for me and the team. And as dumb and as corny as its sounds you’re truly the big sister I never had. You were there for me when no one else was and I love you so much for it. And there are times I have disappointed you I’m sure and I’m sorry. We talked so much people legit thought we were dating haha! I also wish that no one ever reads out text messages because people would be right we’re dating ;) You did so much for the team this season and always brought it on and off the ice I’m so sorry it had to end on a bad note. But you know that I would have done anything and everything to win that last came if given the opportunity. You are the hardest working person I know and I will miss seeing your beautiful face every day next year! Good luck in the years to come; I will always be only a Skype, phone call or text away if you need anything! Love and miss you so much already! | Stall mate, I spent a great year beside you in the locker room. You were always bringing good energy to the rink. I remember being so shy beside you before games when you were dancing with Lucky. I was a bit intimidated by you. Even if I hated going 1 vs 1 in the corner against you, I will miss you for sure. You were a great leader, and an awesome senior. I am so glad that you got your first goal before the end of the season. You deserved it, and you worked so hard for it. I wish I could have been there. What are we going to do without our favorite ginger on the team? You left your mark here at Clarkson, and you should be proud of it. Our PK wasn’t the first one in the nation for no reasons. You have been a great senior, and I am glad that I got the chance to know you. Best of luck in the future Kali, and I can’t wait to see your new look in North Dakota next year. Keep in touch.
11: Dear Kal, Oh how I will miss your luscious red locks and seeing your bare ass everyday. By the way my mother still brings up how she wishes I had hair like yours, but honestly I don’t think I could pull it off. I would like to start off by saying thank you for making my transition to Clarkson as easy and great as it was. Not going to lie I may have been a little intimidated by you, but it was really great getting to know you. Thank you for always being there for me and being a person I could go to for help or advice. You really demonstrated what it means to never give up and give it your all no matter what the situation. I wont forget | Kali! “It is interesting to notice how some minds seem almost to create themselves, springing up under every disadvantage, and working their solitary but irresistible way through a thousand obstacles.” Washington Irving Now you may be questioning why I gave you this quote, well I have come to find that I am horrible with words. I just want you to read this quote and understand that this is what I believe to be a great representation of you. Throughout the whole year you handled adversity without a complaint, and that made me look at whatever obstacles I had and realize that you need to push through everything and anything that tries to hold you back. Thank you for teaching me that lesson. I don’t know what we are going to do without our big, tall, red head! | You will just have to come back and visit! Remember if you ever need a laugh; just think of my hair braided for pregame skates, I only did them for you! I know you loved it so much! I am going to miss you a lot next year, please don’t ever stop being you. Although scary at first you can be one of the best people you can have around you! Going to miss you! Keep in touch and best of luck in future endeavors!! Lovee Jennifer Shields | it was the second week of practicing and I had covered the puck and went to stand up and BAM an elbow. It was then when I knew you are going to make me work for every save, you have caused me to become a better athlete and person. All of your hard work really rubbed off on me and made me want to work even harder. You had so much soul, heart and determination that really opened my eyes and the team’s eyes to what it took. You demonstrated what Clarkson Hockey was really about. You lead by example and were a great leader. No matter the situation you did it for your teammates. You have given me so many memories that will always be with me. It was great to be apart of your final year here, but unfortunately you will have to find some other young one to make your superb beverages. I will miss you! And I hope to see you in North Dakota next year. Best of luck in the future.
