Here is a portrait of Italy’s Mario Balotelli in Castagnaro, on the outskirts of Verona, northern Italy. Italy plays England in the quarter-finals Sunday at Euro 2012. Photo: Dario Gambarini/The Associated Press
Not going out and competing. Not scoring goals. Not battling for pucks. Not making the perfect pass. Not taking a slap shot. Not honing your skills. Not winning.
But having fun.
Fun was a part of it, of course, an important part, and the former captain of the Canadian women’s team and two-time Olympic gold medalist understands that. What she didn’t understand, and didn’t want to accept, was how expectations were different for boys and girls at the hockey arena. (Photo: CJ Gunter for National Post)