It’s often said there is no trophy in professional sports that demands more of an athlete physically, mentally and emotionally than the Stanley Cup. Nobody knows that better than the players themselves who have left their blood and sweat on the ice in pursuit of it. Leading up to the Stanley Cup Final, The Players’ Tribune, in association with Hulu, the NHL and the NHLPA, hosted a roundtable of current NHL players to discuss in detail what it takes. In episode one, the guys discuss the best ways to stop (or at the very least slow down) Washington and Vegas.
"We’ve got Joe Thornton eating doughnuts. We’ve got the ’09 Penguins locker room. We’ve even got P.K. Subban’s first goal.
Wayne Gretzky, Pavel Bure, Chris Chelios and Martin Brodeur. One by one they came up to my dad and asked him for autographs.
In Norway, hockey isn’t a big deal. But that all changed for me one day in the back of a tiny video store in rural Sweden — the day I found it.