Is The NHL Coming Back?

According to TSN’s Darren Dregger, an unnamed player told TSN that the NHL has proposed a new deal to the NHLPA (how many times have we heard that before) that includes a movement on contract limits, a possible amnesty cause, and more.

With the Spengler Cup (yes I said the Spengler Cup), and the World Junior Championships taking center stage right now, this is the perfect time for season saving meetings by the two sides. The quicker the NHL can come back, the better for most fans here in Canada, although we’re going to be treated to the worst season in terms of quality since 94-95, when the New Jersey Devils ruined hockey with “the trap”

Interview With Brian Ferlin!

Brian+Ferlin+2011+NHL+Entry+Draft+Portraits+ehuiKCjY_gAlWe would like to present you with our Christmas present, our interview with Brian Ferlin. I had asked him a while ago, and he got back to me this morning. This is sort of like a Christmas present to me because I’ve been dying to do an interview with a drafted player. He was drafted in 2011 by the Boston Bruins in the 4th Round (121st overall). He’s currently playing for Cornell Big Red of the ECAC. He was named the ECAC Hockey rookie of the year in 2012. If you would like to know more about him, follow him on Twitter @BaFerlin17 ! You can follow me @hkyblogger and @SkipThisChapter. You can also like the blog here:

So like usual, we are in bold.

So first off, how was your day today?
My day was good! just back home in Jacksonville enjoying the warm weather.

A little bit about yourself, introduce yourself. What are you studying at Cornell?
My name is Brian Ferlin. Born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida and i’m 20 years old. I am majoring in Communications and minoring in Business at Cornell.

What was the difference between growing up playing hockey in Florida and playing somewhere else?
It takes a lot of dedication for all the travel involved, all the best guys play on one team and practice for a few hours on non-game weekends (I drove 5 hours each weekend for 3 years to Ft Myers to play AAA in peewee and bantam) and flying to almost every tournament in order to get good competition. You also can walk outside in January in shorts and a t-shirt haha.

In the off-season, how do you spend your time?
I spent time back home in Florida, I train a lot mainly off ice and skate a little bit too. Also, I go to the beach a lot and enjoy spending time with my family.

So you’ve played for the Indiana Ice in the USHL and for Cornell in the ECAC. What’s that like and what’s the difference?
Indiana was awesome, Indianapolis is a great city and a place I met many friends through The Ice and going to Cathedral High School there for 2 years. Hockey wise, it was unbelievable in terms of my development especially in my first year playing under Jeff Blashill, I think he helped me so much which allowed me to come out my second year and have a good season. Cornell is also great, as a school it is challenging but well worth it, hockey wise it is one of the most fun atmospheres to play in front of in the country at Lynah Rink. I have some great teammates and we have been fortunate to have a good team each of my first 2 years so far which is nice as well.

Take us back to 2011 NHL Draft. What was that like? How did it all go down?
The draft experience was pretty cool, its neat to meet with some of the teams and see all the behind the scenes stuff and work each team puts in to get to know the prospects. I went to Minneapolis that year with my family and that was amazing. To hear my name called was definitely one of the most memorable days of my life, especially by the Bruins who had just won the Stanley Cup, that was pretty special.

During the season, what do you miss most about being home?
Definitely my family and home cooked meals. Im not the best cook like my mom is and dining hall food isn’t quite the same either…

You represented Team USA at the 2009 Ivan Hlinka tournament. What was that like, and did you learn anything during the tourney?
That was really the first time I ever played at a really high level. The season before that summer I was playing Jr. B for a team in Jacksonville called The Ice Dogs. When I made that team I was extremely excited but nervous at the same time since I hadn’t played at such a high level like that before. I realized how fast the game is at higher levels and how quick I had to make decisions, which helped me a a lot going into the USHL season.

What has been your highest point in playing hockey, and what has been your lowest point?
My highest point was probably getting drafted by Boston and that whole experience. My lowest point was probably getting cut from World Juniors last year because I wanted to make it so badly.

How did you persevere from that lowpoint?
I just had to stay mentally tough and not let it get me down, I used it as fuel to come back strong with Cornell and have a big second half.

