Whoever thinks that paralympic games can't complete with big league sports are sadly mistaken. And Gatorade asked a bunch of professional hockey players to drive that point home.
The sports drink company teamed up with a group of sledge hockey players — sledge hockey is a paralympic version of hockey played sitting down — to participate in a documentary about the sport. They had no idea that NHL favorites, like the Flyers' Claude Giroux and the Penguins' Sidney Crosby, would join them.
"After my accident, I didn't think I'd be able to play with them," says one player.
The point? To make it clear that playing a sport, whether standing up or sitting down, takes skill, hard work and passion — a trait all men on the ice shared.
"It doesn't matter whether it's sledge hockey or stand up hockey, blind hockey or amputee hockey," says a pro. "At the end of the day, hockey is hockey."
Amen to that.