We’re All In This Together

Posted: May 14, 2011 by JoeyD in Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers, NHL

Usually news of great importance, happiness, or sadness usually comes without warning and can leave a person stone-faced, glossy-eyed or overcome with either extreme of the emotion spectrum. Last night proved this with news breaking of the sudden and all too early passing of New York Rangers forward Derek Boogaard.

Quickly on Twitter, mentions of Boogaard became trending topics all the way from Pittsburgh to San Francisco. Another instance of the impression hockey and the sports’ fans have on social networking sites, albeit if the topic of trend was a shocking, sad, and somber one.  Regardless of team affiliation or the stature of the player, few rival the banding together you find from the hockey community.

I seen a great example on Twitter from “Stoosh” from the Tuesdays With Stoosh weekly columns on The Pensblog likening the response of the hockey community to Boogaard’s passing to a quote from Jack Falla. The Boston University Journalism professor and hockey writer for Sports Illustrated in the 1980s when asked why he goes to the NHL Draft when there is no hockey being played responded that he goes to see his friends and would explain that hockey is like a tribal gathering and that “Hockey is the only tribe I belong to.” I find that quote every bit as beautiful as Badger Bob Johnson’s “It’s a great day for hockey’.

So with tonight’s beginning of the Conference Finals, all of us will watch hoping that the live action will take all of our minds off of last night’s unfortunate news and begin a form of healing.  Because, we are all in this together.

  1. Gabbi says:

    I think the one that fits the best is a Fred Shero quote (one I love so much, it’s painted on my door). “We know that hockey is where we live, where we can best meet and overcome pain and wrong and death. Life is just a place where we spend time between games.” Rest in peace, Derek. Sorry to see you go.

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