Like in our own everday's lifes, everyone has their own line of thinking (and we're consistantly reminded of that here on HF channell 38), hockey players are the same.
What makes players tick? You could probably break it down to category's. How many categories would there be? Guess that depends on how specific you want to get. Now these are just character types, not actually directed at any one player in particular.
The Torres: Playing with the thrive of an arragant young punk, this type of player in the end wants to win, but doesn't always have his head in the right place. At times during the game they'll find themselves not having a good game, wake up, realizing what's going on, turning it up to full energy, throw some big hits, some intense forchecking, drive to the net, take some shots, and all around kick som ass. After sitting for a few minutes on the bench though gets the mind wondering again, "**** dude, that was such a wicked ******* last night. **** ya!" They're suddenlly told to go jump back in the ice, a bunch of other instructions are muttered out, but they don't quite have the attention span to listen to all the words. You jump out there, and remember you're last shift, admiring it. Now, dependant of the mood, and it was indeed a sweet ******* received, 'The Torres' will likely have a good follow up shift. However, if Mom called in the middle of the act, and left a message from another time zone that went on just long enough to kill the mood (didn't take very long), it's going to be a bad follow up. He'll be pissed off about the incident and not have his mind in the right place yet again.
The Smyth: 'The Smyth' is the most intriguing to me, and I'd like to know more about it. It seems to be the rare breed that plays because they love the game, and even more so, love to win. When their teammates score while he's screening the goalie, this player is truly proud of them. And proud of himself at the same time for helping the team ultimately 'win'. Perhaps of most importance to their character is their attitude. They know what it takes to win, and will do what it takes to do it, and keeping a good attitude and trying to keep your teammates, who are like your brothers to you, regardless of who they are, as long as they're fighting with you, confident in your idea/goal of winning (bit of a run-on there, but I've been drinking, so it's all good). They get back on the ice, to themselves they think consistantly about the best things to help the team in the current situation to win. A true hockey player.
Some others? Thoughts on mine? Keep in mind was writing about a brand of player, and no one specific player in particular.
Side thought from this analyzation shows that if the Oilers don't show improvement towards winning, some of the players in 'The Smyth' grouping may not want to re-sign with their team when it comes time too...