An interview with my inner self

May 8, 2015

The hockey writer in me spends a lot of time talking to myself.

I ask myself a lot of questions and I answer them truthfully.

In a rare public interview with my inner self, here are the answers to some of the questions as they pertain to junior hockey.

QUESTION: As someone who is closely involved with hockey on the inside, do you have your own agenda?

ANSWER: Yes I do. And so does every single person who I have ever met in the game.

QUESTION: Do you play favourites?

ANSWER: Yes I do. And so does every single person who I have ever met in the game.

QUESTION: Let’s talk rivalry and look ahead to the 2015-2016 Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League season when the Iroquois Falls Eskimos are playing the nearby Timmins Rock. Who will you be cheering for?

ANSWER: The good guys.

QUESTION: You have had past differences with NOJHL commissioner Robert Mazzuca. How is your relationship with him now?

ANSWER: Really good. I hope it stays that way. Rob and I are both opinionated and we stand our ground. There is a mutual respect for the jobs that we have. We have aired our differences, publicly and privately. I am sure that we will disagree again. But it’s what we do next that matters.

QUESTION: Michigan Soo Eagles are poised to return to the NOJHL after three years in the North American Hockey League. What does this mean?

ANSWER: It restores the torrid, cross-border rivalry with the Soo Thunderbirds. Some of the best junior hockey games that I have seen in years were between the Eagles and Thunderbirds during the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 seasons. It also gives the NOJHL another strong franchise with good ownership and good management.

QUESTION: What is the best part of being at a Soo Eagles game at venerable Pullar Stadium?

ANSWER: The $2.50 beers.

QUESTION: Let’s talk Ontario Hockey League. How surprised were you that the favoured Soo Greyhounds lost to the Erie Otters in the Western Conference finals?

ANSWER: I was shocked. As did many others, I thought the Greyhounds had the much-better team.

QUESTION: Do you think the Greyhounds were out-coached by Erie?

ANSWER: No. I think Erie out-skated and out-chanced the Soo.

QUESTION: Do you think goaltending cost the Greyhounds the series?

ANSWER: No. Brandon Halverson was not the reason the Greyhounds lost the series. The Otters won because they clearly out-played the Greyhounds over a six-game series.

QUESTION: On a personal level, what do you think of the legendary Sherry Bassin, who owns and manages the Erie Otters?

ANSWER: I have known Sherry for more than 35 years. And when he tells me it’s a nice day outside, I make sure I have a clear view of the window so I can see for myself.

What you think about “An interview with my inner self”

  1. Hey RR old buddy, great read! Every body know for sure now that you are off your rocker Ha ha. Seriusly who in the hell but you would evan think of writing this LMAO!

  2. Brenda – I dont think Randy is talking about the Rock being “good guys” (ha-ha) but great Article just the same Randy. I know that you do like Coach Paul Gagne. Nice Article on his Camp. Very entertaneing Article about the Interview with you self!

  3. Right on Randy,
    $2.50 beers at the Pullar and a Pullar burger. I can’t wait for this rivalry to be back on the ice.
    I believe it will also add to attendance numbers on the Sault Canada side, as Michigan fans will likely make the short trip over to watch their beloved Eagles play.

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