This past Friday, we challenged fellow Montreal startup PasswordBox to a friendly hockey game at Jarry Park.
With one of our best players having been shipped back to Newfoundland (shout out to Brockie!) and the addition of several rookies, we really didn’t know what to expect. In the face of adversity, we focused on what we do best :
- We trained before coming to work… We trained during our breaks… And we trained after work.
- We read our playbook over and over again… and then we read some more.
- We listened to the wise words of our team captain Michaël: eating tons carbs for plenty of energy for the game. (No more vegetable lasagnas please!)
- Our CEO Martin-Luc personally tucked us in every night at 8 PM to make sure we would get a good night’s sleep.
Final score: Wajam 10, PasswordBox 9
Here’s how it all went down.
Both teams played an epic game. To each of our well-constructed goals, PasswordBox replied with a quick counter attack. We dominated the first period! They responded by taking the lead in the second period.
During the third period, a combination of exhaustion and good defense prevented their attackers from scoring on our goalie Pierre-Alain. In the last two minutes, a piece of individual brilliance by their star player gave PasswordBox the lead.
The Wajam team regrouped during a final timeout. The tension was at its peak, but we came through with effort and great teamwork. Wajammers ended up scoring two goals in the last seconds and won the game. Our team and fans exploded with joy!
“This was a very close game. We played as a team up until the end and benefited from that. Thanks to all our cheerers!” offered Kevin Charette, Wajam’s new addition to the midfield.
“We focused on giving our 110%. Our motivation was fed by our defeat at soccer last year; we couldn’t lose this time. We worked hard until the last second and never gave up” concluded Michaël Mimeault.
The players shook hands. And after a quick shower (well… not for everyone!), both teams bonded over well-deserved drinks.
Our captain: Michaël “Skipper” Mimeault
When it comes to Hockey, he’s our beacon. He can probably easily name, by alphabetical order, each Habs player from the past 30 years.
Our goalie: Pierre-Alain “Brick-Wall” Loiseau
Great reflexes and (almost) perfect splits
Our crazy fans and their geeky cheers…
“Disconnect their Wiiiiii-Fiiiiii!”
It was a great way to spend time as a team and also meet talented fellow developers and entrepreneurs in town. Thank you so much to the organizers. With our close victory, no doubt they will ask us for a rematch !
If you’re a fan of Hockey (ping pong, darts, pool, fussball, …) and you think you have what it takes to play us, come have a drink with us at the Startup Open House next week.