By Brian W. Donnelly, M.D., I.B.C.L.C.

Pediatric Alliance — North Hills

“It’s A Great Day For Hockey”

As a tribute to my beloved Penguins, the Stanley Cup Champions, I offer some video clips.

The success of the Penguins this year was due in large part to their improved defensive play. They played better positional hockey, meaning they more consistently kept their body between the attacker and the goal. And they blocked shots very effectively this season. Keeping the rubber disk away from the goaltender greatly decreases the chances the puck will go in the net.

A few months ago, I attended a hockey camp called “Weekend Warriors.” Such camps are designed for past-their-prime players like me to demonstrate some fundamental hockey skills. After the teaching and the drills, the camp ends with a game, where the players can show off what they have learned. In the spirit of teaching old dogs new tricks, below is some footage of me (blue jersey, gold helmet, #24) doing my best Brian Dumoulin impression.

Around the 5:00 minute mark, I make a good play (the coach told me so!) by using my stick and body position to thwart the opponent’s intentions to score.

And at around 8:20, after my stick check fails to reach the puck, I circle back to block the forward’s shot on goal.

 

“And Elvis has just left the building!”