page contents
skip navigation

Miracle on ice

06/26/2013, 10:45am MDT
By Tom Farrey | ESPN the Magazine

Are rebels in hockey-mad Michigan the saviors of youth sports?

IT'S FAIR TO wonder whether the future of all sports in America comes down to this very moment. At 6:30 one April morning in the Detroit suburbs, Joey Carpenter, 10, is pushing scrambled eggs around his plate. To his left, the countertop TV is tuned to the hockey world championships in Helsinki, where the U.S. men's national team plays its opening game. Joey is mulling the options before him. Both of his teams, hockey and lacrosse, have games at the same time this morning. He is torn.

He walks upstairs and shows me the room where he had slept fitfully beneath a Spider-Man blanket, next to a sock puppet and white tiger stuffed animal. He swipes a row of dark brown curls across his forehead and nods at the poster on the wall above his dresser. It's of former Red Wing Marian Hossa, though his current favorite is left wingerHenrik Zetterberg, another of the superskilled Euros who have propelled the team's unmatched success over the past two decades. "I like what he does with passing," Joey says.

More...

Read more of this article on espn.com!

Related News

Most Popular Articles

2016 USA Hockey Annual Award Winners Announced

05/25/2016, 1:00pm MDT
By USAHockey.com

Winners to be Honored at USA Hockey’s Annual Congress from June 8-11 in Colorado Springs

First 16 Players for U.S. 2016 World Cup Roster Named

03/02/2016, 4:45pm MST
By USAHockey.com

12 Olympians Highlight First-16 Announced

Hockey Week Across America Set for Feb. 20-26, 2017

05/26/2016, 1:15pm MDT
By USAHockey.com

Nationwide Celebration Commemorates 10th Anniversary of Hockey Weekend Across America

Tag(s): News