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

Brad Larsen – A Story of Hope and Healing

What does one do when waiting in a long line to see an orthopedic specialist? For Columbus Blue Jackets assistant coach, Brad Larsen, the answer was this: begin a battle against cancer. In 2007, Larsen was waiting for an appointment with the orthopedic specialist for the Atlanta Thrashers.  While he was waiting, he saw a … Continue reading Brad Larsen – A Story of Hope and Healing

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 San Jose Shark's 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, … 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

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

Brandon Mebane – Walking by Faith

Prior to yesterday’s Division Round Playoff game between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Chargers, there was a moment of silence.  The football world paused for a moment to remember Makenna Mebane, daughter of Charger’s Defensive Tackle, Brandon Mebane. While still in the womb, Brandon and his wife, Amena, were informed that Makenna … Continue reading Brandon Mebane – Walking by Faith