SEIZING THE OPPORTUNITY: PLAYING WITH JP

Posted: March 9, 2011 by Mike in HOCKEY TALK

It is a question that has been asked more times than I can recollect, and unfortunately, the answers have never given credit to the incredible realities of this special opportunity. It has been asked many different ways, possibly trying to spark a more in-depth response that previous answers have failed to cover. Each question focuses around the following premise: “What is it like playing on the same professional hockey team as your brother.” While a recording device or television camera awaits an intelligent response, adrenaline rushes straight onto my tongue and an enthusiastic cliché seems to be the only reaction I can gather. “It’s a dream come true, he is my best friend and role model and to have the opportunity to play with him is unbelievable.” These are the usual words I continually exclaim to reporters who are seeking a true story. The following will give me the opportunity to elaborate on a question that has not been given a proper response.

First of all, Statistically speaking, I would not be able to give a comprehensive number that would represent the odds of playing professional hockey on the same team as your only sibling. If anyone wants to take a stab at the odds I would love to hear your input.

Next, the relationship that has formed between the two of us truly creates the magnitude of this opportunity. It is a relationship built on competition, trust, and common interests. Everything we do pretty much revolves around competition (very positive competition) from who catches the most fish in a day to who can cook the finest cuisine. With this competition we are able to push one another into uncomfortable territory, which ultimately creates new ideas and positive results. In trusting each other we are able to speak our minds and vent on occasion. Having someone you completely trust is an invaluable asset that is often overlooked. This opportunity also allows us to explore our common interests while enjoying each other’s company. Recently we have been cooking organic gourmet meals on a nightly basis. Currently, we are on a serious seafood kick. Devouring dozens of clams, scallops, tuna steaks, and lobsters. We have also been gearing up for some serious summer activities out west. That includes; gathering-up essential gear, plotting secret routes up to high mountain lakes, developing strategies for adventure races, and selecting rivers for fishing trips.

Additionally, JP is a special person to have around, whether he is your brother or teammate.  JP’s shear will and determination in all that he does motivates me on a daily basis. Every day, the entire team admires his willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done. His intensity is contagious. Having a player with JP’s character can single handedly changes the dimensions of a hockey team. A true leader and a true competitor.

Finally, I hope that this has given you a better understanding of why a simple cliché does not give justice to such a remarkable time in our lives. We have come to the realization that the chances of reuniting in the future are very slim. With this in mind will make the most out of every day and cherish the time we have together. It has been incredible so far and will always be an exciting chapter in our lives.

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Comments
  1. janet Testwuide says:

    There are few words that would do justice to this sentiment! As a mother I can only say that the two of you have made me beyond happy! To know that you “GET IT” so thoroughly and completely is a mothers dream. Keep up the great work and enjoy every moment to the fullest. We must have done somethin’ right! Love you MORE!

  2. Nick says:

    Very well written! Im a die hard flyers fan and would love to see you both play for them one day. It’s great that youse get a long so well, and a healthy competition does make you better. Please keep up the good work, and I look forward to reading more blogs.

  3. Jena says:

    You guys are the coolest brothers! This is awesome!!!!

  4. Nora says:

    Wow, this just made me realize that I should start spending time with my siblings. Very thoughtful thing to say about your brother!

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