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If you are a hockey fan, than you are probably following your favorite sport in a number of different ways.
May be you are one that watches the games on television, listens to the game on the radio, purchases the NHL Center Ice package for your family’s television, buys the NHL GameCenter Live package for your computer, or follows everything by hopping online and checking out all the hockey blogs, hockey beat writers, and so on and so forth.
Believe it or not, folks, there is another way and it is three words: NHL Home Ice.
This outlet is dedicated to hockey like no other. The hosts are not only some of the most knowledgeable hockey people out there, but they are also true fans of the game we all know and love.
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As everyone already knows, I am a big and proud supporter of Sirius/XM NHL Home Ice. In my opinion, it is the best hockey outlet out there with terrific hosts, producers, content and much, much more.
Shalley was kind enough to take time out of his very busy schedule to give us his thoughts on the current season, which teams and players have surprised/disappointed him and much more.
PH: We are well into the 2011-12 NHL Campaign. What are some of your general thoughts on the season?
JS: Certainly it’s been a rollercoaster season. We’ve had many positives, including the amazing run by the Bruins to finish 2011, the incredible push by the Blues under Ken Hitchcock, the Winter Classic between the Flyers and Rangers, and an outstanding hosting of the All-Star Game by the city of Ottawa. However, we’ve had the unfortunate side too. The Lokomotiv tragedy and the death of several former NHL enforcers cast a tragic cloud on the start of the season. Concussions continue to be a threat to many careers. The early rash of suspensions and continued supplemental discipline handed out by Brendan Shanahan and the department of player safety has been one of the major stories of the season. We’ve also replaced nearly half the coaches in the NHL in less than a calendar year.
PH: Which teams/players have surprised you this season? Why?
JS: I’ve been surprised by the Panthers. They gelled quickly, despite bringing in a ton of new faces. Plus, they’ve managed to survive despite getting most of their scoring from their top forward line. The Senators, while they’ve been slumping lately, have been a surprise. Paul MacLean seems to have changed the culture quickly, and with their key players healthy, they’ve been able to outscore their mistakes on a lot of nights. I’ve been impressed by the Devils. They haven’t had Travis Zajac for most of the season, and their blue line corps wasn’t regarded as one of the best in the conference, but they’re still right in the middle of things in the East. Surprise players for me include Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Brian Elliott, and Ryan McDonagh. While Nugent-Hopkins has all the skill in the world, I didn’t think he’d be able to take the physical pounding in his first season playing against men. Elliott looked to be on his way out of the NHL, but hard work in the off-season and a defensive system in St. Louis has resulted in a resurgence. I’ve been impressed with McDonagh’s ability to log top-pair minutes and responsibility as a young player on one of the top clubs in the NHL.
Good afternoon folks. I was lucky enough to be able to do an e-mail interview with Jamie Shalley of XM NHL Home Ice.
For all subscribers out there, you can hear his voice on the “Around the Rink Updates”, as host of “Ice Cap” and filling in on various programs. Shalley was kind of enough to take time out of his busy schedule to tell us how he became a fan of the sport, how he got into the game on the media side of things as well as his two cents on what’s going on around the league this season.
PH: How did you first get into hockey?
JS: I would say that hockey got into me! Growing up in Thunder Bay, Ontario, it is part of your life from when you’re old enough to stand. I recall countless pick-up games in my driveway, on the street in front of my house, and on outdoor rinks. I would go to watch games as a kid at the Fort William Gardens pretty much every weekend, watching our senior league team, the Twins, and the junior Flyers, who played in the USHL at that time.