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Radio Live Hit

For one of my radio room assignments, I went out to cover an event and called in to describe what was going on. Obviously, it was a slow news day. Here is my “Live Hit” from a coin unveiling.

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Olympic Torch Relay in Montreal

Yesterday was a busy day! After seeing Hulk, I made my way up to the Plateau to visit Dooz and Eugenia and to see the Olympic flame go by. Some say torch, some say flame…which one is it? We bundled Doozy up in his hilarious snowsuit and braved the cold and snow with the stroller. It was hard work. Plus it was windy. But it was all worth it to see the flame. It was so festive and fun and I was so proud. I can’t wait for the Olympics. I am a fiercely patriotic Canadian. I hear from the Globe and Mail in a few days about that contest, fingers crossed.

Here is a clip of the flame going by!

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The Montreal Screwjob…Hogan-style

Hulk Hogan was in Montreal to sign his new book “My Life Outside the Ring.” He basically did a blitz of Toronto and Montreal, appearing on Q and the Hour and then jetting to Montreal to sign his book. Big turnout in Montreal.

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A Look Inside

Here is an article by Greg Bishop of the New York Times. He has been covering the Rogers Cup and he interviewed my boss, Norm Hartenstein, about the role of Players Services…that’s what I do!

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Rogers Cup 2009

Every year, at the beginning of August, I get myself ready for a week and a half of 100% tennis. For the past four years, I have been volunteering my time at the Rogers Cup in Montreal. I am lucky enough to work at Players’ Services in the Players Lounge which means I get to see all the behind-the-scenes action and meet all the players. It is an amazing opportunity for a tennis fan. Of course, I’m not going to lie and say I like to see the best player win, I’d really like to see Roger Federer win…well, because he is the best! This year, we are extra lucky to have him on board since his wife Mirka just gave birth to twin girls two weeks ago! While she is staying all snug in a rented mansion in Westmount, Federer divides his time between sleep deprivation with the twins and practising on site for the tournament. Yesterday, he wasn’t able to take the normal route to the practice court since it was overwhelmed with tennis fans hoping to catch a glimpse of the Number 1 ranked player. He actually took an SUV less than 200 metres to the court…that’s just how cool he is. Of course, Nadal had to do the same thing.

As a member of the Players Services committee, my function is to do whatever I can for the players, whether it be getting tickets to the AC/DC concert (for Tsonga and Nadal), booking flights to the next tournament (in Cincinnati), or getting accreditation for a player’s entourage. Usually, when the men are in town, my job is low-key as they often take care of things themselves. It seems when the women are in Montreal, my job is a bit more hectic as they rely more on us than their coach or agent. To tell you the truth, I prefer the men, 1. because my job is easier, 2. some are really really good looking, 3. men’s tennis is in a great position whereas women’s tennis seems to faltering with the seeded players lacking consistency. Not considering a forecast of scattered showers for the week, I think this tournament is shaping up to be a great warmup to the US Open.

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Right track?

Looks like Stu Cowan, Sports Editor at the Montreal Gazette, shares the same thoughts as I do (see below) on the Habs. Funny, I posted mine four days before him…hmmm.

http://tiny.cc/iDma4

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Lamenting those we lost

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With almost all of the Montreal Canadiens unrestricted free-agents gone to different franchises, some are questioning the decisions made by the team’s general manager. Bob Gainey shook things up on July 1 free-agent frenzy when he failed to re-sign captain Saku Koivu and fan favourite Alexei Kovalev—among many other staple Canadiens—and opened the floodgates to new players. Many are wondering whether this huge change in the line-up will make the difference or if the Canadiens will have another less-than-stellar season.

Looking back over the past 15 years, it isn’t hard to find players that prospered once traded from the Canadiens. This may reflect upon Montreal’s lack of faith in their players.

Everybody remembers goalie Patrick Roy’s temper tantrums and conniption fits on and off the ice, but when he was unceremoniously traded to the Colorado Avalanche for the 1996-97 season, he only got better. The Canadiens dumped him and he hit his career high in 2001-02 with an amazing GAA of 1.94 and a SV% of .925. He was awarded with the William M. Jennings Trophy that season for “the goalkeeper(s) having played a minimum of 25 games for the team with the fewest goals scored against.” Sure he may have had a bit of a temper but it obviously didn’t affect his game-playing, something the Canadiens management overlooked when they got rid of him.

The management started a long list of regretful trades with Roy. They lost faith quickly in a young Mark Recchi and traded him to the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1998-99 season. It turned out to be a bad move. Recchi actually doubled his statistics from his last season with the team, scoring 28 goals and 91 points.

That was then and this is now you say? Well, think again. Michael Ryder was a solid right-winger for the Canadiens for five years. He hit a bit of a snag in the 2007-08 season scoring only 14 goals and 31 points. The team dropped him faster than you can say‘ dry spell’ and didn’t re-sign his contract. He went to rivals the Boston Bruins and this past season scored 27 goals and 53 points, and was the key player in eliminating the Canadiens in the first round of the playoffs. Bad move.

Those are only three names that immediately come to mind. Don’t forget about Vincent Damphousse, Craig Rivet or Mike Ribeiro who all shined in the years proceeding their time in Montreal.

So will history repeat itself? Will Christopher Higgins, Alexei Kovalev, or Mike Komisarek post their best numbers next season with their new teams? I guess time will tell.

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