12: Ella - Kali | Dearest Kali, How terribly afraid of you I still am and probably always will be <3. Also, I would like to thank you for setting such a good example for our freshmen class. You guys were so welcoming to us, and I think by doing that it made our transition into college much easier. As well, the example you set on and off the ice was impeccable. It just made me personally want to come out just as strong as you and just feed off your energy. Also, you didn’t need a letter on your jersey to be one of the best leaders I’ve had the privilege of playing with. Good luck in the future and I can’t wait to see you beat the world at everything. Gingers unite! -Love Ella | Kali, It was such a good year, and I wish I could have spent more with you. You were such a good leader on and off the ice. Everyday you came to the rink smiling and worked so hard! You really taught me what hard work is and I will always remember that about you. You made my transition into Clarkson that much easy, you always had time and were willing to helped me and I appreciated it so much. You are one of the hardest working people I know and it really inspired me to work harder. Everyday you came to the rink smiling and worked so hard no matter what kind of day you had. You really taught me what hard work is and I will always remember that about you. You had such an impact on this team and every one will miss you. I know I will miss you lots and hope that I will probably still see you sometimes. I know you will be really successful and I wish you the best. You were a great leader and taught me a lot. Even though you always picked on me because you knew I could take it, it always made me happy. I just wanted to thank you again for putting in the effort everyday and making this season that much better! Good luck in the future! I will miss you lots! Love,Taylor
13: the sophomore class | Oh Kal, where do begin with you my Sask sister! I’m so glad I had the opportunity to play with you for 6 years and I have learned so much from you. Your work ethic is something everyone should strive to be like as well as your competitive nature. I’m going to miss seeing you “stream roll” people since that always gave me a chuckle. Your fiery red locks will be missed in the dressing room along with your ability to run goalies. I’m so glad I had the chance to room with you this year and got to know you better. Good luck next year and keep in touch because I will be coming to visit you in Sask.! (You don’t get rid of me that easily) | Hello my favorite corner stalley in the whole entire world. Thank you for everything; for making me smile on days when I needed it, for letting me vent to you when I was simply going crazy, for always just being there to listening to me when who knows what I was rambling about, for being my most bestest line mate, and for so much more. Promise to keep in touch because I’m so excited to hear about all of your future successes. Remember to always look fashionable when entering to ice service and to check your hair doo. Man will I miss your orange hair and how nice it looked before games, Haha. Love you longtime. Xo. Luck
14: Kali what can I say, its been a pleasure!! Sitting beside you all year was definitely a highlight of my season. Your contributions to our team this year and Clarkson hockey will never be forgotten. I really respect your leadership skills on and off the ice, its impossible not to want to work as hard as you do day in and day out. I’m also going to really miss you around school especially when I’m really looking to be negative about something or vent. Next year during pre game skate I’m going to have to suck someone in so that I have someone to hate it with me. Good luck in everything you do in the real world, I’ll miss you! Love Merc | My dearest Kal, you have got to be the best looking ginger in the world, you really pull that look off. I’m going to miss that long ginger hair, it really went well with the green and gold. At first in my freshman year I was intimidated by everything but you really helped me out when we had our late night roomy talks on the road. Whether you were playing forward or defense you were always a reliable player and I am glad I got the chance to play with you. I know you will go far in the future, good luck in the real world. Please don’t be a stranger.
15: Kali, I remember the first time I ''met'' you (I emphasized the ''met'' here because we didn't really meet because you didn't really talk to us). There were you, Gabby, Vann and I in the elevator. I remember this like it was yesterday because after that short moment I told myself; what the fuck am I doing here. I have to admit you were kind of scary, and when I say scary I really mean scary. haha. But now, after two years of getting to know you a little better, I am surprisingly surprised by how great your person and your personality are. I have never met a person as true and honest as you, and I truly believe person like you that puts their hearts in everything will always succeed in whatever they undertake. Take care | Golden linemate. I kept you for last! Kal, I need to tell you that you are one of the rare upperclassman I was wrong about. Well let me clarify, you didn’t help me see the real ginger either. My first impression of you was about the same as Flo’s! Just before the awkward elevator situation, Flo and me were in the locker room hanging up our equipment when you and Gabby walked in the room. All joyful, little Gabby came up to us with a big smile, asking for our phone numbers while you completely ignored the two frenchies! Well, little did you know, you would end up on the same line as her eh ! Hahaha so my first idea of you was formed of 5 letters: Starting with B, ending with H and having the middle letter ITC. But trust me, little did I know too. | Deep down, under the tough cookie layer laid a soft, CARING, generous and kind person that I would soon enough learn to love and appreciate. Even though we had our ups and downs in the hockey world, I am so glad that we ended up on the same line for one particular reason: I got to know in more depth a girl with GREAT qualities and a GIGANTIC heart that would do anything for her teammates and would have our backs no matter what. I kind of see you as the big sister of the CGK family. It breaks my heart to think that you won't be around next year, but I also know that those kind of friendships last a lifetime. I will forever be thankful for everything you have done for this program and myself. I love you and miss our pregame chat already. If ever you need a hand or shoulder to lean on, you can count on me. Knowing that I could always turn to you when in need (whether it was about life, food, cows or hockey) is something that was really helpful through rough times and I appreciate all of it. Good luck in the real world Kal, you deserve the best. Never doubt yourself, and keep striving for success like you have been doing here. Forever and always in my heart, minivan xxx.
