Interview With Michael Economos!

ImageWe are proud to have conducted an interview with Michael Economos. He currently plays on the Corpus Christy IceRays in the NAHL. Go check him out! @OldManEco If you like my writing and would like to cheer me on, follow me on Twitter, @SkipThisChapter, and @HkyBlogger or if you want to cheer on the entire team of Not Your Average Hockey Blog, “like” us on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/NotYourAverageHockeyBlog . If you think the world should hear of us, make sure to share us with your friends! So without further to do, here is the interview:

Per standard, we are in bold.

 

First off, how has your day been so far?

My day has been great so far. My parents came down for the weekend so I just went out to breakfast with them and said my goodbyes because I won’t be seeing them now for about 3-4 months.

 

So many of our readers might not know who you are. So tell us about yourself. Maybe an interesting fact that not many people know about?

Well my name is Michael Economos, I’m 20 years old and I play in the NAHL for the Corpus Christi IceRays. My teammates call me either Eco or OldManEco.

 

A little bit about your past before high school. Did you play any other sports besides hockey?

I love to hit the links with my dad when I’m back home and I also played baseball up to my sophomore year in high school till I decided to focus on hockey.

 

How old were you when your first laced up your skates?

I was 4 years old, my sister was a figure skater and I was dying to get on the ice during free skate after her sessions and I’ve loved it ever since.

 

What type of forward do you consider yourself? (Scorer, playmaker, enforcer, etc.)

Mucker, grinder, loose puck finder.

 

Is there anyone you used to, or still try to model your game around? And if so, why?

When I was little I use to play shinny hockey and act like I was Joe Sakic but then when I realized I’m not a skilled guy. After that I just tried to play my style and never really tried to model my game off of anyone.

 

I love to ask this question, because it really shows the human side of hockey players. What’s a day in the life of Michael Economos?

A pretty normal day for me is to wake up and have an early morning practice, then head over to Panda Express and chow down on some orange chicken. After that I usually try to better my hockey skills by playing my roomies in a couple games of chel13. Then by that time I usually find it the right time to fly my mini remote control chopper around and hanging with the billets and the roomies.

 

During the season, what do you miss most about home?

The biggest thing for me is my mom’s home cooking! We are fed great here but nothing beats home cooking.

 

In the off-season, how do you kill the time? Working out at the gym? Spitting bars with Chucky Slick?

During the off-season I have a full time job working for my city, which sucks, but then after work I would go to the gym get a good workout in then spend time with the family by the pool. As far as rapping with chucky, that might be soon to come.

 

In your entire hockey career, what has been the highest point?

My highest point so far would probably be winning a AAA Illinois state championship with the Chicago Young Americans in 2010. 

 

How about your lowest point?

Coming to the realization that I have no hands.

 

How did you persevere from that?

Played chel to try and improve them… didn’t work.

 

Every hockey team does pranks. There’s no secret. I doubt that the IceRays are much different. What’s the best prank this year?

There are so many that go on its hard to remember the best one. But I guess for me it would have to be when I woke up to go to the bathroom at about 4AM and when I went to go lay down in my bed chucky was hiding under the covers and popped out. I had a quick heart attack then we couldn’t stop laughing.

 

Do you have any advice for any aspiring hockey players?

Just remember that no matter what has happened in your hockey career, everything happens for a reason. I know that is a textbook answer but I can tell you from experience.

 

Do you have any recommendations of people who I should interview?

Well if you want to keep it in the household of chuck and I you could interview our rookie roommate, Brandon Berkley (@BrandonBerk27), but if you want to interview someone who has been everywhere and done everything hit up Rudy Sulmonte (@RudyBeauty).

I like to end off my interviews with a random question unrelated to hockey. Favourite food in the world. What is it?

that’s easy. hot wings.

Thank you for your time. If you wonder what he does, check this out:

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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.     

  

Couple of Realistic NHL start days.

As we reach a deadlock in the CBA negotiations, we’ve come up with a couple realistic scenarios that could show the start of the new NHL season. Note: This is all completely based on no insider information of the CBA negotiations.

Halloween: Just no. It’s not happening. Even the crazy optimistic NHL bargaining team doesn’t even think it’s possible, so what am I supposed to do? Nothing. Just no. Not happening. Besides, they’ve already cancelled the games till November 1st. I don’t think they can un-cancel them…

November 2nd: That’s what the uber-optimistic fan has in mind. The NHL is thinking that this is a possible date to start. However, if the NHL and the NHLPA start having intense negotiations and make a deal on the Hockey Related Revenue settled by let’s say next week (which in my opinion is highly unlikely) I would say November 2nd is a real possibility.  November 2nd is the ideal date for everyone, but as a pessimist, I don’t believe it’s a possible solution.

American Thanksgiving: To all the Canadian readers, Thanksgiving this year is on November 22nd. Personally, I think this is a good start to the year. When the NBA was locked out, the league came back on December 25th because they wanted to start the year with a bang, and what a bang it was.  The NHL can do the same thing with American Thanksgiving. How does a New York Rangers and Boston Bruins Thanksgiving Showdown sound? It won’t be the bang the NBA had, but hey, its good NHL hockey, and I’d be happy. Would you not?

New Year’s Day: Like the point I had before, what a bang to start the season The Winter Classic would be. If you ask a casual American fan who watches hockey once a year when he or she watches hockey, it’s always the same answer: Winter Classic. NHL’s main goal right now is focused on American growth, which makes the annual Winter Classic that much more important.  Another point brought up by Sportsnet’s John Shannon on the Marek vs. Wyshynski podcast is that the only reason why the NHL had a Winter Classic was that NCAA football no longer had a bowl game on January 1st and asked the NHL to fill up a three hour timeslot. However, after next year, the NCAA wants its January 1st date back. So to tie it all back, if the NHL wants Americans to keep tuning into the Winter Classic, they have to make that day a spectacle. And you can’t make that day special if there’s nothing going on. Besides that, the NHL makes a boatload of money of the Winter Classic. Who doesn’t want the money?

Next Season: Yes. A whole season lost. That sucks. From what I’ve read, nobody wants this to stretch all the way till next season. I don’t think this is a very realistic scenario, because unlike before, the two sides are talking. In the 2004-2005 lockouts, neither party was talking to each other, until three months in to the lockout. Ask anyone who has knowledge of what’s going on and they’ll all tell you, it’s not the same. This time, they are way ahead of last time. The NHL and NHLPA both know that if this drags out long enough, many top players won’t come back, especially the European players. They’re playing in European leagues for good money and hometown fans. In the words of Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin, “I said it before, before I sign a contract, if the league decides to cut out salaries and cut our contracts for what they want, I don’t know how many guys will be coming back.” That’s got to have a few owners scared.

 

What I think: I personally believe they will start the season on American Thanksgiving; the amount of money they can get from Thanksgiving is just too promising. The two sides aren’t working fast enough where they can do November 2nd as a start day. I also don’t believe the Winter Classic will be cancelled because Detroit and Toronto, two Original Six teams, that will bring in boatloads of revenue dollars from both sides of the border. There’s just too much money at stake. At the end of the day, it’s all about money. And when there’s that much money at stake you just suck it up and take it.

 

Written by Alson Lee, you can follow me on Twitter at @FutureInsider, @SkipThisChapter

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