As I sat on Cocoa Beach during All-Star break, there was one thing kept popping into my mind- work! I love writing so much; English-Writing was one of my majors at UNH. I decided I should do more of it.
The night before every game I send my producer a long list of ideas of stories I want to add to the broadcast, player and coach quotes I want to highlight, and much more. Due to time restrictions, penalties, goal replays, etc., I only get a fraction of these notes in so-boom- here’s the perfect place to share the rest.
I love sports- hockey and golf are my absolute favorite. I really like politics (but as I have been safely doing while sports coverage is my job, I will stay FAR AWAY from that subject.) I like traveling, reading, surfing, art, shoes and much more. So this will be a mixture of everything noteworthy or interesting that happens in my week, thus-‘7 in 7.’
1. The Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto was excellent. Tons of fun all in once place. They had a really neat theatre showing the Stanley Cup Playoffs recap of the prior year. The trophy room practically sings when you walk inside it. There’s a new interactive section where fans can shoot on a digital goalie, practice their broadcasting skills, play trivia and more. My favorite was seeing the tools that artists used to etch names and titles into the trophies. Can you imagine doing that??? Arthritis!!
2. Andrej Nestrasil was out with an injury for over a month. He rehabbed in Charlotte for 3 games before returning to the Canes’ lineup in January. This was the longest that the 23-year-old forward and Calder Cup winner had every been sidelined. One thing he said to the media that stood out to me was that he was miserable not just because of discomfort but without hockey he said he “has nothing to look forward to.”
Nestrasil is missing his front tooth but says he will put in his fake set when he goes on a date. He showed us in Tampa what it looks like!
3.When the Canes hosted the Rangers in December, one of the players had a skate issue that was fixed immediately by the equipment staff. One of the officials also had a skate problem but when that happens, they have to battle through and wait until intermission for the fix. Each referee has his blade dimensions written with permanent marker on his skate so when this happens anyone, anywhere can take care of he problem. The home team handles the officials’ needs, and by the way- the home locker room has extra sets of refs gear in case luggage mishaps or other problems occur.
4. Ryan Murphy has been very candid when discussing his development. He’s said he had a lot to learn and plenty of growing to do. He’s only 21! He played in 48 NHL games last season, but this season he has spent a majority of time in Charlotte (earning a spot in the AHL All-Star festivities.) As a big point-getter in the OHL he had to start thinking defense first now that he has graduated to professional hockey. He told me that this year with the Checkers’ he watched every single shift on video with the coaches. It forced him to learn better positioning and “count the guys in front” of him for better gap control. He picked up his conditioning too and said he often lifts with Stanley Cup winter Chad LaRose who shares great stories but when I asked about those….”That’s confidential,” he joked. LaRose has been setting a great example showing patience and work ethic and poise and experience. Murphy has certainly matured and his interviews are so thoughtful. Really happy his work is paying off!
4. Pass it On! It’s the shop inside InterAct in Raleigh, near Cameron Village. It’s a safe haven for people suffering from domestic abuse. This is where I volunteer and I love it here!
It’s a great place to donate ANYTHING to. They will find a use. The clothes are very affordable, gently used and great brands!! They’ve got J Crew, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Banana Republic and so many good finds!
Prices: Jackets $6, Pans, shorts, skirts $5, Sweaters, tops $6, Dresses $8, Suits $10, Shoes $5, Accessories $1. You should pop in! They’re open Mon-Sat.
(You can always volunteer there, too!)
5. I’m reading ‘Boy on Ice,’ by John Branch. It’s the story of Derek Boogaard in a VERY detailed account. This is one of the most revealing quotes from his father, Len (mind you, this is over ten years ago):
“You got your bell rung? Well, here’s a Tylenol or whatever. The only thing that bothered me was his hands. He would fight and his knuckles would be pushed back to the wrist. And then he’s have to have it manipulated and have his knuckles put back in place. His hands were a mess. My concern was always, okay, he’s going to suffer with this later on in life, in terms of arthritis. It was his hands that I was more worried about.”
6. This is my favorite hair spray to use and this commercial is awesome!!!
7. Finally, some inspiration…. “You can’t stop the waves but you can learn to surf.”