Protecting the carpet
She stands sentry after practices and games, guarding the team logo that has been imprinted in the Ottawa Senators' dressing room. When the media hordes descend, notepads and tape recorders and cameras at the ready to record the innermost thoughts of Antoine Vermette, Erin The Intern has to steer them around the centurion character in the middle of the room.This is one of those goofy "traditions" that more and more NHL teams have begun to take up, and it can make navigating a post-game locker room quite a chore.
Now, my feeling is this: if you don't want somebody to step on something, you probably shouldn't put it on the floor.
When I was in the Capitals dressing room for their final game of the season, the 'don't touch the carpet' rule was in full effect, and anyone seen treading on the giant logo in the centre of the room caught an earful from an ornery Brent Johnson.
I don't know if it was a new rule for the team, or if there were just a lot of first-timers in the room (such as myself), but let's just say the backup was doing a lot of barking.
The best part was, when owner Ted Leonsis strolled into the dressing room to do a few post-game interviews, he stood right in the centre of the logo, and the media throng joined him.