By Alanah Downie
I've been spending a lot of time lately, indoctrinating a non-hockey friend to the awesomeness of our favorite sport. Not knowing the game very well, it's hard for him to understand the sequence of brilliance that leads to an Ovechkin goal or a Luongo save -- he's learning, but it takes time.
So today I sent him the video below just for the hell of it, and surprisingly, this is the highlight reel that finally got his attention:
Hockey grabs different people for different reasons over time, but maybe it's just the raw energy, risk and power of the game that reaches people first. For every person who complains about "too much violence" and that it's "not family friendly enough" there are many others who are open to it, but just don't understand the skill, speed and physical prowess that make this a brilliant sport.
A highlight video of hockey checks like this one shows only small aspect of the NHL game. But it's winning over my friend one hit at a time. Go figure.
[YouTube video link]