Saturday, September 30, 2006

Who Is My Favorite Player?

I receieved an email asking me the rather simple question

Hey who is your favorite player in the league now? just curious.

As simple a question as that is, I dont think I have given many hints to my allegiences in this blog. I have tried to look at hockey in as objective an manner as possible and not cheerlead for one team. That is often the way I look at the game, I am happy if I watched a good game no matter who wins.

So who is my favorite player? In some ways, that comes down to the question of how one defines favorite. The player I think is most exciting to watch is Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, but he is not the player I would call my favorite.

My favorite player is Joe Sakic. Why? Because I knew him before he was a star. I knew him when he was a kid playing in Burnaby Minor Hockey (I didn't know him well - but I did know him). I am happy to see this kid who grew up not too far from me, who attended the same high school as I did, who skated on the same rinks that I did go on to the NHL and win the Hart Trophy and the Stanley Cup. If he can do it anyone can right? Not anyone ... I cannot. But that makes him a real person and not just an athletic figure who is larger than life. And that is why I consider him my favorite player.

It's a small world. The guy I go to Giants games with (a cousin of a friend) played with Sakic for a time growing up. Of course, now the d00ds a huge Avalanche fan.

Also, every day on my way to work, I drive past Joe Sakic Blvd...
I no longer live anywhere near Burnaby - but I visit sometimes cause my parents still do.

If the guy you go to Giants games with played with Sakic when they were slightly older (like teenagers) I betcha I know him (or at least know of him). If they played on the same team as 8 year olds or something its likely I don't know the guy.
Well, his name is Stan (Warner?) and I think he played with Joe sometime between ages 12-14. I'll have to pin it down some time.

I have yet to see a Darren McCarty way, though.
Stan Warner is not a name that rings a bell.

Darren McCarty is south Burnaby. We don't speak of him.

Cliff Ronning - now there was a good kid. Another Burnaby North student.
McCarty may have been born in Burnaby (south) but he was raised in Ontario.

Burnaby North is better for many incoherent reasons that go back to high school sports.
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