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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Kiss the Cup

 

Laila Anderson is an 11-year old St. Louis Blues hockey fan. When her parents took her to games she would make her way to the tunnel leading back to the home dressing room and fist-bump the players on their way in. She became such a fixture the players started to notice her.

Two years ago she was diagnosed with HLH, or Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocystosis, a disease so rare only 15 children in the United States are known to have it. Simply put, it makes your white blood cells attack other cells in your body, deeply compromising your immune system.

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I nearly spilled my coffee on the rug while watching the Stanley Cup Final last night. Ricochet’s own Pat Sajak was wearing a Washington Capitals polo and announcing the starting lineups. So sad. Imagine if you were watching Seinfeld on TV and you see Rob Long in the credits as a show-runner? Or perhaps listening […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Tragedy in Saskatchewan

 
Humboldt (SK) Broncos, via their Twitter feed.

The road to the NHL is different than it is for other professional athletes. For many, the dreams get serious at age 16 when they enter Junior Hockey. There are three leagues run under the auspices of the Canadian Hockey League and there are even CHL teams based in the United States. Choosing to play in these leagues, while considered amateur, can make you ineligible to play in the NCAA.

For Humboldt, Saskatchewan, their Broncos have been a center of their community of 6,000 souls. They took the Royal Bank Cup Championship in 2003 and 2008. Friday night the team bus, headed to a semifinal game against Nipawin, was hit by a tractor-trailer. The RCMP reports 15 fatalities including the head coach and the team captain. Many more are hospitalized with severe injuries. The driver of the truck was uninjured.

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Edmonton, Alberta is known by hockey fans. In travelling around Russia last summer, when the locals found out I was from Edmonton, the response was an enthusiastic thumbs up and a cheerful: “Edmonton Oilers!” Yep, we’re known for hockey. Fans of the game will recognize the names of the Edmonton Oilers alum who have been […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Fifty-Six to Four: The Tears of a Sportsman

 

Billy CropAt his natural position, no one in the league was his equal. He was what hockey folks call a “stay-at-home” defenseman, a player who specializes in using his physicality, vision, and disciplined play to neutralize the opposing team’s offensive star. He had always been one of the smallest players on his team, but he compensated for his modest stature by playing with a bulldog’s tenacity. He was fearless and the fans loved him for it. Opposing centers hated his miserable guts, but to the people in the stands, he represented everything beautiful about the game.

Ohh, did I mention he’s eight-years-old? Gonna be nine in January.

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Even when there’s less than 10 seconds left and the faceoff is in your own zone. And your team is on the penalty kill. Want proof? More

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