Beauty. Beaut. Beautician.
Words most commonly uttered by Gongers around the world. But what makes a beauty?
Is it the ability to undress even the best of the best goalies?
Being able to sauce more than Patty Kane after the 2010 Stanley Cup?
My name is Alyssa Dufton, and I thought for my first blog with Gongshow I’d take the time to figure out just what it makes a genuine beauty. Growing up in Toronto, dubbed the hockey capital of the world by Mats Sundin, I’ve met quite a few beauties. I’ve never played the game in a league, but during the winter, pond puck is one of the things I look forward to the most. Hockey has been a part of my family life ever since I can remember. In my house, every Saturday night was organized around Hockey Night in Canada, and listening to Don Cherry during Coaches Corner became a highlight of my evening. Being raised in a hockey family also means quite a few days and nights being spent in my hometown barn.
However, over the years I’ve found that the definition of a true beauty isn’t the just the awesome guy with the loud mouth and even louder suit. It’s not the player that can dangle his way around Carey Price, not the guy who takes a 24 to his skull every night, and it’s not the goons out there that can drop the mitts and beat any guy looking at him the wrong way. I decided to ask several hockey players and lovers that I know what their opinions were on the matter. I found that generally, the definition of a beauty is a player who plays for the love of the game, someone who can and does give’r 120% every single time they lace‘em up.
A true beauty is someone that plays not only for himself, but for his team, doing everything they can to make it to game seven and drive the boys to that next round. These are the Bobby Orr’s, who aren’t in the show for the bunnies, money or fame. The true beauties are the ones who are simply giving everything they’ve got playing the game they grew up loving.
Mind you, doesn’t exactly hurt if they can snipe more than Ovechkin or set as many records as The Great One.
With all this being said, just remember Gongers, next time you set foot on ice it isn’t about who gets the most points, who dummies the other team’s goon or who has the most rockets in the stands. The biggest beauty is the player who’s just there giving all they can, having the time of their life and just living the dream.