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Hockey Questions with Shawn Hutcheon

Bergy & tuukkaI can’t remember exactly which of Shawn Hutcheon’s brilliant articles made me decide to follow him on twitter but I do know that we became friends when he was live tweeting Rocky one night while I was watching Rocky IV. Anyone who loves the Rocky movies as much as I do is A+ in my book. He also writes incredibly insightful articles about hockey for The Fourth Period and is willing to chat Bruins with me all hours of the night. If you are not following him on twitter right now, you should fix that. And read his wonderful answers to my questions.

Is there anything you are really missing about not being in Sochi?

I wish I could cover the hockey games at Sochi. I would love to be around the best the world has to offer not to mention the atmosphere. My dad took me to the Summer Games in Montreal in 1976. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life.

Is there one NHL player that will benefit the most from an Olympic win?

It’s hard to say which player will benefit the most from a gold medal until we know which team wins it. If a Bruin does win a gold, he’ll bring a lot of confidence home with him, as well as the medal.

I have mixed feelings about Bruins winning and losing in Sochi. Are there any you hope will win?

I’m not rooting for any one specific Bruin. They’re all great guys. I wish all of them could bring back a medal.

Any you think will benefit from a loss?

The most important thing about losing is that you learn from it. Whoever does not win a medal will know what not to do when trying to win in any situation.

What is your favorite part of writing about sports?

I like everything about sports writing from meeting great colleagues who have become friends to meeting and talking with the employees of all the NHL teams and of course, talking with the players. I will say, every time I walk into an NHL team’s dressing room, it’s a pinch me moment.

Who is the best interview you’ve ever had?

The best interview I’ve conducted didn’t involve an athlete. It was with Roseann Sdroia, who lost her left leg in the Boston Marathon bombing. Her resolve and spirit was incredibly inspirational. She’s a very special person and is winning her fight to get her life back…Because I’ve never had a negative experience with any NHL player, I don’t think I can say I had a “best” interview with any one of them. A couple that stand out was Shawn Thornton before they played against Vancouver for the first time after winning the Stanley Cup. The other was with Ben Lovejoy of the Anaheim Ducks when they were in Boston this year. I coached him when he was 12 and 13 years old and it’s awesome to see him playing in the NHL. I also coached Brian Boyle of the New York Rangers. He and Lovejoy played together on the teams I coached..I think the most fun interview was with Brad Marchand earlier this year. What you see, is what you get and he’s one of the funniest persons you could ever meet.

What is the craziest experience you have had as a sports writer?

The craziest experience I’ve had as a sports writer came immediately after the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup at TD Garden last year. I was on the ice about to interview Patrick Kane when actor Jim Belushi came out of nowhere (I didn’t even know he was in the building) to grab Kane and give him a huge hug. I was thinking where did he come from then it hit me to take a pic with my cell phone, which I did and it came out pretty good.

What is the piece you’ve written that has meant the most to you?

The piece that has meant the most to me was one that I wrote last year. The Middlesex Islanders Junior Hockey Club’s coach is a friend of the parents of the late Avalanna Routh, the 6-year-old girl who became known around the world as Mrs. Bieber because she became friends with Justin Bieber, two days after she passed away from brain cancer, the coach told me about how his players spent many hours visiting her while she was in the hospital. She even had her own team jersey she would wear while they played and would wait for his phone call to tell her the games results. After he told me the whole story, I wrote about it and a few days later, he called me to tell me that everyone who read it was so touched by it that they cried. I didn’t write it for that. I wrote it because everyone has a story and although, everyone knew her’s, I felt there was more to it and that’s what I wrote. This is the piece… http://hockeyjournal.com/news/juniors/Islanders_Hockey_Club_touched_by_an_angel

Which hockey team is your pick to win the Olympics?

My pick to win Olympic gold has been, and continues to be, Sweden. Their skill level and goaltending is off the charts.

In a dream world, is there one player that the Bruins lost in the off season that you would want back, for the purpose of winning the Cup?

