I love hockey. From the time I was about eight or so, I would occasionally watch games with my dad (if they were before my bedtime). I was born into a Habs-loving family in the center of a Maple Leaf-centric city, so when I was given my first piece of Canadiens merchandise, I quickly understood the taboo of it, but still wore it proudly, claiming I was my elementary school’s biggest Habs fan. My favourite player was (and still is) P.K. Subban, so I was notably devastated when he was traded from my favourite team, and that his "bromance" with Carey Price was being censored. Among my friends, who are largely not hockey fans, I’m something of an expert on the game. How could I not be? I can name more than five players in the NHL, I understand the rules, and I actively cheer for not one, but two teams (the second being the Nashville Predators, naturally). But not that I would ever admit this to another fan, I’m a poser. I really don’t know that much about hockey, aside from the league’s biggest moments, and I don’t follow it religiously, save for a few key players on the most popular teams. My hockey knowledge is conversational, but has absolutely no depth. This has led me to develop a feeling of inadequacy when it comes to discussing Canada’s game with literally any hockey fan outside of my small gaggle of hockey-ignorant friends. Why is it that every NHL fan can spit stats or discuss plays from across that league for the last 10 years at the drop of a hat? And I’m left to stumble my way through playoff bracket conversations.
There’s a rot that exists inside the culture of hockey that is a top-down type of disease. This malady can be easily understood as the Thug Mentality. It starts with the likes of Don Cherry, currently a prominent NHL analyst and commentator and former head coach of the Boston Bruins. Eventually it trickles down into the leagues of the little ones because the veins of the hockey culture are clogged with this viscous disease.
Sports movies, in general, have the inherent ability to instill something in its viewers that many films are unable to organically inculcate—the feeling of hope.
I was recently going through my leadership/professional development binder—a compilation of my own scribbles and thoughts from my time at West Point, and my brief stint as an army officer. In addition, I have several printouts from a variety of mentors with pearls of wisdom from their personal experience and other articles provided by these same mentors. I was looking for potential material to benefit Knight Vision Hockey members, and I stumbled on the perfect article—"The Seven Habits of Highly Mediocre People" written by Mark Sheffert, CEO of Manchester Companies, Inc.
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For those people who were not raised in a sports-oriented household, the fanatic culture that surrounds sports like professional hockey may seem chaotic and silly. Yet for people like me who grew up in a house where the television was always set to a sports channel and dinner conversations revolved around the most recent NHL game, the enthusiastic fan loyalty and love of hockey was part of daily life. In the eyes of NHL fans, hockey is more than just twelve men skating on ice, passing around a puck, and getting into the occasional fist-fight. The NHL has a culture rooted in seasons of incredible players, renowned coaches, and historic game-changing plays.
There are approximately 80 concussions per year in the NHL. Hockey players run a relatively high risk of concussions and serious brain injury, which is why it's important to try on an array of hockey helmets before picking out the right one. You need a helmet with a fit that feels like it was custom-designed for you. Layers of foam, liquid bladders, and shock absorbent materials are vital, too. Whether you play in the street or on the ice, whether you're a youth hockey player or a well-seasoned senior, there is no reason you would have a problem finding a helmet to keep you safe.
No two hockey players are the same; and indeed, no two positions or skills require the same strengths. Were this the case, all hockey players would use the same stick. Rather, finding the best stick for the player is a matter of personal preference and skill. Some major aspects of their equipment the best NHL defensemen of all time probably considered are stick handling, kick point, and an open or closed face heel curve, among others. With these kinds of considerations in mind, the best hockey sticks for defensemen has a range of prices and particularities that each player should consider before skating out onto the ice.
On Monday, November 5, 2018, an NHL player scored a hat-trick for the New Jersey Devils in their game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Devils would later go on to beat the Penguins by a score of 5-1. Now, of course, every hat trick is special simply because they help a team beat another team. But this hat trick was notably special. Besides the valuable distinction of scoring three goals in one game, it was completed by one Brian Boyle, and it was the first hat trick of his 11-year career and came after 705 career games. However, even with all of that, there is still more to the story of this hat trick by Brian Boyle. What else is there, you ask?
With a huge signing in the off-season of Jonathan Tavares to the Toronto Maple Leafs, some people in the hockey world are touting the team as early cup contenders. However, just as many, after seeing how well the Winnipeg Jets did during their playoff run this past season, are also predicting the Jets to be strong favourites. The October 24 game between these two team, which have turned out to be Canada's two strongest contenders to lift the silverware up in the spring of 2019 was the first of two regular season games between the pair of hockey powerhouses before they potentially meet again in the post season.
During a season where some of the bigger scorers on the team have been keeping quiet on the scoresheet, it is hugely refreshing to see other players step up. Certainly, players less known for their scoring prowess such as defensemen are often ones who get the fuzzy end of the lollipop, but Jacob Trouba was no sucker as he banged in the overtime winner during the Jets' fifth game in their six game home stand, taking the two points with a 5-4 win.