As another slow day passes us by here in the summer wasteland that is the National Hockey League, there are several non Islanders news pieces that Top Shelf would like to focus on today.
You might be wondering why the picture of Josh Harding is sitting to the left of your computer screen as you peruse our daily piece while sipping a nice hot cup of java and maybe some breakfast this Sunday.
As many know, Josh was miraculous in resuming his NHL career and appearing in the Wild’s first round playoff defeat at the hands of the eventual champion Chicago Blackhawks. Why was he so miraculous? He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a dangerous disease that damages the insulating covers of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, in October 2012 but would not let that deter him from continuing his life long dream. Currently it affects 2.1 million people worldwide.
Now with almost all athletes, especially hockey players, they take their role as prominent sports figures very seriously and know that they are not only role models to some but could be pillars of society and help out various causes, especially those that are nearest and dearest to them and their families.
When Josh could not find enough information to educate even himself on the disease doctors told him he had, he started the charity, ‘Harding’s hope’ to increase education and understanding of this potentially debilitating affliction.
There is a poor perception of people diagnosed with MS. People immediately think wheelchair and death and I want to be a role model for others diagnosed with MS by showing that this will not come between me and my goals.
In Case You Missed It
- Chris Triantafilis continues our facebook discussion on Matt Moulson with this piece (Isles Optimism)
- Bob Bourne fights Colin Campbell? Yep, it happened and here is the proof (Hockey Fights)
- Wheeler happy with his deal. Yeah, ummmm. I would be too. (Winnipeg Free Press)
- Does anyone want Tim Thomas? (Toronto Sun)
- Not sure you can call anyone snubs…you cant invite everyone after all (Bleacher Report)
Two Minutes For Tweeting
#isles New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow turns 44 on 7/28/13.
— NYI Fan Central (@nyifancentral) July 28, 2013
- Well, at least there is something on this Sunday morning at the end of July. Happy birthday to the Isles general manager, who has done a great job rebuilding this franchise and setting us up for future success.
- Ryan Whitney? The made of glass defenseman of the Edmonton Oilers? Great character and funny as heck on Twitter but not what the Isles need in my honest opinion.
- Staff writer Triantafilis with a gem….When I read this, I punched my dog in the face (a kid just seemed way too severe) – And I am joking before someone actually thinks of calling the pooch patrol down on my front door.
— Michael Willhoft (@MichaelWillhoft) July 27, 2013
- Nik Backstrom could very well be challenging his inner Nicholas Cage as one of the worst actors of my generation. Could they possibly have gotten anyone less engaging and more bland than the Capitals centerman? I actually do whatever there is to do in the house when this comes on. Scrub toilets, change the sheets on my bed…..:)
Never too early to start thinking about #Isles season, anyone else planning on taking over the rock on Opening night??
— Ryan (@yuhas9797) July 27, 2013
- Given that I am in closer proximity to the Rock than the Nassau Coliseum, I most likely will be on hand for opening night. When the Isles move to Barclays, much closer to not only my home but my work location in NYC, season tickets are in order.