Becoming Edler

Kristian Urstad
April 19 2010 02:17PM

Vancouver Canucks v Los Angeles Kings

“Become who you are” – this was Nietzsche’s slogan for the idea that we as individuals have the ability to create and choose out of what we have to work with. We are all born like a piece of clay that already has its unique shape, and it is up to us to do the best we can to sculpt ourselves from it.

After watching Alex Edler in Game One, I was both astonished at just how much original material he has to work with and dismayed by how rarely and how inconsistently he puts it all to use.

He was an all-around force in that first game, excelling in all parts of the game. For 60 minutes, he had fashioned himself into a near perfect defenseman – a work of art on the ice.

It’s scary to think what all that potential could amount to if it was actualized game in and game out. Let’s hope he takes counsel of Nietzsche’s advice and gives us all something unique to admire for years to come.      

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Kristian Urstad was born, raised, and currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. Kristian has been a disappointed yet loyal Canucks fan his whole life. He has a hunch however that their time may soon come. He has a PhD in Philosophy and so tries to take a philosophical approach to writing about hockey and the Canucks, hopeful, but not always sure, that he can offer some new and interesting insights into the various aspects of this great game and burgeoning team. You can reach Kristian at kristianurstad@hotmail.com.
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