Tuesday, December 9, 2008

20 For 26

This is the face of clutch...

...and it is a very nice face indeed.

Not only did Thomas Vanek take over sole possession of the league-lead in goals, he did it on a goal that his team needed in order to put away one of the Beasts of the East.

Vanek also had some great defensive plays last night that are making me wonder just how good he is going to be in this league. Yes, I just said "going to be." Sometimes we forget that he is only 24, and the best may still be yet to come for him. As of this point, I'll just stick to being glad that we're getting the best that he has right now because it's pretty fantastic stuff to watch.

Another thing I love about Vanek is that acts like he's been there before. He's never the showboat, always the professional. He'll accept praise when it's due, but he's more than willing to face the media and take the blame when he messes up on the ice. I think last year taught him a lot. He's a lot older than his years, with a wife and son to prove that observation. I think some of his teammates could learn a little from their younger Sabre-brother on how to act like grown-ups (yes, I am talking about Derek Roy).

Now I must return to studying for finals. Two more to go (both English writing finals - ugh!), and then I'll be done for the semester and ready for much more blogging!

4 comments:

Shelby Rose said...

One of the many reasons why Thomas is my favorite player is because of his attitude off the ice. I always love listening to his interviews after practice or during games, not just because I love looking at the man (haha), but because he's so modest about everything. He puts the team first with everything he does, and he could careless about his point total as long as he can help the team win. He might not be a leader in many peoples' eyes, but he's a leader in mine.

Katie said...

He might not be a leader in many peoples' eyes, but he's a leader in mine.

Shelby, I'm beginning to agree with you. I think Thomas leads by example, and that's the best kind of leader. He went above and beyond what Lindy asked of him this season, but all that matters to him is getting his team 2 points each night he's out there.

dani said...

Another thing I love about Vanek is that acts like he's been there before. He's never the showboat, always the professional.

I like that too. A lot. He just goes out there and does his thing. Good luck on exams Sabre Sister!

Katie said...

He just goes out there and does his thing.

That's what I love; it seems like no big deal to him that he's owning the NHL right now (even if nobody is catching on except us); he just wants to win.

Thanks for the good luck wishes, Sabre Sister, and I wish you luck too (if it is indeed exam time at NU as well).