"It's kind of more of a sigh of relief, after having gone to the camps when I wasn't able to play and having to watch on the sidelines," Appel said. "It makes it even more worthwhile. It also helped me want to be a part of it even more and makes me want to be able to contribute more into the future."
"Obviously we would rather not have injuries, but we took advantage of the opportunity for young people to play," Appel said. "I think a lot of them grew in confidence and leadership, things that with everyone else healthy this year is only going to make us better. It really is a new beginning for us."