Misery and Passion
By stern on Dec 11, 2005
After this morning's game deep in Jersey Devil country, my son's coach suggested we come and watch the NJ Devils Youth Hockey Under-16 AAA team (His son happens to be the goalie, and he's a spectator, not a coach during their games). They're undefeated this season, they're nationally ranked as a top U16 team, and, well, they're pretty passionate about their hockey. A 1-0 lead in the first stretched to a 6-0 lead at the second intermission, including power plays that lasted all of 13 and 6 seconds. Two guys were always on the puck, supporting each other. We sat with my son's coach, and he offered a great comment: Good offense creates time and space. Good defense takes away time and space. It was the best hockey I've seen in over a year.
Whatever practice plan the NHL Devils had in place on Saturday didn't work. Maybe they should come watch a dozen 16 year olds who play this game with unequalled abandon. Misery only loves company if you give it time and space. Passion squeezes it out.