Niagara Gazette


September 26, 2013

MROZIAK: More random notes off the sports desk


Niagara Gazette — • We acknowledged Lewiston resident Ben Casale's first goal of the season for the Buffalo Junior Sabres on Wednesday. However, while we also mentioned Ryan Kuhn was another one of Buffalo's goal scorers, we failed to point out in our Niagara edition that Kuhn is also a Niagara County lad.

Kuhn hails from Wheatfield, and scored his first goal in Junior A hockey in the same game. Sorry for the late acknowledgment, Ryan, and congratulations.

• Another hockey note: We in the media who write or talk about hockey as part of our occupation will get a chance next Tuesday to skate under the supervision of Niagara University's hockey coaching staff. NU will host its annual Media Skate and members of our staff will be among the participants. 

I took part in last year's skate, then as a freelance writer prior to my joining the Niagara Gazette. I usually play forward with my men's league team but I decided to do something a little adventurous at Niagara — I donned the pads and played goaltender.

Folks, it's a lot harder than it looks. It took a couple of days for my body to finally forgive me.

I'm not sure if I'll don the pads again next Tuesday, but perhaps in the future. There's an interesting story in there, the insider's perspective to what it's like being a goaltender. The late George Plimpton, one of my literary heroes, donned the pads and trained with the Boston Bruins to first develop an article for Sports Illustrated, and later a full length book, Open Net.

Perhaps it's time to develop a Niagara-flavored version of Open Net.

Then again, maybe I'll just take George Plimpton's word for it.

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