Photo by Rowdy Webb – Ultiphotos.com
 
As we look forward to the 2017 MLU Season, we’ve decided to remember some of our favorite moments for the 2016.  We can highlight amazing catches, fantastic blocks and incredible throws all year long, but in this series, we will be looking back at the moments that may not have shown up on the highlight reel or the boxscore.
 
Patrick Gatien, Head Coach of the Vancouver Nighthawks, shares his five favorite moments from the team’s 2016 season: 
 
1) Meeting the Nighthawks. Walking the sidelines of the first tryout I attended. I hadn’t committed to coaching yet, but watching the raw skills these guys had was amazing. 
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2) Hitting the Road. The first road trip we took was to San Francisco and it was great to spend time with the players outside of the field and get to know them a little more. On the flight home, we (the Captains and I) finalized our goals and objectives for the rest of the season. WATCH FULL GAME
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3) From the Sidelines. Watching the game at the field level for the first time. I had been out of the ultimate scene for a few years, so watching the game live at field level was pretty cool. It’s a totally different game out there from what I was used to.
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4) Growing as a Team. We obviously didn’t finish with the record we would have liked to, but watching the players develop, evolve and mature throughout the season was amazing. These guys practiced and played their hearts out the whole season and I can’t thank them enough for sticking with it despite the mounting losses.
Vancouver Nighthawks celebrate their overtime victory during a meeting of the home Vancouver Nighthawks and the San Francisco Dogfish of the MLU. May 21, 2016. ©2016 Jeff Bell Photo. All Rights Reserved.

Vancouver Nighthawks celebrate their overtime victory during a meeting of the home Vancouver Nighthawks and the San Francisco Dogfish of the MLU. May 21, 2016. ©2016 Jeff Bell Photo. All Rights Reserved.

 
5) Getting the W. Last but not least – our single win…which I was even on the sidelines for. This might be why they don’t bring me back! They only won when I wasn’t there. I had a prior family commitment and missed that home game but I watched closely through Twitter for updates and jumped for joy when I saw the final score! WATCH FULL GAME
 
I’ve put these thoughts on video too for you. This year with the Nighthawks, instead of having lengthy emails go out, I took to sending a video at the beginning of the week to the team to address what we learned from our game on the weekend, what our objectives at practice would be and a scouting report on our next opponent. Thought I’d continue the tradition.