Entries with the tag: The Hockey Card Show
Do yourselves a favor fellow puckheads and go to The Hockey Card Show to watch their 100th episode.
Check it out here.
Today, I am proud to present an e-mail interview I did with the other host of The Hockey Card Show, Darrin - Dink Reynolds. Darrin was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to tell us about how he got into the game, how he got involved with The Hockey Card Show as well as what are some of his favorite hockey card items.
PH: How did you get into the game of hockey?
DR: Well, when I was a kid growing up in Corbyville, Ontario (which is just outside of Belleville Ontario and a couple hours east of Toronto) I would watch Hockey Night in Canada every Saturday religiously. This started in the ‘79-80 season when I was 6 years old. At times my Dad would watch with me but he wasn’t a huge hockey fan so I was usually by myself. I was lucky that we had a small TV in our kitchen so while watching I would either be on the counter, sitting right up against it, or on the floor pretending to be one of the NHL players.
Living in the country, I spent hours either at the school I attended (which was right across the road), in my driveway, or on the ponds behind my house playing hockey. Like any Canadian kid (or hockey loving kid regardless of the country)
it was a passion from the first time I watched and played the game. I started playing organized hockey when I was 9 years old and truthfully wasn’t the greatest. Despite all the free ice time behind my house I wasn’t the strongest skater,
but I was constantly working on it. The next year I decided to try playing between the pipes and the rest as they say was (and definitely IS) history.
As I have stated in other interviews, I played from age nine unitl I was 21. Started as a your typical house leaguer. Made my way on to the select team and eventually went on to play AA right through until Midget, then Juvie when the dream was over. Played all my years out of Belleville except for my overage year in Juvie where I played in Lakefield while attending College in Peterborough. Obviously not good enough to make the show … but the game when I was young was my passion and still is to this day. I received a scouting letter to attend a Junior A (Tier 2) camp in Oshawa for the old Legionaires (now Whitby Fury), who played in the now-defunct Metro League. I thought it was a joke at first … one of my buds pulling a fast one as there was no letterhead on the actual invite, plus I was 18 at the time. Then a second one came and I knew it was the real deal. I did not go as I went off to college instead and figured I would play in the OCAA. Well, my first year the college kept the two goalies from the past years’ team and that was that. Other things then got in the way as the thought of any thing serious in hockey had faded long before. When I say other things, I mean the usual college stuff like studying and planning my career haha.
PH: So, we are 1/3 of the way through the NHL season. What are some of your thoughts?
JK: So far the season has been great, a lot of really interesting story lines including flops and surprises. It is so hard to look at the standing at the 25% mark, trust me it was much easier (as a Leafs fan) to look at the standings after the 5% mark. A team can string together 10 games of greatness and be right up there with the big boys. Or a team can easily drop 10 and be relegated to hang out with the Islanders.
PH: Which teams/players have surprised you the most in a good way? Why?
JK: Most surprising player for me has to be Tim Thomas. After winning the Jennings and Vezina in 2009 his numbers went for a Tank (pun intended). He saw his win total decrease by more than half his starts shrunk and his GAA ballooned.
I was expecting to see Rask put the pressure on him this year but all he has done is looked insane, currently leading the league in save percentage, GAA, and shutouts. The only goalie category he is missing for the sweep is wins which is held by Price in Montreal who has 3 more wins but has played 7 more games. Oh, and did you see that save against Toronto? Save of the year.
Justin gives us his thoughts on the upcoming season. What do you think?
PH: We know the season has yet to begin but name the eight teams from each conference that will make the playoffs.
JK: In the West:
In the East:
New York Rangers
And I’ll go ahead and lock that in as the final placement.
Justin was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to tell us about how he got into the game, how he got involved with The Hockey Card Show, what it was like to cover the World Hockey Summit and more.
PH: How did you get into the game of hockey?
JK: I like that you ask “how” not “when”. How I got into hockey is a very typical Canadian kid answer. Street hockey was always being played by the older kids in my street when I was growing up. I would watch and hope one day I would be asked to grab a stick and play. That day of course came as they could not deny my pure talent…I mean they needed someone in net. Road hockey is where I learned the game, and where I learned how to play. I never played organized hockey growing up, I was far to busy playing hockey on my Nintendo and SNES (NHL 94 FTW) instead.