DEFINING A HOCKEY HERO 2
The positive feed back I got from Hockey Hero 1 gave me strength to do a Hockey Hero 2. I will make my comments on the bottom of the blog. Please also give comments to the people who participated in the blog , because without them there would be no blog. I will also make a comment after each poster pick, now on with the picks.
Thf picked 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 - that's right, two - separated shoulders. That's unheard of today! You want a hero; look at guys that gave gutsy performances like that! These guys are special. If there is one guy who defines Mr. Hab, it's Bob Gainey, best defensive forward in the game. I can not agree more with Mr. Thf.
PigBanger and Roc chose Trevor Linden
Linden came into the league with huge expectations by the Vancouver fans. He lead by example on and off the ice, and never publicly or privately dissed his teammates or management, despite rough times and treatment by the Canucks.
He visited Ronald McDonald House even when he was traded to the Islanders, Habs, and finally the Capitals. As a father, I have to commend him for his undying commitment to kids. As a human being, I have to admire his heart. In a world full of prima dona "me"attitudes among athletes, it is a relief to see someone care for others.
Linden is known as Mr. Canuck, who brought back the N.H.L. He is a pure hero in hockey fans hearts everywhere. Great pick by roc and banger.
Shawn Gates named Doug Gilmour as his hockey hero.
Gilmour is one of the best all-around players I've had the pleasure to watch, and one of the most approachable I've had the chance to meet. He played with the grit of a grinder, scored with the finesse of a superstar, was a leader by example and voice, and never gave anything but his all. He won a cup in Calgary and Mr. Maple Leaf is one of my few favorites who played for both my two teams. Real good pick by Shawn; good job.
Garth picks Scott Stevens
Stevens redefined the way NHL Dmen play their position. He was to NHL Defense what Lawrence Taylor was playing linebacker in the NFL. His technique was like that of ferocious NFL defenders: find your focal point, usually the chest plate of the offensive player, lunge low to the ice via the deep knee bend, then in one fell swoop, accelerate, lift, and separate the man from the puck. Scott Stevens was one the most devastating body checkers in the Game, ask Big E. Great pick and also a good analogy by Garth who is Mr. Buffalo in hockey Buzz
MediaPredMan chose Steve Sullivan.
While he may not be the "greatest" in the game, to me he is a hero on and off the ice. Steve is great with fans, media, and on the ice. As a Predator, he has averaged over a point per game, and led the team to many great victories. Every time I go into the locker room after a game, he almost always will give me a quote or two, even if he doesn't talk to any other media after me. MPM asked me if I was surprised by his choice. How could I be surprised by his pick? The year that Sullivan was traded to the Preds, he carried the team, including getting a hat trick in his first game. Good job MPM.
B.D. Gallof chose Mario Lemieux as his hero
Lemieux is the best player I’ve seen ever play the game, He played and recovered from spinal disc herniation, Hodgkin's lymphoma, chronic tendinitis of a hip-flexor muscle, and an atrial fibrillation. He gave his all for Pittsburgh, even returning as an owner. That type of commitment is rare. Pure Magic every time he touched the puck, what a joy to see Mario play. Another magical pick by bdg.
Heed picks Toby Petersen
Petersen gave 110% every night last year; He was the one Oiler who could actually be trusted with the puck. He plays in spite of the fact that he is diabetic, which can be extremely difficult for anyone, let alone a professional athlete. He did whatever was asked of him, even playing a couple of games as a defenseman. He did all this while the "Oiler-faithful" - and I use that term loosely - called for his head. I love this pick. Petersen is an under dog that never quits and always finishes his check. A great pick by Heed.
B Bruins elects Cam Neely
Cam Neely is my hero of hockey. Not just because of what he did on the ice; but what he continues to do to this day off this ice. He started a charity called the Neely house and it allows families with young children who suffer from cancer and are being treated in Boston area hospitals with a place to stay, along with other families who are going through the same tragedy, at no cost. He is Don Cherry's favorite player. How can you question that man's heart? His picture should be next to the definition of hero. Great pick by bb.
Goalie220 chose Ray Bourque
My hockey hero would be Ray Bourque. He showed up every day. He leads by example. He is a role model that you would be proud to have your kids follow. He was loyal to his team/city/fans until they basically kicked him out so that he would have a chance to have his named engraved. He played the game the way it should be played. And he never put himself in the spotlight. I consider him as one of the classiest players in the league.
ISLANDER PRIDE picks Pat Lafontain
Lafontain is a hard worker and great leader. He always gives 110% . He received the Bill Masterton Trophy and The Lester Patrick Award and is a Hall of Famer ,which says a lot about the hockey side of it. He also is an enthusiastic benefactor of charitable causes. Pat doesn't just give money to charities; he gives his time. He competed in the Ironman Triathlon. It is one of the most grueling events in all of sports. He did this for the Companions in Courage (The Lafontain's charity). This is the third vote for Lafontain - that should tell you something. You could tell his heart by watching him play pure super star. Good job, Pride.
Berrgy's hockey hero is Joe Thorton
He is my hero because not only is he an extremely gifted play maker, he also is able to cope with media scrutiny and unfair evaluations, and still continues to deliver a high caliber of play . Joe is one of the best three forwards in the game. Great choice, bergy.
Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, all sorts of sizes and different pay cheques. He might be dman or a forward, a fourth line role player or a super star. His pay can not measure his heart, his determination, and his respect. His salary is no measure of his respect from other players, his leadership, or most of all his soul.
You see; a hero does what is necessary to achieve this goal, and most of all he does it within the rules. He has too much class to be anything less. A hero cares how the mission is accomplished; he does not have to score the winning goal or tying goal. A hero is a team player, a winner whether the team wins or loses, because his attitude does not change. You never a hear a hero blame a loss on the refs or blame it on one player. When you lose, you lose as a team; when you win, you win as a team; nothing less, nothing more.
If you want to be a hero, you have to think like a hero. Which means you win like a hero and you lose like hero.
Thank you to all the posters who participated in this blog. You are a great bunch of guys. You are all heroes in my mind.