In a dream world, the player I would like to see return to Boston is Jaromir Jagr. He’s a future Hall of Famer and had a huge influence in the dressing room. The players really liked and respected him. He was always fun to speak with. On the ice, he could do pretty much whatever he wanted with the puck. His hockey IQ is one of the best I’ve ever seen. There aren’t many better at setting up teammates for scoring chances than Jagr.

Who is the biggest dark horse in this year’s Bruins team that may help us make it through the playoffs?

The biggest “dark horse” on the Bruins, good question. I think it could be Kevan Miller. He’s paid his dues with four years in the minors and is ready to assume an important role on the the team’s blue line. Not to mention, management and the coaching staff have a lot of confidence in him.

Who is your Bruins MVP for the season so far? And do you think that may change before the season is over?

Up to this point, my Bruins MVP is David Krejci. He is so good and so smooth that there are times when you don’t notice he’s on the ice then all of a sudden the puck is on his stick and in the net. He’s one of the best pure skaters in the league and is so smart with the puck. He’s a great defensive player, who is rarely out of position. Put it all together and you have a player who leads the team in scoring and is recognized around the NHL as one of top 5 centers in the league. I don’t expect that to change but any team that has Patrice Bergeron on it has another MVP year in and year out.

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Drama, Drama, Drama

9x03A lot of you know me as an avid television watcher.

A lover of stories.

A connoisseur of drama.

I have spent a lot of the past few years of my life writing about TV.

I have traveled the world to meet other people who love TV as much as I do.

The craziest TV. The best TV. The most heart stopping TV.

This year, a lot of my friends and followers are confused about my current preoccupation with sports and the theater that surrounds them.

I am here to say that sports and TV shows and the fandoms that follow them have absolutely everything in common.

You want drama? We’ve got that. You want to sit at the edge of your seat? We have that too. You want confusion, heart break, devastating loss? We have that in spades.

Last year, after a disastrous loss for my football team in the NFL playoffs, hockey came back to me. To be honest, the football season had kept me from missing hockey as much as I would have during the lockout. Getting it back just in time to have something new to cheer for was only one thing it did to change my life.

Win Bergy Marshy SegsA shortened, more intense season meant that every game counted. No game was to be missed and it was imperative to keep up on who was healthy and who was scoring, in order to better prepare for how each game might go. Which NHL team would make it into the playoffs and which would not, seemed to change every day. Even the mighty Bruins seemed questionable at times.

But the Bad Bruising Bruins did make it to the playoffs. Their game 7 win against Toronto will go into the history books. Not just for Boston but for the entire NHL. They proceeded to take out the unstoppable New York Rangers and then SWEPT the Eastern Darling Penguins, holding the best offense in the country to only two goals in four games.

But, making it far into the playoffs, to the final, and then losing on home ice is something, a pain, a loss that cannot be quantified.

Unless you are an avid television watcher.

There is something TV and hockey fans have in common!

2013 promo 2You pick your favorite show. You find a connection. One reason alone that makes it your very favorite. It speaks to you. It means something to you. And then you build on that. You find a favorite character. And once you recognize that character, you fall in love with the team behind them. But you still connect with the first thing that made you fall for the show. They do all of the things you love. They move in a way that speaks to you. The words they say mean something more. Sometimes they are silently amazing at what they do. Sometimes they are obnoxious in how they flaunt their abilities. Sometimes they are a little bit of both. Maybe they love your favorite kind of music. Maybe they dance as awkwardly as you might. Maybe they help your city come back from a devastating tragedy. Either way, you connect. You follow.

Maybe someday your favorite character and their team of sidekicks get just this close to catching the culprit. But your lead detective gets hurt so badly he can hardly breathe. He fights on anyways, knowing that they have to catch the bad bergy hurt 2guy! Everyone is over worked and over tired and the bad guy is gaining on them every minute they don’t act. They try their best. Everyone is working toward the same goal. But maybe a few new detectives have shown up putting kinks in the workings. And maybe some of the old ones aren’t working as hard as they should. No matter how hard they try. They just can’t get the bad guy. He kills again right in front of you and then gets away. Everyone is left holding the pieces and wondering what went wrong.

