Sabrina Ladha: Vezina or Masterton?

Faiz-Ali VirjiCorrespondent IJanuary 22, 2009

As I was playing as my Be-A-Pro character in EA Sports NHL 09, I ran into an exceptionally good goaltender playing for the Washington Capitals. No matter what I did, I couldn't seem to score on him. This was my first indication that it was not Jose Theodore.

The mysterious goalie made a glove save on me and I noticed their last name was Ladha. Being an avid hockey fan, I had never heard the name Ladha with reference to hockey. I decided to go to the player stats and saw the goalie's full name was Sabrina Ladha, and there was a picture of a girl who looked no older than 10 years old with a ponytail.

This perplexed me quite a bit, as well as angered me that some random person was screwing up my chance to be on the Oiler's first line (I know, I know, not the greatest accomplishment, but still!). So I went to the Internet and googled the name Sabrina Ladha.

It turns out Ladha is an ill child who is a member of the Make A Wish Foundation. Her wish? To be a goalie in the game NHL 09. The creators from EA went above and beyond just putting her in the game, but made her by far the best goaltender.

That is such a nice thing for EA to do. Everyone agrees right?

Well, not everyone. When I googled Sabrina, I could only find one article talking about her in the seven pages I went through. All the rest were message boards for video games, all discussing Sabrina. While there were people posting about it and saying what a great thing this was that EA did, they were sadly outnumbered by people who thought this was the worst thing to ever happen to them.

People were crying about how she ruined their dynasty or Be-A-Pro mode. I did see a few people retract their statements, like I did, once they realized who she was, but there were quite a few people who did not change their attitudes. One poster said that after working so hard to earn the money to buy their PS3 and NHL 09 game, that they did not deserve to put up with this crap.

Ya, I feel for you man. If only I had that disease this little girl had. So much easier to deal with. I mean, who does she think she is, ruining my video game with her selfish wish? (By the way, that was sarcasm)

Its amazing how many people, after finding out why she was in the game, still cried about how their game was ruined because of her. It is pretty sad to see people losing sight of what is really important here. I could care less if she won the Stanley Cup and any other trophies over me. If it means a dying child will feel better and get a chance to smile, I hope she does. Cause after all this, she deserves it.