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Defining of a Hockey Hero

I thought I would write my next blog on hockey heroes. First, I would like to define hero. I asked some of my friends to pick their hockey hero and tell me why they picked that person. So let’s find out who my friends picked and why.

Jimmer and CaptPantalones both picked Pat Lafontaine. He shows what it’s like to be a leader, teammate, and is great in the community. He just always showed great class and respect for even the smallest fan.

EricEngels and nyghtflyer both picked Saku Koivu. When Koivu got sick and then came back in the same season, he forever touched all of our hearts. He exemplifies grit, determination, skill, deceptive quickness, heart, composure, and professionalism; one of the top ten smartest players with the puck in. The standing ovation that he got when came back from the Ottawa vs Montreal game was outstanding. If anyone wants to read a powerful blog, please reads Eric‘s blog on Koivu: http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?post_id=6802

Beleafer picked Lanny Macdonald. Lanny never gave up. This seems to be a trait common to Canadian hockey players. Lanny won a Stanley cup in Calgary.

Tkc picked Cammi Granato and Hayley Wickenheiser. Cammi, who has been with the US women's national team program since its inception, is the leading scorer in the history of the national team. Hayley the first female to ever score a point in a professional hockey league.

Daniel Tolensky picked #99 Gretzky for unbelievable vision and hockey sense – Gretzky understood the game better than anyone, practiced non-stop to become better than anyone, and used his teammates better than anyone.

Greenie's biggest hero is Lucky Luc; he was a model of greatness on the ice and off.

Scoop and JS picked Bobby Clark. He made every player around him better, owing to his unrelenting desire to win. He was the epitome of a warrior, overcoming diabetes.

Marchman76 chose Joe Sakic, because not only is he Marchman's favourite player, but he has been with one team and one organization and has shown leadership though the years.

Bluesfan44's hero is Bret Hull, a great goal Scorer and leader.

Patrick Hoffman picks Mike Richter. He says that besides having been one of the greatest Rangers of all time, Richter was an outstanding human being.

Teddy and Vetts both Picked Bobby Orr Because he is the best dman to ever play in the NHL.. He was the greatest on the Ice and as classy as they come off it. He was a player that always had time for the fans and to this day is still one of the best ambassadors the sport .

Now who is my hockey hero? I have quite a few, but I think the one I love the most is Hakin Looooooooooooooobbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb. He scored 50 goals and won a cup, but most of all, he always treated the city and its fans like we were special. You could really tell he loved his time here in Calgary.

So what have I learned about heroes through my friends? I have learned that a hero is a leader; a kind, outstanding person; a pioneer; a knowledgeable person; someone who makes everyone around him a better person; someone who desires to accomplish a goal, believing in himself, knowing he can do anything with a positive attitude; and someone involved in his community.

You want to know a little secret? Each one of those qualities that my friends found in their hockey heroes, they have in themselves. In order for you to recognize these qualities in other people, you must have them in yourself. You see, my point is that we can each be a hero in some way or another. Ah, the important things in life!

