The Spirit of St. Louis “I don’t think about it...There was no blinding light, no angels coming to take me home.” Chris Pronger is one of the premier hockey players in the world. With his 6’6”, 220 lbs. frame, Chris Pronger dominates other teams while on the ice and has become one of those special players who can control a game. The defenseman out of Dryden, Ontario has come around full circle since arriving in the NHL as the second overall draft pick in the 1995 draft. After having to deal with troubles early in his career, which consisted of drinking and partying, Pronger has gotten his act together to lead his team, the St. Louis Blues to great success.
The tryouts were held in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The team chosen had an average age of 21 years old, making it the youngest team in U.S Olympic team history. During this time the Soviets were dominating hockey at an international level, outscoring their opponents 175 to 44, a... ... middle of paper ... ...ports Illustrated she had never seen so many American flags since the sixties, “And we were burning them then.” In 1980, there were 10,490 hockey teams in the United States. In 1990, the total was 14,969. The game really took off after this.
When I got the puck bunch of players I began advancing with extraordinary speed, like a jet. The opponent players were rushing toward me like I was their worst enemy. Even though I was fully "armed" but still it was thrilling to stand there get pinched against the glass like a lemon. Bruises from the last game had already made every part of my body sore; getting his by the deadly puck was enough to take of that matter. But I didn't care I wanted to win and touch that trophy.
It was shortly after his MVP, 110 point season, that the Edmonton Oilers joined the National Hockey League, and on October 10, 1979, Wayne’s legendary career in the National Hockey League began. Gretzky was a very hard worker on the ice even though his skill was superior to most players. His hard work and leadership earned him many trophies and records starting with his rookie season. He managed to score 51 goals in one season which put him in the records as the youngest player, 19 years old, to score 50 goals in one single season. He also started his streak of winning eight straight Hart Trophies after the 1979-1980 season.
By age fourteen it was clear Sidney was well on his way to a great professional hockey career. Sidney and his family wanted him to play major junior hockey in his hometown but because of his young age the choice was made to play at a high school in the United States. Shattuck- Saint Mary’s Prep School in Minnesota became Sidney Crosby’s new home. Sidney set new scoring records by getting 72 goals and 110 assists for a total of 182 points in just 57 games. He also led his team to a national title (sidneycrosbyfans).
We had kindergarten to grade 8, so imagine the entire school in one gym.” Said Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley. Schools across Canada were so excited about the game they cancelled classes just to watch the games. Kids watched the games intently and became in love with the game of hockey. Also to prove this point, this series inspired Brent Sutter to coach Team Canada. After watching the summit... ... middle of paper ... ...anadian and gave them a sense of self importance.
In his six year’s of coaching at the university, he led the team to three national championships (Herb Brooks). In 1980, his United States Olympic hockey team, consisting of all college students, achieved one of the greatest spectacles in sports history: “The miracle on ice.” His team beat the Soviets in a white-knuckle, heart pounding game with a score of four to three. The Soviet’s were a well trained, terrifying team that were considered to be the greatest hockey team that has ever taken the ice. After leading his team to this miraculous victory, he continued his coaching career up until his tragic death in 2003. His high expectations for his team and his fearful, powerful motivational techniques led him down a path of greatness that helped him become an inspiration to all.
Our opponent scored 2 goals within the first five minutes of the game, and we were losing 2-0. We knew we had to come back and we also knew it was going to take all the speed, strength, and stami... ... middle of paper ... ...ever ever been in a stadium that was so loud. After we got over the fact that we had just won the gold medal in the 2020 Jamaican Olympic Games, we were transported over to winners circle were we were going to receive our gold medals. As the medals were being put around our necks I looked out into the crowd and saw my mom and my dad along with all my others teammates parents in tears. Not only did I see my parents, I saw my country, the red, the white, and the blue.
This miracle game is amazing because of the fact that all of the U.S. team was college players. While the USSR was a tea... ... middle of paper ... ...ymartinez.wordpress.com/2012/01/15/miracle-on-ice-1980- olympic-mens-hockey-team-cold-war/>. -Winter Olympics: When USA Hockey Team Beat Soviets in 1980, We Knew It Would Last Forever." NY Daily News. .
New.discovery.com stated, in an article Top Dramatic Moments at Winter Olympics, “The team managed to qualify for the Games. During one of their four runs during the game, the bobsled turned over and crashed. Though they didn't finish the race officialy, the team got up and walked their bobsled to the finish line,” (news.discovery.com). Even though they didn’t get a medal, it was still a very memorable moment because they still finished the race, after crashing, by walking their heavy bobsled across the finish line. It was also the first time any of them had even participated in a winter sport.