It's hard being an NHLer at times. But, as Johnny and Sam proved lately, playing against a talented novice team isn't as easy as it seems as well.
Johnny Gaudreau and Sam Bennett took to the ice with a group of novice hockey players during practice recently and the smiles from everyone involved made me truly appreciate, as a hockey mom and hockey fan, what the Flames do for their community.
Most kids dream of becoming professional hockey players and to be able to play with two Calgary Flames players must have been something they will never forget.
Johnny stick taps on the players shins
Parents lined up along the boards to get pictures and videos of their favorite Flames players
Massive grins on the novice players faces
Sam having more fun that most of the kids - he's got a sense of humor that never quits
Not being able to score on the goalie at the beginning of the video
Sam staying humble and remembering his time in minor hockey
Sam Bennett, "are those push-ups? Are you allowed to do that??" *after hearing a puck ring off something in the arena*
Sam Bennett, "you guys are too good for me!" *after having the puck stolen off his stick*
Johnny, "who's a number 13 on the team?...no 13, what's up with that?" *after one of the minor hockey players mentions there's no player that wears number 13*
Sam, "tell me who you're favorite player is." Player, "Johnny Gaudreau." Sam, "Johnny Gaudreau? I'm your second favorite? Figures. Shouldn't have brought Johnny - everyone loves him more." *coach chuckling in the background*
Here's the video from the Calgary Flames website.