Sometimes we forget that being a professional athlete is a job. It’s a job performed by human beings. So when a trade occurs, it’s easy to lose sight that a person just switched companies–moving from a place, a group of people, a city–and their life has been turned upside down. These players aren’t just switching […]Read more "Alex Burrows’ Goodbye Letter Shows The Impact Trades Have on Players"
The Players’ Tribune captivates me. It could be the forever athlete in me, but I absolutely love hearing sports stories from a player’s perspective. Often, the Players’ Tribune opens sheds light on the life of a professional sports athlete. It’s not all glitz and glamour, as we so often fantasize it to be. Many times […]Read more "Brent Sopel, The Players’ Tribune, and Storytelling"
Three years ago, Rich Peverley nearly lost his life during an NHL game. It was one of the scariest and most bizarre events. If you haven’t seen the footage, it’s a lot to handle. Luckily, the worst was averted and Peverley survived his cardiac arrest. His road back was difficult for both him and his […]Read more "Rich Peverley Transforms His Adversity Into a Platform to Help Others"
It has long been the norm that top tier Canadian hockey prospects play Major Junior hockey in their pursuit of an NHL career. However, an alternate path is becoming increasingly popular for talented Canadians. This route involves playing Junior A hockey; translating that into a scholarship offer from an NCAA school; and then (hopefully) moving into […]Read more "Don’t Forget About College Hockey"
Five years ago, the hockey community lost a young man to mental illness. For many reasons, Rick Rypien was beloved by teammates, front office executives, fans, and media alike. In honour of Rypien, the Vancouver Province has put together a summary of the articles in an effort to tell his story. This is a valuable read, […]Read more "In Memory: Rick Rypien 5 Years Later"