I'm never going to be a professional hockey player, I accepted this around age 12 and am alright with it. But, I do enjoy fantasizing about being a player and often get into "Would You Rather" situation discussions. I thought it'd be fun to open the discussion to everyone else. I have two similar scenarios that are often considered by myself and my brother. Here goes.
Scenario 1 Would You Rather
Option A) Be a member of the Triple Gold Club Having won the Olympics, Worlds and a Cup, make $80 million over an illustrious career where you put up 1200 points over 20 and are in the HHOF discussion. BUT in your last game you suffer a massive concussion that completely erases your memory of your playing career. You still know your wife and kids etc but cannot remember a day of your professional career including Major Jr hockey.
Option B) Come within a goal of the Cup twice but never win. You collect Silver at the Worlds and Olympics but again, never finish on top. You play a 15 year career putting up 700 points and make $40 million. You're basically a solid 2nd line forward but never a true star and retire quietly.
Scenario 2 Would You Rather
Option A) You are a superstar, easily first ballot HHOF and the best ever player for your obscure in hockey terms nation (think New Zealand or Estonia) But you never win a cup or other tournament. You have a long and prosperous career.
Option B) You have a short career as a grinder on the 4th line and an AHL call up. You manage to stick with a team at just the right time and win a cup but are out of the league by 30.
Personally I take Scenario 1 Option B and Scenario 2 Option A. I'd want to remember my career and I think I can live with no Cup.