The news can be depressing at times. Thankfully, the sports world usually isn’t.
Yahoo Sports is taking a weekly look at the true spirit of sport — the highlights that will warm your heart and the acts of kindness that go beyond the game.
Come on. Let’s take a load off together.
Hockey rivals show sportsmanship by dancing
If you’ve played in a hockey tournament before, you know the schedule can be grueling. The Debbie Marion Memorial Hockey Tournament in Fredericton featuring high school girls from New Brunswick was no exception.
With three games scheduled in one day, Miramichi players were sore and tired. So were their opponents from Tracadie. So instead of focusing on the fact that neither team was advancing to the semifinals, the players decided to mix up their routine.
On Monday, CBC New Brunswick posted a video of the players dancing to Brooks and Dunn’s Boot Scootin’ Boogie, which you can see below. Participants from both teams can be seen doing their best line dance. One of the parents told CBC News the moves were infectious and there were people dancing “everywhere.”
“Hockey sometimes is a competition but you still need to have fun,” parent Mona Losier told CBC New Brunswick. “We will never forget that.”
The team from Miramichi beat the Tracadie squad by a score of 9-1, but everyone feels like a winner when they are grooving to music.
Canadian soldier surprises family at Leafs game
Buckle up for an emotional rollercoaster.
When Corp. Jeremy Hillson’s wife and two children were selected to take part in the ceremonial puck drop before a game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena on Canadian Armed Forces Appreciation Night, they had no idea how it would turn out.
Hillson delivered a video message from Iraq that was played on the big screen inside the arena before the game and his family was there to represent the families of Canadian soldiers.
With Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and Toronto’s Morgan Rielly ready to take the draw, it quickly became apparent that no one had a puck to drop. That’s when Hillson came walking down the blue carpet to save the day.
Hillson embraced his young daughter with a tender hug as his wife watched with astonishment on her face. The soldier gave his wife and baby a kiss and pulled his family in for a group hug. The crowd roared with loud cheers as the in-arena display said, “Welcome home, Jeremy.”
Brady, Edelman take their talents to Disney World
Where do you go after winning a Super Bowl? “We’re going to Disney World!”
After all, the New England Patriots are looking for new ways to celebrate after winning their sixth championship in 18 years. So Tom Brady, a six-time Super Bowl champion, and Julian Edelman, the 2019 Super Bowl MVP, packed their bags and headed to Orlando after their 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams in Atlanta.
The duo headlined a parade through the park and enjoyed some of the many unique experiences that the giant playground has to offer. Brady and Edelman appeared on a float in front of the iconic Disney castle, had a Star Wars duel with lightsabers and shared their Toy Story ride experience on Snapchat.
After all, what better place to celebrate a magical Super Bowl win than some time well spent in one of the most magical places on Earth?
NBA legends invited to play in 2019 All-Star Game
Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki, 40, and 37-year-old Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat have both been huge names in professional basketball since they broke into the NBA more than 15 years ago. In their combined 37 seasons in the league, including this one, they’ve won four championships.
They also have 25 All-Star Game selections between them. Thanks to NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s actions last week, that number will be bumped up to 27.
The NBA decided that each team in this year’s All-Star Game will have 13 players on their roster instead of the usual 12 to make room for the two hoops legends.
”Dirk Nowitzki and Dwyane Wade embody the best of the NBA: remarkable skill, drive and professionalism as well as a deep devotion to strengthening their communities and growing the game around the world,” Silver said.
Wade has already made it clear this will be his last season in the association. Nowitzki hasn’t revealed his intentions yet, but after making his NBA debut 20 years ago, the clock is ticking on his career, too. Regardless, their additions should make for a special weekend in Charlotte from Feb. 15 to 17.
— Heat Nation (@MIAHeat_Nation) February 1, 2019
Canucks prospect celebrates goal like no other
Even before his actions on Monday night, Northeastern University freshman Tyler Madden had already made a name for himself. The third-round pick of the Vancouver Canucks in the 2018 NHL Draft seems to have a knack for scoring big goals and coming up with even bigger celebrations.
It was only a few weeks ago that the U.S. collegiate hockey player was kayaking after finding the back of the net in an overtime game against the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
This time against Boston University, the 19-year-old forward stole the show once again with another overtime winner in NCAA hockey.
The goal booked Northeastern’s spot in this year’s Beanpot Final where they’ll look to win their second championship in a row, this time against Boston College.
The son of three-time Stanley Cup winner John Madden is reminding us that hockey players can celebrate just as hard as football, basketball or soccer players. After all, the game is supposed to be fun to watch and play, even if some of the old-school critics don’t always agree.
Northeastern's Tyler Madden is a goal-celebration heavyweight
— Yahoo Sports Canada (@YahooCASports) February 5, 2019
Leafs star rewards young cancer survivor
Brock Chessell of St. Mary’s, Ont., was just a normal kid before he got the news that would change his life. The minor hockey player with the AAA Huron-Perth Lakers had finished tryouts when he was diagnosed with liver cancer in the summer of 2017.
The Organ Project, which was founded by Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk following his liver issues, helped the young athlete get back on the right path. Chessell was able to undergo a liver transplant that would go on to save his life.
Within months of his surgery, he was back on the ice playing the sport he loved. Earlier this week, he received a special gift from one of the best young forwards on the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Before their game against the Anaheim Ducks on Monday in Toronto, Leafs winger Mitch Marner saw Chessell’s sign that read “Mitch, I beat cancer.” The star winger took notice and moments later, the youngster in a flashy suit had a signed stick in his hand and a smile on his face.
— Maple Leafs Hotstove (@LeafsNews) February 5, 2019
Well, now that we have those warm and fuzzy stories out of the way, let’s go back to speculating on where a New Orleans Pelicans star will be traded, remind ourselves what Jerry Sandusky did and shake our heads at the alleged actions of a former NFL quarterback, shall we?