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Chris Stewart Raises His Compete Level

from Dan O'Neill of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

“You just have to worry about competing for your teammates and really bearing down. When you do those little things, that’s when you get that room in the offensive zone to make that move. I think that’s one of the best things that has hit home in my career for me.”

Stewart has realized the means can justify the ends. He has focused on the process and the production has come complimentary.

“What we’re trying to do with Stewie is change his value system, and he’s really starting to embrace that now,” Hitchcock said. “You can still be a good player in the game and not get points. You can still have an impact, even though you don’t score.

“It’s about not playing the game looking to score, but playing the game looking to compete and know that when you have a high skill level, like Stewie does, there’s going to be times when you score. But don’t drop your competitive base. Don’t base everything on points.”


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Dakkster's avatar

As a linguist I despise that “compete level” has become so popular. I blame Babcock for it. Compete is a damn verb and the noun form is competition. Compete level sounds retarded.

Posted by Dakkster from Southern Sweden on 03/18/13 at 12:18 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Those damn headline writers!

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/18/13 at 12:20 PM ET

Dakkster's avatar

Well, you know, not a lot to do about it now. It’s in the vernacular… and that’s what I blame Babcock for smile He started the whole “compete level” trend. I never came across it before he started saying it a few years ago. Bastard… wink

Then again, I notice a whole bunch of weird language quirks all the time. Job hazard, I guess. Recently I’ve noticed that you North Americans have stopped using the participle form of irregular verbs and that also sounds strange. “He had saw the puck.”

Posted by Dakkster from Southern Sweden on 03/18/13 at 01:20 PM ET

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