Back to back weeks I’ve posted this blog a day late. Sometimes life gets in the way even when jerseys are at stake. Last week I got caught up in March Madness. This week I had the flu.
Roy Halladay Powder Blue Throwback Blue Jays Jersey
This puppy came in from China just in time for Opening Day. The Toronto Blue Jays Opening Day starter has been a real revolving door since they traded Halladay to the Phillies in 2010.
What a wrecking crew. The fact that Doc pitched seven consecutive Opening Days is a testament to his longevity and dominance. He was truly the GOAT of Blue Jays pitchers. Read more
This is my second professional interview and article written for the Professional Hockey Players’ Association. Like Ben Harpur, Tom McCollum is a former Guelph Storm because… well to be honest when I submitted a list of potential interview candidates I just fired off former junior players that I was familiar with. Coincidentally Ben and Tom know each other despite never playing on the same team and Tom being 6 years older than Ben. Apparently they met through the Storm and have skated with each other in past off-seasons because they live an hour apart on different sides of the border (Ben lives in Niagara on the Lake, Ontario and Tom is from Amherst, New York).
McCollum was a really cool interview for me. His OHL career spanned from 2006 to 2009. For me that was Grade 6 to Grade 9. Despite those Storm teams not being overly successful, I loved watching them play live. Off of the top of my head I remember watching McCollum, Drew Doughty, Peter Holland, Taylor Beck, Michael Latta, Tim Priamo, Rafael Rotter, Brandon Buck, Leigh Salters, Luke Pither…
I’ve regularly checked Tom’s HockeyDB page ever since he got drafted by Detroit. So after talking to him over the phone and hearing what he’s about, I wish him nothing but the best and am rooting for him to crack the NHL for good.
Tom is an awesome guy with a lot to say, which made for a great interview experience. He gave me too much good material to fit in my piece for the PHPA so I’ll share some of my unused quotes below.
I am very excited to announce that the Professional Hockey Players’ Association (US National Labor Relations Board collective bargaining representative for all professional hockey players within the AHL and ECHL) has given me the opportunity to interview players from the AHL and ECHL for the purposes of writing featured articles for their website. To say that this new opportunity excites me to no end is a huge understatement.
I’d like to thank Ben for being an awesome interview. For me to say that I was nervous for my first “professional” interview is putting it lightly. The fact that Ben was such a good sport to sit through an interview with some nervous, bumbling nobody definitely speaks to his character. It was pretty cool that my first feature was on a former Guelph Storm player. It is kind of surreal considering I have closely followed the team since I was 11 years old. A couple of times in our interview he eluded to the 2013-14 Memorial Cup finalist team. This took me back to their tough series win over Erie, when I got to watch the Storm win the Wayne Gretzky Trophy (OHL Western Conference Champions) live from a “standing room only seat” at the Sleeman Center. That feels like ages ago. Time flies way too quickly.
Born: 7/28/1993 (23 years old) Elmhurst, Illinois, US
Drafted: 7th round (190th overall) in 2011 by Toronto Maple Leafs
Teams: Toronto Maple Leafs (2015)
Weight: 200 lbs
2015-16 Stats (Toronto Marlies AHL)
GP W L OTL SO SV% GAA
11 8 2 1 2 0.938 1.90
2015-16 Stats (Toronto Maple Leafs (!!!))
GP W L OTL SO SV% GAA
1 1 0 0 1 1.000 0.00
Hockey DB Profile for Full Career Stats
November 28, 2015 the Leafs call up goalie Garret Sparks from the Toronto Marlies of the AHL.