- Our Town
Hockey’s silver medal nothing to sneeze at
I have to admit that I haven’t paid much attention to international hockey since 1998 and that is primarily for two reasons.
The first is because I don’t believe we should have pro players representing us at some of the tournaments, but that is for another letter. And the second reason, the one that I’m writing about is that I get turned off by our society and our media. It seems to me that our media builds up our players to be the best.
An example of this is our juniors and our expectation of gold. If our guys lose a game our society tends to feed the players to the sharks and say they suck. I think this is a very ugly attitude.
What is this telling the up-and-coming players?
So my question is this – our players placed second at the World Juniors in Buffalo, instead of the media saying that Team Canada Sucks (because I believe that’s the message the media is giving) why can’t they celebrate the fact they won a silver medal and they are the second best team in the world?
We have to give these guys credit because they were the ones getting up early for 5:30 a.m. practices. They had the drive and determination to make the team. Did any of the media get up at five to go into work? I believe that is an easy question, and the answer is no.
Maybe the past losses that Canada has faced is a good thing because it will teach the media and the rest of our society a little bit of humility.
Douglas W. Revel