by Bethany on 10/08/08 at 11:47 AM ET
Michael Arace put out one of the funniest (to me at least) articles that I have seen in quite some time.
He took words that Ken Hitchcock uses ALL the time, and turned them into a bit of a dictionary to get us ready for hockey season, the result….Hitchionary.
Below are some of the words included, but I urge you to read it all.
Compete: It is not on the list of the 500 most-used words in the English language, but it is in Hitchcock’s top two, ranking only behind “the.” According to the Hitchcock ethos, to compete is the greatest virtue. A fourth-line winger who competes is held in great esteem, but a sublimely skilled scorer is nothing if he is not “engaged.” And a player who takes a bad penalty is not lame-brained, he lacks “competitive composure.”
Reckless: Hitchcock helped ruin free-flowing offense with the defensive schemes he implemented in the mid-1990s. Other coaches followed suit and made the neutral zone a heavy no-man’s land. In part to salvage his legacy, Hitchcock had to come up with an offensive countermeasure—and like all of his great ideas, the countermeasure is more psychological than real. How do you score in today’s NHL? You have to be reckless. Hitchcock uses Alexander Ovechkin as a classic example. Ovechkin will risk decapitation to get to the net. He will dance on the fine line of competitive composure. His copious skill is almost secondary.
Skate: On the bench, this is Hitchcock’s clarion call after every turnover (outside some other, heavier words).
After reading it, what other words should be added to the Hitchionary?
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