Ken Sabourin traded to the Washington Capitals in the early '90s.
WashingtonCaps.com (WC.com): You were traded to the team in the early '90s. What do you remember most about the Capitals as you were coming over?
Ken Sabourin (KS): I remember when I got traded, I was in the minors and I was on the road. They came down to my room, told me I got traded and that I was headed to Washington. The biggest thing I remember is not eating, just getting in and going right to the rink and having to play. It was all new, new room, new players: Rod Langway, Dino Ciccarelli, guys like that it was kind of an eye opener. It was fun, it was exciting. I was nervous, but it was exciting.
WC.com: How does the team and the environment of the city compare from your time as a player to now with you working as an analyst?
KS: Obviously, the hockey is completely different I think. You play in the same rink and everything, but the speed, the size, the strength; the skill of guys is just unbelievable. You always had the top-six forwards and top-four forwards, but now everybody can play the game. The game itself is in great shape right now. It's fun to watch and be a part of. There are some different concepts; it was little bit more physical back then, a little more intimidation you might want to call it. Besides, they get their own charter planes now; we had to fly commercial back then. That made a big difference too.
WC.com: Did your playing time in D.C. influence your desire to go into radio when you were done?
KS: At that time, I didn't think that, I was just kind of playing and having fun doing it. I met my wife here, and I have my family which is why I reside here. It was a great time; I really enjoyed my time here. I came back every summer and it's my home now. At the time though, I didn't think "Oh I want to go be on the radio. I want to do this or coaching." I was still playing, I wasn't really thinking about it, but it worked out great. I love doing it, being a part of the team.
WC.com: How does your time as a player in the NHL help you as an analyst?
KS: I think you just realize the way people are. I think just being in the game, I understand things have changed a lot in the last 20 years in terms of how guys are, but it's still being a part of that group, that 25, 23 guys, whatever it may be on the roster. I still understand what they're going through. It's not all fun and games all the time. It really helps because you can sit there and read what's going on. The way a guy is developing, the way a game is developing because maybe they just traveled. People don't realize because they're getting paid a lot of money, but bottom line is this may be their third game in four nights or something and they'll be a little tired, mentally or physically. It's things like that, little insights, that may explain why the team is doing what they're doing or not doing what they're doing.
WC.com: Do you still keep in touch in any former teammates?
KS: Yeah, there are a couple guys I talk to every once in a while, not a whole lot. We all move on as you know, everybody gets families, kids, and that takes up a lot of your time, but there are still guys I keep in touch with.
WC.com: Other than your work as an analyst, can you tell me about what else you have been up to on and off the ice?
KS: I opened up an insurance company; I do property and casualty through Erie Insurance and life annuities. I do every kind of insurance out there, so I have Sabourin Insurance and that's what I do the majority of the day in the Virginia, Maryland, D.C., Pennsylvania and a little bit of Delaware area too. That's pretty much my main job to keep that company running. Then I have the kids, three kids, and I coach my son in hockey so we're pretty busy, all over the place. I'm going all the time.