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The Crush of Media Day

by Marty Turco /
Veteran NHL goalie Marty Turco is lending his expert opinion to in the form of his own blog. Turco Talk will be updated daily with Marty's thoughts on the Stanley Cup Final between the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins. Marty can also be seen daily on the NHL Network giving analysis on NHL On the Fly at the Stanley Cup Final.

Today, Marty talks about how players approach media day.

I've never been in the position as the starting guy in the Stanley Cup Final, but I've been here as a black ace and I have gone to the Western Conference Finals as the starting guy -- and everything has changed to today.

I mean, it's 2011 and the media outlets that are involved, the media sources -- the digital world that we live in -- there is more pressure on what you're going to say and what you're thinking and how you articulate it. It may become more of a burden just because you know information gets out there so quickly and you know how rapidly things can escalate.

But, teams now also have the ability to have media training. Coaches and captains talk about things in the locker room before media day. They go over what should be said and what shouldn't be said. That takes a little bit of the pressure off you.

Still, you're always going to want to toe the company line so to speak, but there is more thought that goes into that day. It's kind of like a gameday because you have to prepare for media day. Whether you're not used to the attention or you're a guy who just doesn't like the attention, you have to prepare for it in order not to feel ambushed, or more or less, unprepared.

Media day can be a nerve-wracking day, but usually it goes by quicker than most expect. You get the odd, quirky question, the one that you just roll your eyes at and the one you have fun with, but as long as your attitude is in the right place and the preparation is there you can make the most of the media and the questions.

You just have to realize that this is the time of the year for those odd quirky questions. You see it the most at the Super Bowl, but hockey is getting elevated. You're going to get those questions and you're going to get the network that isn't just hockey or sports. You're going to get stuff that is off color a little bit, but that's fun. I've always said the best part of our game is our players, the personalities, the makeup of them, where they came from and how they've grown to be professional athletes and mature people. To have fun with it and make light of it on an off day by fielding those questions, not the generic ones we get every night, I know as a player and as a fan of the game you look forward to that. You look forward to getting into the soul of the players. These days are useful for that.
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