Mika Zibanejad – the 1st Chapter

NHL success stories rarely begin in Iran with a man who claims that he had barely heard of hockey and has never donned a pair of skates. That is the unlikely 1st Chapter of the story of New York Rangers star, Mika Zibenejad. Mehrdad Zibenajad, Mika’s father, grew up in Iran.  While he was not … Continue reading Mika Zibanejad – the 1st Chapter

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

Luke Glendening – From the Dirt to the Ice

A high school football practice drill is an unlikely stage to set for the opening scene of a story about hockey.  But that’s where this story begins.  The school was Michigan’s Grand Rapids High.  The drill was a simple one.  A bruising linebacker was putting on a tackling clinic, repeatedly pounding a scrawny sophomore fullback … Continue reading Luke Glendening – From the Dirt to the Ice

Jay Beagle’s Unlikely Path to the Pros

Some things end before they really get started. Jay Beagle’s professional hockey career seemed like it was becoming one of those things.  At 18 years old, a young Jay Beagle was attempting to launch his hockey career, playing for his hometown team, the Calgary Hitmen of Canada’s Western Hockey League.  Before tryout were over, however, … Continue reading Jay Beagle’s Unlikely Path to the Pros

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

Boston Scott – Not about the Doubters

He stands 5 feet and 6 inches tall. He weighs 203 pounds. He never received a scholarship to play NCAA football. He was a walk-on at Louisiana Tech. That doesn’t sound like the resume of an NFL athlete.  Yet that describes Philadelphia Eagles running back, Boston Scott. Scott attended Zachary High School in a small … Continue reading Boston Scott – Not about the Doubters

Mason Rudolph – Making an Impact

Image is everything. In a culture of 33-character tweets, instagram photos, and 30-second news stories, creating marketable images is paramount.  The formula is simple; stage an inspiring photo, broadcast the image to the world, move on, and repeat. In 2015, a 4-year old boy named Gavin King was diagnosed with a form of brain cancer … Continue reading Mason Rudolph – Making an Impact