“Hockey isn’t just a sport,” says Nicholas Corso Algonquin retired police officer and sports aficionado. “Hockey is a lifestyle.”
And for many fans, this seems to be true. Decked out in colorful jerseys and carrying streaming pennants, hockey fans pack into crowded arenas to cheer on their favorite team and bemoan their losses. It’s like any other sport in that respect, except that the arena is covered in ice.
“I love hockey because it’s like football and soccer got all wrapped up and thrown on the ice,” laughs Nicholas Corso Algonquin. “It’s so fast-paced and aggressive that you’re never left bored. You’re on your feet half the time they’re playing!”
Hockey Teaches You How to Deal With Competition and Teamwork Respectfully says Nicholas Corso Algonquin
“Hockey gets a reputation for being violent,” says Nicholas Corso Algonquin. “And I’ll be the first to admit that it is violent. It’s full of conflict and fighting. But so is life. The important thing is how you deal with winning or losing, and how you end the match.”
And it’s true that at the end of every game, the hockey players line up at the center of the ice and shake hands – no matter who got you stuck in the penalty box during the game. “Sportsmanship like that is one thing that taught me how to deal with working as a police officer,” says Nicholas Corso Algonquin. “No matter what differences you have with a fellow officer – when the call comes, you are on the same team. You work together for a greater purpose, so you learn to set aside the petty stuff.”
Hockey Gave Me an Escape Says Nicholas Corso Algonquin
“As a police officer, you see things that make it hard to sleep. Things that are hard to share with your friends and family – people you love and want to protect. It’s can make you feel disconnected from real life sometimes,” says Nicholas Corso Algonquin.
But hockey was a way to relax and unwind, hang out with his family and his non-work friends, and connect with something bigger. “It’s a distraction and a feeling of belonging,” says Nicholas Corso Algonquin. “That’s why we all love sports and our teams the way we do. They give you something to be ‘together’ about. They give you something to cheer for no matter what else is happening in your life.”
Nicholas Corso Algonquin has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a background in law enforcement, management, security, criminal investigations, and data entry. He worked for the Algonquin police force for 20 years before retiring. He now works as a security officer.