CLEVELAND - Updated April 6, 2011
Hey Monsters fans,
Welcome back my legions of fans (I never learned what "legions" means, I'm pretty sure it means five or six).
So this past week I experienced yet another first in my professional career, except this one I hope will not be a regular occurrence. Since the last time I wrote you, after being in Cleveland for a day and playing against Rockford, I was recalled by the Avalanche to play on Thursday against Nashville, where it looked like I might be playing the next 3 or 4 games before going back down to Cleveland to finish the year. The only problem was in the second period I got hurt and was deemed unable to play. The moment I was told was very tough for me, after working all season to help get our team to the playoffs and now I won't be able to play during that time was a real hard pill to swallow.
It was a harmless enough play, but right away I went to the dressing room and they knew something was wrong. After doing x-rays, that is when they told me that I would probably be missing the rest of the regular season with a chance of returning in the playoffs when (not if) the Monsters make it to a certain point.
One thing I learned from this is I now know how to make an NHL player and tough guy cringe. 100 mph slapshots, body checks from guys 250 pounds or fighting someone 30 pounds heavier and 6 inches taller are things that many of us hockey players would shrug off as being part of the game and not that big of a deal, but then there are other injuries that will get almost every hockey player to close one eye, wince, breath in sharply and look away. The guys I saw and got to tell about what I did all happened to do that "Aww I can't deal with that," "Mannnn don't tell me that, that's gross." The doctor that was helping me asked me "Why are you guys such wimps when it comes to some of the little things?" I had no answer for her. But that’s true, when it’s just a plain and blunt pain I can deal with it because it happens a lot, but when it’s a small, uncomfortable and different feeling I don't know how to cope with it. When the doctor told me to look at the x-ray after he was done, my eyes got huge and I immediately turned away.
See, even hockey players get squeamish!
Well, C-ya Later.
Updated March 31, 2011
So this past week I played against the team I have idolized since I was 4-years old. Last Wednesday I was told I was being called up to play against the Toronto Maple Leafs when one of the defensemen on the Colorado Avalanche (our NHL parent team) was injured.
Except, when I got there the next morning, I was told it was the day for the their team picture. Ahhhhh, it all makes sense now. I am the "Ringer" for the picture, the hired help a.k.a. The Eye Candy. It didn’t matter if I was playing that night or not, as long as I was there for the picture, to be the good looking guy. I guess my grandmother was right, I am handsome and everyone else who has said I have "a face only a mother could love," was wrong! (just kidding, of course!!)
Talk about a waste of a money though, two weeks ago I went and spent a decent amount of money when I got my hair cut…to basically look the same as it always does. As Curtis Fraser, my friend and former teammate, would tell me, I looked like Dumb & Dumber's own Lloyd Christmas. "You Pumpkin Pie haircutted freak!" That day of the team picture in Colorado, in the lounge part of the dressing room were hairstylists who were cutting people’s hair for free! If I only knew...
Anyways, back to playing against the Leafs. The craziest part for me was the pregame skate. During the skate between drills I would glance up in the stands and see people I've been listening to and watching for as long as I can remember. From Joe Bowen (The voice of the Leafs and owner of the infamous line "Holy Macanaw!") to Brian Williams (The voice of the Olympic games).
Then afterwards in the dressing room the media comes in to talk to certain players for their points of view on particular stories they are creating or on different aspects of the game. Of course no one came within five feet of me but I swear it must have taken me about 10 minutes to untie my skates, as I did my best to really take that moment in. That was definitely one of the coolest part of my recent stint with Colorado.
Oh yeah and I got beat up again, this time resulting in seven stitches in my eyebrow… but luckily the team picture was already taken.
Well, Cya Later.
Hi, I'm Cameron Gaunce of the Lake Erie Monsters and this is my first blog, so if it isn't up to par with others you've read I apologize in advance and forewarn you I don't know what I am doing!
I should write what's on my mind? Ok, I shouldn't have eaten those last six pancakes... Oh, I mean…It was a big weekend, I turned 21. Oh, and we won all three games in what were the most important games of the year (so far).
All three games were good team efforts with amazing