That’s it. That is your season finale. Everything went bad. So what does this mean for all of the characters you have fallen in love with over the last 48 or 82 episodes? And what if your character is new? What if your character has only been on the show for 5? 10? 20 episodes? Will you get to see them again next season? They didn’t die in the season finale but that doesn’t mean anything. Their fate is still left up for grabs.

You pray and you hope. They are your favorite character. You cannot live if they will not be on your show. THEY MUST BE ON YOUR SHOW. Certainly nothing will keep them from being on your show! They play an integral part!!! They want to stay! The show means so much to them!

But they won’t be on your show. Things happen. New deals are done. They will be working for another show next year. They will be a different character. And they will have brand new sidekicks you have never even heard of. They will be wearing clothes you never would have imagined them in.

Ty Dallas PreYou can only hope that if they aren’t going to be on your show next year, they will be on a show you can learn to love! A show that will promote all of their amazing qualities.

But, this isn’t a show. The bad guy is never caught. Not really. These aren’t characters. They are people. Parts of teams. Members of families.  Sometimes they choose to run away. Sometimes they are kicked out by parents who  just don’t understand. Often it’s just time to move on.

Sometimes it works out for the best. Sometimes it doesn’t.

But it never makes the drama any less.

This is how things are, though. Business is business. No one cares about your feelings or character relationships or families. You have to do what makes the most sense for viewers! For ratings! For trophies!

Suck it up!! Cheer for your team! Watch your show! Hope for your player! Pray for the best!

Nothing is sacred.

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Break Up Day

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If there were a better term for today, or for this entire week, I am 100% unable to come up with it. Two days after losing our chance at a game 7 and ultimately, the Stanley Cup, the Boston Bruins made themselves available to the media for one last time before they all parted ways for the off season.

Monday’s heart breaking loss feels exactly like the worst break up I’ve ever had. And considering that I’ve been with my husband for almost 10 years, it has been a while since I’ve had a feeling quite like this. As a Broncos fan, the playoff losses the last two years in a row have been hard. But not this hard. Not even close.

I keep trying to figure out why that is the case. I have definitely been a fan of the Denver Broncos for a hell of a lot longer than I have of the Boston Bruins. I was born in Colorado, born bleeding Orange & Blue. The longer I think about it, the more reasons I come up with. Football is different. Fewer games. A lot of times more fluctuating.

Also, I know what it’s like to win a cup with this Boston Bruins team. It’s the kind of high that you couldn’t pay for, even if you tried.

Bruins SaluteHere’s the other thing, though, the thing that a lot of people don’t understand: this team was 100% instrumental in healing an absolutely broken city. For me, that first Bruins game after the Marathon Bombings was the first time in DAYS that I had been able to almost forget for even 3 hours, what had happened on my favorite street in my favorite city. We lost that game against Buffalo. But that isn’t what I will remember about it. I will remember the Bruins fans singing the anthem for Renee. I will remember the teams saluting the fans. I will remember the Bruins, every one of them, wanting to win for “their city” for “their fans.” And they took that feeling all the way through the playoffs.

In a way, this shortened season has felt every bit like a very long playoff run. There were so many games crammed into such a short time period and every one of them counted for twice as much. It’s hard to see and follow every single game during a regular season of hockey. It’s a lot! And it often conflicts with other TV and other life. The day after my football season ended is when I found out about the end of the hockey lockout. It felt like divine intervention. Erin’s sports life was saved. And because I was still pretty hurt about the Broncos, I poured myself into the Bruins’ shortened season like I never had before. I barely missed a period, let alone an entire game. Of all the drama unfolding on my TV screen, the Bruins were the most entertaining. Their team chemistry and ability was undeniable. And oh, good lord, so much fun to watch.

There is something to be said, about not getting too overly invested in any one thing. Everyone is always talking about moderation. I blame the short, fast season. The fact that I never missed all of any one game. It has all been so very intense. I love my television shows and I absolutely take the love of my favorite shows to the next level. Though, if you were to compare hockey time to TV time, one entire 23 episode season would be about the same as one 7 game series (Toronto vs. the Bruins). And if you want to compare drama vs. time invested: I have never seen any TV show more compelling than that. As much TV as I watch and love, nothing has ever come close to equaling the dramatic finale of that series. It will go down in hockey history.

