Hockey is just my life. I think that’s the best
definition I can give. Hi, I am Jeffie Magina. I am an artist
and I’m also a hockey player. My parents died when I was like 10. So, I got moved to places. This is where I picked up art, because my dad used to bring me
Tin Tin comics when I was small. So, I used to sketch a lot. This is how I picked up
that interest of art. Then, at some point when my dad passed on, I had to forget it for a while because he was like my mentor. He was the person I looked up to. When he died my art got dark. So, I just decided to leave
it all together. Then, a year later my mum passed on. So, it got even more crazy
because I had to move around a lot. Before I became an artist,
I was an accountant for five years. It wasn’t a very good feeling. So, I had to pick up something
that I really loved doing and would give me a chance also
to find time to play my hockey. So, I had to do art. I just started playing and it’s been a thing
in me like every day. It’s a continuous process for me because
as much as I want to be an accountant, hockey, to me,
meant freedom. My accounting was making
me miss my practice. To me, I don’t know,
I felt like; I am better placed being
a hockey player than an accountant. So, I just said,
“Oh, let me just be a hockey player.” I started playing hockey at Panari. Then, I got into inline hockey
at the Aga Khan Walk. So, I played ice hockey on Saturday
and inline hockey on Sundays. I wanted to feel the hit. The hockey hit felt really good, I guess. I don’t know.
Maybe it’s because I’m a boxer, I like being hit. So, to me,
that thrill of falling in the ice, waking up and still playing. Like, that was it to me. I was like,
“I don’t want to be stuck at this desk. I want to be playing. I want to be playing any time
that I wanted to be play.” So, I needed to find
something that I do so well, that would still give me some time
for me to practice my hockey and just be me because hockey makes me
feel like this is who I am. Hockey defines me. I don’t know how well to say it, but hockey makes me alive, you know? The thrill. It’s all about thrill. I don’t know if there’s
any better sport because I don’t think
of hockey as a sport. Hockey is like an aquatic. You have to…
Every single day. To me, that’s it.
That’s my drug. To me, hockey builds me as a person. I believe hockey just makes me
become the best person. The best of who I am, you know? I don’t try to be somebody
else when I’m skating, when I’m on the ice or when
I’m in the inline hockey because I have to be who I am. Authenticity is what
I look for when I play. So, hockey makes me
just be free, you know? Sometimes I feel like
the skates are like wings, you know? Skates are like wings. You don’t feel the ground
when you’re skating. When you start skating, you know this
is a do or die thing for you. You don’t feel the ground.
You feel like you’re floating. The movement even on the ground
becomes so effortless. Hockey is like a family. It’s a universal family because I don’t have to meet Subban. I don’t have to meet Gretzky
to know that we are a family because hockey is a family, you know? It’s just the geographical locations
that’s different. But we are playing the same sport,
we’re doing the same thing. Even my guys when we play,
we’re like a family. When one guy’s in trouble,
we’re all in trouble. So, it’s a support system that
goes around when you’re playing hockey. It’s a family thing. So, for me hockey is also family because
I don’t know if I would be where I am without my guys because they are
the ones who are making me become better. As a hockey player,
all I need is two things; A stick and that passion. Because a stick is an extension of my arm. When I hold that stick,
I don’t feel like I’ve held a stick. It’s my arm and it’s part of me. So, to me,
it makes me feel like; this is what I need
to be doing with my life. Find that one thing, you know? Just find that one thing that
you have to do and give it your all. I’m a hockey player, you know? That’s me,
that’s who I am. Hockey defines me.

The Life of a Kenyan hockey player #HockeyIsForEveryone
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100 thoughts on “The Life of a Kenyan hockey player #HockeyIsForEveryone

  • February 20, 2017 at 10:18 am
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    Lucky guy i live in Australia id love to play.

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  • February 20, 2017 at 12:21 pm
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    I cant tell you how much i love these videos. amazing work!

