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Andy Strickland

Hockey Writer/Broadcaster

Hockeybuzz.com

ESPN Radio



 

                                                                                                                                                                           

   

What is your favorite part about being a hockey writer?

Just being around the rink every day.  I grew up around the rink.  I played, I continue to coach, and I have a real passion for the game.  Being around the rink keeps you feeling young.  The players are no different the way they act between a junior player and guys at the NHL level.

 

Who were your heroes growing up?

Brett Hull was my favorite player growing up.  I love Wayne Gretzky.  I really like music and stand-up comedy as well.  I liked many professional athletes as well – Michael Jordan and Larry Bird.

 

Do you think the Blues will acquire anyone this summer?

Today was a big day with them re-signing 3 players.  One guy was Jaroslav Halak who was the goaltender who took the league by storm during the playoffs.  They got him locked up to a 4 year deal.  The Blues said from the beginning that they weren’t going to be major players in free agency this summer.  They would like to add an experienced defenseman that is cost-effective.  I wouldn’t expect too much noise.  If they make noise it will come via a trade and not a free agent signing.

 

If you weren’t a hockey writer what would you be?

Maybe a stand-up comic or in the entertainment industry.  It is very tough to say.  I might have been a sports anchor or a television talk-show host.  I really like being a sports writer instead of being on camera and reading a teleprompter.  I like digging for stories and trying to break news.

 

Who was the most fun person that you interviewed?

Shaq – because of his personality.  He is funny.  Also, Terrell Owens.  I really like athletes with good personalities.  Guys who don’t take things to seriously. 

 

What was the most bizarre interview?  Why?

The agent for former Blues player Mike Danton.  His agent was by far the most bizarre, interesting, and strange person.  He was crazy and wacky.

 

What was the best game that you ever attended?

I covered Super Bowls, World Series, Stanley Cups, Final Fours.  The best game was Super Bowl 34 when the Rams won.  It came down to the final play.  One of the best finishes in Super Bowl history.