Well 2019 has already been a year to remember.
I had the chance to chat with my favourite current NHLer, Ryan Reaves of the Las Vegas Golden Knights. He's mostly known for being a royal pain in the ass to his opponents on the ice, sticking up for his teammates, and all around fun guy. Now, he has something new to be recognized for - his new craft beer company, 7FiveBrewing. Recently, Reaves teamed up with Able Baker Brewing Company to launch a golden ale in Vegas called Training Day.
Check out our Q&A below:
How did you get into the world of craft beer?
Out in St. Louis, I was out with a couple of buddies and was starting to get into it wanting to test out some home brew. Fast forward to getting traded to Vegas, I just kind of saw that the Craft Market is not really a big Craft Market in Vegas. It's just kind of on the come-up. There's you know, there's something like I don't know the exact number but between 20 and 30 and you go to places like Portland and there's that many on a block. So I just started doing something for once my career is done, but obviously it's going to be a slow process because hockey always comes first.
You were quoted saying you want to take over the world and compared yourself to Pinky and the Brain so does that mean you'll eventually bring the beer to Canada?
Yeah, I'd like to. Obviously, I'd like to expand as much as possible but first we're going to test things out in Vegas.
There's a lot of competition out there so what do you want your beer and company to be known for?
I mean, we're not really thinking this is a hockey beer. It's the beer for everybody. You know, we got a good story that we'll be releasing soon that I can't get into yet, but it's not a 'Ryan Reaves endorsement, make a beer and kind of make a quick buck and get out'. It's a company that I take pride in and I want it to be for everybody.
I first came across Ben's story when he was featured on Hometown Hockey a couple months back and immediately reached out because I wanted to learn more and share it with all of you. He was kind enough to spare some time to answer a few questions. Check out our Q&A:
How did it all begin?
When I was chasing my dream of playing in the National Hockey League I sustained a hit that left me in the hospital bed with no idea how I got there. I woke up to the news that my brain was bleeding in three different places. I took two years away from the game and then returned for 3 more seasons. I was honoured to be the captain in my final year and with pro opportunity offered to me and a dream come true… I decided to step away from the game and chase other things.
When did you decide to create your podcast, "Heroic Minds"?
During my "post career transition” I was trying a bunch of different things in the way of hobbies and social venture start-ups. I wanted to give back and make an impact like the community did for me during my recovery. I started a foundation to share and simplify research in head injury in sport. I then started a fitness program that was going well but not well enough for me. My good friends and partner on the Heroic Minds project said I should start a podcast because I love public speaking, working through problems and empowering others. Heroic Minds started as a hobby. Now it continues to become more and more exciting and open more and more doors.
How did you overcome the darker days in your journey?
My dark days were not as dark as they could have been because I was constantly around people that pushed me. My teammates, my billet family, my coaches and even my parents though they were did not want me to return to the game. I never had time to dwell on the bad, or the rough times, I had too many people around me supporting me. Simply I overcame the darker days by getting back into routine even though that routine was a little different than everyone else, I pushed myself even though that looked different than it did for others. I stayed in my lane and competed against myself from yesterday always trying to be better and having the people around me to help facilitate that.
What advice do you have for people in similar situations?
I would say that the TOUGHEST part of any journey through adversity is accepting where you are and that is also the key. For me it was accepting that I had a 1% chance of ever playing again. If I wanted to play again I would have to do X to get to Y (which is playing again or finding a new passion). So if I don't accept where I am (X) I won't know where I am to then start my journey towards Y. This may sound confusing. What I am saying is today with social media with the rat race of life. We always tell ourselves in our head we are in a different spot than we actually are. “I am smarter than that person, I should be making more money already, I should have a better job by now, etc etc.” We never tell ourselves “I am here, now lets find a way to get to where I want to. I believe that acceptance is the key to resilience, toughness and success.
For more on Ben's story and his podcast, click here.
Savour this moment because this is as sentimental as I'm ever going to get.
The 2018 highlights flooding social media make me a tad nauseous, but my new year's resolution is to be more mindful and less judge-y.
Last year started off as a complete clusterfuck, but ended the complete opposite. It found me battling my mind on the daily, experiencing a big health scare leading me to do more of what makes me happy (read: going to multiple Leafs games), I got myself a nutrition and lifestyle coach (Adam Loyd, owner of ALP Training Institute), and finally a few new career opportunities presented themselves over the last month.
I am determined to kick this year in the ass and I truly believe that your actions on the first day of the year set the tone for the rest of the year so my January 1st went a little something like this:
- First day of 30 Day Yoga Challenge
- 3 loads of laundry
- Coloured a page in my swear word colouring book (thanks, Mom)
- Read a few chapters of a mindfulness book that I received as a gift for Christmas
- Got in a workout
- Ate clean
- Went to bed at 8:30
If I had watched hockey and grabbed an almond milk cappuccino from Starbucks, it would have been the perfect day, but I am still content with what I did with my time.
I think last year, I was overwhelmed with everything life was throwing at me that I didn't have enough time and energy to commit to this little blog. Another one of my resolutions is to set aside time to publish a couple posts a week, and well... Here's the first one!
Wishing you all an amazing year filled with good health, happiness and success!
I am so excited to share with you an exclusive interview with Toronto pop singer-songwriter Jenna Bennett regarding her new single "Priceless". Check it out:
What inspired this single?
This song was definitely inspired by love, loss and hope. Everybody experiences these things within their life, hence the reason I feel this song can touch every single person in their own way. Everyone will come across someone in their life that is extremely important to them. This song was inspired by the idea that no amount of money and no words could describe the love you’d have for this person…they’re priceless.
Where do you see yourself in the next few years?
I definitely see myself in the studio, collaborating with producers and continuously evolving my sound and creating new music. With the release of new music and the growth of my fan base in the next few years I see myself on tour, either opening up for a bigger artist or on my own small tour!
Technology and streaming has taken over. How has this impacted the music scene?
Technology has definitely taken over and changed the way music is shared and listened to. The potential to reach a worldwide fan base is at the click of a button and the opportunity to share your music as an independent artist is effortless. On the side of the listener, you can personalize your music daily and discover unknown artists that you may have never discovered before. Although as an emerging artist this creates a ‘little fish in a big sea’ scenario, for me I’m grateful to have the opportunity to share on a universal level, allowing my music to speak for itself.
You need to stop whatever you're doing right now and cancel your weekend plans because Netflix's latest original comedy series, "The Kominski Method", is pure fucking gold.
If you're a fan of "Grace and Frankie", you'll absolutely love this - or at least that was the case for me. I was glued to my computer screen from the second the series started until the second the series ended when I received the show to review. The synopsis is as follows:
The sun isn’t setting yet on the once famous Sandy Kominsky and his longtime agent Norman Newlander. Academy Award® Winners Michael Douglas (Kominsky) and Alan Arkin (Newlander) star as two friends tackling life’s inevitable curveballs as they navigate their later years in Los Angeles, a city that values youth and beauty. Both comedic and emotional, The Kominsky Method is an 8-episode, half-hour single camera show created by 8-time Emmy Award Nominee Chuck Lorre ("The Big Bang Theory").
The left me crossing my fingers and toes for a second season because the chemistry between Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin is just that good.