St. Andrei – the Faith of Andrei Vasilevskiy

Tampa Bay Lightning Goalie, Andrei Vasilevskiy. Photo by Michael Miller, used under Creative Commons Internation License 4.0 On this Tuesday morning, September 29, 2020, Andrei Vasilevskiy may be the most beloved man alive in the city of Tampa.  Over the past month, Vasilevskiy’s stellar goaltending has been paramount to the Lightning’s success in the Stanley … Continue reading St. Andrei – the Faith of Andrei Vasilevskiy

Joel Hanley – Triumph after Tragedy

I haven’t posted much this year; but it didn’t seem right to let the Stanley Cup Finals go by without posting something! As the Dallas Stars face off against the Tampa Bay Lightning, one player you may see on the ice is Dallas’ Joel Hanley.  Hanley’s name is not the most familiar one to hockey … Continue reading Joel Hanley – Triumph after Tragedy

Ryan Donato – Keeping the Faith Wherever You Go

40 Minutes. That’s about how long Minnesota Wild forward Ryan Donato had to pack up his entire life and start over. Ryan’s father, Ted Donato, is a Boston legend.  He was born in Boston, played college hockey at Harvard, and had the unique experience of being drafted by his hometown team, the Boston Bruins, in … Continue reading Ryan Donato – Keeping the Faith Wherever You Go

Joel Farabee – Steadfast under Trials

As the 2020 NHL trade deadline approached, the Philadelphia Flyers made two moves. First they traded a 5th Round draft pick to the Montreal Canadiens for center Nate Thompson. This type of move was long-expected, as the Flyers were known to be looking to add experience and scoring, and look to improve their odds on … Continue reading Joel Farabee – Steadfast under Trials

Josiah Slavin – Playing to Serve

As the puck drops on the 2019-2020 NHL Season, A Lamp unto My Cleats will focus on Hockey for the next few months. We will kick off the season by featuring some exclusive content from Tage Thompson, Blake Lizotte, and Josiah Slavin! As the calendar flipped from 2017 to 2018, Josiah Slavin only seemed to … Continue reading Josiah Slavin – Playing to Serve

Blake Lizotte – Not the Easiest Path

Her kitchen table was covered with “get well soon cards,” hand-written letters, her address book, and her 2012 calendar opened up to the month of August. We sat together, drinking coffee and eating one of her new-found favorite foods; toast with butter and sugar. 99-yearold Fern Kolbe shared with me her life story; which was … Continue reading Blake Lizotte – Not the Easiest Path

Tage Thompson – Trusting His Plan

As the puck drops on the 2019-2020 NHL Season, A Lamp unto My Cleats will focus on Hockey for the next few months. We will kick off the season by featuring some exclusive content from Tage Thompson, Blake Lizotte, and Josiah Slavin! “God writes straight with crooked lines.” This old saying – which is sometimes … Continue reading Tage Thompson – Trusting His Plan

Trey Flowers – One of Eleven

One out of eleven. Each individual on the football field is one out of eleven players representing his team. New England Patriot’s defensive lineman, Trey Flowers, had a long time to get used to that ratio.  Growing up in Huntsville, Alabama, young Trey was one of eleven siblings. In a family that large, you have … Continue reading Trey Flowers – One of Eleven

Brandin “the Archer” Cooks

The Archer. It sounds the latest movie the ever-expanding universe of Super Hero movies. But to football fans, the archer is someone else; Rams Wide Receiver Brandin Cooks. Cooks was drafted in the 1st Round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints.  He played in 10 games his rookie season, starting in … Continue reading Brandin “the Archer” Cooks

Faith Brockers – the Woman Behind the Lineman

Though there are many variations of the phrase, you have often heard it said; “Behind every successful man is a strong woman.”  Whether it was a mother, a wife, or another caring, supportive woman, this phrase rings true to many.  Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman, Michael Brokers, is no exception. Brockers is a 7-year NFL … Continue reading Faith Brockers – the Woman Behind the Lineman