Here we are. After months of great hockey we find ourselves at a dismal place. Yes, unfortunately, it could all be over today. The unfortunate part isnâ€™t in that the Canucks could be crowned champions, even if they havenâ€™t quite displayed the character traits most of us would like to see in a Stanley Cup winner.
No, ladies and gentlemen, the sadness comes from the realization that hockey will be gone for quite some time. Starting tonight or Wednesday, it really doesnâ€™t matter. Seeing how this is probably my last mashup before the Finals are over, please allow a little ode to hockey.
People that know I write about hockey often ask me if ever get tired of it. My friends, who know me really well (and hence know more about hockey than your average Croat) ask me if I ever hit the saturation point from the grueling regular season and the playoffs. The answer is yes, but only for a moment. Watching games at night, sleeping less, thatâ€™s what really makes me want to recharge my batteries, not hockey itself.
That said, every time I think about the game, or watch a Stanley Cup Finals game during this time of the season, I realize how much Iâ€™m going to miss it. I canâ€™t wait to see our Leafs playing again. Of course, there is still the draft and July 1st to look forward to, but that, while extremely exciting and vital for the future Leafs success, still doesnâ€™t compare with seeing the puck on the ice.
Goodbye hockey, stay well andâ€¦ come back soon. Oh, and give us one more game will you?
Will the Finals end today? How highly do you rate Luongo when looking at the league’s goaltending elite?