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  • February 20, 2017 at 4:46 pm
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    Such true words.

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  • February 20, 2017 at 9:01 pm
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    Did anyone else see trump on the painting

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  • February 21, 2017 at 3:09 am
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    I love this story

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  • February 21, 2017 at 9:03 pm
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    Amazing video. I just wish that the music was slightly lower. He has a softspoken voice. It was hard to hear him at times.

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  • February 21, 2017 at 11:17 pm
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    the Super Tacks 2.0 is out in the UK now review pleaseeeee!!

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  • February 22, 2017 at 1:58 pm
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    The white guy in the teal shirt with the long hair… I recently met him in Philadelphia at a local pickup game on a Friday morning. Great guy and great player. He mentioned how he was visiting home over the holidays and that he lived in Kenya and played hockey down there. I remember him telling me the rinks are square. Didn't believe him. Lo and behold, I randomly click this video and you understand my disbelief when I saw his face. What are the chances!! Chris if you know him, give him a shout out for me from Philly and all the guys from Shinny USA!!!

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  • February 22, 2017 at 3:47 pm
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    My brother said u were at Peterborough ice rink and the ball roled pass and u kicked my ball back to my brother that was while I was on u13

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  • February 23, 2017 at 7:28 am
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    That was a great video keep up the great work

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  • February 23, 2017 at 3:52 pm
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    Beautiful story and video well done Chris!

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  • February 26, 2017 at 5:34 pm
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    What a heart warming story. Im glad so many people enjoy this amazing sport?

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  • February 26, 2017 at 6:21 pm
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    You go dude!

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  • February 26, 2017 at 10:23 pm
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    Great story

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  • February 26, 2017 at 10:41 pm
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    how many times can one man say hockey in 6 minutes 😂😂 why is this inspirational i dont get it. its a guy playing hockey with his friends. i do that and dont make a video.

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  • February 27, 2017 at 8:11 pm
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    The trump paintings😂😂😂

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  • February 28, 2017 at 2:11 am
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    Hockey changes everybody's life

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  • February 28, 2017 at 2:46 am
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    Man this is awesome

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  • March 1, 2017 at 2:53 am
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    The painting of PK is so good

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  • March 4, 2017 at 5:38 pm
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    Out of all the sport story's this one is the best

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  • March 4, 2017 at 7:00 pm
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    hi Chris. I'm new to hockey and I have got an awesome amount of help from your well presented videos . I got a cheap pair of nexus 5000 but after watching your helpful videos and being 6ft.1 and 14st I've gone for the Vapour x500 . thanks and keep the videos flowing brother .also I have hit a few different rinks like Bracknell and Guildford spectrum and I found the ice very different especially at Guildford.

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  • March 5, 2017 at 12:14 am
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    This is so motivational some day hockey will be the worlds number one sport although it already is in my heart

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  • March 5, 2017 at 7:03 pm
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    This guy is amazing

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  • March 7, 2017 at 6:29 pm
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    Amazing. So powerful. Such an eloquent description of the game and its impact on life.

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  • March 8, 2017 at 1:32 am
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    Hockey definitely is a family

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  • March 8, 2017 at 3:00 pm
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    good to know we have more black people who play hockey

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  • March 8, 2017 at 9:44 pm
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    What a Guy!

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  • March 9, 2017 at 2:48 am
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    My lord. This man is amazing.

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  • March 11, 2017 at 4:03 am
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    This is awesome an you make more videos with him!

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  • March 14, 2017 at 5:44 pm
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    Good video but the music is too loud in proportion to his voice

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  • March 24, 2017 at 10:00 pm
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    1:04 lol

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  • March 27, 2017 at 7:39 pm
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    That is an amazing video

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  • March 31, 2017 at 12:27 am
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    Are those your brothers

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  • March 31, 2017 at 8:35 pm
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    How can I buy his paintings?

