One reason I love hockey. I know people post about the fights and what not. But there is an underlying sportsmanship that I enjoy.
The phrase “consummate team player” is an often over-used piece of sports-writing jargon, but every now and then you see the meaning behind the words.
Philadelphia Flyers LW Pierre Edouard Bellemare Case in point: Philadelphia Flyers left wing Pierre Edouard Bellemare. A native of France, Bellemare is basking in Paris co-hosting the International Ice Hockey FederationWorld Championship with Cologne, Germany.
Bellemare is a fourth-line player in the National HockeyLeaguebut he a top line forward for France.
After France upset Finland 5-1 in Paris Sunday, officials decided to name Bellemare the best player of the game for the French team.
Bellemare, who had a goal in the game, disagreed.
Hepassed on the honor and persuaded officials to give it French goaltender Florian Hardy, to the delight of the 11,433 spectators inside Paris’ AccorHotels Arena. Hardy had 42 saves in the game.
France, ranked 14th in the world,had…
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