Entries with the tag: shawn lavigne
The show’s producer for the last six seasons, Shawn Lavigne, a.k.a. “Big Country”, announced this morning that he is leaving the show and the channel for a new job as a producer at the start-up TSN Radio.
If you’re a fan of the show, than you know how big of a loss this is. “Big Country” was a hard worker who along with Mike Ross (Rossy) and Aron Papernick (The Paper Boy), delivered the goods every morning. He was funny, loved the band Abba and was a sad fan of the Ottawa Senators.
I would like to take this time to thank Shawn for always agreeing to stop by the Goal Line Report and give us his thoughts and for also allowing me to blog for the NHL Home Ice web site from 2008-09. It was an absolute pleasure to listen to you each and every morning and we at the Goal Line Report and Kukla’s Korner wish you nothing but the best at your new job.
Keep it real, Big Country!
Shawn Lavigne, a host/producer of Hockey This Morning on XM NHL Home Ice, was kind enough to take time out os his busy schedule to tell us about his experience at this year’s Winter Classic in Pittsburgh.
PH: First off, tell us about your thoughts when you were first told that you would be covering the Winter Classic for NHL Home Ice?
SL: Well when the game was announced for Pittsburgh, I said no matter what I could not miss it! I love watching both the Capitals and Penguins and wanted to be part of the best rivalry in the league right now. I will call my experience a great working vacation.
PH: What was it like seeing one of the NFL’s better stadiums turned into a hockey rink/arena for a few days?
SL: I arrived in Pittsburgh on Thursday morning and immediately I saw a huge Winter Classic banner on the outside of Heinz Field. The stadium looked incredible inside and out. It is a great facility and the NHL did an outstanding job converting the stadium into a hockey environment. Heinz Field had a more intimate feel to it compared to Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo when I was there for the first Winter Classic.
Shawn Lavigne, better known as “Big Country”, of Hockey This Morning on XM 204 Home Ice was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to discuss all things Stanley Cup Playoffs:
PH: Which teams do you think will surprise in the playoffs? Why?
SL: After game one this seems like a loaded question with all of the early upsets. I look at Buffalo although a 3 seed in the East as a very dangerous team. They have the league’s best goaltender in Ryan Miller and suddenly Thomas Vanek is scoring in bunches. They are a team without many stars but they have hard working depth players which can play any style of game you want.
In the Western Conference, I’m looking at the Canucks. Like Buffalo they have a strong goaltender in Roberto Luongo who has struggled in the latter stages of the season. He was brilliant in game one against the Kings. The Sedin twins have been tremendous all season long and I just love the depth of this team.
I was lucky enough this past week to do an e-mail interview with Shawn Lavigne.
You may ask yourself - why does that name sound familiar? Well, it should be as Shawn Lavigne, a.k.a “Big Country” is one of the hosts of Hockey This Morning (HTM) on XM NHL Home Ice. He’s witty, he knows his hockey and he’s proud to be “Big Country”.
Shawn was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to tell us about how he got into hockey, how he started working in the industry, how XM NHL Home Ice has grown and will continue to grow, and his current thoughts on happenings around the NHL today. Enjoy!
PH: How did you get into hockey?
SL: I grew up in Eastern Ontario about an hour away from Ottawa. So my interest in hockey goes back to my first hockey game at the Ottawa Civic Centre in 1977. Obviously the Senators were not around at the time but the Ottawa 67’s led by Bobby Smith, Doug Wilson, and head coach Brian Kilrea were a powerhouse in the OHA and I followed them every step of the way.