To my favorite hockey player, thank you for being you.
Today, Sidney Crosby, Captain of the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins, turns 30 years old. He’s had quite a career on the ice, which includes 3 Stanley Cups, 2 Conn Smythe’s, 2 Olympic Gold Medals and numerous NHL Awards, along with a career off the ice, where he’s a normal guy, doing what he can to help those around him, while staying close to his hometown roots.
While I have been a fan of 87’s for years, he became a big part of my life again in December of 2014. At that time, I was just about to graduate college, with a whole world of questions and concerns in front of me. I was scared, my anxiety was at one of its highest points, and things that were once able to calm me down, like the music I was listening to, or the people I was following, were beginning to let me down and hurt me.
So one night, I was reading, and I came across a story on Crosby, and my love for him came back into my mind. I remembered how I enjoyed watching him play, and how I enjoyed listening to him talk about something he loves. So, since I was taking my dad to a hockey game for his birthday, I decided to watch some Penguins hockey, so I could reintroduce myself to the sport, and reintroduce myself to 87.
From that day forward, there wasn’t a day that went by when I wasn’t watching/listening to the Pens, watching a Crosby interview or just paying attention to hockey. Hockey gave me something that nothing else had, a way to get out my anger, saddness& anxiety. I can’t even count the number of times I yell at the TV during a game, but I know that because of that, I am calmer when the game is over, win or lose.
Now in 2017, I don’t know where I would be if Crosby never came back into my life. When I need a distraction, I watch a game. When I’m feeling down, I watch a game. When I’m lost, confused& anxious, I watch a game. Hockey saved my life in so many ways, and none of it would have been possible if I hadn’t come across that story on Crosby.
So here are my thanks to Sidney Crosby on his 30th birthday. He’ll never read this, but just writing it, makes me feel better. No one will ever truly be able to understand how much he means to me& I could never even try to put it into words. 87 saved my sanity, and thus, saved my life, and no matter what, win or lose, Sidney Crosby will always hold a special place in my heart. So thanks for being you SC87, and Happy Birthday! 30 never looked better!
Until Next Time!