Community: Cam the Champion
Some of you might have seen, but yesterday Cam Ward kicked off
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Paul is a triple threat Special Olympics athlete as he stars in soccer, speed skating and basketball. I was able to hang out with Paul for almost an hour as we watched the Canes work through their final practice before departing for the West coast.
As we watched, Paul told me about his legendary stick that had been passed down to him by his brother and how that stick was going to help him score against
As Paul was putting on his skates I wondered if either of those things would change after playing
A few minutes into shooting on the 2006 Conn Smyth winner, Paul did ask to use the expensive Easton Synergy stick of Patrick Eaves. After a few wayward shots, he went back to his wooden street hockey stick whose curved blade was worn from many great days in the driveway. And wouldn’t you know, the street hockey stick was the one that brought the magic.
The one thing that I am not sure the news cameras captured, that I thought was unique to Paul’s approach, was his diversionary tactics. I had a sneak peak before taking the ice of how well he could quickly twirl the stick like an oversized baton…quickly going from in front of his body to the back. Perhaps I should have told
After wrapping up their on-ice dual,
After their time on the ice Paul finally conceded that Amanda was the best soccer goalie he knew, but that he had never seen her on the ice…though he said he wasn’t sure