Hockey is for everyone. Male or female. Tall or short. Join me as we remember what the Hurricanes have taught us.
Carolina have housed many players over their time in the National Hockey League, but in light of the recent emergence of the allegations against someone that was staged in our beloved franchise, join me to go through what the Canes have been showing us for as long as they’ve been in the league.
In 2002, Carolina were in the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time, against the Toronto Maple Leafs, when there was a goaltending injury. In came Kevin Weekes and his heroic displays pushed Carolina past Toronto. He is not remembered for the color of his skin, he is remembered for leading the Canes to the cup final for the first time ever when he was called upon.
On june 15th 2016, Carolina acquired Bryan Bickell from the Chicago Blackhawks, in a trade to dump a bad contract. Bryan Bickell would be diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, or MS. It is a life changing disease that meant he had to retire early. There was not a fan in Carolina, Chicago or anywhere in the world that didn’t wish this was false.
Cam Ward is a well known name in Raleigh. What a lot of casual fans don’t know is that Ward has a deaf-born son. He couldn’t hear a thing, but this never stopped the little guy from watching his dad, or from taking up the sport himself. He had to have surgery to install devices to help him hear, yet he still plays hockey.
Nathan Gerbe was not a long time Carolina Hurricane, but a Hurricane nonetheless. Gerbe has always been short. When I say short, I don’t mean like short for an NHL player. Gerbe is 5’4″. No that’s not a typo. He is 64 inches tall. He still made it to the NHL playing a sport he loves. He still scored in the best hockey league in the world.
There are many more cases of things like this all over this great league. There are always great stories. I just wanted to remind you of these stories, of these people who made it to the NHL. Hockey is a great sport, if you’re reading this, I’m assuming you agree. Let us all remember that this is a sport for everyone. Men and women alike, short or tall, black or white. It doesn’t matter.