Trottier: Learning Life Lessons Through Hockey

October 16, 2019

WeLiveHockey Experience

Hockey fans remember New York Islander and Pittsburgh Penguin Bryan Trottier for all his accolades on the ice with his seven Cups, induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame and being named one of the top 100 players in the game.

In this edition of the We Live Hockey podcast, however, we learn that for Trottier, the things he accomplished on the ice do not mean as much as what he has accomplished off of it and what he is trying to do today.

Back in mid-August, Lee and a few other members of our team sat down with Trottier in Kitimat BC to talk about Trottier's new initiative to bring ball hockey to First Nation communities to help both introduce the sport and to use that sport to use it for growth both personally and physically.

Here are a few interesting tidbits from this sit down with a hockey legend while with the people of Haisla Nation:

Trottier tells us that with this initiative, he is trying to use hockey as a way to help kids in these communities make healthy choices, continue their education, and to follow their dreams.

Trottier explains to us that while he understands what his legacy on the ice meant, his legacy now has both a much more different and valuable meaning. He tells us that it's more about his family and their history, both his failures and accomplishments, and the way he overcomes obstacles in his life to make his family proud of who he is as a human being.

Besides focusing on the hockey aspect of this initiative, Trottier tells us that it is also about teaching life lessons. He feels that everyone needs to learn about working hard, making the right decisions, that it's okay to fail, that it's important to pick yourself back up when you fall, and more that will help develop the people into these communities into good human beings.

Trottier tells us that hockey is Canada's gift to the world and that he wants to give that gift to First Nation communities. For the ball hockey tournament that he organized with the people of Haisla Nation, he said that it was not about age, gender, or physical ability. Instead, he told us it was about including everyone and showing that hockey has no biases. 

To find out more about this initiative and what Trottier is trying to accomplish with it, make sure to give it a listen and subscribe to the We Live Hockey podcast.