Simply put – professional hockey players aren’t pussies. How about this story of Florida Panthers’ captain Bryan McCabe suffering a shot right to the face off the stick of one my my Devils. The shot broke a bone in his face and he was already playing with a broken finger. This happened in the first period, so you’d think that’s game over right? Wrong. Hockey players don’t complain about injuries, they play the game because they are some of the fiercest competitors you’ll find. Like any good captain, McCabe rose to the challenge as a General would and led his team to victory. Sadly, my Devils lost but helped prove a point. Hockey is the greatest game of challenge, skill, fierce competition, mind games, pure flow, and sheer brawn.
In what other professional sport is fighting encouraged, not as an integral part of the performance (boxing), but as part of a finely tuned and orchestrated flow of the game? You have to understand that fights occur as momentum shifts; to pump guys up and contribute to game-changing motivation and energy. There’s some science behind the physical response athletes have when they tap into this energy of complete determination. It’s a psyche that people exhibit whenever they have devoted themselves to honing their skills and craft in any field. Professionals of all degrees have this “creative flow” when they are charged with a task of considerable challenge and have the high level of skill necessary to adapt and overcome such challenges. Musicians, artists, scientists and athletes all have this potential and find extreme joy and happiness once they have entered the state of consciousness akin to what Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls the “creative flow”. Here he is to talk about this flow through the famous TED talks.
Hockey players play the game because they love it. I love it. There’s nothing quite like tearing up the ice and leaving everything out there. It’s the best way to prove who’s who and “what’s good” without even saying a word. Then again, chirping is all part of the mind fuck until you snipe top tit on his sack of shit goalie and shut down his word vomit. The fabled hockey flow is not only the aesthetic look that most people recognize as us hockey players by (suck it laxers) but it is also the kind of “creative flow” that makes hockey the best sport out there. I encourage you all to watch a little more hockey and judge for yourselves. Send your criticism my way if you want a mental bout.