NHL ”Our Way Of Life”
I find myself to be re-blogging, or reposting this video quite often. Most videos are nice and all, but this one is different. It doesn’t focus on a specific team, rivalry, or anything. It’s about hockey. I know what you’re thinking, ‘no shit.’ But i mean, it’s really, really about hockey. All of it. Every victorious moment, every painstaking, heartwrenching second of any game you’ve ever watched. It goes beyond the gloves, the net, the puck, the sticks, and into the soul of hockey. The soul of the people involved in hockey. Seeing the players, coaches or fans cry, from small children to grown men, is just a glimpse of what this sport can do to you; If you allow it. “A story of hope.” That one day, one year your team will raise the sacred Cup. Every game that’s won, is another chapter in in the books. Bringing the Cup just an inch closer. “..and Pain.” We all know this. That feeling. The team lost. It might’ve been the first game of the year, or the game no one is worried about, or the biggest game of the entire season. It doesn’t matter. It hurts. “The Renaissance” We’ve come a long way as an organization, and been through a fair share of ups and downs. That doesn’t change anything. The dedication is still their, of players and fans a like. “Magic.” Your first game. Seeing that team. Your team. Skate onto the ice. The players you’ve seen on tv countless times, but you’re finally there. Or maybe it’s the first time you saw your team win the Cup. On T.V, or if you’re lucky, in person. It’s unexplainable, really. “..and blood” The things these men would do to win their game. They sacrifice their body, they protect one another. In the end, they are all brothers, but for these three periods, they are relentless enemies. “Our way of life..” There is nothing like it. I couldn’t have worded it better myself: “This.Is.What.We.Live.For." And these moments. All of them. "Our culture." Those tiny moments, that you will remember, forever. The wave of towels at a playoff game. The chants. The chills. Being surrounded by people just like you. The goal horn. Any of it. All of it. “Passion.” It’s been there. It always has been. Need i say more? “The rise” Glorious winning streaks. Taking down a number one seed. Amazing come backs. “The fall.” The whole ‘so close, yet so far.’ comes to mind here. “Game of Inches” Literally. That red line is always in the wrong place at the wrong time. Or maybe it isn’t depending which team you’re rooting for. And when i say inches, i mean it. “One for my city!” I can only respond to this quote with another quote from the great Herb Brooks: “You’re looking for players whose name on the front of the sweater is more important than the one on the back.” “And the Moments Where Cheesy Words Become Reality.” Reading these words and watching the clips that follow proceed to give me chills. Those moments. You know what I’m talking about. When every single person in that arena erupts. Stands, screams and smiles. Out of sheer amazement and joy, you hug the guy next to you. You don’t even know him. But you do know, you love the same team and sport as he does. That’s all that counts. Or those nights, when players are retired, and their numbers are slowly raised into the rafters. The emotions are overwhelming. You cry, they cry, everyone cries. Tears of happiness, yet of pain. Or the sounds of your team’s commentators shouting “SCOOOORE!” All for that final game. The Cup is handed over to whomever is victorious. It is lifted over their head. It is kissed. Hugged. Smiled about. Cried over. A silly game one might say, all for a silly game. Sure, but our silly game.
Although i myself am a New York Rangers’ fan, I am not posting this quote as a biased reference. There are many words to describe any hockey moment, but as the great Sam Rosen once said,
"And this one will last a lifetime."