Monthly Archives: June 2013

The struggle for self-confidence

“The fundamental cause of trouble in the world today is that the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.” – Bertrand Russell

I love that quote and its variations. It reminds me of the struggle that goes on inside me, a battle I think I have been fighting all my life.

I’m plagued by self-doubt – not about my ability, but about whether or not I deserve to succeed in this world.

I take pride in whatever success I have enjoyed, and I love it when people express their pride in me. I’ve worked hard to be good at what I do, and I’ve never wanted anything to simply be handed to me.

But there’s always something that I continue to strive for and haven’t quite reached – a “better” job, which to me means more security, more freedom to be creative and, of course, more money.

I think I haven’t reached this because I’ve never learned how to convincingly say to the right people, “I’m awesome and you need me.”

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Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin lead national junior summer camp roster

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Top NHL draft prospects and Halifax Mooseheads teammates Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin are among 35 players who were invited on Friday to Hockey Canada’s national junior summer development camp.

Three goalies, 12 defencemen and 20 forwards were named to the roster for the camp, set for August in Brossard, Que., and Lake Placid, N.Y.

MacKinnon is a strong possibility to be chosen first overall in the NHL entry draft on Sunday by the Colorado Avalanche. He and Drouin, who was named the Canadian Hockey League’s player of the year in May, recently won the Memorial Cup with the Mooseheads.

They’ll be joined at the camp by another draft-eligible Halifax teammate, goalie Zach Fucale.

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Stanley Cup Stories: Blackhawks celebrate, Bruins hurt

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What an epic finish! The Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in dramatic fashion by scoring two goals in a 17-second span with time ticking away late in the third period, defeating the Boston Bruins 3-2 and taking the title in six games. It was the first Original Six Cup final since 1979, and it was also the first time the two clubs met to decide the championship. This and much more in the NHL’s top stories from Monday:

1. Dave Bolland of the Hawks will likely never again have to pay for a drink in Chicago after scoring the Cup-winning goal with 59 seconds left in regulation time. That happened only 17 seconds after teammate Bryan Bickell tied the game 2-2 with goaltender Corey Crawford on the bench for an extra attacker. It was an unbelievable comeback that had seemed entirely out of reach when Boston’s Milan Lucic gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead with 7:49 left in the third period. But a seventh-and-deciding game on Wednesday in Chicago was not to be. Instead, a victory parade is being planned.

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Maple Leafs trade for goalie Jonathan Bernier

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Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis says his team’s acquisition of goalie Jonathan Bernier was a deal for depth that had been in the works for months.

The trade became official on Sunday, with the Leafs sending goalie Ben Scrivens, forward Matt Frattin and a second-round draft pick to the Los Angeles Kings.

“I’m very happy,” Bernier told the Los Angeles Times. “And [Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment President and CEO] Tim [Leiweke] just called. He’s very excited to have me on board.”

Bernier, 24, is set to become a restricted free agent after making $1.525 million US last season. Nonis said no contract talks have taken place between the Leafs and their new netminder, but he doesn’t anticipate a problem in getting a deal done.

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Stanley Cup Stories: Patrick Kane steps up

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The Chicago Blackhawks are only one win away from capturing their second Stanley Cup in four years. But the Boston Bruins have been in this position before — only two seasons ago, in fact. This and more in the top NHL stories from Saturday:

1. Patrick Kane stepped up for Chicago on Saturday, scoring his eighth and ninth goals of the post-season to give his team all the offence it would need to win Game 5. David Bolland added an insurance marker into an empty net. The Hawks now go to Boston on Monday (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7:30 p.m. ET) with a chance to clinch the Cup. But it was only two years ago that the Bruins were in an identical situation, having lost Game 5 of the Cup final on the road to fall behind the Canucks. Boston bounced back to win Game 6 at home, and then took the Cup in Game 7 in Vancouver. Can the Bruins do it again?

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Stanley Cup Stories: Daniel Paille joins OT hero ranks

Originally published on CBCSports.ca

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The Chicago Blackhawks dominated early in Game 2 on Saturday, hoping to increase their grip on the Stanley Cup final. But the Boston Bruins showed tremendous resilience in tying the game, and then tying the series. This and more in the top NHL stories from Saturday:

1. Just as Andrew Shaw of the Hawks scored the biggest goal of his career in Game 1 on Wednesday, Boston winger Daniel Paille did the same on Saturday with his overtime winner at 13:48 of the first extra frame, giving the Bruins a 2-1 win. It was the 26th overtime game of this year’s playoffs. The Welland, Ont., native also assisted on Chris Kelly’s first goal of the post-season, a marker that tied the game in the second period. And yet Paille settled for the second star of the game, taking a back seat to the heroics of Tuukka Rask. The Boston netminder made 18 saves in the first period alone, keeping his team in the game after the Hawks threatened to blow it open early. But, as CBCSports.ca senior hockey writer Tim Wharnsby says, the Bruins really won because of a total team effort. It sets up a pivotal Game 3 on Monday night. (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 8 p.m. ET).

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Don Cherry: Icing must be clarified ‘before somebody gets killed’

Originally published on CBCSports.ca

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Clarification on icing rules can’t come soon enough for Don Cherry.

Icing is one of Grapes’ favourite topics of discussion on Coach’s Corner on Hockey Night in Canada, and on Friday night he sounded off once again on the confusion surrounding just what is icing and what is not.

“Nobody knows what’s going on,” he said, pointing to an icing that was called against the Boston Bruins early in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

On the play, the puck was shot into Pittsburgh’s end and was played by Penguins defenceman Douglas Murray. He was checked into the boards by Boston winger Milan Lucic, who was given a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct

It seemed that neither Lucic nor Murray had been aware the play was being whistled down for icing. Murray wasn’t hurt by the check, but Cherry is concerned that a serious incident will someday arise from such a play.

“They’ve got to get it straightened out before somebody gets killed in this game,” he said. “Can’t they see what’s going to happen?”

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