Wednesday, November 07, 2007

A Must See

This next story isn't about Sidney Crosby. It's not even about the Pittsburgh Penguins. It is about ice hockey but not the kind that is played on ice skates. And before I share it with you, I want to say that this isn't meant to open up a discussion about anyone's feelings about the war in Iraq. In no way do I want this blog to explode into a heated political argument. This is The Sidney Crosby Show, and there is no place for that kind of debate here.

That said, I saw this story this morning on the CNN Headline News program "Morning Express with Robin Meade." It moved me so much that I wanted to share it with all of you. It's a story about wounded soldiers, particularly amputees, bonding and finding strength to heal and move forward in life by playing sled hockey. (They check each other and everything!) From
  • Operation Comfort’s wounded Soldiers and Marines ice hockey team have been adopted by our own San Antonio Rampage Ice Hockey Team. The Rampage has been instrumental in providing support and instruction to the Soldiers and Marines participating in ice hockey. The wounded Soldiers and Marines have learned how to play ice hockey on sleds and are constantly recruiting new Soldiers and Marines to do the same. The Ice Center at Northwoods has partnered with Operation Comfort and makes this activity possible as they graciously donate the ice every Monday for practice.
There is a short video on CNN that profiles some of the team members. Check it out here (just be patient - it's worth sitting through the advertisement to get to the story).

I found pictures of some of the team members getting suited up in their gear for game time on photojournalist Darren Abate's photoblog.

US Army Spc. Josh Stein, wounded while on active duty in Iraq, suits up for a sled hockey game, Feb. 23, 2007, at the AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas. Photo by Darren Abate.

US Army Spc. Josh Stein (R) and SSGT Daniel Barnes (L) prepare to take the ice for a sled hockey game, Feb. 23, 2007, at the AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas. Photo by Darren Abate.

I've got 3 uncles, my grandfather, my brother-in-law, and a friend who are retired from or on active duty in different branches of the military. I'm not telling you whether I am for the war or against it (this isn't a political opinion blog, remember?), but I will tell you that I am absolutely, 100% supportive of our troops. Seeing these men and women not just recovering from their wounds but thriving and participating on a hockey team is truly inspirational.

The Penguins face cross state rivals the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at 7:00pm Eastern time. Go PENS!!!


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