Every hockey team does pranks. I don’t think Cornell’s much different… What’s the best prank you’ve done or have seen?
I always enjoy when guys cut other guys skate laces so when they pull them through the laces come out. Nothing worse than being in a hurry to get on the ice for practice and having to change your laces.

Do you have any advice for aspiring hockey players?
Dont let anyone tell you what you can and cannot do. Work hard, have fun and good things will happen.

Do you have any hockey players who are on twitter you suggest for me to interview?
Greg Miller (@Gmillsy16), Andy Iles (@A_Iles33)

Thank you for your time, and have a great day!

Interview With Andy Miele!

Pirates-Andy-MieleWe would like to present to you, our interview conducted with Andy Miele. This has been a long time coming, and we’re glad to say it’s finally here. When I first asked for interviews, he was probably the first person to reply. It’s special when a hockey player replies, its even more special when a Hobey Baker winner, Team USA player, and a player with NHL experience replies. To our readers who many only know about the NHL and not much about college hockey, the Hobey Baker award is awarded to the NCAA player who best “exhibits strength of character both on and off the ice” and “contributes to the integrity of the team and displays outstanding skills in all phases of the game” ( Previous winners include: 7 time All Star Paul Kariya (1993), starting goalie for the silver medal winning Team USA in the 2010 Olympics Ryan Miller (2001), and two time Olympian Chris Drury (1998). Before we start the interview, if you want to learn more about Andy, you can follow him on Twitter: @Andy_Miele and if you want to learn more about us, “like” us on Facebook here:

So without further to do, here is the interview!
Our questions are written in bold.

What’s a typical day of Andy Miele?
Typical day is wake up about two hours before practice, have breakfast, then head over to the rink, sometimes walk sometimes drive. After practice if I don’t have any errands to run the roommates and I hang out on the couch and watch tv. Usually make lunch, then we will make dinner or head out to dinner. Second half of the year I will be taking a class so ill be a lithe more busy.

You are on the advisory board of You Can Play what’s that like?
It was a honor for me that Patrick Burke asked me to be on the Board and it is really exciting to see how much it took off.

What was your last year of college hockey like?
Obviously winning the Hobey Baker my last year made things very exciting for me my senior year. I had great support from the team, coaches, family, and my girlfriend.

What was it like to win the Hobey Baker Award?
Winning the Hobey was amazing and nothing I ever expected to receive. I loved every minute of it and is a memory that will be with me forever and such an honour to be apart of such a prestige group of people and players.

So you’ve turned pro, what’s the difference between college and pro hockey?
Big difference between college and pro hockey. The biggest difference is now this is my job and I have to treat it like a job. Hockey wise it is a more controlled game than in college.

Probably most of our readers won’t become NHL players, so tell us, what was it like signing a contract with the Coyotes?
Signing an NHL contract was obviously a dream come true, one of my regrets is I didn’t do it in front of my parents, brother and sister. It was also a relief to finally get that decision done with and get back to playing hockey.

What was it like playing the seven games in the NHL?
Playing in the seven games last year was amazing and a huge learning experience obviously. Wasn’t as successful as I hoped to be but I learned so much from it and will come back better and stronger when this lock out ends.

Representing USA during the World Championships. What was that like?
Putting on the USA jersey was amazing, it is so hard to represent your country in this world so to of been able to do it was such and honour and I hope I will get another opportunity to wear it again.

A little bit about your past before high school.
Did you play another sport besides hockey?

I pretty much played all sports but football. Basketball is my second favorite sport, besides my height haha.

What was your highest point of your career?
Hard to choose one point as my best.

How about your lowest? And how did you persevere from that? And do you have any advice for aspiring hockey players?
My lowest would probably have to be minor hockey growing up. Was always smaller and weaker than most. So to all kids out there never give up on the sport you love.

Last question. Are there any hockey players we should try to get for an interview?
Have a good buddy who plays D-3 that would love to do an interview, his name is Jerry Freismuth

Thank you for your time.