16: Thanks for a great two years, I am so glad that I got to be your teammate for this time. You had a tremendous influence on our team both on and off the ice and the energy you brought every day had such a big impact on our team. It won’t be the same without you, I am definitely going to miss you being around! Keep in touch and good luck with your future! Styner xox | Kali! Big Red, just wanted to start by saying how much I am gunna miss your how strong too strongs with badge after the knights whoo, also your tell how it is type of attitude I love that! I loved your fight and heart, I don’t think you will find anyone else around with a bigger heart or fight in them. You will push through anything! Hey you were playing on 70 year old hips for 4 years, cant get much more fight than that. Thanks for helping me learn how important heart and hard work is, whenever I needed a little more of a push on an off day I could always look to you because I always knew you were pushin! Thanks so much for being an amazing teammate and an even better friend, maybe ill make my way out to sask soon and see that big ol farm of yours! I showed you my house now its your turn to show me yours! Thanks for everything again, forever teammates. Love ratty
17: the junior class | When I think of you, all I think of is red. I don't mean your hair when I say this. I mean your big heart! But seriously, you're a great friend and a great teammate, and just overall such a real person and it is rare that you stumble upon someone like that. With that said, I feel lucky to have been your teammate for the past three years, and I will always remember the hard work and determination you brought to this team. | The level that you bring to the rink every day is inspiring and definitely something that is motivation for myself and the rest of the team. We will miss you next year. I also would like to congratulate you for becoming the best wrong-handed shot deflector I've ever met, and for having the courage to turn down cupcakes and cookies and ice cream and all that stuff. That is something I will never accomplish but am so happy to have witnessed. I hope you have a great time being back home in Sask next year, and that only great things come your way. I will definitely miss seeing your wonderful self every day, and am jealous of the cows and pigs that you will be replacing us with. | Well if it isn’t my double d! I’m going to admit that I may not miss our DD operation because it is probably best I don’t spend second semester in a daze! I hope this wasn’t too much information. I will be texting you though if I end up driving to Ogdensburg on a Thursday afternoon haha. Even though you tried to fight me and failed miserably and you held that against me when I came in as a freshmen (don’t try and deny it), I thought that a friendship between us would never blossom and we may end up enemies for life! Thank you for getting over that I beat you up in high school, it was time. Now that we have established that I am stronger and tougher than you let’s get back to reminiscing. Oh yes, I meant to say that our friendship took off in full force when we shared a bed together in Georgia over break! How nice that was! Perhaps we could share a bed in Cuba? Just an idea Well I am going to miss you a whole lot next year so please read the valentines card I made for you often (the one with the fish on it) because I mean every word! I love you.
18: the senior class | Mama P wrote the message as if she was speaking to some sort of imaginary friend. Sorry for this classic mix up. Where do I even start? It's been ~13 odd years since I first met you, 8 years since I started playing hockey with you, and 4 years living with you. How am I not sick of you yet!? I still remember young Kali with her fire ginger hair, little gap teeth, ears sticking out from her head, and her tomboy ways. Now, many years later, she struts around as proud as the girl she's always been, only more of a beautiful lady. On the ice, not so much of a lady. Don’t try to get in a battle with her; you’ll lose, don’t try to block her shot; you’ll get hurt, and if you think you can get away without putting forth an effort; consider yourself on the ice looing like a dumbass. | Although she will never admit it, Kali’s hard shell has developed some cracks and the most specialist of people are able to get in. I hate to admit it Kal, but you’ve gotten rather soft! She’s always someone who will lend an ear to listen or be a mother when you need it the most. I’m so glad you decided to come to Clarkson with me because you’ve been the breath of fresh air I so longingly need in this “Not So Saskatchewan” place. Most can say they miss their house, their dog, their friends and parents, but few will ever really understand what it’s been like for us. I like to think that where and how we grew up has a lot to do with who we’ve become today but, in your case, I don’t know how you’ve known how to wash a dish or cook a meal. You’ve only managed to light one tee towel on fire, explode 1 bottle of wine, and melt very few bowls, plates, and utensils on the stove. I’ll give you credit; you are a pretty decent cook. I thank you for calming the storm or taking control in our less that “motivated” households. You and I can fight, tell each other, “You’re being a bitch,” or just sit in silence forever but that’s true friendship. I’ve never let you get away with being a stubborn red head and you’ve never let me be a pain in the ass without me knowing! Thank you for our long heart to hearts about meaningless items, letting me vent or cry whenever I choose, and always encouraging me to empty my bank account on a shopping spree. Thank you for the many years of laughs and tears, trophies and booze, late nights early mornings, and the friendship we’ve developed that I hope will last forever! Love you