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August 13, 2007 10:30 AM ET | Delete
Great blog, and great names all.So... all you Canadians and Buffalo fans, flame away at me... :D
August 13, 2007 10:58 AM ET | Delete
Great one Flames, informational and inspiring. It's really neat to see who other's heros are and why they think of them as such. Thanx for asking me for my hero and the reason why he is.
August 13, 2007 11:13 AM ET | Delete
hey man,Nice blog...you got skillz. Thanks.
August 13, 2007 11:23 AM ET | Delete
Nice work Flamestr. I like all the choices above and your thoughts are well written. If I might add my two cents...I would choose Mario. To battle back from Hodgekins Lymphoma, a spinal disc herniation, chronic hip-flexor tendinitis and atrial fibrillation and STILL lead the league in scoring six times and be a three time All Star is just amazing. I honestly believe that if he had not missed the games he did due to injury or illness - that he might have had a shot at The Great One's scoring records. He was magical to watch and will always be a permanent star in the hockey heavens.nice work!SYF
August 13, 2007 11:59 AM ET | Delete
Simply amazing Flamestr... still can't believe I'm the only one who picked 99!
August 13, 2007 12:06 PM ET | Delete
Hey FLAMESTR, great blog. It was worth the wait this weekend. Keep up the great work man!
August 13, 2007 12:13 PM ET | Delete
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August 13, 2007 12:51 PM ET | Delete
Aside from the marks he set, Loob was also a trailblazer for swede's in the NHL, great pick! No goalies on the list so I'll just chime in with Vernon, some of those windmill glove saves... must of broke some hearts of opposing teams. Or even possibly Fluery for overcoming so much tio make the NHL, only the way he ended would make me think otherwise. Great topic!
August 13, 2007 1:04 PM ET | Delete
Ahmen to Patty La La! Bigger off the ice than on it, and he was great on it!
August 13, 2007 1:41 PM ET | Delete
great read Flame. Awesome job
August 13, 2007 1:44 PM ET | Delete
Good Blog, I would have to go with Yzerman or Sakic myself...unrelated but weird that there is so many Superstar Centres/Captains wearing the number 19... Sakic, Yzerman, Richards, Thornton, Naslund.. were they all inspired by Trottier or something?
August 13, 2007 2:57 PM ET | Delete
Well done! Keep on writing:)
August 13, 2007 4:08 PM ET | Delete
Good jod Flamstr!
August 13, 2007 4:52 PM ET | Delete
I'd go with Ray Bourque. Showed up everyday. Worked hard. Never complained and was loyal to Boston until they basically kicked him out to allow him a chance to get his name engraved.
August 13, 2007 5:48 PM ET | Delete
Good stuff, Flamestr! If I had to pick a hockey "hero", it would have to be Mario Lemieux. Simply put, he could do it all ... and he often did against the Isles! :( On top of that, the man simply wouldn't succumb to adversities that many others would have quit from far earlier in their careers.Now please don't tell any of my Pittsburgh fan friends that I said this ...
August 13, 2007 5:49 PM ET | Delete
Very nice read, Flames.
August 13, 2007 5:57 PM ET | Delete
Nice job, Flamestr.
August 13, 2007 8:04 PM ET | Delete
Hey....great blog buddy! You know, if would've chosen a hero, there's a good chance that Koivu would've been my choice also, but being of the "older" generation, i grew up idolizing guys like Larry Robinson, Guy Lafleur and Bob Gainey. My hero is Bob Gainey! That guy was the definition of warrior on the ice. He was captain of the team when he won the Stanley Cup with two (2)...that's right 2 seperated shoulders! That's unheard of today! You want a hero, look at guys that give gutsy performances like that! These guys are special. Again, great blog, my friend.
August 13, 2007 10:39 PM ET | Delete
"My hero is Bob Gainey! That guy was the definition of warrior on the ice. He was captain of the team when he won the Stanley Cup with two (2)...that's right 2 seperated shoulders! That's unheard of today! You want a hero, look at guys that give gutsy performances like that!" great!!!This is an excellent blog flamster. To me Patrick Roy will ALWAYS be a hero, which is echoed by his accomplishments, most notably the three conn smythes. His determination and confidence has been extremely inspiring to any hockey player who has looked to be a go to guy in the league today. He is the most influential goalie to ever hit the NHL by popularizing the most effective goal-tending technique ever known. Not only was he admired by fans he was also a great team player, very well spoken of by teammates.
August 13, 2007 10:48 PM ET | Delete
first...flames that is a passionate hockey blog...a fun discussion for all to be had...second i never knew my brother was so articulate...his arguement really holds weight...lol
August 14, 2007 11:52 AM ET | Delete
Nice one Flamestr, I would have chose Neely, a stand up guy, a true team player in every sense of the word, and he gives alot back to the community here in Boston with his work with cancer.
August 14, 2007 11:59 AM ET | Delete
I'm not sure Flamestr. I'd be looking for the hockey equivalent of Curt Flood, who challenged baseball's reserve clause (and lost). Don't see that kind of courage - and adherence to principle in the face of great personal cost - in hockey yet.Anyway, interesting topic.
August 14, 2007 3:08 PM ET | Delete
Flamestr -- again great blog. For what its worth, I'd have to echo Goalie and say Ray Borque. A hero in any context. Keep up the great work; you are a force unto yourself.
August 14, 2007 3:53 PM ET | Delete
i thought that that was a great blog but when you mentioned all the on ice qualities i thoght of none other than the captain steve yzerman i cant even begin to fathom why he wasnt mentioned he is the longest serving captain ever{nickname=the captain}that shows leadership. he is 6th in points 7th in assists and 8th in goals all time,this shows superhuman skill.and he ran countless charities and was love by every detroiter,wings fan and any devoted hockey fan{yes even some avs fans love him also}he was the heart and soul of detroit and he always shoved away the spotlight.he was an unbelievable hockey player and an even better person.he was,is and always willbe stevie Y.
August 14, 2007 4:55 PM ET | Delete
Red_avi, as a Blues fan, I destest everything Red Wing.... but cannot bring myself to hate Steve Yzerman. There's just too much about him that defines the perfect hockey player.
August 16, 2007 12:13 AM ET | Delete
Great idea for a blog. Daryl Sittler was my hero growing up. I just recently met him and he is the genuine article. Very down to earth, and easy going even surrounded by 500 people. He signed a picture as well as allowed my son and I to take a photo with him. I was there at MLG when he scored 10 points vs the bruins. I was working the end blues selling ice cream bars. It was an experience that I'll never forget!
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