LAKings.com caught up with former Kings goaltender Jamie Storr to find out about his alternate career, his thoughts on the mask and his goalie school.
|Goaltender Jamie Storr played for the Kings for nine seasons. |
Storr, who made his first start with the Kings as a 19-year-old on Jan. 24, 1995 (4-2 loss vs. Dallas), ranks second in Kings career shutouts (16) and fourth in both Kings career wins (85) and Kings career games played (205). He was an NHL All-Rookie selection in both 1998 and 1999. Storr now runs the Jamie Storr Goalie School out of the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, teaching kids through camps, clinics and private lessons.
LAKings.com: How did you become a goalie?
Storr: I was playing on the AA team and all my friends were on the AAA team when I was around 10 years old. My dad was a goalie and we had a puck machine in the basement so I trained with my father on the puck machine and made the AAA team in the fall. I continued as a goalie since retiring this summer.
LAKings.com: What advice do you have for the current Kings goaltenders?
Storr: Enjoy your hair before it falls out! Just kidding ( not really). Enjoy the journey of your career and take advantage of your opportunities now. The door of the NHL opens and closes very quickly so make the most of every opportunity now. If all else fails let me know and I can get you a job in Germany, where I was known as the German Dominator.
LAKings.com: If you could change one thing about your career, what would it be?
Storr: I don't think I would change anything, because I enjoyed each minute and it gave me so much. It was fun from the start to the finish. The only thing I regret is not resigning with the Kings when I had a contract offer to stay for one more year after 9 seasons and I turned it down to sign with the Hurricanes. There is no better place to play in the NHL then L.A., for family and also career.
LAKings.com: Tell us about your Goalie School. What drew you to working with kids?
|Jamie Storr finished his career with the DEG Metro Stars in Dusseldorf, Germany. |
Storr: I started the goalie school 4 years ago in the summer, because I wanted to have some roots planted for retirement and I thought that the lack of goalie training in L.A. was a good opportunity to give training from someone with a hockey background. It was something that I thought I would try and if I liked it I would continue, and I work full time now. I am also the goalie coach for the Jr. Kings and run private lessons through out the week at the Toyota Sports Center and also train goalies on the Range (a synthetic ice surface with the puck machine). It has been fun and also given me a chance to see whether I would like to pursue a job in the NHL as a goalie consultant in the future. The website is www.jamiestorr.com for any goalie's that are interested in training or camps that we run throughout the year. Our Christmas Camp is coming up Dec. 21st, 22nd and 23rd at the TSC.
LAKings.com: If you were not a hockey player, what would you be?
Storr: In 2001, I said a doctor but it was more of a joke. To be honest there is nothing I was going to be other than a hockey player. I am not that old and I find myself saying it was different when we were young. I did not want to do anything else then play hockey and we played every day. We would watch hockey night in Canada and then go in the basement the next day and work on the same moves the players did the night before. As I got older my career became more of a reality then a dream and I have seen a lot of players getting drafted to the NHL. The thing now I could do other than hockey would be a announcer or color commentator. "Back to you Bob."
LAKings.com: It has been fifty years since goalie masks were introduced. What do you think will have changed about the NHL fifty years from now?
Storr: The mask has taken the fear of dying out of the picture in the last 50 years. To be honest if you want more scoring just take the mask away from the goalie's or play the backups more. Fifty years from now, I am not sure but maybe the helmet will have a radio to the booth upstairs like a quarterback in football. I like how it has given the goalie's a chance to express themselves in their paint jobs.
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