Kudos to the NHL (Not Really)

So I’ve been trying to apply for various sports blogs lately and I got an email from one of the blogs (I won’t say names just for confidentiality sakes) and here’s what they said after I relentlessly begged to write some hockey articles for them (fine, I might have not begged as much as just gave an email saying why I should write for them, but saying that wouldn’t be as powerful), “Sure, we would be happy to publish your articles, just send them ready”

As soon as that happen, I thought to myself “shit, there’s a lockout, Gary and Donald are going to cancel the season and ruin whatever momentum the NHL has garnered, what the fuck am I going to write about now?” Then I thought to myself “Retro-Diary Time!” And so we’re here right now. What’s the occasion you might ask? Well, a couple of days ago, I found the 2011 and 2012 NHL Fantasy Draft on YouTube and it was as if angels were singing to me. How can I not write about one of the most awkward sports related things I ever watched? It would be a crime if nobody wrote about how an idea which seemed plausible turned out to be a terrible move by the NHL. Any ways, get the popcorn, soda and couch all ready, this is a dozy. This is the 2011 Fantasy Draft!! Feel the excitement! (By the way, since this is a YouTube video, the times will be corresponded to what point of the video it is. Glad we got that cleared up)

1:34 (in progress): Excitedly, I watched the intro to TSN’s coverage of the Fantasy Draft. I say excitedly because nothing is more hilarious than watching stars basically read out of a prompter saying they should be the first overall pick in the draft. Trust me; it was amusement at its best. By the way, in case you didn’t know, the NHL is trying to do this fantasy shtick in hoping that guys would not back out of the all star game. In the past, some of the best players would just skip the event all together and rest for the second half of the year. Here’s the lowdown for what’s going to happen:

  • Two teams, each team has a captain and two assistants.
  • It’s basically the same format as any fantasy draft out there. One team picks, the other team follows.
  • I won’t tell you who’ll go last, but just know that he’s going to get mocked like no other.

2:07: By the way I forgot to mention this, but the draft is taking place in Carolina, all the players who are about to be picked are wearing suits (I don’t get why but whatever), and our host is James Duthie from TSN. I feel as if a joke should be inserted, but I can’t think of one. Ohh s***, we’re not off to a good start.

3:15: The teams are named Team Lidstrom and Team Staal in reference to Erik Staal and Nick Lidstrom being team captains. Their assistant captains are Mike Green, Ryan Kesler for Team Staal, and Martin St. Louis, Patrick Kane for Team Lidstrom. It’s just over three minutes in and yet I feel as if this is a contrived, melodramatic event. Really, this is the armada that the NHL drew up in the board room. Only Kane has some sense of personality, and he currently looks as if he smoked a fatty before this thing started. This isn’t going well.

4:32: According to James, goalies and defenceman have to be picked by the 10th and 15th round respectively as away of promoting drama at the end. Unless OJ comes out and says he murdered Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman, this is going to lack drama.

4:37: By the way, there are 18 rounds in this draft tonight. I just might turn into an alcoholic by the end of the diary, stay tuned for further developments.

5:37: I must admit, Rick Nash right now is rocking the whole “spiked hair, no hygiene” look right now. To the right of him is Steven Stamkos, who looks as if he’s in grade 10 right now.

6:13: Team Staal just picked Cam Ward with the first overall pick in the draft. He and Staal are teammates in Carolina currently. Anybody who says that the all star game is an accurate description of who matters in the league obviously didn’t get the memo when it came to this.

7:02:  I believe that we might just have our first fake laugh of the day, and it’s courtesy of James Duthie asking Cam whether threatening Erik was a way of picking him as the first overall pick. Theirs is no amount of money you can pay me to do this crap. OK I lied, but still.

7:49: Is it bad that I’m thinking if the NBA did it how it turned out? By the way, it would be better than this, and if I ran it, Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith would be the captains. Ohh god, David Stern, please do this!

8:44: Boy, we might just break the record for most “medium length, spiked hair” hairdos in the draft. Stamkos is rocking one, so is Cam, James is also, Mike Green as well.

9:11: God bless Nick Lidstrom, he’s one of the most consistent stars in the history of the NHL, but he isn’t exactly Carrot Top when it comes to his answers. I feel as if blocking him from speaking might be the way to go going further.

9:52:  No Joke, the following conversation just happened between me and a friend of mine:

Friend: So you’re really going to watch the NHL Fantasy Draft instead of going out to eat wings with us?

Me: Ya

Friend: Are you currently taken hostage right now?

Me: No

Friend: Too bad, I was hoping that I could explain to the guys that you just passed up wings so you could watch hockey players with no charisma talk to a Canadian host.