19: So I’m writing this as you’re sitting beside me on the couch and we are watching the movie “In Her Shoes”. A few minutes ago you got so excited because you thought of all the tv shows that are on tonight. Vampire Diaries, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice: this is what our lives have come to. But it’s not so bad because we can sit here on these god forsaken couches and laugh about how Boudy said the most she gets excited for these days are her tv shows, as you stop mid-sentence to get excited about your tv shows tonight. | Another thing to be proud of is that you had to wear jeans to your 8am class this morning because all your sweats are dirty, and I have had my laundry bin ready to go for 3 days now and still not done it. You look so great though I might add. One thing we can take pride in is the fact that neither of us has started asking the other to watch Youtube videos. If you ask me to watch a Youtube video I swear to the Lord above that I will jump out of my crevassed seat here on the couch and attack you with a hummused carrot. I’m picturing it in my head right now and I’ll beat the crap out of you but in reality I probably wouldn’t even be able to get up because my body is so sore. Why would I reflect on our past four years together when I can just reflect on our day together?! I’ve left you until last because I have been trying to think of something profound to say to you that can sum up what kind of person you are and what kind of friendship we have had so far, but I can’t think of anything. Talking about what you mean to me and what kind of person you are feels like I’m writing some sort of friendship eulogy. I know it’s going to be a little more difficult than traditional friendships but obviously we are a little more awesome than traditional friends so bring it Saskatchewan-Ontario barrier. I don’t know if you will ever know how much I look up to you. You don’t take any shit off of anyone and you do what you want. As stubborn as you are you don’t do anything out of spite, I know you might think you do, but since I’m inside your head I know you do it because you want to. It is so admirable, especially since people run my show because I’m a huge whimp. I could honestly go on forever but I am going to wrap it up. As im sure you know, you got the whole package: watching you when you make up your mind about something, whether it be getting the puck or doing your homework, is like watching an animal that has been caged for too long. Okay stop right there, this animal I am picturing is super skinny and the hottest of the pack (and obviously a ginger). You are my person Kal, I cant remember what movie that is from but I’m sure you do. I expect a real hug from this J I wuv you forever and always sweetie pea
20: Oh boy do I fucking love you Big Red. You have always been such a great friend to me; we could literally go months without talking and then pick up exactly where we left off. I am still waiting for you to ditch Sask and come live with me and we will attend our interviews together just like stepbrothers. I'll do the talking. (Kali presenting, pawing at the ground): *incoherent mumbles* (Margie and Boudy laughing in corner) "SHUT UP GUYS!". | I am so sorry my hands are so big. I also think it must be said that I appreciate you having the ability to walk into a room and toss me over your shoulder like a sack of potatoes. I think it was something we all agree needed to be done. And I am sorry again that I don't remember us falling asleep singing that Tim McGraw song. You know exactly what I am going to bring up Mama Bear. I was able to experience one of the greatest things of my life with you and I couldn't have asked for a more memorable one. How many people will run alongside a train you are trapped on banging on the doors and windows to get you out and then subsequently cry and hold you close young tiny dancer and then yell at me for scaring you. I guess not much more needs to be said other than I love you for being protective, caring, motherly, red-headed, tall, freckly, stubborn, farmer (don't know an adjective for that), Rock's favourite and for being someone I know I can't count on being there for me for the rest of my long and prosperous life. Soon we will begin our long distance, 3000 mile friendship and I hope I drive the entire Gillanders family crazy with the amount of FaceTime we will be doing as one of us needs some sound advice. I love you Dayle.
21: Kali Gillanders, I know our class always said no regrets, but I have to be honest with you, I do have a regret in the years have been here, and it’s not to have this past year been our freshman year. This year I got to know you better and really get to know what type of person you are and I really wish I could have found out when we were freshman, because we could have had four years like this, which would have made it even better! I really enjoyed the time we spent “studying”, where we actually got to know each other better because we’d rather talk about our personal stuff than studying. I am really thankful of how a great listener and advice giver that you are. Your personality of being direct/honest with people is something I wish I had. It is something I will be carrying on in my future and will work on applying in my everyday life. It was awesome watching you almost burn the house down a few times, even if I missed the best one! Don’t change a thing of who you are, you’ll always be my favorite read head. I couldn’t have asked for a better teammate, far from being selfish you were always there for the ones that needed you. Kal, thank you for being there for me, thank you for making these past four years the best I could have ever imagined. I hope I’ll get to travel to Sas soon. I wish you the best next year and wish that you get to do all the crazy things you want to do!
