Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Nicholas Lorenzi on 07/27/11 at 05:46 PM ET
Please welcome yet another new blogging addition to Kukla’s Korner, Nicholas Lorenzi. We’re pleased to say that Nicholas will be here throughout the coming season, giving us his thoughts on everything Blue Jackets on his new blog, The Lorenzi Line.
This is a start to something that should have happened long ago: A Blue Jacket’s blog with its gloves off. I’ll be here to call players out and to praise their actions. The past is something we can build on. There were 10 straight disappointing seasons with its moments. So here’s the deal, I sometimes may sound as if I hate the Jackets and I’ll make brash statements but know that this city’s fan are craving a Stanley Cup. I’m an Ohio native and an ex season ticket holder for a few years starting on day one. Now I’m the guy standing in line for $10 tickets and making drinks in the bathroom of Nationwide, a fan that is constantly heckling and cheering during a game. I start fights in the parking lot and mask every loss with a trip to the bar.
I grew up idolizing Bobby Orr and try to play like him every time the puck drops. I would play hockey in my alley in Lancaster Ohio from the time I got home from school til the sun went down. I dealt with an crabby elderly woman calling the cops on me and my friends for my love of the game in that small alley behind her house and mine. Through the years my entire family “carried the flag” but that slowly faded away and the piles of memorabilia became packed away and collected dust.
When I moved to Columbus 5 years ago something happened, Ken Hitchcock… It seemed like everything was on the up and up. The 07-08 season sparked something under the jackets in the form of Pascal LeClaire then Steve Mason in 08-09. We were in the playoffs! That was exciting and short lived thanks to Detroit. I witnessed Game 4 make fans but also stopped hearts when “Too Many Men” was called. We finally thought that now we made a mark in the NHL and became a threat. Not to mention that our team would stay in Columbus at least for a few more years.
My first favorite Jacket was Geoff Sanderson and I have faith in Rick Nash and our late Jakub Voracek. A trip to the playoffs would be amazing but only if it’s not against Detroit again. I thank Kukla’s Korner for taking a chance on my voice. You can expect stats that give hope and reports of “whatthehellhappened”. The future is bright and I’ll be here archiving every step.
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