 10:25: Even Ovechkin is giving “hockey player” like answers to James regarding the draft. Somebody has to wake Patrick Kane up right now, this draft needs him. Somebody!!

10:56: Jonathan Toews had an “I’m going to screw you over in practice tomorrow” look on his face when Duncan Keith (teammate of both Kane and Toews) was picked ahead of him. I like that, maybe this draft finally picked some stream.

11:45: I was joking earlier, but Toews just might screw Patrick over when they go back to Chicago. Hopefully, we can revisit this later on. Keep an eye out for it.

12:37: So right now as we speak, every time a player gets picked, one of two females takes the jacket off and takes it with them and the other hands over their jersey. By the way, these chicks look like they weigh a combined 135 pounds. I don’t know why I’m telling you this, but I found it amusing.

12:45: By the way, as a fun little side project, we’re going to run the Semin Reference Scoreboard during this diary. Let me explain, I used to listen to this podcast called The Footy Show here in Canada at theScore. Anytime a porn reference would come up, like say “DP”, it would be classified as a Semin Reference. David Seaman was a former goalkeeper who played for England. See? It makes sense right? Just nod and let’s keep going. Right now, we’re currently at one. OK, maybe we won’t actually do this, but I’d like to dedicate the rest of this diary to the once great Footy Show on theScore. Great times!

14:19: Now normally I would rip broadcasters/hosts for fake laughing an enormous amount of times, but I have no problem with James pulling that card. The guy might go into a fetal position if he doesn’t have an outlet for his frustration.

14.52: This must be said, Zdeno Chara scares the crap out of me. He is on the top of my “guy I would want beside me in a dark alley” list, no question about it; and James won’t get him on the mic. Even better, makes him look like a badass. If there was anything you can critique the Brock Lesnar comeback in the WWE, it was that when he spoke on the mic, the badass charm went away. Remember when he first came back after Wrestlemania 28, and he F5’d Cena? (By the way, sorry for the WWE reference, it’s my outlet when things go bad, or in this case, when hockey players talk)!

16:46: Rick Nash, currently in the crowd of not-picked all stars, almost made a humorous attempt at a joke. At this point; I’ll take what I can get.

17:38: Sadly, after being picked by Team Staal, we’re going to have fewer shots of Nash’s beard. Too bad, one of the stars of the show.

19:59: Timeout! Timmeout!! Can I call a timeout on this one? Why in the fuck is there a panel? This is a fantasy draft; you’re telling me that TSN actually coerced these guys to provide f****** analysis. What!!! Wait, Pierre McGuire is on the panel, never mind, I take it all back, great idea TSN. That’s why you are the sports leader.

20:50: I won’t say who, but one guy in the panel just said this quote “I love what Team Lidstrom has done by putting Martin St Louis and Steven Stamkos together. That’s a match made in heaven. Then you think back to last yr’s Olympics when Chicago Blackhawk’s defenceman Duncan Keith and the Nashville Predator defenceman Shea Webber, those guys were the block upon which Canada was built, and it led them to the gold medal.” Factually, he is correct about this, here’s the thing…. It’s a f****** all star game! Are you kidding me? This guy is acting as if this is actually serious! Like this game means something! Huh!!



22:42: Patrick Kane might be the MVP of this fantasy draft. Either he really doesn’t give two s**** about this thing, or he’s legitimately on weed right now. They just had him mic’d up and when Lidstrom said that you have to have 3 goalies by the end of round 10, quote “ah really?” Great material. He might be the reason why I’m still doing this.

23:03: Damn, I’ve never had a man crush on anybody, but King Henrik looks really good in that suit he’s wearing. Now only if he and Craig Sager can go shopping together, that’d be interesting.

24:10: Marc Stall just called his brother “classless” for not picking him yet. I got to admit, chuckled a little bit.

25:22: Jonathan Toews with a dead-eyed stare after Danny Briere got picked in the sixth round by Team Lidstrom. Whoo.

28:17: Dustin Byfuglien might be the heaviest all star I’ve ever seen in the NHL. He’s might be pushing three bills on his weight. Ohh and another dead-eyed stare at Patrick Kane courtesy of whom else, but Jonathan Toews.

