We've been down this road before. You know the names.
For every George Servinis, John Carter, and Gordie Peterkin, there's a Christian Morrisette, there's a Chris Migliore, there's a Mike Tamburro.
You pull on that sweater in a game that has meaning, you give yourself that opportunity to become a hero. Some games have more meaning than others.
Tonight is one. Tomorrow will be another. God willing, there will be more.
It's been 12 years since a home playoff series win and another two on top of that for the last semifinals experience. It's embarrassing. That's nearly an entire generation. But what better opportunity for a nobody to become a somebody?
Doug Hearns took his shot on Ken Dryden, and in doing so ushered in a new era for RPI Hockey. This is a program that has been in need of that new era. And there are 26 men eligible to kick it off in that locker room. It's a team effort to ensure that one - or more - can be the one to write their name. The one that, 20 years from now, people will look back and say, "Hey, you remember when (HERO) scored that goal? Made that save? Threw that hit? Blocked that shot? The one that led to (GLORY)?"
This isn't the first time here at WaP that we've talked about the playoffs as a time when heroes are born. But just because we're still waiting, doesn't mean it's not true.
It can be true. Now. Even if it's not forever, it can just be tonight - and we'll be in need of another one tomorrow. Anyone ready to claim the mantle?