So to help generate a little chatter in advance of the home opener…The Roundtable poses this mid-week question to you:
What is your pre-game routine for Admiral home games?
Do you get to the arena at the same time every game? Head to a particular food vendor? Order the same dish? Visit the same people? Say hello to the same ushers? Watch warm-ups from the same spots? Wear the same jersey? Are there any other superstitions that you’d like to share? Or is your routine that there is no routine at all?
My pre-game routine? Find Aaron Sims in the media room. His routine is that he’s in the same chair at the same table for every game, whether there’s a pre-game meal or not. It’s always great to talk with Aaron before he heads up the broadcast booth…whether it’s about hockey, the band Chili Sabotage, or whatever random stuff comes up. Sometimes scouts or the visiting radio/tv guys sit with us. My favorite pre-games are when Nashville goaltending coach Mitch Korn is in the room. The guy is absolutely brilliant, and it’s such a treat to just listen to him talk.
On nights that I’m wearing my media-hat, I still make a strong effort to be in press row for the playing of the opening video. Being a resident of press row for so many years, I’ve been conditioned to never cheer at sporting events….ever. But on the inside, I still get excited for the production. I enjoy seeing and hearing a big crowd react to it, and react to the players taking the ice. I don’t know what songs they’re doing for the videos this year….but I’m looking forward to seeing and hearing them on the big screen on Saturday.
It’s almost hockey night in Milwaukee. We’ll see you all on Saturday.