Ex-Flames, Oilers player Krys Kolanos on finding wins in losses


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Already Leonard is a Calgary-based freelance writer and journalist.

Now that Alberta’s Stanley Cup Playoff battle between the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames is behind us, we spoke to a former NHL player who was part of both teams in the loss. and how he is doing.

Krys Kolanos was the 19th pick in the 2000 NHL Draft, selected by the Phoenix Coyotes (now Arizona Coyotes). During his career, he won a gold medal with Team Canada at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships, among other accolades.

Mr. Kolanos was born in Calgary and grew up cheering on the Flames, who lost to the Oilers. He said there are positives to losses — advice that can apply far beyond hockey.

stay neutral

Throughout his career as a hockey player, Mr. Kolanos has faced many ups and downs – from playing in the NHL’s first YoungStars game to injuries that changed the trajectory of his career.

“The way I like to look at things now is that you have to look at it from both sides – the good, the bad, the positive, the negative – and you have to kind of stay neutral. Because then when you can do that, you can move forward and stay present,” he said.

Mr. Kolanos says he might never have had a comeback in his 30s and would have had the chance to play for the Flames had it not been for his injuries.

“To make a comeback like that… I always have the mindset that anything is possible.”

The same mindset can be applied to your career. Sometimes devastating losses can lead to scary moments, but life moves on.

Reshape the way you view losses

“With anything, it brings you clarity and strengthens your desire, or it satisfies your desire,” Mr. Kolanos said. When it comes to hockey, losses teach teams what to work on and ultimately strengthen their desire to win.

He encourages people to see losses and challenges as opportunities for growth and to appreciate them as part of the journey.

“Round [challenges] in something on the way, not on the way.

Recognize your achievements

Like an athletic loss, when you suffer a loss in your career, like being fired or missing out on a promotion, it can be easy to focus on everything that went wrong instead of your accomplishments along the way.

“Just the fact that they were in the top eight and made it to the second round [of the playoffs] — that’s amazing on its own,” Mr. Kolanos said of the Flames this season.

The Battle of Alberta also brought energy to communities in Calgary and Edmonton, an impact that cannot be underestimated.

Fans had the opportunity to connect with their peers, and local businesses were excited about customer boom after a few difficult years for many pubs and restaurants.

“I was basically encouraging Alberta, in the sense that there were so many good things for the economy. »

The same concept applies to your career. Even in the event of a loss, consider the positive impact you have had through your work which may be greater than yourself.

Kolanos, a volunteer with the Flames and Oilers alumni groups and who still hits the ice with the former a few times a month, said he was grateful for the habits hockey instilled in him.

“I still love the game,” he said. “I live and breathe the game and it’s just a part of me.”

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