Achariya Rezak

Writer/Associate Editor, Toronto Maple Leafs, SBNation

Location icon United States of America

I have a passion for writing deep, research-driven feature articles.

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SBNation.com
01/25/2016
Lightning fans are proof that Southern hockey is all grown up

A trip to the Tampa Bay Lightning Family Carnival reveals how strong hockey is in the South. Lexi LaFleur Brown and I stood in the quiet shelter of Amalie Arena's bleachers while the ice filled with fans. Brown, a PhD student, goaltender and wife of Tampa Bay Lightning forward J.T.

SBNation.com
04/13/2016
The agony of defeat at the NCAA Frozen Four

One team wins college hockey's national title every year, soaking up the glory that comes with it. But what about the other 59 teams that lose? TAMPA -- Hattricks, a bar near Amalie Arena, was packed on an important Saturday afternoon: the day of the final game of college hockey's Frozen Four, and one of the last days of the NHL regular season.

SBNation.com
05/07/2016
2016 Invictus Games inspire wounded warriors first, audience second

In its second year of international competition, Invictus shows servicemembers what's possible. ORLANDO, Fla.--There was a furious racket coming from the rugby court. A man draped in a Danish flag chanted something in Danish as he ran toward the bleachers. Down on the court, two rows of players wheeled past each other, pausing to bump fists.

Yahoo Sports
08/26/2015
Puck Daddy's Summer Series: The Tampa Bay Lightning from A to Z

(Ed. Note: August is known to be a very quiet month in the hockey world. As we wait for September to arrive and training camps to begin, let's learn a little history about all 30 teams. Behold, our summer A-Z series, in which we ask fans of all 30 teams to drop some knowledge on us!

Pension Plan Puppets
05/31/2016
Kyle Dubas: Orlando "sacrificed the success of their own team" for the Marlies

In words spoken on locker cleanout day, Kyle Dubas thanked the ECHL affiliate and wondered how the Marlies benefited the Solar Bears in return. What does an AHL team want from its even-more-minor league affiliate? At the beginning of the 2015-2016 season, Kyle Dubas said that he wanted to treat the Solar Bears like the baseball minor leagues.

SBNation.com
05/13/2016
Swimmer Michael Roggio's last place finish was still a big win

After a Traumatic Brain Injury, Roggio pushed his body to the highest level of its ability, and lost. He gained a lot in the process. Athletes came to conquer at Invictus Games. But as Wednesday's swimming finals proved, sometimes losing is still a major victory.

xoJane
09/28/2014
I Talked To Virginie Besson-Silla About Her Latest Animated Project

Within the first few pages of hits from Googling Virginie Besson-Silla, I found a Tumblr entitled "White boys dating black girls." Of course. I sighed and glanced through the photos of Virginie and her children and husband (who happens to be director Luc Besson), and moved swiftly on.

Pension Plan Puppets
06/28/2015
The NHL Draft and rituals of manhood

I'm not an anthropologist, but the draft made me feel like one. "So how was the draft?" My husband asked me when I returned from Sunrise, road-weary and still slightly hungover. I hesitated before replying, truly thinking about it for the first time.

SBNation.com
05/12/2016
Team USA won Invictus gold by making murderball more fun

The offensive juggernaut continued in the wheelchair rugby finals against Denmark. ORLANDO, Fla.-- Wednesday night's gold medal wheelchair rugby match at the Invictus Games was settled the same way as every other game involving the US team: with complete domination. The US defeated Denmark, 28-19, in another tilt decided by the US's unstoppable offensive juggernaut.

SBNation.com
07/09/2016
Paratriathlete Melissa Stockwell hopes to inspire at Rio Olympics

The Army vet used sports to rehab after being wounded during duty. Now she wants to use her road to Rio to inspire other adaptive athletes to compete in triathlons. On July 9, the members of Team USA's first-ever paratriathlon team will be announced.

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