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  • March 31, 2017 at 8:42 pm
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    #Hockeyisforeveryone

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  • April 3, 2017 at 11:13 pm
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    Powerful, emotional, and life-changing….
    It's not about who has the best equipment, the hardest shot, or the best skating ability. It's all about the Love of the Game. Go out there and find your passion and roll with it.

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  • April 4, 2017 at 11:39 am
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    That was dope

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  • April 5, 2017 at 1:50 am
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    I cant play hockey because my parents wont let me lol:( The parents are the reason. Great video:)

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  • April 11, 2017 at 4:52 am
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    What an inspiring video and a fantastic journey. Congratulations to you for following your dreams and discovering meaning in what your passion is.

    Thank you as well for helping me learn about the game my son has recently taken an interest in.

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  • May 25, 2017 at 10:15 pm
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    so much truth in this video.. "skates are like wings" & "hockey is a family"

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  • May 31, 2017 at 3:27 am
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    "Skates are like wings." Phenomenal quote… This guy could sub in on my Men's League team anytime. Love to have out for a game.

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  • June 10, 2017 at 2:59 pm
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    Someone send this video to SUBBAN

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  • June 16, 2017 at 11:09 pm
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    these guys have to enter a IIHF Div. 3 tournament.

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  • June 28, 2017 at 4:22 pm
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    Your music is too loud lol

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  • June 28, 2017 at 11:06 pm
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    get this guy to meet subban

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  • July 4, 2017 at 4:04 pm
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    #Kenyaforolympics2018

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  • July 5, 2017 at 2:07 am
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    Fantastic video! Subscribed!

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  • July 12, 2017 at 12:15 am
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    Who ever disliked this video. Just why

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  • July 17, 2017 at 8:07 pm
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    the comment about the wings is so true!

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  • July 19, 2017 at 4:23 pm
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    I would pay some serious money for that PK Subban painting.

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  • July 28, 2017 at 8:40 pm
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    Cut open the blade of a 2017 Bauer 1s and explain the new tech

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  • August 12, 2017 at 8:55 pm
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    That was an amazing story!!!! Hockey=Family

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  • August 18, 2017 at 4:50 am
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    Is there any way I can buy artwork?

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  • October 7, 2017 at 6:53 am
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    I cry watching this now I am a great hockey player thank you Jeff magina

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  • November 3, 2017 at 12:46 am
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    Nice Job Jeffie. Next auston Matthews

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  • November 3, 2017 at 12:49 am
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    How does this have dislikes? This was a super moving story that can show you what you can just do to change your life and when you see that you will see that sports can change everything no matter what is happening with you. If your rich or poor hockey can change everything. Like he said Hockey is everything and it is a support system

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  • November 11, 2017 at 11:41 am
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    Amazing video

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  • November 25, 2017 at 7:07 pm
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    1:05

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  • November 27, 2017 at 1:00 pm
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    Omg the picture of the hockey player it was amazing

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  • December 5, 2017 at 1:14 am
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    #hockeyisforeveryone

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  • December 5, 2017 at 8:53 pm
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    give this guy a medal

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  • December 21, 2017 at 3:29 am
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    This makes me really happy to play hockey. Greatest sport on earth

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  • December 25, 2017 at 5:52 am
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    Hockey is the greatest sport in the world! It transcends politics, religion, race and gives everyone a save place to be. You can forget everything and and just have fun!

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  • December 25, 2017 at 5:53 am
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    And yea that Subban painting was amazing!

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  • January 5, 2018 at 7:35 pm
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    Hope this makes a living playing hockey

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  • January 17, 2018 at 7:49 pm
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    Love it but around the 3:00 mark it gets hard for me to hear him the music is a bit to loud

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  • January 21, 2018 at 8:30 pm
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    So awesome

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  • February 9, 2018 at 6:30 pm
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    "I'm a hockey player" awesome video bud!

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  • February 15, 2018 at 2:08 am
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    I wanna go there and play we these guys and help teach the game to more people.

