But every once in a while comes a story about an active player that is too important to not pass on.
Boston Herald sports reporter Steve Conroy has one of those stories. He features Bruins journeyman defenseman Andrew Ference and his life long quest to fight global warming, and his new quest to bring sport to the third world.
"Ference has been involved in the fight against global warming for years. He drives a hybrid vehicle, purchases wind power for his home and is closely aligned with the David Suzuki Foundation that combats climate change.
The global warming issue is front and center, thanks in large part to Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth.
Right To Play has certainly gotten a lot attention in the last couple of years. Other hockey players to jump on board include Jennifer Botterill, Lori Dupuis, Geraldine Heaney, Jayna Hefford, Caroline Oullette, Sami Jo Small, Hayley Wickenheiser, Angela Ruggeiro, Julie Chu, Alana Blahoski, Matt Pettinger, Alexander Ovechkin, Joe Thornton, Daniel Alfredsson, Alexander Steen, and Wayne Gretzky.