Archive for February, 2009

Q & A with Denis Chisholm

Posted in Uncategorized on February 27, 2009 by inthecreasewiththiess

That was a little quicker than expected, Professor Matson now has the link up for the podcast.  I did this interview with Denis Chisolm last night, just a quick question and answer with him, some fun questions about him and his career in college hockey.  You can find it here, enjoy!

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home and home vs lowell

Posted in Uncategorized on February 27, 2009 by inthecreasewiththiess

Still working on getting the interview I did with my roommate Denis Chisholm up so I will let you know when that is up and running.  Should be a really good series this weekend versus UMass Lowell.  Both teams are fighting for positioning in the Hockey East standings as is every team as we wind down the regular season.  With Lowell coming in they bring with them our old assistant coach Shawn Mceachern.  The two teams play very similar styles so in a way it is like playing against ourselves.  Hopefully we have a few students who stick around for the night with spring break officially upon us and most are off to the sun and beaches.  I will be back after the game for some thoughts and hopefully that interview.

In game routines

Posted in Uncategorized on February 26, 2009 by inthecreasewiththiess

As I thought about my last post and read some of the comments I realized that I didn’t include any routines or rituals that I do during the actual game, which is just as important as going through a game-day routine.  I like to scrape up the crease a little bit before every period and as I responded to in a comment yesterday, the purpose of this is to make sure I’m not sliding all over the place.  When you slide on your pads on a clean sheet of ice it is a little easier to lose control then if there is a little snow accumulated to slow down your momentum.  Near the end of the national anthem, as some might have noticed I go into somewhat of a crouch and move my legs back and worth, some have called it “the thiessen wiggle.”  I think that started back in juniors and have just carried it through.  Before the start of every game and every period I also hit my posts, 3 times to each side and then the crossbar.  During all stoppages in play I can usually be seen skating outside the crease.  I don’t like to be standing still I like to be moving around.  During intermissions I will always take off the top half of my gear to air out and relax a bit before the next period.  Those are some of the things that I do during a game to help me stay focused on the task at hand.

I just got myself a new voice recorder and as part of an assignment I’m going to test it out later with an interview with one of my roommates most likely and hopefully have it up tomorrow as a podcast, we’ll see how it works.

Superstitions or routine?

Posted in Uncategorized on February 24, 2009 by inthecreasewiththiess

I get a lot of questions from either reporters or from fans asking what kind of superstitions I have. I mean being a goalie I should have lots of superstitions, I should be talking to my posts, not stepping on the blue-lines, not talking to anyone before games, don’t all goalies do that stuff? Well I can’t say I do and in this post I’ll go through my game-day routine and give you a look at what some other guys do to get ready for a game.

I don’t really believe anything I do is a superstition, but more of a routine. There are different things you find that work for you when getting ready for a game and some that don’t. When you find something that works for it’s natural to go back to that. So for me it’s kind of like a mental check list of things that I do before a game, and every time I complete one of those things I am that much closer to being ready for the game. I don’t like to sleep in on game days so I’m usually up by around 8:30. I will get up and shower and maybe watch a little sportscenter before going to grab some breakfast at the cafeteria. I like to eat a bigger breakfast and it will most likely consist of an omelette and bagel or something along those lines. After that I head to the rink. If it’s a friday night game I go on the ice for about 20-30 minutes to do some skating drills and get a few shots just to get a little sweat in. If it’s a saturday game I’ll just ride the bike instead. After I’m done on the ice I do a lot of stretching to loosen up the legs. On friday’s I have just the one class at 11:45 which is something I schedule on purpose. I don’t like to sit around on game days. I find that the more I sit around the more you are thinking about the game and kind of anxiously waiting and wasting energy on that. So I like to keep myself busy and my mind occupied. After class it’s back to the rink for a 1:30 meeting and meal. We have an option for the pre-game meal it’s either steak tips and rice or chicken and rice, I tend to lean on the side of the chicken. Following the meal I head back to my room for a nap of no more than a little over an hour, just to get an energy boost for the evening. I get up at 4, shower and head to the rink. I like to be at the rink about 2 hours and 15 minutes before game time, everyone has to be at the rink 2 hours before the game. When we play at home we wear suits to the game and if we win the game before at home I will stick with the same shirt until we lose, no matter how long the win streak goes. Once I get to the rink I will get into our warm-up gear of shorts and t-shirt, grab my sticks and head to the stands to sit down and tape my sticks. We have another set of meetings with coach to go over the game plan before our trainer Dan takes us through a series of stretching and warm-up exercises to get the blood flowing. After this I get a personal stretch from Dan to loosen up again, sounds like a lot of stretching but for a goalie I am not flexible at all and need all the help I can get to get my legs ready. From the time I get to the rink to the time I start putting my gear on I always carry around with me a puck. I started doing this in juniors and I just play around with it in my hands, throw it up and catch it or toss it against the wall. This gets my hands and eyes used to seeing the puck and focusing on the little rubber disk that will be flying at me during the game. Some of the other guys like to get ready for the game in other ways. One of the things that is common to see around our team is 5 or 6 guys circled around trying to keep the soccer ball going, while others will be stickhandling pucks, riding a bike, or stretching. The music in the locker room is also a bone of contention at times as everyone has their preferences. David Strathman usually puts together a play mix for before the game and I’ve been known to sing along, not very well I might add. I like to stay loose before the game, I’m not a goalie that is extremely uptight and will glare at anyone who tries to come close to me. So there you have it, my pre-game routine, nothing crazy like I said just a check-list of things that I go through to help me prepare for a game on any given night.

