1. It started as a dare earlier in the season; I was running on a treadmill beside assistant coach Steve Smith and told him I could run farther than him. I might have the age advantage but there is no doubt that he was a professional athlete and lasted 800 NHL games. We are running our first 10k on Saturday. Here’s where you can donate to the Autoimmune Encephalitis Alliance: https://www.crowdrise.com/FlorenceForthSupporters
2. Anton Khudobin has his father visiting Raleigh from Russia. Valeri was a defenseman and for several years he was the equipment manager of a junior team called the ‘Steel Foxes.’ Since the team did not have a designated goalie coach, Valeri worked with the net minders one on one and went over video together. During his trip to NC, David Marcoux let him into the video review room with Anton and the two watched the clips together. Valeri doesn’t speak any English so Anton not only had to keep track of the notes he was getting but also had to be the translator!
3. We took our last visit to Nassau Coliseum over the weekend. (And what a win that was!) There’s a POW flag hanging in the rafters and the reason is because the very grounds that the arena stands on were originally ‘Mitchell Field,’ a US Army and Air Force base and I only knew that because our former assistant coach, Dave Lewis (who played for the Islanders) told me about the history.
4. Jack Hillen is the newest addition to the Canes lineup. It was a stressful week for anyone, even the non-UFAs, in anticipation of the trade deadline. Hillen’s story reminds us just how reality doesn’t discriminate against professional athletes. Hillen played against the Canes on Friday at PNC Arena, he found out when he got to the rink in Washington on Saturday morning that he had been traded. His agent had assured him that there were no conversations about moving him so this was completely unexpected. Hillen got on a plane at 2pm, landed at 3:15 and got to Nassau Coliseum just in time for a 5pm start. He played with his own skates but had to used a bunch of borrowed gear because of the time crunch. His wife is pregnant with their third son so even though joining a new team can be stressful, he now will be able to see the birth of his newest family member in May. He joked that he just wished that he had known he was traded when the Caps were in town to save him some travel.
5. I went back in my computer archives and found some old links to work I did when I was just starting as a reporter. It’s amazing to look back and see how much progress and growing you’ve done. I was so young, awkward and had no confidence. Work until your idols become your rivals!
6. I’m puzzled by the things that are not included in curriculums in US schools. There are no basic personal finance classes required and I’d love to see that change. In the meantime, share this with the young adults you know. It’s a good, easy to understand start for first-time savers.
7. And for some inspiration (and a chuckle….)