The Military And NHL: A Look at Two Types Of Sacrifice

May 31st, 2010 by Laura Falcon Leave a reply »
On this Memorial Day, Americans across the United States are thinking about our armed forces who served and currently do serve our country for the sake of freedom and all that we hold dear to us.

We are also at the most epic times in the National Hockey League: the Stanley Cup Final.

I'm sure all NHL fans have seen the commercials for the United States Marines when tuning in to a game on Versus or NBC.

They probably have also seen the videos featuring "Hockey's Finest," sponsored by the United States Army.

Coming from a family that has seen many of its members serve in the United States Armed Forces, from World War II to Operation Enduring Freedom, I understand how the U.S. Military and the NHL have found each other in partnership advertisement.

By no means do I want to compare the job of NHL players to the job of our troops; clearly they are quite different.

After all, players in the NHL do not sign a contract to fight insurgents that are trying to hurt him and his country.

But despite their differences, they really are quite similar in nature.

Like the military but unlike many sports, ...

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