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Thankfully Corey Hirsch Had A Vision

from Corey Hrisch at The Players' Tribune,

It’s the summer of 1994, I am standing at the edge of a cliff in Kamloops, British Columbia, and I am checking out.

In February, as a 21-year-old starting goalie, I’d backstopped Canada to an Olympic silver medal. In June, as the third goalie for the New York Rangers, I’d drunk out of the Stanley Cup. I have a girlfriend at home. I have a turbo sports car parked behind me. I have the horizon in front of me — so much horizon — and as I look out past the end of it, I am completely calm.

I’m going to see how fast this sports car can go … and drive it right off this cliff.

And then, finally, I’ll be at peace. My thoughts will be gone.

I get in my car and back up a mile and a half so I can get some speed. I’ve been down these roads hundreds of times, while playing junior hockey for the Kamloops Blazers. All I ever wanted to be, ever since I was a little kid, was a goalie. Ever since I saw Gerry Cheevers in that iconic fiberglass mask — you know the one, with the black stitches painted all over it — I just knew. That’s it. I want to be the guy behind that mask. I want to play in the NHL.


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Canucklehead's avatar

Wow, that is an incredible article.  I’m glad to see that hockey is stepping up to offer support for guys suffering from mental illness.  We’ve lost too many players to suicide over the past few years.

Posted by Canucklehead from Ottawa, Ontario on 02/15/17 at 03:21 PM ET

dreamsofhope's avatar

This article was incredible. Just amazing.

Posted by dreamsofhope from Colorado on 02/15/17 at 03:41 PM ET


Been there, done that.  Great article about OCD.  I went through this 17 years ago.Fortunately I got help.  I only suffered with it for about a year.  After 4 months of intense therapy. It was gone.  Do I still have black thoughts?  Yes, but they are months apart and not scary at all. As long as I don’t think too much about politics or the state of the Wings defense, I am all good.  If anyone needs help, please seek it out.  Your life can and will be good again.  You deserve it.

Posted by Wisconsindale on 02/15/17 at 03:45 PM ET

Primis's avatar

I woke up to the news this morning that a student at my kids’ school took his life last night.  Nobody has any idea why, and everyone is very shaken up by it.

We don’t know what goes on in peoples’ heads.  We don’t know some of what goes on in our own.

I really don’t have answers I guess.  Hirsch is very lucky, in some ways.

Posted by Primis on 02/15/17 at 05:25 PM ET

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