22: the one and only... Pete! | Oh Kal these past few years have been epic. Thinking back from freshmen year to now it has been quite the great time. You used to be the shy person who would barely talk and oh how that has changed. Thinking back to the days where we would get lunch together every day and sat through Culture and Society seems like it was forever ago. And that was about the time that somehow you were able to make my parents like you more than they like me. Somehow they still love you which is shocking haha. There have been many great times Kali whether it was when you broke a bottle over me or having a long talk; it's all led to a great few years. Even though you hate to show emotion or talk about anything, I’m glad I was able to have you around the past few years. Somehow you've been able to know pretty much everything about my life without me saying a word haha. You're also probably the best dancer and public speaker I have ever met. Somehow you and I have become close enough to the point where you somehow know pretty much everything about me and what I’m doing haha. We have had some memories that will never be forgotten and will be continued when I make the journey out to good ole Sask.
23: coaches and family | Kali,You have made us so very, very proud. We know your hockey career did not end like you wanted or we had hoped for. We knew the ending hurt you badly. But as always, with everything, you battled hard and gave the game you loved all you had. You know you could leave the ice with your head held high knowing you had done your best. Please don't dwell on this for long. You have so many wonderful memories from Clarkson. Concentrate on those great memories as this time of your life comes to an end. You have made so many very dear friends . You will remember the people long after you graduate. Your friends and team mates will be life long friends.You have seen and done so many things that most people your age only dream of. Your experience at Clarkson has given you a view of the world and life that is priceless. So please remember all of the great memories, they greatly out weigh the bad ones. | Your Mom and i want to thank you very much for the experiences we have enjoyed. We met so many wonderful players, coaches and students.We got to see and enjoy so many things this red neck farmer and wife would never, ever done if not for you. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. Good Luck We Love you dearly Mom and Dad | From the shy red head with the bandana that showed up at the first team BBQ to now, you have certainly come a long way. If we had one word to describe you it would be competitor; a burning desire to win. We will certainly miss having that around and it is something we really appreciate. You have been a fierce competitor throughout your career and we are sure that because of this you will be extremely successful in what life brings your way!!! All the best Kal
24: ...Couldn't leave behind the wonderful Marge!
25: Happy Graduation Knights, Look how far you’ve come. Survived herbies, swims and marathons, Feats impossible for some. I can’t believe you’re all seniors now, The elderly on the team. Looking back on my years as a lady knight, It’s seems almost as if a dream. Although it’s been a few years now, And my memory’s less than par. You’ll always be a part of me, No matter near or far. Kali, Arriving at Clarkson our first year, The pit was where we met. That time you chased the orange down the hill, I never will forget. From freshmen year to senior year, Many friendships you all have made. Although it is sad you must be glad, For the memories that will never fade. It is now time for you all to move along, To say goodbye to New York State. You should be proud of all you’ve achieved, So now time to celebrate!! Congratulations ladies! Love and miss you all : )
26: Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there... to serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson or help figure out who you are or who you want to become. You never know who these people may be but when you look eyes with them, you know that every moment that you are with them, they will affect your life in some profound way. And sometimes things happen to you at the time that may seem horrible, painful and unfair, but in reflection you realize that without overcoming those obstacles you would have never realized your potential, strength, will power or heart. | Everything happens for a reason! Nothing happens by chance or by means of good luck. Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul. Without these small tests, life would be like a smoothly paved, straight, flat road to nowhere, safe and comfortable but dull and utterly pointless. The people you meet affect your life. The successes and downfalls that you experience can create who you are, and the bad experiences can be learned from.... In fact, they are probably the most poignant and important ones. If someone hurts you, betrays you or breaks your heart, forgive them because they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious to whom you open your heart. If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally not only because they love you, but also because they are teaching you to love and open your heart and eyes to little things. MAKE EVERYDAY COUNT! Appreciate every moment and take from it everything that you possibly can, for you may never be able to experience it again. Talk to people who you have never talked to before, and actually listen. Let yourself fall in love, even if it doesn't seem right because you are too young or too far, just follow your heart. Surround yourself with those who make you smile, laugh, and make you happy. Break free and set your sights high. Hold your head up because you have every right to. Tell yourself you are a great individual and believe in yourself, for if you don't believe in yourself, no one else will believe in you. Create your own future and LIVE IT!
27: don't cry because it's over... | ...Smile because it happened!