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An Interview With Scotty Wazz of The Face-Off Hockey Show

In what I hope will become a somewhat regular feature in this blog, I have gone ahead and interviewed another hockey personality.

Last week, I interviewed Seth Rorabaugh of the Empty Netters Pittsburgh Penguins blog. On tap for this week is Scott Wasilewski (also known as “Scotty Wazz”), one of the hosts of the Face-Off Hockey Show, an Internet radio show (Wednesday nights from 9PM-11PM EST) that focuses on all things hockey whether it’s the big leagues, AHL, junior leagues, the lighter side of the game, etc.

Enjoy!

Goal Line Report: How did you first get into hockey?
Scotty Wazz: I first got into hockey watching WDCA back home in Baltimore and watching the Caps and Rangers from MSG when I was four. I then strapped on my Fisher-Price adjustable roller skates, took my Caps novelty stick, and tore up the house from there.

GLR: Growing up, who was your favorite team? How about your favorite player?
SW: Being in the area, the Caps were tops. I always rooted for them when I was young and didn’t know much else. Bengt Gustafsson of the Caps has always been my favorite player because the first game I went to, it was his player t-shirt night for kids 12-and-under. That game, he scored the only goal of the game past Mike Liut of the Hartford Whalers. 

GLR: At what point in your life did you know that you wanted to be involved in hockey?
SW: I think being in hockey just happened. I never really planned it out too much. I’ve played the game since I was 6 (I’m 25 now) and I just really stumbled into many of the things I’ve been blessed to give in.

GLR: How did you come up with The Face-Off Hockey Show?
SW: The show reincarnated from a previous version of a hockey show. Sean and Jon (two other co-hosts) had a show originally, and Jon’s brother Marc was a classmate of mine and told me about it. The two of us went to the studio to watch them do their thing, then we got hold of microphones, and seven year’s later – we’re still at it.

GLR: What are you trying to bring hockey fans that listen to your show?
SW: Our show – people will love us or hate us; I don’t think there’s much middle ground. Our motto has been “A show about life, with a 30% chance of hockey” and really that’s what happens. We’re the show that is what everyone lives while hanging out with their buddies at the pub or in their basement.

GLR: Name some of the well-noted hockey bloggers/personalities you have had on your show.
SW: Our big guest is Lyle Richardson from Spector’s Hockey, he’s on every week with trade rumors and things of that ilk. Also, we’ve had ESPN’s John Buccigross and Yahoo’s Greg Wyshynski. Oddly enough, we don’t do much with bloggers, which is rather interesting considering it’s the wave of the future…today!! I’m sure once the new year hits and we go into 2009, we’ll have plenty to do with bloggers and getting that whole thing out there.

GLR: What do you hope for your show regarding the future?
SW: Well, I’d love for the show to take over the world and for all the fames and riches that come with it….but who doesn’t? I just want to keep having fun with the show. If the listeners aren’t having fun and we’re not having fun – that’s when it all stops getting fun and may have to move on from there. Here’s hoping it never comes to that.
 
GLR: What direction do you think hockey radio shows will take over the next couple of years, especially with outlets like XM/Sirius?
SW: Podcasts, much like blogs, are obviously still going to be a hot thing. It’s portable, it’s free, and most of them are really well produced. With the uncertainty after the merger that became Sirius/XM, who knows where that could good. That said, I think Sirius/XM has their product in place as it is and don’t seem them changing too much since it has been successful thus far. If they started dedicating a show with nothing but bloggers or fan content, that could really make for an interactive show to the nth degree. Plus if they need a host, I’ve got my resume polished up and ready to go – but that’d be much too self-serving to mention that here…..wait a minute….

GLR: Now for some actual hockey talk: In your opinion, what has been one of the biggest surprises in the NHL this season? Why? How about the most disappointing?
SW: I think how well the Sharks have been doing under a new coach is something that has surprised me. You’d think there’d be a small hiccup getting adjusted to Todd McLellan, but it seems that a change of coach is what they needed to be truly dominant. Just have to wonder if they can carry this through the playoffs.

Keeping in the Pacific Division for the disappointment, the Dallas Stars have just gotten horrible over the summer. I don’t know how a team can go from a few wins away from a Cup Final berth to at the bottom of the Western Conference and struggling to keep their heads above water. There’s a small window to right the ship, but Marty Turco has to be on top of his game if the team wants to be successful.

GLR: Look into your crystal ball: If you had to pick the 2009 Stanley Cup winner right now, who would you pick?
SW: It’s hard to deny the Red Wings, especially with all the weapons they have from top to bottom. The Sharks look good right now, but really haven’t done much in the playoffs since they made it to the Conference finals in ‘04. Out east, the Penguins of course are the sweethearts of the league, but the Canadiens have played well here and there; however, they are a streaky squad. The Caps could surprise people if they can get their goaltending situation sured up.

GLR: Any words of wisdom for our readers here at Kukla’s Korner?
SW: Most of my words of wisdoms contain much profanity and there are little kids reading, I’m sure – so I’ll refrain from there. I guess to the readers, keep supporting other forms of media that are out there when it comes to hockey. Blogs, podcasts, other things that could be out there – this is an outlet for many to hear about their favorite teams or about hockey in general. Unlike regional broadcasts, the internet is worldly. Any fan of any team from anywhere in the world can just search up things and be connected. Also, support your local hockey team. And always make sure you have pants on.

Thanks again Scotty and I hope that all of you hockey fans will tune in to the Face-Off Hockey Show!

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Patrick has a tremendous passion for hockey. Besides covering the Rangers and the NHL for Kukla's Korner, you can also find Patrick's work over at Sportsnet.ca, The Red Light District Hockey Blog, NHL Home Ice, and Liam Maguire's Ultimate Hockey web site.

Prior to writing for the above mentioned outlets, you could find Patrick's musings at hockey web sites/outlets such as TheHockeyNews.com, TheFourthPeriod.com, Spector's Hockey, Hokeja Vestnesis, Blueshirt Bulletin, SNYRangersBlog.com and many more.

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