We all love hockey for different reasons.
Some fans love it because of the intense schedule -- saying it's like the toughnes of football games crammed into a basketball season. Some fans love it because of the strategy and statistics involved -- being able to continously crunch numbers in a thousand different ways to try and decipher their meaning.
But all fans can agree that hockey players may be some of the most down to earth sports professionals that you will ever meet. Sure, there will be a few that only care about being a star and getting a paycheck, but the majority of them are just normal guys who are lucky enough to play hockey for a living.
And it's that attitude from Dallas Stars prospect Tyler Beskorowany that inspired Ty Ulmer to become a goalie.
What is out of the ordinary, though, is that Ty Ulmer has had one leg amputated, in order to combat bone cancer.
Ty's story really is an incredible one, and well worth the read. Along his journey, he met Beskorowany, and from that moment on, he knew he wanted to play in goal.
As Ulmer explains, "He was just a down to earth kind of guy, for being so young and talented, it kind of made me think that anything is possible. For a guy who is 6'5" and could move as fast has he did, and was as talented as he was, I don't know...I'm amazed. When I first met him, he brought out this kid in me; talked to me like I was a friend, not a fan. He made me feel like I'd known him for a while. I guess I wanted to be like him, that's why I wanted to play goal."
Beskorowany reciprocated the comments by saying, "I'm just happy I was able to impact a person by being who I am and by my ability to play hockey. Ty and I have become quite close. We chat on social networks, and when I see him around the rink and other events it isn't just another fan coming to the game, it's a friend who brightens my day whether we are winning or losing, whether I'm in a bad mood or good mood. I always have time to chat and hang out with Ty and other people I've met along my journey."
Ty May have a goalie as his own inspiration, but Ty can certainly be an inspiration to all of us. How he lives his life is how we should live ours, and it is the quote that I will leave you with.
"I look at life much differently than I used to," stated Ulmer. "Going through something like cancer treatment will do that to a person. I live my day-to-day life like everyone else should...day by day. Take every day with a grain of salt and what happens, happens."
Coming up in today's links: The importance of Kari Lehtonen, what happened to the Alex Ovechkin of old, and the refs make the worst non-call in recent memory.
- Mark Stepneski talks about how depth scoring has provided a big boost for the Stars over the last several games. [Stars Inside Edge]
- Kari Lehtonen is generally considered the MVP of the Stars for the last couple of seasons. This year will be no different, as they will need him healthy and at his best in order to make the playoffs. [Sporting News]
- Razor gives each team in the NHL one of his own special adjectives, when describing their season thus far. [Stars]
- Here's an interesting piece on how major media is refusing to adopt anything besides the most basic of stats for hockey. As a result, guys like Don Cherry refuse to accept how much certain players (most notable Manny Malholtra) have changed the game in recent years. [Globe And Mail]
- ESPN has their power rankings out. The Stars are right in the middle of the pack, just where they should be. [ESPN]
- What in the world has happened to Alex Ovechkin? The man who once competed with Sydney Crosby is now just an average looking player no matter where he is on the ice. I have my own ideas about it, but I'll let you judge for yourself. [Sports Illustrated]
- This goal allowed by Cam Ward is absolutely terrible. Just awful. But at least it wasn't in overtime in a playoff game, right Chris Osgood? [Puck Daddy]
- I was going to show Ward's gaffe as the video of the day, but if you haven't seen this one below, you absolutely need to. Matt Duchene is so far offsides, it's not even funny. Given the number of questionable calls and barely offsides whistles we see every game, you just have to wonder what exactly happened. You can also click the link to read more. [Puck Daddy]