While it was difficult to miss home games on my beat, my NHL Odds of covering an outdoor game for somewhere like ESPN.com and getting to interview guys like Brian Leetch in person are pretty slim for the time being.
So it was off to Connecticut over the weekend to cover the Whale Bowl. I got up at 3:30 in the morning, took a 6:25 AM train into the city and got into Hartford around 11. I headed over to Rentschler Field and got there just as a high school game was wrapping up. Up next was a college game between Army and American International College, followed by a Legends game between Whalers and Bruins alumni…after that was the reason I was there, an AHL game between the Connecticut Whale and Providence Bruins.
Thank goodness I was able to cover the game and be up in the press box, because there’s no way I would have been able to survive in the elements for all three games. Over 30,000 people were expected, but by the time Maxine Sauve beat Dov Grumet-Morris in the shootout to give Providence the win, maybe 2,000 or so were still sticking around. Given the fact that the wind chill at ice level was minus-8 degrees, I can’t take fault with anyone who either didn’t show up or left early.
It’s a shame the cold and wind were so ridiculous, because it was a neat event. I actually have to head back to Hartford (and maybe Providence as well) to do some more work for ECHL.com, but I got to ask Leetch his thoughts on the conditions, which I can use for the story…as well as Brodie Dupont and Wade Redden to get some secondary comments for the story.
I should also have a story on New York Rangers goaltender Martin Biron up on ECHL.com in the next few days. Biron played just two games for South Carolina, but find out why he credits them for turning his career around…
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com // Parts of this post were sponsored…obviously