Between Game 3 and Game 4 I saw what I think is dedication to a dream personified.
It was at practice. The players had finished their skate or dry land training and the various interviews. Some were leaving and some were enjoying lunch.
The ink stained scribes and digital media types had finished interrogating Todd McLellan and had scurried upstairs to post their stories.
Everything was winding down and it's a time to tell stories, listen to jokes or just head out and get on with your day.
Which is exactly what I decided to do. Usually I will skedaddle out the back door but I had parked my car at the side of the rink and decided to take a shortcut past the ice surface.
Then I saw it. Bracken Kearns all by himself working on his skating. He was performing techniques designed to improve and perfect his edge control.
The drills are tedious and take a full load of concentration and muscle control. It is not a common site to see a professional hockey player performing those drills. Especially during the playoffs and when that player is 31 years old.
But then I thought about it.
Here Bracken is. A good hour after everybody had left the ice surface trying to get better. Trying to gain the edge, (both literally and figuratively). Never giving up on the dream.
I found that inspiring and very cool and it makes me cheer for him that much more.