29:42: Sadly, we’ve probably have seen the last of the classic Jonathan Toews’ stares after he got picked by Patrick Kane in the 8th round. It was a great run! I’ll cherish the memories. OK I won’t, but still.

32:32: Another appearance by the skinny twins!

33:05: If I were James, as soon as the draft ends, I would call TSN and demand a raise for going through with this crap. He has to have the patience of a saint. How else can you explain it?

34:47: Jonas Hiller is rocking the “shaggy hair with glasses” look right now, and he’s got turquoise colored pants as well. One of the highlights of the draft for sure.

 35:17: James Duthie with the following quote, “all right, let’s us once again review the picks for everybody keeping score at home. I know a lot of people did mock drafts.” Of course I did, because I had nothing better to do than make a mock draft for an NHL all star game.

37:22: James Duthie just asked Patrick Sharp to do his best Pierre McGuire/Bob McKenzie/ Darren Dregger impersonation. Unless he starts breaking this draft down like Mel Kiper Jr. I won’t be impressed.

39:25: Apparently, if David Backes is the last pick of the fantasy draft, he’s going to dish out some punishment at the all star game. Finally, a badass among a group of hockey players. I knew I’d find one. TSN’s also showing some of the fights that David Backes has had on some of these all stars. Great highlight package.

40:58: I swear Jeff Skinner looks like he’s 13 years old. I don’t why that deserved mentioning, but anybody who looks younger than Stamkos deserves some credit.



43:59: I got to admit, I’m really digging these hockey names. Kris Letang, Keith Yandle, Patrick Sharp. It as if Vince McMahon came up with these names himself.

44:45: By the way, smart move by TSN to not alienate the viewers by bringing on that f***** panel once again. I swear, I’m actually being serious.

47:22: James Duthie just called Corey Perry” One of the most skilled agitators to ever play in the NHL”, Claude Lemieux and Dale hunter are rolling over in their graves right now.

48.14: Remind me to never ever do another retro-diary on a fantasy draft again. One is excruciating enough. Thanks

 48:55: Crap, I spoke too soon, the panel is back. Fuck!

56:26: We are down to the final 5 all stars, or as I like to call it, the Pu Pu platter of all stars remaining

56:47: Out of the remaining 5 guys, Phil Kessel is the only guy that I would recognize if I hit him with my car, and the only reason why is that Brian Burke grossly overpaid to get Phil to my Leafs. Ohh ya, I’m a Leafs supporter. Sorry to drop that on you so quickly, but I figure that if you’re still reading, I thought it would be OK.

59:55: So we’re down to our final two, the incomparable Paul Stastny and Phil Kessel. This might be the lowest moment in my life: I’m actually excited to see who’s going last.

100:44: Ovechkin is taking pictures of Kessel all alone in the waiting area. I’m kind of glad that I stuck around to finish this draft.

101:52: With the final pick in the draft, Team Lidstrom selects Phil Kessel from the Toronto Maple Leafs. A new low to the team commonly referred to as “god’s team”.

With that, I bid adieu to the 2011 NHL Fantasy Draft. Here’s hoping I won’t do the 2012 Draft.     


Interview with Tylor Michel!

TYLOR_MICHEL__RUSS_COWLEYWe had the privilege of interviewing Tylor Michel during the week, and we’re releasing the interview today. We hope you enjoy it, because we sure as hell did. Just a little note from me before we start. He’s a pretty nice guy, from Sudbury, Ontario. He’s played everywhere from Canada, to USA, to Sweden, to where he is now in England. If you want to learn more about him, check out his profile here: or you can follow him on Twitter: @Tmich16 . Also, the questions in bold is us. You can follow me on Twitter: @HkyBlogger or “like” our Facebook page here: . What would be even better, would be to share with your friends. Ok. I’ve stalled you enough. Here is the feature presentation:

So first off, would you mind introducing yourself? Maybe a little known fact of something?
Growing up in Canada my dream was to play in the NHL like many kids aspire to do. I was always one of the better players on my team but once I was 14 years old I was much smaller than most players. Although I didn’t play like a small player, I faced a lot of doubts from OHL scouts. I was told by a few teams that they would draft me. I waited by the phone all day for a call from an OHL GM, but the phone never rang. That was one of the toughest days I’d experience up till then. I made a Jr. team as a 16 year old and focused my career on getting a hockey scholarship. Being completely honest I never thought for one second that I would play professional. I didn’t get a chance to play in the NHL but I’m proud of the fact I’ve played professional hockey for 5 years and still going.

