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The leadership of Rob Hughes, the NHL's Injury Culture, Emily's Cave's powerful message & the Falkland Islands Ice Hockey Organisation

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Dear Hockey of Tomorrow reader,

It’s off season time in the hockey world, but in reality, it’s busier than ever.

Let’s look at what happened in the past week.


Our featured piece this week covers Rob Hughes, a former Paralympian who works with the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League since 2007.

Hughes was born with Cerebral Palsy forty years ago.

Our contributor Brett Wils sat down with him to talk about his journey, the challenges he has overcome and has to overcome on a daily basis.

He is the perfect exemple that if you work hard, you can get places.

He also spoke about the fact that his team, the Sarnia Sting, has been incredibly helpful.

When the hockey community works together, great things happen.


The NHL playoffs ended about a week ago and we learned that Florida Panthers’ forward, Matthew Tkachuk, played game four against the Golden Knights with a broken sternum.

Yes. You read this correctly. He wasn’t able to get out of bed on his own and wasn’t able to dress by himself too. But he still played.

Tkachuk is just one of many example of what hockey players are willing to go through to play the game we love. But isn’t it too much? At what point does courage become dangerous? Josh Erickson wrote about the NHL’s Injury culture.

It feels like we are always talking about the head damages caused by the physical game of hockey. We should’ve stopped talking about it.

Not because it is not important, but why haven’t things changed yet?

This is not the point of this must read, but at the same time it is completely. Amanda McGee broke down a recent Boston University CTE study and its impact on hockey in her latest piece.

....+ two stories that haven't been covered yet on our platform

  • ‘‘For Colb: The Vow Beyond ‘Till Death Do us Part’’’, the new book by Emily’s Cave

  • The Falkland Islands and the growth of hockey in the United Kingdom

The powerful message of Emily Cave

‘‘Whether it’s a few weeks after you lose your loved one or a few years after you lose your loved one, joy and grief can coexist.’’

Emily Cave shares this beautiful and powerful message in her new book in honour of her husband, Colby, who tragically passed away three years ago.

You probably know what happened to Colby Cave. He died of a brain bleed resulting from a colloid cyst in April of 2020. And everything went on so quickly.

Three years later, his wife Emily, is still trying to get her head out of the water and will forever be trying.

You can be happy about the future and also feel sad about the past. That’s totally OK and totally valid and totally normal.

Emily currently lives in Edmonton and there are reminders of Colby everywhere. He played his last season in the NHL with the Oilers and their farm team, after four seasons in the Boston Bruins organization.

With her book, Emily Cave wants to give hope to people who’ve experienced a tragedy. The book was just released worldwide on Amazon and it reached top-10 status in Canada and No.1 for hockey books in the first 24 hours.

I know someone who must be looking down proudly.

The Falkland Islands and the growth of hockey in the UK

Despite having no rink to play on, the Falkland Islands Hockey Association is doing everything they can to help growing the game in the United Kingdom.

The Falkland Islands Hockey Association runs the leagues of inline and dek hockey in Stanley in the Falkland Islands. Since they introduced inline hockey in 2015, the interest in the sport have exploded. It is now the most popular sport in the Falklands with over 130 players across five different leagues.

A members of the Falklands hockey scene will be coming to Ottawa next week. And they are keen to tell the story of the hockey scene in the Islands.

They win games. They have success, but they still don’t have a rink at home in the Falklands to play in front of their friends and families. They’ve played in Miami before, but are looking to come back to the US and Canada.

via @HockeyIslands on Twitter

So why do they don’t have a home rink then? Let’s please change that.

That’s it for this edition of the Hockey of Tomorrow newsletter. As we continue to highlight the best, most diverse, and most interesting, off-ice hockey stories, we would appreciate any feedback you might have.

Thanks again for reading this new edition of Hockey of Tomorrow.

Tom Sychterz, Founder

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