The Hockey News voted Jeremy Roenick, of the San Jose Sharks, the best interview in the NHL. Kudos to Roenick. Even in the article he speaks his mind and has some funny, spot on quotes.
“There are two ways players can be better interviews,” Roenick said. “No. 1: speak your mind. If you feel passionately about something, then grow a pair, grow a thick skin, and say so. Don’t be afraid that you’re going to say the wrong thing. If it comes from your heart, if you know that you’re right, step up and let people hear what you have to say.
“And No. 2: for christ’s sake – for christ’s sake – show some (expletive) enthusiasm during interviews,” Roenick said. “I see too many interviews where young guys say the same thing night after night after night. It’s (expletive).
“You know what, guys? Don’t just give us the usual clichés. Don’t do interviews where your eyes are just staring off into space when they should be looking into the camera. Say something funny once in a while! And if somebody scores a sick goal, it’s OK to say ‘damn, my teammate scored a sick goal!’ ”
On Sean Avery he's right.
“You can’t get personal in terms of race or gender, those kind of things,” said Roenick. “But there is a way to say the right things while still looking like you give a damn."
On Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby.
“Absolutely, it is the reason why he’s (Ovechkin) more popular,” Roenick said. “You know, Sidney reminds me a lot of Wayne Gretzky in the way he deals with the media. It’s like he’s watched tapes of Wayne as a kid and memorized all his lines. Wayne never went out of the ordinary in terms of what he said, and that was fine for him. But as a league you definitely need some of your key guys to step up and be colorful.
“Then you look at Ovechkin – his heart is on his sleeve, he’s out there smiling all the time, he’s talking during games, he’s jumping in the air after he scores, he’s not afraid to say what he wants to say during interviews.
“Every time he’s out there, he’s showing the people what a joy it is to play hockey. We need as many guys like him as we can get.”
Some thoughts about last night's game.
It was great, and I wish I could've seen it. Listening to Ken Kal and Paul Woods was awesome though, and they call a great game.
Yet in my opinion it should've been broadcasted nationally in the states. This game and the Pittsburgh-Washington game should've been available nationwide to all fans, not just those with Center Ice nor just the ones in the respective cities. Two great games that could've enticed new fans went largely unseen.
Also Patrick Marleau was onsides. See below. Many Wings fans are saying otherwise.
Still it would've been nice if Chris Osgood could've stopped either this shot or Milan Michalek's. Not to blame Osgood though. The defense is to blame in my opinion. Osgood didn't steal game, but the defense allowed the Sharks 43 shots at him.
Journalist, blogger George James Malik, mlive.com, is exhaustive in his coverage of last night's game.
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