Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Hockey teams are like family. We protect each other on and off the ice. Many people think hockey is nothing but a boxing match on ice. To those people I say lace em up and see why you are wrong.
This has been a sad year for hockey. Not only with the tragic loss of KHL Locomotiv team from a devastating plane crash, but two hockey players (Wade Belak and Richard Rypien) took their own lives because of (assumingly) their battle with depression.
I subscribe to Sports Illustrated. No surprise there to anyone I am sure.
Reading Brian Cazenueve's article about the deaths of 3 NHL players, in a few months, and the fact that they were all enforcers, it made me sad. The fact that Mr. Cazenueve said that "A third untimely death may spur the NHL to take another look at 'place in the game"
Fighting has its place in hockey. I am not one to disagree with that. I do however disagree that the NHL should look at fighting as the root cause of these players tragic demise.
I battle depression. I hate the word suffer, but yeah sometimes I do. Mental illness still has a stigma attached to it.
Now imagine you are a tough guy in the NHL. Would it be easy to tell someone that you are depressed?
I can tell you it wasn't for me, and I consider myself to be a strong person.
Not as physically strong as a professional hockey player, but strong nonetheless.
I kicked cancers ass, and continue to do so in this blog, and on my podcast.
But the hardest battles are the ones that others can't see.
My friend said to me recently:
Sometimes the scariest place is inside your own head
Maybe the NHL should focus on helping players from the inside out, not worry about players dropping the gloves.
Hockey teams are like a family, and even though I am not in the NHL, or even close to being anywhere near a professional player, I am ok at best, I will drop the gloves for anyone battling depression or any other mental illness.
Mel is the producer/co~host of The Vic McCarty Show. Listen Live Monday~Friday 9am-noon eastern time on wmktthetalkstation.com
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