With a recent mash up between the Winnipeg Jets and the Toronto Maple Leafs, the hockey world is surprised by the outcome between two of the most, arguably, well known young hockey players in the game today. Patrick Laine of the Jets, and Auston Matthews of the Leafs, both of which were first round draft picks back in 2016, and both of whom went point less in Saturday night’s game in Toronto.
In an interview on Tuesday, Laine claims that he believes “it’s not about us, it’s about our teams.” Where fans see it as a battle between Laine and Matthews, the two young players see it as a face off between Winnipeg and Toronto. Because both players make such a large contribution to their teams, in the eyes of hockey fans and the national hockey world, they are expected to perform and put on the best show possible.
This situation tends to raise some questions when it comes to professional sporting teams, specifically in this situation – The National Hockey League. Are teams of this calibre more set and determined to win? Or are they more focused and concerned on developing their team as a whole in comparison to developing their individual ‘star’ players?
Matthews and Laine both understand how important it is to work with their team, for their team and by doing so, it will provide the best possible results for not only yourself, but for the team as well. In an interview, both Matthews and Laine simultaneously complimented each other on their “tremendous skills,” both agreeing “it’s not about us, it’s about our teams.” For fans in the hockey world, it is common to make situations bigger than what they actually are and, with sport, it is important to keep in mind that, although everyone loves to win, winning isn’t everything.
Where both of these teams are developing and rebuilding, Matthews makes a good point by stating that the competition between them, is “kind of like a mini little series between two pretty good teams.” The fact that they are able to provide support to one another, should allow us, as fans, to come to the realization that sport is more than winning.
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