After playing 3 years for the Canucks he was traded to the Boston Bruins on his 21st birthday. The Bruins coaching staff gave neely a chance to play more and the results paid off. In the first year with the Bruins he led the club in goals. Not only was Cam Neely a good shot, he wasn’t afraid to get physical - thus earning himself the nickname Bam-Bam Cam. It became clear that \ Vancouver didn’t make as good of a trade as they thought.
This explains why Crosby has more games played than Ovechkin has because Crosby has had more success than Ovechkin has in the playoffs. Crosby set a NHL record for being the youngest player to become a captain. While Ovechkin become an assistant captain 2 years into his career, he then became his team’s captain a couple of years later. Crosby and Ovechkin may seem very similar to each other when looking at the amount of times they have made the post season and that both are captain for their team, but they are not. The difference between the great players and the extraordinary players is that the great players have the ability to lead their team as a captain, labeled “C” on the left corner of their jersey, as far as they can go in the post season.
“When I was 5 and playing against 11-year-olds, who were bigger, stronger, faster, I just had to figure out a way to play with them.” Gretzky’s mind set of hockey quickly had him playing with boys much older than him. In 1978, at age 17, he was signed a contract to the WHA Indianapolis Racers. In 1979 when the WHA join up with the NHL the NHL team associated was allowed to keep 2 players from their WHA team. Gretzky was obviously a choice for the Edmonton Oilers and was in the NHL by the age of 20. Wayne Gretzky is important to Canada in many different ways.
Hayley Wickenheiser, with Don Cherry by her side, sharing her now famous quote post-game after defeating the United States, "The Americans had our flag on the floor in their dressing room, now I want to know if they want us to sign it", said Wickenheiser. I remember Ray Bourque, a veteran of 1612 NHL games, finally get to lift his first Stanley Cup after 22 long years of waiting. Who could forget the Crosby golden goal at the 2010 Olympics or even when Crosby led his Pittsburgh Penguins team to its first Stanley Cup in 17 years back in ’09. This is why Hockey Night In Canada was so special. CBC had put out such a special brand since 1952, broadcasted into millions of homes, bringing families together and inspiring young hockey players across Canada.
It brings out that there is a cut off date for age-class hockey enrollment. The date is the second day of the year. Due to the fact, those close to the date of birth have a longer maturity than others in their school. Those born earlier are naturally chosen for the extra time they’ve had to develop their talents. Gladwell continues by comparing hockey and others that have the same age class enrollment deadline and inevitably prove his point.
At eighteen he played in his first National Hockey League game with the Boston Bruins. He helped the team win two Stanley Cups. He got the Most Valuable Player Trophy three times, the Best Defenseman Trophy eight times and he won the Rookie of the Year Trophy his first year with the Bruins. Bobby Orr signed the first $1Million dollar hockey contract in 1971. He had bad knees from playing hockey his whole life.
There would be no rally for the second round, being swept by the Blackhawks. The impressive success continued to grow in 1993, hitting the 100 point mark for the first time in 41 years. The regular season accomplishments would not carry into the playoffs, and once again the Wings were defeated in seven games against the Maple Leafs. Following the season, the franchise would fire head coach Bryan Murray and bring in legendary Scotty Bowman. Bowman knew about playoff success, winning Stanley Cups with the Montréal Canadiens in 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1979, and with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1992.
Because children born earlier in the year are bigger and maturer than their younger competitors, they are often identified as better athletes, leading to extra coaching and a higher likelihood of being selected for elite hockey leagues. This phenomenon in which "the rich get richer and the poor get poorer" is dubbed "accumulative advantage" by Gladwell, while sociologist Robert K. Merton calls it "the Matthew Effect", named after a biblical verse in the Gospel of Matthew: "For unto everyone that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance. But from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath." The author interviews Bill Gates and focuses on the opportunities given to him throughout his lifetime that have led to his success. The common subject that appears throughout the story is the "10,000-Hour Rule", based on a study by Anders Ericsson.
The New York Rangers have finally ended their losing streak. The Rangers wanted a better start this season with acquisition of Markus Naslund although they had fun against Phoenix Coyotes with a 4-1 win. There were two Rangers who were in a slump. Brandon Dubinsky scored his 1st goal in 14 games and Nikolai Zherdev tallied 3 assist who at points slump. There Ranger coach Tom Renney states that “The effort was good, intentions were good and the result was great.
This twenty-one year old has accomplished many great things throughout her athletic adventure. Nathalie started playing hockey when she was four years old. Ice hockey caught her attention while growing up and watching her older brother Nicholas play. “ “At first I hated hockey because my feet hurt inside my skate and I would cry,” laughed Nathalie. She started playing with the boys and ended playing with the boys when she was fifteen years old.