“As long as the athletes believe (the tracking) is beneficial and there’s a trust relationship between the coaches and the athletes, then (players) will buy in,” said CoachMePlus president and co-founder Kevin Dawidowicz, who counts 11 NHL teams among his company’s clients. “The Penguins are actually a very successful organization at doing this. … They’re one of the more advanced teams.”
“There’s lots out there if you want to wrap your head around it,” Crosby said. “You don’t go by everything, but there’s certain pieces of information you can use. It’s not always the information you get. It’s how you interpret that information.”
One of my favorite Sid stories is the time that Phil Kessel’s mom went right down to the glass and started heckling him before a face-off in the opponents’ zone. She was calling Sid every nasty name in the book and telling him that he was overrated. Typically, Sid would win the face-off and set me up for a slap shot near the blueline. Not this time. Sid went up to me and said that he was going to win the face-off and take the puck himself and score. I just nodded my head.
Sure enough, the puck drops and Sid grabs possession. Within 2 seconds, the red light goes off and all Sid does is tip his hat to Mrs. Kessel. Just a classic Sid Crosby moment.”
If there was any doubt about how Colin Kaepernick’s protest this season was received inside the 49ers’ locker room, that question was answered on Friday.
Kaepernick’s teammates voted him as the winner of the Len Eshmont Award as the 49ers player who best exemplifies the inspirational and courageous play of Len Eshmont. The award is considered the most prestigious team honor on which players vote.