Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Lisa McRitchie on 06/21/12 at 05:00 PM ET
After long and numerous bumpy flights here we are in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, the birthplace of Heinz Tomato Ketchup. That’s right, Ketchup, the staple food of toddlers and teenagers everywhere! The limelight has been cast off of the popular condiment for just a few days as the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and I make Pittsburgh home. Thursday afternoon, I was on a boat. Not just any boat, but one filled with the members of the media who didn’t miss the boat and the most popular teenage boys in all of Pittsburgh, the NHL top prospects.
But the heat was stifling and the hot metal surface on which we stood seemed to adhere itself to the bottom of your shoes at the molecular level. Looking around at the players, it was easy to see that they were just as uncomfortable because of the weather, especially the Alberta boys who are so used to the dry air in the raised elevation. Although the weather played a part in the look of discomfort, it was clear that the questions are taking their toll as well. For players like Nail Yakupov, you can tell that he looks forward to quieter days, but you know that he will always be the centre of attention for anyone with a microphone; your popularity doesn’t go away as soon as you’re drafted and may only intensify.
Forced to remove their sunglasses for the photos, the looks on their faces tells the story of the day
I wasn’t able to get to all of the players today, but I bring you the raw audio I was able to acquire.
Paul Reinhart - Griffin’s dad
Now the hardest part of the process begins for these players, sitting in the Consol Energy Center awaiting their name. But the look on their face once they are drafted makes it all worth while.
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