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On game day today, thinking back on our trip to Pittsburgh a year ago for Hockey Diaries: Winter Classic 2011 and probably our favorite made-for-radio quote about skating outdoors, from then-Penguin forward Michael Rupp.
MEDIACHAMELEON: “Can you describe to someone on the radio what it feels like to skate outside, what are the sensations that are different to you? What would you say?”
RUPP: “Did you ever go swimming in the nude? It’s kind of similar to that, I guess. It’s (laughs) it just feels, I don’t know, it feels… you just, it’s just… it’s freeing experience. Like you’re just in there, and you got the air around you, you can see it, it just… it’s a pretty cool feeling. I guess that’s a bad example, but it’s what I got.”
For the Winter Classic this year, we wanted to add a new type of voice to Hockey Diaries. We wanted to hear from players and coaches, from event staff and ice-crew… but we also wanted to hear from the fans. Not just anonymous fan vox, not just the sounds of victory or defeat. Instead we wanted to know who those fans were, what made them tick, what made them drive long distances, and sleep on sofas, and spend big money to put themselves in a cold yellow seat at Heinz Field for a hockey game in the rain. What was that like, exactly? And when you listen to these stories all together, when do the lines between them — my team vs. your team, my lockerroom vs. your stadium seat, my win vs. your loss — when do those lines start to get blurred by a collective sense of the moment? Our hour-long radio documentary will air on NHL Home Ice starting March 28 — watch this space for air times and channels. And coming up soon, introductions to the five fans who (along with Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner) kept audio diaries for us on their journey. Until then: what it’s like without the fans…