Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Martin Krantz on 07/22/11 at 08:39 PM ET
Hockey fans, you are in for a real treat!
Enjoy the writings of our new Colorado Avalanche blogger Martin Krantz.
I’m one of what feels like a dozen new bloggers making their way onto Kukla’s Korner. But if I say so myself, I’m slightly unique. As a swede, I’m not only writing in my second language. I also find myself in the position of being the Colorado Avalanche blogger on a site where the Red Wings are pretty dominant. What can I say in my defense?
First of all – this wasn’t how it was supposed to go. This isn’t how my life was supposed to turn out.
Last week, I found a short piece I had written as a 12-year old about what my future would look like 14 years from then. I was born in 1982, so it was written in 94, and detailed my life as of 2006. Let me share it with you.
Good, unassuming start.
“My name is Martin, and I’m 22 years old.”
In 2006? As you might’ve guessed by now, math wasn’t my strong suit.
“I’m the Chief of Medicine at the largest hospital in Los Angeles.”
Oh goodie. No grasp on how long it takes to actually become a doctor either, it seems. Working as a doc was my big dream growing up ever since seeing an ambulance when I was three years old. I immediately turned to my grandmother and told her I’d be a doctor when I grew up and I’d cure her weak heart. But she couldn’t be ill on weekends, because that was my time off. Cute story, and only slightly ruined by the fact that granny didn’t have a weak heart.
“In my spare time, I’m an NHL goaltender with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. Last night we beat Chicago Blackhawks by a score of 6-0.”
I guess you were wondering when I’d get to the hockey part, right? Well, this was my dream – dashing doctor during the day, great goaltender by night. I’d never sleep. And have no need for practice, it seems.
The Ducks weren’t even my team growing up. But I had watched and enjoyed the first Mighty Ducks movie. I guess I wasn’t really a big hockey fan until everyone in my school decided that the Cool Thing of the Month (CTM) was collecting hockey cards. In the first pack I ever bought, from the Parkhurst ‘93-‘94 series, was a card of Patrick Roy. I became a big fan of his, and when he was traded to the Avalanche, my allegiances followed suit, and I’ve been with the Avs ever since. I use any means necessary to follow my team – the internet, radio, TV, psychics. Anything.
As for my own career, the only thing holding me back from becoming a successful NHL player one day was a complete lack of talent. I was a natural goaltender – I was rubbish at everything else, so my friends/antagonists stuck me in net and said “stand there, and we’ll shoot at you. Just be in the way. You’re good at that.”
And I was. Though never being close to a pro athlete, mostly due to my hatred of working out, I was the goaltender on every team I played for, and in every sport I ever tried. I actually got an A in gym class just because I was great at being in the way!
In my early 20’s, I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, much like my big idol outside of sports, Michael J. Fox. As a point of reference, you’re considered young if you get PD at 50. Getting it in your early 20’s? I think the rest of the PD-community considers me a sperm.
Unlike many other bloggers, I don’t have a background in journalism. I don’t have a degree in english or literature. No, I studied accounting. The obvious choice for someone with my math skills. Never did a lick of accounting after school though. Life took me down another road.
Since 2001, I’ve been a working stand-up comedian, and I’ve had it as my only line of work since 2006. I’ve done shows in London and New York, I have a book coming out this winter, and I have just written my first script for a TV show due to air this fall in Sweden. Today, I’m 29 year’s old, I have a beautiful wife and a gorgeous new-born daughter (2 months old soon), and I’m nervous about being picked to blog at Kukla’s Korner and if I’ll measure up to all the other great writers I’ve been following. And my life didn’t turn out anything like what 12-year old me was expecting. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I’ve been considering names for my new blog all day. My first thought was a variation on “Bend it like Beckham” - “Turtle it like Claude”. But I decided against it. I’m expecting to be heckled enough without adding fuel to the fire.
So, please take some time out of your day to read “The Burgundy Letter”. If you want me to write about something, or have any thoughts and comments, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to talking to all of you!
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