You know, as much as I have never lost sight of how lucky I am to have a job where I spend most of my time watching hockey (or golf, or baseball) and then writing about it, there are days when it’s certainly reinforced.
Count today as one of those days, when rather than hanging around the rink and pondering the Rangers’ playoff chances, I have already spent two hours in an uncomfortable chair listening to testimony. I won’t go in any more detail about jury duty than that. But let’s just say whenever it is I return to work is going to be a happy day.
In the meantime, while I’m on my lunch break, I spoke to Andrew Gross, who today returned to his old stomping ground covering the Rangers to fill in for me. Among the updates:
The other lines:
“I would just like to have a day when the room doesn’t spin at some point,” he said.
There’s still no word on when Shanny can get back to the ice, but it doesn’t sound like it’ll be anytime soon.
“I was blessed to have played with great captains like Steve Yzerman, Ron Francis and Rod Brind’Amour and they taught me that it’s about the team, investing in a common goal and sacrificing for each other every game,” he pointed out. “I hope I can make the younger guys here realize that and find their role, like those guys helped me do.”
It’s funny, but Ward didn’t mention his most recent captain, Jaromir Jagr. Why do you think that is?
OK, more later…