7 in 7: Edition 4

The cold is still in NC- WHY?? It’s going to be snowing 3 days in a row? Worst winter since I moved here. Moving on…

1. Cam Ward in his 500th NHL game! Only 3 active goaltenders have hit this mark.  Ward won the Conn Smythe in 2006 as a rookie goalie.  I asked him about what stood out about his first NHL game, he said “You have a lot of flashbacks of all the hard work that you put forth as a kid and the sacrifices [from] your parents, growing up.

On his first NHL start: Mario Lemieux. (long pause).  I can remember he took the first shot on me in that game and to be able to win in a shootout, as we all know now shootouts aren’t my specialty; I was 1-0 at one time!

On achieving the milestone after reflecting on the goaltenders who have gotten to it: I feel likeI still have a lot of hockey left in me.

Ward’s parents should be in attendance from western Canada, making a special trip for the occasion!


2.  Coach Peters- 

For the Father’s Trip in Nashville I asked Bill Peters about his relationship with his father.  He talked a lot about family being the foundation for success and said his parents did a good job with him and now he hopes to pass that on to his children.  Peters grew up with two sisters in western Canada and remembers the whole family getting out on the pond with mismatched socks and gear.  He remembers using elastic bands from vegetables instead of hockey tape because hey, when you’re a kid just enjoying the game you’re going for fun not style points!


3.  Devan Dubnyk from the Minnesota Wild has been on a fantastic run!

In the span of 1 calendar year, he’s been with five different organizations, which isn’t easy or fun for anyone to get comfortable and confident.  Imagine changing bosses and cities that many times!? His first born is 18 months- Nathaniel had to go 10 straight weeks at one point without seeing his dad.  Devan missed many of the baby’s ‘firsts’ with the constant change.

But what’s made him play so well?  He said a new mindset of focusing more on enjoying every second of the game has done wonders.  He reconnected with his Pee Wee coach who reminded him of this- there are ups and downs in the NHL but no one can take the time you do have to play in this league.  It’s a good reminder to live in the moment. :)


4. Rob Zepp, 33 years old, made history in Decemeber becoming the oldest goalie to win in his NHL debut since 1929.  It was a 4-3 OT win in Winnipeg on Decemeber 21.  He was born and Germany and went through the grind for YEARS in the ECHL, European teams and the AHL before getting the chance to play in the National Hockey League.  He earned a 2-way contract with the Flyers and due to injuries of Ray Emery and Mason Raymond, Zepp finally got his chance.  They say never give up and here’s THE example of why.


5.  Casino Night was a very good time.  After getting some great interviews and footage, I hit the Blackjack table.  Since I am not an experienced gambler, I was thrilled to get an Ace and Jack on the final hand with my fake ‘Stormy Cash.’

It was awesome to catch up with so many people in the organization and fans.  Shout out to our Black jack table! The food was incredible and the decor was perfect! Well done!

(By the way- Tim Gleason dressed up in the pirate theme because his 3-year-old son begged him to. It was a hit!)




6. Brad Malone is playing his 100th NHL game tonight.  He gets a lot of praise from his teammates not just for being a hard worker and playing physical but also because how well he communicates on the ice.  Talking to everyone on the team, ‘checking in,’ getting the bench discussion going is small but valuable.  Coach Peters said he will “get much more than 100 [games], the way he’s playing right now.”


7.  For a long read on different perspective of women in sports journalism, check this piece out.  My girl Laura Keeley from N&O is interviewed!


7 in 7: A La 4

Brrrr. I’m really looking forward to temperatures about 50 degrees. :)

1. Tripp Cam! Yes, I know it wasn’t the most glamorous look ever but it was neat to see that perspective of the ice and interviews. I found it refreshing and interesting. Kudos to our whole crew for trying something new and being the first play-by-play broadcaster to have this perspective.



2. Justin Faulk’s mother told me the U.S. Olympian went skating for the first time, in Minnesota when he was just 3 years old.  He cried the entire time.  The next winter, she took him out again with his older brother and he was skating on his own with no practice!! It was incredible, she said.  She suspected he picked up the technique from watching the Mighty Ducks movies over and over.  A very observant kid whose humble beginnings should inspire any  young, aspiring hockey players out there!


3. Michal Jordan scored his FIRST NHL GOAL in Ottawa.  It’s funny how similar his name is to the NBA legend, Michael Jordan of nearby UNC.  But I’m blown away by the fact that #47 for the Canes scored in his 23 NHL game, the night before the 52nd birthday of the hoops star! Michal often gets confused with Michael on social media and told me that he got a bunch of mistaken Happy Birthday tweets on Tuesday. (Oh and by the way, he mentioned that his son and wife went to bed JUUUUSSST before the goal so they missed it, live!)

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4.  The Canes played the Senators on Monday and faced former BU defenseman, Eric Gryba. The avid outdoorsman started a duck and geese calling company with a couple of his hunting buddies.  They have only been in business for about a year but they dominate the Canadian market and are quickly expanding.  He told me that duck hunters pay big bucks for their hobby.  What a way to turn a passion into a business! Check out the website.




5.  Tim Gleason recently played in his 700th NHL game.  He’s one of my favorite people to talk to because he has a tough outside but a thoughtful and kind inside.  Speaking of rugged, I asked around the locker room who is overall the toughest on the team and it was a unanimous decision- Gleason.  Not because of his fighting, but he will block a shot and stay on to finish his shift.  He finishes his checks and sets the tone.  His teammates love it.

