2. The Physicality
Some people are turned off by the violent nature of hockey. Others think it’s the greatest thing ever. Whatever your opinion, you certainly have to respect everything the players have to deal with.
There are big, heavy sticks and a flying puck. There is poking and checking, shoving, elbowing, hitting and blocking of shots. All on a big, slippery sheet of ice while wearing skates with sharp blades. And I’m pretty sure you have to be a tad bit crazy to be a goalie.
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These guys willingly put their bodies in the direct line of fire of said puck for (at least) 60 minutes straight.
Not to mention the fighting. Again, with the exception of boxing, I’m not sure there is another sport that allows fighting. That’s right, two opposing players are actually allowed to drop their gloves and simply start punching each other. And the only penalty they usually get for this is sitting out of the game for the next five minutes.
Why is it that hockey players all seem to have the most interesting names? It must have something to do with the fact that NHL hockey draws players from all over the world. Hence you have names like Umberger, Abdelkader, Hjalmarsson and Kopitar. With some names, you can’t do them justice unless you use both their first and last names, such as Pekka Rinne and Pavel Datsyuk.
Not only are there some awesome names in hockey, but of course everyone has to have a nickname. Some are completely unoriginal. Patrick Kane is “Kaner,” and Dustin Brown is “Brownie.” Other nicknames are quite original. For example, Artemi Panarin has become “The Bread Man,” and Andrew Shaw is referred to as “The Mutt.” Remember Brandon Saad? He was dubbed “Man Child.”
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