I know you're all broken up about it, but the hockey season is over for the Ducks so you won't be hearing more about them until September. You'll be okay. The good news is I'm working on my very own hockey blog to premiere right before everything is in full swing again, so I will have a place to post my photos, tell my stories and tout the awesomeness of my favorite sport--hockey.
I'm going to do that a little here right now...
This is Teemu Selanne and even if you don't know who he is, there's a lesson to be learned from this Finnish Olympian that even the non-hockey fan should appreciate and take to heart. Selanne is famously unselfish, known just as much for his graciousness as he is for his speed and skill on the ice. In every interview after he scored his 600th goal, a big deal in the hockey universe, he was always recognizing the value of the people around him; his teammates, his family, everyone who has helped him reach the uppermost peak of hockey greatness.
Teemu Selanne symbolizes for me the kind of person, whether in business, friendship or sport, who strives for significance and excellence and finds it because they are his focus.
His career hasn't been without its valleys. He has overcome points when it looked like he was done due to injury and slump. This season alone he broke his hand...and his jaw and still came back to finish off the year. Like anyone really worth admiring its his triumph over adversity that makes his success important (because not all success is important).
Simply put, he's the kind of athlete that is simply a joy to watch play. He so obviously loves what he does. Enjoys the sport. Values his teammates. Appreciates his success. I aspire to be like him in that way, to love what I do so much it brings joy to other people.
I get grief sometimes for loving sports, especially hockey, but what some people don't see are the underpinnings of sacrifice and splendor that give the game a purpose and place in my life. Thanks Teemu for being a part of that for me.
Other things I've written about my Ducks:
Corey Perry fights robots, here
Why I love hockey, here.
How not to act when meeting Ryan Getzlaf, here