Also- I chatted with Gleason on his 700th milestone and he said he remembers his first game vividly.  He had a tone of ice time playing for the Kings in his debut at Joe Louis Arena right near where he grew up.  What a memory! He remembers being nervous about playing against his idol Steve Yzerman and missed a golden scoring chance on a clear breakaway…years later he gets a laugh out of it.


6. Are you on Instagram?   There are some pretty wild, funny accounts like ‘DaddyIssues_’  and ‘9gag.’  Here are a couple of my favorites:

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Cari Champion from ESPN for a little bit of sports, fun and inspiration,

…. TravelWriteDraw if you’re into fashion and creativity

……..TSN_Official for the hockey lovers <3


7. And Finally some inspiration…. it seems everyone has an opinion.  Some forget that they have never walked a mile in your shoes and that everyone has their own story.


7 in 7: Episode 3

I hope everyone’s week is off to a great start!

1. Of Miracles and Men by ESPN was outstanding. Before you say “Do we really need another hockey movie about the 1980—” I’m going to interrupt you and say “YES!” This is from the Soviet perspective and realllllyyyy opened my eyes. I don’t want to give it away but I will tell you that my favorite line from one Soviet coach was “treat your teammate like the love of your life.” Nothing replaces chemistry in sports! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4mVdx3pgUk


2. I won’t get too into politics because I promised that I would not BUT I just learned that it’s illegal to bet on federal elections in the United States. I never gave it much thought since I don’t bet but that makes sense. HOWEVER, Paddy Power, a spot in London takes millions of bets for our elections in the USA. Ha!


3.  If you’re lonely on Valentine’s Day and need a good giggle-



4. I’ve been training for my first ever 10k in March, in Durham. I’m not a big fan of running as exercise, I prefer spin class and lifting but it was a challenge I wanted to give myself. 20 miles a week, mixed in with travel hasn’t been easy training.




5. Work isn’t easy some days but here’s a little reminder about perspective




6. Victor Rask is underrated.  Plain and simple.  He has 18 points in 52 games and some people might think so what?  compared to the likes of fellow Swede rookie Filip Forsberg with 48 points in 54 games. Or Johnny Gaudreau, Jonathan Drouin…. etc. etc.  But Rask is a play maker.  He anticipates, he sees everything around him instead of just the play immediately in front of him.  Last I checked he was 1 of only 4 rookies to play every game for their team.  That shows he can handle the work load and wear and tear of the NHL schedule and travel.  Assistant Coach Rod Brind ‘Amour told me that Rask “sees the ice like the elite [players] do.” A very high compliment from someone witch as much experience as him.  Don’t look at the numbers, those will come soon- just enjoy him playing.


7. ICYMI- That sneaky Sharkie got me again. Not a fan of mascots, and I obviously get spooked very easily. http://instagram.com/p/y2Cjjii4CJ/


7 in 7: 2

7 in 7 issue number 2, here we go…

1. Radek Dvorak retired after over 1,200 games with FLA, NYR, EDM, STL, ATL, DAL, ANA and Carolina! He was drafted in 1995 and used the SAME shoulder pads his entire NHL career! Of course there were lots of patches and fixes but he never had to worry about breaking in new shoulder pads!


2. With an off day in Arizona, Eric and Jordan Staal got to see the Phoenix International Raceway. It’s only a mile track but it sits right in the middle of beautiful scenery. The brothers said checking out a NASCAR race was always on their bucket list. I did some NASCAR trivia with them on the way to the track for fun and they got nearly all the questions correct! Did you know the first ever NASCAR race took place in Charlotte, NC?



3. Last month I had a blast shooting with Sean Junqueira in Raleigh. We took some shots at the Art Museum and then at a cozy little spot, the Videri Chocolate Factory. A little hidden gem with delicious treats and coffee!

Here are a Couple of looks…

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4. Casino Night for the Kids N Community foundation is just around the corner.  This year’s theme is the ‘Blackbeard’s Ball.’ I’m still debating what to wear but this is by far my favorite fundraiser because everyone is relaxed, having a good time and the decorations and food are incredible. I’m putting together a basket for the silent auction with all my favorite things… Hope to see you on Feb 22!


5.  The Canes have seen a lot of success with Number 11 back in the lineup. I like to call it the ‘Jordan Staal effect.’ January has been the best month yet, going 7-3-2. While he was out, less experienced teammates had to absorb a lot of the responsibilities and fill the void of a Stanley Cup winner. Now that he’s back, Peters mentioned that it makes things very competitive in a good way, having the healthy bodies. But of all things, his leadership is “contagious,” according to his teammates. Riley Nash said that 11 shows “you don’t have any excuses.” You have to play hard on both ends, get into tough areas, and put 100% into every shift. Jordan has this and executes it well….special player.


6. It’s the Beanpot this week and next. I looooove this tournament. This photo is throwing it back to 2012 with Johnny Hockey, the Beanpot MVP as a freshman! Shout out to my brother who is handling all the important things behind the scenes for Northeastern hockey who had quite the thrill!



7. I Love when teabags have a good quote on them for you to enjoy while you’re sipping. The Halls cough drops that I’ve been living on have started to do the same, calling it ‘a pep talk in every drop.’ Here’s a good one:

Nothing You Can’t Handle.