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  • February 17, 2018 at 6:39 am
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    That was a awesome painting of pk subban

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  • February 25, 2018 at 6:09 am
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    3:16 I know this feeling hockey is such a fun sport glad I chose it as a sport and hope I have kids who go to the NHL and shit

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  • February 27, 2018 at 10:16 pm
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    #HockeyIsForEveryone

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  • March 9, 2018 at 4:40 am
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    God bless this guy.

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  • March 12, 2018 at 9:30 pm
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    Nice video

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  • April 5, 2018 at 9:45 pm
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    1:04 Great trump painting

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  • April 18, 2018 at 4:38 am
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    That's amazing. I want to fly down to Kenya to run a skills clinic for these guys. He truly knows the meaning of the game and I would love to work with the players who are passionate about the game we all love. This guy is the true definition of a hockey player. He loves the game with everything he has and wants nothing more than to be on the ice.

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  • June 14, 2018 at 5:39 am
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    This would be an amazing video if it was properly mixed. The music is WAY TOO LOUD and you can barely hear a word that is being said. Please do some audio QC before you upload.

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  • September 14, 2018 at 8:58 am
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    Awesome, awesome video! This should be picked up by the NHL and shown on the jumbotrons before games. This is exactly how I felt as a kid playing street hockey in the early-mid 90s. I was inactive for several years due to moving around a lot, but now have come back to hockey as I'm living long-term in a cold weather spot. It is a family. a community, and it brings people together like no other sport. Thank you so much for this!!!

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  • October 12, 2018 at 11:13 am
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    who the fuck dislikes this?

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  • October 16, 2018 at 10:13 am
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    welcome to the HOCKEY FAMILY , hope you keep at it , hell ! dream ! hockey is dreaming of making self better with team work , dream BIG , olympic big , NOT TOMORROW BUT IN THE THE FUTURE , let me plante a seed , dream of betting canada or usa or russia , you can do it , IT S HOCKEY

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  • November 28, 2018 at 2:09 pm
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    I love the video…but the music was annoying, sometimes overshadowed what he was saying. Too loud at times.

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  • November 28, 2018 at 2:12 pm
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    Thank you for this!!😍I’m a black hockey player from Florida….this video just shows the game economical status, transcends race and geographical boundaries❤️🥅🏒

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  • December 6, 2018 at 5:02 am
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    This is super touching. I am super grateful for everything I have. This is the definition of making sacrifices for what you love. “Skates are like wings” is the best quote I have ever heard.

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  • December 24, 2018 at 2:35 pm
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    How can someone dislike this?

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  • January 2, 2019 at 3:36 pm
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    This guy is so motivating

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  • January 9, 2019 at 8:10 pm
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    He i pretty good at painting

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  • January 19, 2019 at 12:49 pm
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    Won't stop till we're legends!

    The Score*

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  • February 9, 2019 at 4:35 am
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    My dad is from Kenya 🇰🇪

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  • February 9, 2019 at 4:36 am
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    That is sad

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  • February 18, 2019 at 8:40 pm
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    Ffs, brought a tear to my eye in a big way :O

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  • February 19, 2019 at 8:32 pm
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    Beautiful

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  • April 12, 2019 at 10:47 pm
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    “because hockey’s a family” …

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  • May 4, 2019 at 1:47 pm
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    That subban painting is dope sorry for parent's

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  • May 9, 2019 at 7:52 pm
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    beautiful!!!

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  • June 4, 2019 at 3:26 pm
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    absofuckinglutely outstandingly killer bio~vid!!!! Cheers to You J***

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  • June 10, 2019 at 2:07 pm
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    This guy fucks

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  • June 22, 2019 at 4:33 am
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    so inspiring! Anybody can play hockey

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  • July 20, 2019 at 9:30 pm
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    ❤️amezing

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  • September 1, 2019 at 4:35 am
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    Cause we actually fly, every time we touch the ice

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