Win Bergy Marshy SegsBeating the Rangers (who were an incredible opponent, fans included) and then taking down the unstoppable Pens (which was most fun knowing what they’re really like) = the kind of rush that can’t ever be bought. The Bruins absolutely earned their place in the Finals and I dare anyone to say otherwise. WE WERE ON FIRE!

The Bruins were able to bring us together, just when we all needed a cause and a way to unite. They gave us a reason to cheer for Boston when so many of us wanted only to mourn. They gave us Soupy, skating on a broken leg, willing to acrifice himself for our unbeatable PK. At that time, we all wanted to win for Soupy. And Soupy just wanted to fight, to win for Boston.

I will be forever grateful for the memories. So many great games with so many great friends. Amazing times shared with incredible people. I will never be sorry that I cared as much as I did.

Losing this way, in the last 90 seconds of a game that was almost won, it stings. Not like a sunburn after a great day at the beach. More like getting tasered when you were just trying to escape.

To say that it hurts like nothing else, is an incredible understatement. All of the players feel the same way. It’s hard to find videos of them talking about the end without tears in their eyes.

All hockey players play though injuries during the playoffs. Bad hips, broken bones. It’s nothing new. Our Prince, Bergy, played with a busted rib, torn tissue, a separated shoulder AND a hole in his lung. The guy was on the ice for over 17 minutes and absolutely made a difference to his team. You really don’t get more Boston Strong than that.

SoupySegsI think about how much the loss hurts me and then I try to imagine how these players must feel. They tried so hard. And so many of them have said that they felt that they owed the city of Boston, that they just wanted to win for us and make their fans proud.

Congratulations, Bruins. You have done that and more. Speaking for all of the fans that matter, we are so proud and we could not love you any more than we do now. You are ALL Champions to us. If it were up to me, you would be getting a parade tomorrow.

Tuukka Rask is a God among goalies. Cannot wait to make him a Bruin for life. That guy has earned that AND THEN SOME.

To add insult to injury, we will be losing Andrew Ference during the off season. When I say that I am devastated by this loss, I am toning my feelings down just a tad. Ference is not only an incredible player, but an exceptional man and leader. Our team will be less after losing a player like him. Our city will be less, when he is gone. He will be missed. Deeply.

Jaromir Jagr will not be wearing the Bruins jersey again, either. This is a week of mourning. He once told the media that the Bruins locker room was the first place in his entire career where he felt at home. I just could not be more sad.

As we dry our tears, we must also prepare for next season. I am a Boston Bruin fan for life. I could not be more proud of this team. I know that they did their best. I will NEVER be sorry.

More hockey is only 13 weeks away!

It’s gonna be a long damn summer.

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Bruins: Eastern Conference Finals: Game 3

BergySo incredibly PROUD of my Boston Bruins tonight. The Pens really came out and played a much stronger game in #3. MUCH stronger.

Despite their efforts, Rask was OUT OF CONTROL. Love our crazy Finn. Bergy (his poor face!) earned that Army Ranger jacket. He’s our A for a reason. But, Tuukka Rask was also a real hero of this game. His saves were ridiculous. Absolutely incredible. Marchy and Jags and French Fries were REALLY AMAZING, as well.

That’s the thing, about this group. There is not one guy. They work so hard, TOGETHER. They really look like a team. And they play like one, too.

I love that they rallied behind Soupy. And I REALLY hope that he’s okay. Very worried. But it’s just like him, to risk it all, for the good of the team.

UPDATE: Gregory Campbell has broken his leg. He will not be back for the rest of the season. (Source).

They all play like that. There is no star. There is no king. There is just the Bruins. They risk everything. They sacrifice it all to win. And that is why I love them. That is why I

If you are counting this series, we have 3 down and only one to go.

If you are counting the playoffs as a total, we have 11 down and 5 to go.

Not that I am keeping track.

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