SportsLife 2016, Issue 2 - Page 5

SportsLife is Manitoba’s amateur sports magazine. This is where sports fans will meet the Olympians of tomorrow and the medalists of today and they all compete right here in Manitoba. We exist to pay tribute to those who make sport so important to this province. Published by SportsLife Publications, it is edited by Scott Taylor and is designed and developed by Scott Taylor, Debbie Dunmall and OV Suvajac. SportsLife Magazine is printed by The Winnipeg Sun. Any opinions expressed belong solely to the authors and do not necessarily express the views of the magazine, or of the publishers. All published work is edited for accuracy, style, and clarity. We do accept unsolicited material as long as it refers to athletes, coaches, or volunteers involved in sport in Manitoba. For all information and advertising rates, we can be reached at 204-996-4146. PUBLISHER OV Suvajac #202B - 2621 Portage Avenue Winnipeg, Manitoba R3J 0P7 204-996-4146 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Scott Taylor, ART DIRECTOR Debbie Dunmall, ADVERTISING OV Suvajac, Ed Oczerklewicz, Andres Holm, COVER PHOTO Jeff Miller/100 Acre Wood Photography CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Scott Taylor, Andrea Katz, Adam Wedlake, Al Gowriluk CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Jeff and Tara Miller/100 Acre Woods Photography, James Carey Lauder Sports Photography, Bruce Fedyck, Marissa Naylor, Ian Muir/Rugby Canada, Dave Darichuk, Shane Moffat, FIT Communications, Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, Jason Halstead, St. James Seals, Greg Bouchard, Softball Manitoba SportsLife is published at least six times a year by SportsLife Publications. All sales are managed by SportsLife Publications. All design and layout is provided by Debbie Dunmall and SportsLife is printed by The Winnipeg Sun. If You Can, Play Every Sport T his month here at SportsLife, we were intrigued by a dispatch from Hockey Manitoba. You can read the story about it on page 10, but to give you the executive summary, Hockey Manitoba is now encouraging young players to try “other sports.” In other words, don’t just play hockey 12 months of the year, but hang up the blades in the summer and play baseball or soccer or lacrosse. Try roller hockey. Play games that will give you a broader sense of you own athletic awareness, something you don’t get by repeating the same skills and working on the same muscle memory over and over and over. I find Hockey Manitoba’s position both interesting and refreshing. After all, many of the best hockey players in the world – in fact, some of the greatest in history from Wayne Gretzky to Steven Stamkos – played baseball in the summer. Remember when Manitoba’s own Gerry James played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Toronto Maple Leafs at the same time? It doesn’t hurt to be a multi-sport athlete. It’s also quite interesting considering that earlier this month in our sister publication, Game On, Manitoba’s Hockey Magazine, one of our biggest supporters, Riley Dudar at United Therapies STRIVE, wrote a column – without knowledge of Hockey Manitoba’s dispatch – encouraging all pre-pubescent hockey players to go out of their way to play other sports in the off-season. Coincidence maybe? The trouble with so many sports, not just ho