Thursday, January 27, 2005

Coaches meet and greet

UPDATE My story is on the free side of the subscribers' wall, so there's tangible proof of what I'm talking about. If only all self-described hockey bloggers/journalists posted their stories.

I covered the coaches summit thing today. It wasn't exceptionally interesting. The only coach we were given access to was Dave Lewis, and he's one of the least quotable human beings I've met in my life. Not any offence meant to him as he seems like a nice guy. Not so sure on the moustache though.

I think by that point — it was 5:30 or so before they wrapped — everyone was tired, including the media who were stuck waiting in the lobby of the NHL's office for a few hours. I suppose I can't complain considering anyone assigned to the lockout spent the day in a hotel lobby—and no one is certain the parties were even there.

Mark Crawford, who also took part in the Shanahan summit, and Colin Campbell had the best quotes. I'll have to add Colin in tomorrow.

"Everyone wants the same thing," said Crawford. "I mean no one is against opening up the game and everyone wants to see that stars perform. The question is, how do you get there?"

"We have to make sure the product captures the imagination of people.
We look to improve their team and not necessarily the product. With the break here, and with the pressure off, we can look at ways of speeding up the game and making it more open."
I didn't get home until midnight tonight, so the blogging energy level is low. Apologies all around. I'd be happy to answer any questions about the meeting, however. Just not at the moment.


At 6:49 p.m., January 27, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice story Jamal.
Some papers don't let the interns do hockey stuff.

At 9:10 p.m., January 27, 2005, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Your paper didn't cover the event R., so my guess is the opportunity was there.

At 6:19 p.m., January 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fair enough, but I'm a balla

At 1:55 a.m., January 29, 2005, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Time for you to get your site off the ground fella.


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