Graham Turk couldn't help but smile as his father, East Williston-Jericho hockey coach Jon Turk, accepted the Nassau- Suffolk high school hockey championship trophy. A journey five years in the making was coming to an end on a night the team was crowned Long Island champions.
"It's very sweet,'' Jon said. "Here we just established that we are the best team on Long Island.''
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"If I start thinking about it, it's so incredible and emotional,'' Jon said of his son. "I might have put too much importance on the game because it not only was the championship, but it was our last game of me being his coach, so there aren't words to describe what that feels like as a father, forget as a coach.''
Fatherly duties aside, dad was still impressed with his son's performance.
"When he can just be good, and stop the goals that he is supposed to stop, that's what he needed to do,'' Jon said. "It's nice to know that he's back there when the game is getting close and he's not going to let any cheapies in.''
Making sure he was able to give his dad a championship in his last game, Graham was thrilled to be able to go out on top.
"It didn't really hit me until after the buzzer sounded,'' Graham said. "It's been such a special ride that we've had and playing for him has made every moment better. I'm just as happy for him as I am for the rest of the guys . . . Seeing him with the trophy made my night.''