Monday Morning Skate
We got into town here in Toronto yesterday. We went to the hotel, dropped off our bags, and then I accompanied Nate Ewell and Olie Kolzig over to the XM Studios. Olie was slated to be the first guest on the premier edition of a new XM show, “Hockey Confidential.” A car was waiting to take us over to the studio, and when we arrived host Scott Laughlin and a studio audience was all sert for Olie to start.
Nate and I sat in the audience and watched as Laughlin and Olie chatted. It was a terrific interview of about one hour in length, with a couple short breaks in between. The show promises to be a terrific one, and it’s something XM hopes to run monthly. We’ll let you know when the Olie show will air, and you won’t want to miss it. I’ve known Olie for about 12 years and there were a couple of things he casually tossed out there that I did not know about at all. It’s going to make for very good radio.
He talked about goalie fights, scoring a goal as a goalie in juniors, his foundation (Athletes Against Autism), playing for the German National Team, his boyhood travels, the Caps, Alex Ovechkin and plenty of other topics. The XM folks were tremendous, and it was terrific being able to meet Scott, Mike Ross and Dan Blakeley.
The only downside of the excursion was missing out on the Hall of Fame trip. The team went over to the Hockey Hall of Fame en masse on Sunday afternoon, but by the time we had returned from XM the tour had been completed. I will talk to a few of the players to find out how that went.
I’m typing this from the lower bowl of the Air Canada Centre, where the Leafs are finishing up their morning skate. A few of us are sitting here sipping Tim Horton’s coffee and discussing the public address announcers around the NHL. Joe Beninati is capable of spot-on imitations of all of them, so we’re not lacking for entertainment here.
The Caps will be on the ice in another 30 minutes or so, and I’ll be back later with more news. Pre-Cap airs at 3:30 today as well.