THE CALGARY FLAMES GET IT
I thought I would write another blog on what is really important in life. Most of these players understand what is really important for the NHL. You see the players understand that no how many records they break, or how many goals they score, it doesn’t matter if there are no fans to watch them! I am going to share some stories that show how Calgary Flames players show they care about their fans. Now this is not a bragging blog, but what I have experienced with the Flames. I could have used many different players, but these are the most memorable ones. I would actually like to do a blog on other teams and what their players do for their fans - if you have good experiences, please pm me and maybe I can do a sequel to this blog.
We were at the prospect camp in July when we met Andrei. He let me take a picture of Douglas and himself and another player named Adam Pardy, and later signed his shirt. Andrei made an effort to see us every single day that camp, to come and talk with Douglas. Now that may not seem like much, but to a nine year old that meant everything. It really won’t matter to Douglas how Andrei does this season, all that matters is that Andrei is a friend. Now with son, friends are very valuable. There can be no bigger complement to my son.
I met Rhett a couple of years ago in the Phoenix airport. I recognized him while he was on his cell. Rhett sat with Douglas and I at the airport and talked to the both of us for two hours while we waited for the plane. Again, you may not think that is a big deal, but ever since then, Rhett says hello to us and spend some time with the family when he sees us. My family really doesn’t care about Rhett's stats, we just care about Rhett the person. If you have not met Rhett, you have really missed out; this man has a heart of gold Rhett taught us that players care. Does it get better than that?
We first met Mikka at the 2005 camp. Mikka was surrounded by fans as soon as he came in, it was quite the scene. Well, somehow I lost Douglas, and Mikka noticed my panicked state, so while he signing signatures in the mob, he started looking for a lost kid. Somehow Douglas got into the mob and at Kipper's feet. He started smiling and looked at me, and said could this be yours? You can never understand the feeling of losing your son until you experience it first hand. I will always be grateful for Kipper for finding Douglas. Kipper taught me that losing a kid is a universal fear.
None of these stories probably mean anything to the players, but that is exactly why I am doing a blog on them. The players do care about the fans. They matter a lot to Flames organization, and that is important to a 45 year old father who takes his 9 year old son to every pre-season camp. Now if this message in not received by every fan in all of the NHL cities, they are handing out the wrong message, because we should count and we do in Calgary. If more people know that players are willing to work with the fans, just maybe the fans will work more with the players. It really bothers me when I hear about how these players are spoiled and think they are better than anyone else. Nothing could be further from the truth. Most of the players are very grateful to the fans and appreciate their support. Sure some fans will say hello and the player doesn’t quite respond the way the fan wants him to, that does not make every player in the league a bad person. Heck, that does not even make that player a bad person. Maybe they just had a bad day. Let's try to think of the other person also. Ah, the important things in life.