Montreal Canadiens: It’s Jaroslav Spacek’s Time to Sit Out a Few Games

November 4th, 2010 by Steve Fusinato Leave a reply »
Confront them with annihilation, and they will then survive; plunge them into a deadly situation, and they will then live. When people fall into danger, they are then able to strive for victory. —Sun Tzu

I have always admired this quote and will probably be providing you with many more of Mr. Tzu’s in the future. His depiction of strategy in battle can be applied in any facet of life.

What’s hockey if not one big nightly battle? It goes beyond the camera, the sponsorships and the lucrative contracts. A game that has deep Native Canadian roots in which whole tribes would play shinny as preparation for war.

Modern hockey is anything but, still the warfare aspect remains. Goalies impress us on a daily basis with highlight reel desperation saves. Warriors like Philadelphia Flyers forward Ian Laperriere show up to win and have no reservations about sacrificing their bodies to succeed.

Sun Tzu’s quote reminds me a little of Jaroslav Spacek’s situation. Even though the season began a month ago, the Czech is still struggling with a stalled engine at the starting grid. Sadly for him, the race is almost o ...

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