When Crosby said,” For me, I've learned that the best thing is to focus on the team you play for and yourself and what you need to do.” This is what makes Crosby the best forward in the NHL. He does not rely on his independent work to help him win, but has gotten his whole team strong to win the Stanley Cup. Crosby is a true team player and that is what makes him better than everyone else. As shown by what Crosby said,” I promise to play for the logo on the front, not the name on the back.” He likes playing for a team, not just for himself. Many players try to make great plays by themselves, but they are only one man.
For starters, it’s given employment to hundreds of players who couldn’t otherwise make an NHL roster, except for the fact that they can beat a guy senseless. How else do you think Colton Orr and Derek Boogaard made it past the AHL? It also serves as a way to police the game amongst players. It prevents many dirty, dangerous, and cheap plays from happening. Opposing players know that if they try to do anything funny, there will be consequences.
An article named Top 15 Reasons Why Soccer Is Not a Major US Sport they state, " In a sport with so few chances to score, it is aggravating to have all the rules favor the defense and have speed eliminated by offsides calls. In hockey it is understandable that “cherry picking” is not allowed, but in soccer defenders routinely outnumber offensive players. In a country where speed is celebrated, it seems absurd that so many of the world’s fastest players get penalized for trying to utilize their speed." I do believe this is true and soccer is favored towards the defense. Mostly because there are many rules to favor them like the offsides call, the goalkeeper can't be touched in the box, and the defense also has usually about seven to eight players defending.
To most people’s surprise, even in the professional and highly political National Hockey League (NHL), there are people involved with the association that suffers from mental illness and addictions. One of those people was Theo Fleury. Theo Fleury’s book takes you back in time to his dark childhood and bumpy National Hockey League career. Fleury certainly does not hold back in detail when it comes to the sexual abuse he experienced as a child, and the drug abuse as an adult. Though all this happens to him, he perseveres and attempts a National Hockey League comeback as well as becoming a number one best selling author.
Mario Lemieux Do you know what Atrial Fibrillation is? Mario Lemieux is known as one of the greatest hockey players to ever play the game. He beat the odds by setting records even with Atrial Fibrillation. This is Mario Lemieux and his disease of Atrial Fibrillation. Mario Lemieux was drafted first overall in the 1984 NHL draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Coming off a tough second round loss to the Pittsburg Penguins a year earlier, the Capitals and head coach Bruce Boudreau were out to make a name for themselves the following season. Players such as Alexander Ovechkin, and Niklas Bäckström were considered leaders both on and off the ice, thought of by many as crucial members of the team. However, that night Boudreau’s top guys and the rest of the team would play very sluggish. During the second intermission, he would give a speech that spoke to the hearts of his team, and hockey players around the country. This speech is significant because it speaks multitudes on the importance of striving to achieve a goal, something everyone must do in
Eric Walters’ novel, Power Play, illustrates hockey culture in an evolving fashion. Power Play tells the climactic story of Cody, a bold and determined boy struggling with the downfalls that come with advancing in his hockey career. Cody’s prosperity in being drafted to a Junior A team seems to be an incredible blessing for him; He would be in another city, away from his drunk of a father, he would be taking the next step towards his dream, playing in the NHL, the Show, and he would be doing it all with his new Coach that discovered and mentored him and offered to bring him to success, Coach Connors. However, Coach Connors begins to manipulate, repeatedly sexually abuse and threaten Cody, which forces Cody to spiral downwards into deep depression
Contact sports today, such as hockey have had serious effects on the health of athletes. One of the common injury concerns throughout all ages of contact sports is the concussion. The fact of the matter is, although concussions are a serious issue, people claim that certain changes could be ruining the overall enjoyment of a game. The differing views on this issue come from the several perspectives, the players, doctors, parents, and spectators. How are the recent changes in contact rules affecting the game of hockey?
Heartbreak Hockey In October of 2000, the Columbus Blue Jackets became one of the thirty teams to grace the ice of the National Hockey League. But since the establishment of this rookie team, Blue Jackets fans would currently laugh at the thought of the team being able to grace the ice. Yeah, they’re that bad. Tormented by a series of unfortunate events, followed by the false hopes of resurrection, the hearts and minds of Blue Jackets fans are surely tender. The struggles of being a Jackets fan are well encompassed by Bob Hunter, an Ohio sportswriter for the Columbus Dispatch.
Indian Horse: The Racism that destroys, but creates Saul Hockey is a national sport that unites one another. From the Montreal Canadiens to the Vancouver Canucks, children and adults find excitement in the game. In the novel Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese, Saul Indian Horse encounters racism in his hockey career and with society. Saul attempts to bear the stereotypes set on him, which destroys him and thus, Saul struggles in attempt to reconcile mentally, physically and spiritually. Initially, when Saul starts playing with his hockey reserve team, he experiences his first encounter with racism.