Below is part of a assignment we had to take some of our own pictures and add them to the blog so I took the camera to the rink today and snapped a few shots around the room before practice.

pair of gloves drying on the glove dryer outside the dressing room

pair of gloves drying on the glove dryer outside the dressing room

Louis Liotti and Ryan Ginand enjoy a hot tub before practice

Louis Liotti and Ryan Ginand enjoy a hot tub before practice

Greg Costa works on his stick in the dressing room

Greg Costa works on his stick in the dressing room

another sister kiss

Posted in Uncategorized on February 22, 2009 by inthecreasewiththiess

As I mentioned after the first tie on friday night, a tie is like kissing your sister and so we did it twice on the weekend.  Great atmosphere at Matthews for this one.  All the guys were really excited to play in front of the home crowd and even when we skated out for warm-up there was a large contingent of fans already there chanting which was pretty cool.  Another playoff style game although this one featured numerous penalty calls.  It’s too bad that the teams couldn’t settle the game five on five but it is what it is and the game was a battle of the power plays, which oddly enough produced 0 goals.  While we didn’t win on the weekend the two ties enabled us to keep control of our own destiny when it comes to getting first place in Hockey East, so the last 4 games will be a battle.  It’s too bad spring break falls over this stretch as that will probably hurt attendance.  I’m thinking about writing about some game day rituals/routines that I like to do later in the week so look for that.

Also wanted to mention that during the second period I heard one member of the doghouse shouting “In the crease with Thiess” which gave me a good laugh and good to know at least one person is reading the blog.  Most players will try and tell you that they don’t hear the fans while they are playing, I think that is nonsense we hear what the fans have to say most of the time and it can be pretty funny.  I don’t like to get too strung up during games, I’m a little more relaxed, something I’ll go into in my next post but hearing stuff from the stands is always entertaining.

Deuces at Agganis

Posted in Uncategorized on February 21, 2009 by inthecreasewiththiess

The game tonight definitely had a playoff feel to it.  Tight checking, low scoring, hard hitting hockey ended in a hard fought 2-2 tie.  I don’t know if you have heard the saying before but a tie is like kissing your sister according to some.  You don’t really know how to feel after a tie, both teams are kind of left hanging.  We were happy on one hand that we were able to battle back and get a point after being down by 2 and also felt we could have gotten that extra point.  And I’m sure they are feeling the same way.  So we will try and decide things tomorrow night in what is going to be an incredible atmosphere at Matthews.  That was the loudest I have heard Agganis before, the third period and ot had some sitting on pins and needles.  Looking forward to game 2 tomorrow night.

Home of the Terriers courtesy of wallyg/creative commons attribution license

Home of the Terriers courtesy of wallyg/creative commons attribution license

battle in boston

Posted in Uncategorized on February 19, 2009 by inthecreasewiththiess

Wade Mcleod in action in the first meeting at Agannis Arena (photo by Jim Pierce)

Wade Mcleod in action in the first meeting at Agannis Arena (photo by Jim Pierce)

Well the weekend is rapidly approaching and the much anticipated home and home series vs BU is almost upon us.  It doesn’t take much to get excited about a series with the cross-town terriers, but with the two teams battling for first place it adds a little extra to this weekend.  The fans seem to be excited as well as saturday’s game at Matthews is sold out already and I can’t imagine many empty seats at Agganis on friday night.  Some Husky fans will try and state the fact that we are playing our rivals this weekend, however in my books a rivalry is only a true rivalry if both teams/fans feel the same.  Redsox Yankees, Celtics Lakers, Maple Leafs Canadians are true rivalries as both teams and fans have an equal dislike for each other.  If you were to ask a BU fan or player who their rival is, my guess is the answer is going to be Boston College.  That does not mean that there will be no love loss this weekend between the two teams, it’s not a true rivalry.  Should be a fun weekend and I’ll have be back after the games to let you know what it’s like from the player’s view.