HBO’s 24/7 series featuring the Penguins and Capitals concluded tonight with remarkable footage that portrayed hockey in as honest and revealing light as could be imagined.
But it was these words that stuck with me:
Hockey won’t hold still for a portrait
To gain a glimpse inside you join it in progress, just as players do
Jumping onto the ice for their shifts as the game swirls around them
On that ice the action moves at high-speeds
The punishment dolled out can be staggering
And the very best in the world form bands of brothers as authentic as any in sports
Virtuoso talents alongside distinctive leaders
Fearless combatants and relentless competitors
They play with an intensity from another age
And passion invulnerable to cynicism
An energy that embraces whatever the ice offers next
Through heights and depths
Lengthy streaks and sudden turnarounds
In the spirited collision in the national spotlight
They have revealed a portrait of a season in progress.
Hockey won’t hold stand still to give you a better look
You wouldn’t want it to anyway
It’s the action that makes the possibilities endless
The next practice, the next city, the next game awaits.