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Profile: Hockey Ap English Essay

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When the Puck Drops I remember watching center Wayne Gretzky gracefully shred down the ice along side allies and enemies alike as I sat low behind the boards by the frozen plane. I remember seeing him maneuver the small disc through the legs of the opposition in a quest to reach the objective of every hockey player. I remember seeing the one inch thick, 7.5-cm wide mold of composite rubber glide briskly off the stick of this model athlete and into a stick cradled by the able hands of right wing Luc Robitaille. I remember Robitaille lifting his stick; my heart dropping for a split second as the puck prepares to fly like a hawk diving to its kill. In a mere second after that, I remember my heart plummeting again as the black disc careened through the air past nine other men fighting, as if the battle were of life and death, for a single tally mark in the wins column. I remember the puck's continual flight past the sole man with no other motive but stop that object at any means necessary and I remember watching it spring into a cord net as if it had hit a strategic assault in that battle for supremacy. I remember jumping to my feet in awe, once again struck with the appreciation for the game and the passion that I have for it. Since the 1850s, ice hockey has dominated sporting activity in Canada before leaking throughout the world, and captivating audiences around the globe. Hockey is one of few sports that is participated by superstars across the world, from Asia to Europe to North America. Six men on each side battle down an ice rink for the possession of a disc of frozen composite rubber. Their purpose, besides entertaining the fans, is to score goals into the net of the opposing team. Five of these men on each side travel down the ice at lightning speed, dodging players who can hit like trains, maneuvering the puck through men like walls, and rocketing the disc like a bullet off their sticks. Men have given up their teeth, have broken their bones, and endangered their lives for the love of the game. Blood, sweat, and tears stain the ice-laden battlegrounds at every encounter. One player of each team hangs back to guard the goal as if it were a military stronghold. These warriors wait for 100 mile per hour frozen projectiles to be shot at them, never flinching from these flying circular missiles. These men are contortionists when it comes to guarding the "base" from an attack by a puck. They are men who possess Slinkiesâ in place of their spines. This sport requires extreme dedication, aggression, and skill unequaled in any competitive environment today. Shredding and slicing grooves into the ice, the players who battle for domination of the ice are not just there by chance. They have endured years of physical torture and mental anguish to reach the point where they are. These ice combatants have trained themselves to apply balance to the game, not in the rink, but in their minds. They have learned to...

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