“Yes I Can” tournament: inspirational example of hockey spirit and sportsmanship puts pros to shame.
I’m sure it’s quite noticable that I’ve not had the same interest in hockey this year. Last year, I usually posted something about hockey on average about once per week during the season.
This year, it’s just not the same because the NHL lockout was disheartening. I still watch the games with my husband, but find the enthusiasm is considerably less.
My feelings also stem in part from my distate for the violence that has become an integral part of the game. Legal hits don’t bother me so much, but deliberate targeting of key players, intentionally excessive and nasty hits, choreographed fights and embellishment reduce our enjoyment of the game.
The “Yes I Can” hockey tournament for Special Hockey International is modeled after the Olympics to bring together teams from all over the eastern United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Although set up as a tournament, it is not competitive.
This video from a Guelph Giants hockey game was shown at this year’s tournament as an ideal example of teamwork and sportsmanship. In this case, “Yes We Can” would be a much more appropriate title.
Mark found this video from the “Yes I Can” tournament: