Hockey fans in Chicago and wherever you are in the global village: the NHL Stanley Cup Finals begin in less than 48 hours and I hope to be one of the voices that helps you enjoy and develop a perspective on this fascinating and exciting sporting phenomenon.
First let me declare my biases: I am an insane hockey fan. I am Canadian. I am a grateful resident of the United States in Chicago. And I love the Chicago Blackhawks. They are a team poised to make history. And do it by playing a particularly attractive brand of hockey. I have often thought that with my family, my background and my job that I am the luckiest guy in the world. The fact that I now call Chicago home and have had a front row seat to the resurrection, development and management of a great Original Six hockey team just furthers that belief.
We are about to go on an amazing ride with the Chicago Blackhawks as they compete for nothing less than the Stanley Cup. Supremacy in hockey (notwithstanding the Olympics.)
Either way, hockey is a game that at this point in the season is won by the team whose members feel a stronger bond to each other, and use that bond to will themselves to feats of athletic skill that create goals and saves. It is that simple. I have played recreationally for 35 years but that impulse is the pathway to success -- and it is the same no matter what level one plays at. We're truly fortunate in Chicago to have a team positioned to engage their skill and fortitude. I think this upcoming two weeks is going to be over too fast.