As you know, in Canada, hockey is super important. In England it’s not the most important. So what’s the difference? Do you get noticed?
The difference is that in the UK hockey isn’t the number one sport and we don’t get a ton of press on sports channels. You would be surprised how many people love the game. Some fans in the UK support their team like you wouldn’t believe. I’ve seen fans get tattoos of their teams logo.

You played at Wayne State and turned pro. So what was the difference between NCAA and playing pro?
College hockey is very demanding and it’s difficult to manage the busy schedule. College coaches have a super short leash on their players. There a lot more rules so to speak at the college level. Little example of college vs pro. Senior year at Wayne state we were having a pre game skate and it was early in the morning and my body was beat up and sore. I decided not to go full out and fatigue the body more. My assistant coach ripped me a new one for going through the motions. He said that would never fly at the pro level. Fast forward to me getting called up to the ECHL. My first pre game skate I had never seen so many guys joking around and definitely not working hard. Some guys need to get a good sweat on and others just need to loosen up a bit. At the pro level it’s on the individual to bring their best during the game.

So you played in Sweden last year. So what was that like? Compared with Cardiff and Sheffield, what’s that like?
I really enjoyed my year in Sweden. I was playing in northern Sweden (UMEA) and I’m from northern Ontario so it felt a lot like home with all the trees and snow once winter comes around. Hockey is the number one sport in Sweden so it also had that in common with Canada. Sweden feels a little more laid back compared to Cardiff and Sheffield. In Sweden a lot of people use a bike to get around and I haven’t seen that in the UK. In the UK people love going to the pub after work for a social drink or two. I will say that people from both countries are very passionate about the sports teams they follow.

What do you miss from being away from home?
Although I’m used to being a way from home since I’ve been doing it since the age of 16, I do miss seeing my friends and family. I got married last summer and I know my wife misses her family and friends a lot so it makes it tough because I know she’s sacrificing a ton for me to continue living my dream.

Every hockey team goes through it’s own shenanigans, and I assume the Steelers are no different. What’s the funniest thing gone on while you’re a player at Sheffield?
Too bad you didn’t ask me this question after our Christmas gag gift exchange because some of the guys get pretty creative with their gifts. A lot of the shenanigans are the result of the boys going out and having one too many pints. I can’t pin point any particular moment or story without throwing someone under the bus but I will tell you that we’re always having a good laugh and a lot of time its at someone’s expense. Almost all hockey players have thick skin and can take a solid joke or one liner.

What has been your highlight of your career?
There has been a couple moments in my career that I’ve seen my dad shed a tear of joy from my personal achievements. Having never seen my old man cry before really opened up my eyes to how proud he was of me. Receiving an athletic scholarship and graduating is probably one of my career highlights. I’ve played with a lot of guys that don’t have any education and I’m so grateful I was able to get a scholarship and give me a chance to further my playing career.

What has been your lowlight of your career?
My second year in college stands out as a lowlight in my career. I broke my ankle that year and also battled limited ice time which was demoralizing considering the success I had in my freshman year having finished 2nd in scoring as a rookie in our conference. There was times when I would call home and tell my parents I need to transfer schools because I felt like I wasn’t getting any opportunity to be successful.

How did you persevere from that?
I feel like my dad instilled in me a never quit attitude and when times get tough just find a way to work that much harder. Show your tenacity and dedication and you will gain the respect of your coaches and teammates and get that much needed confidence back. Playing with confidence is one of the most important things you should have. Although I made that phone call to my parents telling them I should transfer, I know I was just blowing off some smoke and knew I just had to keep battling the best I could.

So do you have any advice for any aspiring hockey players?
As I stated before I was super small in teenage years but I never let that hinder my game. Work as hard as you can on and off the ice and keep your ears open and eyes open to what your coaches are trying to teach you. Pride yourself on being a good person and teammate and have fun.

