Hate to be the bearer of bad news, Snakes fans, but it's very doubtful that Orrin will be on the ice for the Snakes' crucial two-game series at home against Mississippi this weekend.
The preliminary report on Orrin was that he was fine. I talked to him last night at the Snake Eyes fundraiser and I knew immediately that Orrin is nowhere near fine...at least right now.
To get the festivities started at Snake Eyes, the players are introduced one by one. They come skating out in their tuxes which is a sight to behold...haha. The guys are introduced numerically, so the first big revelation of the night was when Dave...#5...came walking out.
I gasped and turned to Robin, our photographer, and said..."two shoes!". She looked at me like I was nuts, so I immediately explained that when I saw Dave on Saturday night, one of his feet was encased in a clunky boot. Apparently the news was good enough at the doctor earlier that day that Dave got to shed the boot.
When I talked to him a little later, Dave said that he was able to walk from now 'til maybe Sunday. Hopefully, he can skate Monday and maybe even play next weekend. Let's hope all goes well and cross our fingers for Dave!!
So, we see Jeff skate out and then Tom and Jordan. Number 11, who is usually the star of the show at this event, gingerly skated directly to the bench. I knew right away...ugh.
After all the guys are introduced, I make a beeline to Orrin. The injury was a freakish one in a strange area of the body. Orrin made it clear that the injury resulted from a cross-check that wasn't particularly hard and not dirty. In fact, Orrin said that he actually skated into the stick. Incredibly bad luck.
Orrin spent the night in the hospital, went home and then almost had to go back again because the pain was so bad. He didn't take the meds yesterday so he could attend this event. I apologized to Orrin for being the mother (I do that, occasionally to these "boys"...uh, I mean young men). I said, in no uncertain terms, for Orrin to do a smiling walk-though and GO HOME!! To show you my infinite power and how much influence I have over the guys...when I left, Orrin was still there. haha
Today I was at the rink interviewing Jesse and Levi for a story to run Friday. I talked to Jerome about Orrin and he's already trying to figure out how to get Orrin back on the ice safely. Doubtful for this weekend, hopeful for the following one.
Get well soon, Orrin!!! (wonder if he'll listen this time? :)
I hope all of you saw my story on little Maddie Lefcourt and her parents that ran yesterday. This story was really an afterthought. I'd promised myself that I'd do a better job on Snake Eyes this year. Not that I haven't always thought it a very worthy cause, but it's just that I'm so busy this time of year. Terrible excuse, I know...
When the team hosted the CMN children for a skating party a couple of weeks back, I went without a definite story idea in mind. The first person I saw was Joe Lefcourt, who used to be the Snakes trainer. I thought...wow, that's a natural tie-in. I'll tell Maddie's story, which at that time I knew a little of, but not much.
I get halfway through the interview with Donna when she starts talking about marketing this line of toys she designed for tiny babies. I thought...WOW.
The story snowballed from there. My friend Stephanie Pedersen at the L-E recognized it as an A1 story and helped polish it, as did my editor, Kevin Price. It was one of my proudest moments in more than 33 years with the paper. Also, only my second time on A1. :)
The Snake Eyes is a spin-off from Tip-a-Snake, which the club held the first five SPHL years. The casino night features the guys presiding over roulette, poker, black jack and other casino games. By all accounts, it is wildly successful and everyone has a great time for a great cause!!
Big series coming up this weekend against the Surge. They're in first place, but have been hit hard by the injury bug. With the exception of Orrin and Dave...two significant losses...the Snakes are healthy and playing their best hockey of the season at exactly the right time. Looking forward to a big weekend!