I’m a hockey fan. I love the game, and I’ve played for 18 years. Make no mistake tho - I have never been an elite-class skater. Third stringer, occasionally left bench… no matter. It’s the best sport in the world to actually play, and people can become, understandably, extremely passionate about the game.
Bruce Boudreau is the head coach for the NHL’s Washington Capitals, and he inherited a powerhouse of a squad. Up until he stepped into this position, he’d been in the minor leagues his entire career. Coached the Hershey Bears to a championship or two, and before that he played.
He was one of the non-speaking roles (a mop-headed skater on the Chiefs) in the George Roy Hill classic film, Slapshot back in 1977. His opportunity to shine onscreen came a little later in the form of HBO’s 24/7: The Road to the Winter Classic. The man is profane, and isn’t afraid to use the f-bomb as an adjective, an adverb, a noun, and a prepositional phrase. He also comes across as an everyman that’s living a dream life doing what he’s loved his entire life.
Here’s my tribute to Gabby.
Also, for the Washington Capitals fans reading, congrats on turning that skid around - Besides - It’s the postseason that really matters, right? I thought both teams came across really well in 24/7. I wish they’d done it the year before to track the Red Wings and Blackhawks, but what can you do?
In my imagination, I can see one of the Blackhawks talking some smack to Ovie…Seabrook maybe?… and asking him how he’s enjoying that President’s Trophy. Hence the retort.