Maybe we've lost sight of the forest for the trees, letting hockey become an industry. We should remember it's a game, and let kids play and learn through play. Bringing back some freedom into minor hockey, returning a sense of play to the game, will help develop creative skills and, in turn, help us win.
If you're like many travellers visiting a city, beyond taking in the usual tourist attractions, you probably enjoy wandering off the beaten path to get a better sense of the town. Although exploring different districts and hoods can be fun, what's an even bigger blast -- and a sure way of finding out what makes the locals tick -- is to attend a major league sporting event.
James Harrison's message is that it's not always enough to give 100 per cent. We believe the exact opposite -- all you need to do is give 100 per cent. In life, you will win some and lose some, but if you raise your kids to understand the importance of giving it their all then you have done your job as a parent.
This week, Tim Hortons uploaded a series of commercials to YouTube featuring Nova Scotia hometown boys Sidney Crosby and Nate MacKinnon serving up coffee. It elicited numerous tweets, Instagram posts and Facebook statuses at the time, and even garnered TV coverage. This campaign subscribes to many of the 10 top reasons things go viral, methods you too can use to spread your business' message.
In less than 10 years, the Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL) has established itself as a premiere hockey organization for female athletes in North America. The CWHL doesn't just provide all-star level competition for elite players on the ice. The league focuses off ice on developing female leaders who contribute to the sport in community fundraising events, management and coaching roles.
News that former NHL enforcer Todd Ewen's recent death was ruled a suicide saddened me. There is no doubt in my mind that competitive sports exact a physical and mental toll on professional athletes -- deaths are not just the consequences of a violent game and the long-term nefarious effects of injuries incurred on these athlete's bodies and brains, but a reflection of a society that does not allow for its men to be weak.
The public response to the appeal on behalf of Eugene Melnyk, owner of the Ottawa Senators hockey team, for a liver donor has been a heart-warming demonstration of the generosity of our community. Fortunately, a donor was found and the transplant was performed in time to save his life. But is it fair that he received a donation when many others are waiting, and dying, on the waitlist for a transplant? This is one of the common themes in the commentary in the news over the past few days.
Season after season begins with hope and promise, but ends with disappointment. The hopelessness of being a Leaf fan may continue to affect the franchise's followers, and therefore the bottom line, unless they look at alternative ways to mend that relationship. Building trust through social media is the best way to reach the most powerful fan demographic to date.
Ah hockey, Canada's pastime and definitely the predominant religion of Edmontonians. The City Of Champions is still reveling from the high of Canada's gold medal win at the World Juniors, and is always up for some hockey talk. Whether you're watching a game live, at a bar, or getting your own game on, the YEG has plenty of places to play, watch and cheers to our favourite sport.
I guess driving is next on the hit list because the City has built the roads on which we drive. And what about walking? Heavens, that can be dangerous, too. I know someone who wasn't paying attention and broke her ankle pretty badly when mis-stepping off a curb. Guess the City should not have built sidewalks and just let us walk on the side of the road instead.