The Best Player in the World of the Week
November 8, 2018 10:54 AM   Subscribe

Since the beginning of last season, ESPN hockey writer Greg Wyshynski has been writing a weekly column called The Best Player in the World of the Week. Starting with 45-year-old former NHL defenseman Darius Kasparitis, who managed a goal and two assists for the Lithuanian national team, Wysh profiles great players from around the hockey world. Sometimes he picks NHL players, but more often the top spot goes to someone with a great story, like 16-year-old goalie Jason Williams, who managed to score a goal in the middle of the game; UK player Patrick Dwyer, who completed a hat trick when the puck got stuck in his pants; Canadian Women’s Hockey League goalie Noora Räty, who earned a shutout in the longest Clarkson Cup game in history; and 11-year-old Riley Scorgie, who scored 50 goals in 19 games after being treated for Guillain-Barre Syndrome (that week’s runner-up list includes a dad who nominated his eight-year-old daughter for getting through practice without crying).

There’s no easy way to get to all of them, so here’s a search. And there's a tip line, in case your local beer-league hero needs national attention.
posted by goatdog (5 comments total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
FYI, the Jason Williams reference is linking to the wrong article.
posted by Big Al 8000 at 1:19 PM on November 8, 2018 [1 favorite]

Ah, now I see he was a runner-up and wasn’t the player of the world of the week.
posted by Big Al 8000 at 1:26 PM on November 8, 2018

This rules
posted by Uncle at 2:19 PM on November 8, 2018

Oh, this is like the best thing ever in a shitty year. Thank you.
posted by lumpenprole at 3:36 PM on November 8, 2018

Wow, Noora Raty is my new idol.
posted by heatvision at 2:41 AM on November 9, 2018

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