The Nashville Predators are proud to invite students from Hume Fogg Academic School to come out to select Predators games as members of the press corps. Students have the opportunity to look behind the scenes at the life of a sports journalist and how they cover a professional sports team. The students are afforded all of the amenities that a member of the press would receive.
Angela Gootee and Emily Hurst Seniors of Hume Fogg Magnet were present at the Predators game vs. Anaheim Ducks. Read below as they account their experience as being s sports reporter for the evening.
Ducks thwart Preds late comeback
By :Angela Gootee & Emily Hurst
Hume Fogg School
Thursday, January 17 was the night the Nashville Predators took on the defending Stanley Cup Champions, the Anaheim Ducks. It was also a night full of anticipation for my co-writer, Emily Hurst, and me. It was finally our turn to experience the game the way a real journalist would.
We arrived at the Sommet Center not knowing what to expect. We were greeted by a friendly staff and then guided by the Community Relations Coordinator, Erich Wilhelm, through the inner networks of what makes the building run. We were marked with badges that insured us entrance into the press dinner. The challenge was to appear as a part of the media, so Emily and I quietly gathered our food and tried not to disturb anyone. However, the atmosphere was very relaxing. They treated us as equals, but we knew they were very experienced and dedicated to their jobs.
When dinner was done, we were led through the same maze, getting the opportunity to see the Predators players warming up with a game of soccer on the event level, and the zambonies getting ready for their trip around the ice. We then followed Erich to the press box, and from then on Emily and I let go of everything we thought we knew about the press; for we weren’t taken to a “box” but to a set of desks in the upper right sections of the stands. Men in business suits and laptops filled the seats, waiting for the game to begin. We decided to wait as well, however we were assisted by pen and paper. We only hoped that our fingers would flow as quickly as the happenings of the game.
As the time dwindled down, we grew more and more excited about the game. The camera crew was scouting for fans to show their support of the team. They even spotted Melinda Doolittle, one of the top three contestants on American Idol. Then the lights began to dim and cheers became louder. The Predators burst through the fangs of a Saber Tooth Tiger head, representing Nashville’s only hockey team.
There were quite a few injuries on the Predator’s team consisting of Jordin Tootoo, Darcy Hordichuk, and Steve Sullivan, which took a substantial toll on the team as a whole. They were going to stay in the game through maintaining speed, matching their physical play with the Ducks, and controlling Todd Bertuzzi.
The game was intense. Twelve men on the ice, all fighting for the same thing, a small, black puck. The Ducks scored a goal early in the game and it was up to the Predators now to catch up. There were many penalties called in the game on both sides, but the Predators faced the most set backs. Martin Erat had a total of four penalties throughout the game. Many times it was a four player game for the Predators; most of the night they were at a disadvantage. In the third period, the Ducks scored another goal making it seem as if the game was already over for the Predators. With quick speed, team work, and great hand-eye coordination Jason Arnott, the team’s captain, scored on the Ducks.
We felt in our gut that the team would be able to pull through and make another goal to take the game into overtime or a shoot out. Unfortunately there wasn’t enough time for them to set up and the Ducks defeated the Predators, the score being 2-1.
Disappointed at the outcome, we followed Erich to the press conference. There Barry Trotz was greeted by a portion of the press.
“If we went into the third even, we would have got a lot of good momentum,” said Trotz. “We had our chance, but they were able to convert more.”
Some may have blamed Chris Mason, the goalie, for the lost but he played on the top of his game.
“Mason was real solid tonight. We’re doing a lot of good things defensively, and people are tightening up,” said Trotz.
It was evident that the penalties were the hindrance to a Predator’s victory though.
“One person can’t have that many penalties,” said Trotz about Erat.
Though it wasn’t the ending everyone hoped for, Emily and I came out realizing that there is so much more to the sport than just winning. The people here are prime examples of teamwork whether it is on the ice or behind the scenes.