As my inaugural post here on TheRatTrick.com, I have to lay this out on the table for you avid Panthers fans (and soon-to-be ‘Blades fans): I work for the Everblades. I am a public relations intern and on-ice broadcaster. Let me reiterate: Public. Relations. It’s essentially my job (well, grade) to make the team look good.
Therefore, I can’t and won’t provide too much critical analysis of my beloved ECHL team.
I can, however, spill all sorts of other fun things that happen behind the scenes and on the ice. Ever been on the ice as a five-on-five brawl breaks out after the buzzer? Oh, I have. Ever been on live radio when a livid left wing drops an F-bomb to the opposing team as they skate off into the locker room? Yep, guilty again.
What can you expect from me? I’m the in-game sideline reporter (think Charissa Thompson) so I have lots of player interviews I’ll be posting weekly, and I have a FLIPcam on my person at all times to catch all the fights as they happen. I’m always at the rink early enough to catch a few defensemen running around in their spandex, and I drive players around in my PT Cruiser to public appearances. Last season, I got locked into an elementary school with a gunman in the building while on a player appearance (seriously).
If you’ve never checked out the Everblades before, here’s a few important links:
@FL_Everblades The team’s official Twitter account. I tweet in-game updates from here, and you can also get other cool info and team press releases.
@caitykauffman My Twitter account. I tweet all things hockey, and little tidbits I catch when I’m around the rink.
YouTube My YouTube account. I have tons of player interviews posted on here from last season and and a few other randoms.
Naples Daily News If you want some more objective team news, Woody Wommack is the beat writer for the Everblades. He always has lots of media and feature stories every Sunday. His Twitter is @NDN_Wwommack
If you have any suggestions or anything you want to see from me, drop me a line!