To end off on a different note, how do you spend your off-seasons?
Off-seasons I spend working out and working a part time job. Its nice to be around my friends and family but grinding out some extra income while working your ass off in the gym isn’t the best part of being a hockey player. Would be nice to workout and play golf all summer but unfortunately I’m not employed by an NHL team.

Thank you for your time.

My CloseUp

Hello. I’m kind of the new kid on the blog (pun alert), and I’m supposed to talk to you about who I am, what I can offer to this blog and all that good stuff. So here it goes. My name is Mohamed Mohamed (as far as I know). I’m 18, live in Edmonton Alberta (City of Champions not really) and I’m currently doing pharmacy courses in university, but you don’t really give two s**** about that, you’re wondering how I got this job, and what I’ll contribute to this blog. First off, I’m just as surprised as you are that I got the gig here. Ask anybody I know and they’ll tell you that responsibility and me go as well as soccer players not cheating on their wives. Trust me though, I will try to keep it in my pants, and try to give you, the audience, entertainment to the fullest of my capabilities.


What I’ll contribute to this blog? That’s a good question, and to be honest, I’m not exactly sure what I’ll do. I might do some Retro Diaries where I would just examine random games from the past with as much humour as I can muster. For example, I’ll probably do a Diary on the disaster that was the 2012 NHL All Star Draft. I might do some columns on being a Leafs fan and how crappy it is to be one. When the NHL presumably comes back, I’ll do articles on stuff that’s being talked about with some satirical humour, and there’s a bunch of other stuff that I’ll do to keep you on your toes.


Any ways, well that’s me in a nutshell. Hopefully, you can come and join me on a great ride here at Not Your Average Hockey Blog. And if this bombs, well….

Interview With Mac Faulkner!

We are proud to present you an interview we conducted with Mac Faulkner of the Cardiff Devils (EIHL). Before he played for Cardiff, he’s played for Clarkson University (ECAC), Binghamton (AHL), Long Beach (ECHL), Columbia (ECHL), Toronto (AHL), Reading (ECHL), Norfolk (AHL), Cincinnati (ECHL), HC Alleghe (Serie A1), Ritten (Serie A1). Just a note for us, follow him on Twitter @FaulksNation he’s the nicest guy ever! Also follow us on Twitter @HkyBlogger and like us on Facebook here:

Not Your Average Hockey Blog’s questions are in bold.

Mac Faulkner’s reply are in normal font.

So thanks a lot for the interview, I really appreciate it. So here are the questions:

So first off, how are you today?
Great, had practice then class, full day.
You played in Clarkson University and turned pro. So what was the difference between playing ECAC hockey and AHL hockey?
College and pro hockey is very different.  Pro you play 75+ games as compared to College where you play 35.  The pyramid narrows and it becomes faster and faster.  The NCAA was a great four years, and the last 8 playing pro have been a privilege.
You also played in Italy where you absolutely dominated that league. What was that like?
Italy was a phenomenal experience.  The hockey was good, man imports and the Italians can skate well.  As well, playing there for 3 years I made some friendships that will last a lifetime.
In your entire hockey career, what was the biggest highlight and your lowest point while playing hockey? 
The biggest highlight would be my first college game and first pro game.  You never forgot those games.  As well, another highlight is playing with long time friends.  To play with Blighter and Marshy is something I’m very grateful for.
Its tough to say a lowpoint, in that we are lucky to be getting paid to play hockey. Sometimes when the breaks don’t go your way or injuries happen, you feel low, but things turn around when your keep at it and stay positive.
How did you persevere from that?
As mentioned before, positivity and work ethic will always prevail.
You play with Paul Bissonnette AKA BizNasty in Cardiff for the time being. What is that like?
Paul is a great player.  Some people don’t realise that he was an ECHL all-star and great player in the AHL.  He may fight in the NHL but he is there for a reason: he play play hockey at an extremely high level, bottom line. As well, a very good team mate.  Its great for our young guys to see how he carries himself in the dressing room day to day.
You’re from King City I see, so what do you miss about playing in Canada?
Family.  I love playing overseas but missing time with family always weighs on you to a certain extent.
Do you have any advice for aspiring hockey players?
Have fun.  To get to any high level at anything in life you have to be enjoying what you do.  Be a good team mate, work hard and enjoy the game.  The rest will take care of itself.
Thank you for your time.