The Stanley Cup Finals sent me (and the rest of the media) from coast to coast. Even though the series lasted only 5 games, you can’t argue that (maybe aside from the Jonathan Quick shutout) that each game was awesome and had you on the edge of your seat!
Going 2,700 miles from point A to point B leaves a bit of room for surprises. The day after game 2 wrapped up in Los Angeles; Billy Jaffe, Steve Mears, Jamal Mayers, Kathryn Tappen and I got to the airport for a 9am flight back east. We were told that there would be a wait until at least noon when they fixed a part of the plane that required Delta to fly in the part before they could begin the process. Rightfully so, we assumed that sounded like a bigger project so went for breakfast checking our phones for alerts. It could be the combination of boredom, tiredness, frustration but somehow we were all playing card games for about 3 hours using ketchup, sugar packets, tea bags and anything else we could find as poker chips.
There we were in the middle of the airport all shouting when someone laid down a winning hand and passing over pepper and salt. People must have thought we were nuts!
After many incorrect flight updates I decided to try to catch an earlier flight and lucked out getting the last seat on a 4:00pm flight which was also delayed. Once I landed, my luggage was lost but I was back in NYC and hit the hay- finally!!!!
It was fun to work the final series. Media Day went by quickly but I did get to find out that apparently Dan Carcillo has the best laugh on the Rangers according to his teammates. And the Kings say that Drew Doughty is the best singer. Interesting.
It was lots of fun to be up close to the action! Obviously some late nights with the overtime and plenty of travel but it was the perfect fit to be part of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoff coverage.
My favorite moment has to be Justin Williams winning the Conn Smythe as the most valuable player in the postseason. His interview with such raw emotion was priceless and heart warming to see a veteran and great person achieve such a high honor.
Congratulations to Williams and the LA Kings on yet ANOTHER sip from the Stanley Cup!
I can’t wait to see what next season holds.