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Can’t Miss NHL Playoff Action

For all of you die hard sports fans out there, I just thought I would let you know a little something that not all sports fans know.

Playoff hockey is probably the most exciting and emotional demonstration of athleticism out there.

These men are on skates, in case anyone forgot, which make things ultimately harder.

The quest for the cup is on the forefront of every move that is made out there on the ice.

Let me also remind you of something that for sure not the average sport fan knows. Hockey players play hockey because they love it, and this is their life. Most of the guys are for sure not making comparable money to a baseball, basketball, or football player. The reason they play is to win, and they will sacrifice things for a “W”, like a tooth (or 2 or 3 or 4), an eye that could get punched during one of the many brawls that happen on a nightly basis, a nose which could get nicked with a high stick or possibly broken with a puck to the face, and their whole body for that matter when a player will dive to the ice and use their body to block a 110 mph shot from say, 6’9” Zdeno Chara, captain of the Boston Bruins.  Sacrifice and dedication should be in the dictionary under the definition of a hockey player.

Now I offer some heartfelt, serious advice for any sports fan: Start following hockey during the playoffs beginning April 11, 2012, and you won’t be able to turn back. Then you can take your new love for the game into next season and appreciate the sport as much as I do.

For anyone in the NYC metro area, there really is no excuse for neglecting the playoffs, the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils are in the top 5 of the teams leading the entire Eastern Conference.

So, tune in.

You can thank me later.

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Jackie Daly

Jackie Daly has been with In The Zone since 2012. Her contributions have been mostly in NHL and special events coverage. Jackie has been a writer, video host, and podcast host with ITZ. She currently co-hosts Tea Time with Mel and Jay. Outside ITZ, Jackie works with MLS's New York City Football Club and the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
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