Tuesday, April 28, 2009

JR on SJ

Good quote from David Pollak's excellent Working the Corners blog at the Merc. One of hockey's straightest talkers discusses hockey in the San Jose community...

“This whole town is so hockey oriented. You wouldn’t think it, but it’s one of the best hockey towns that I’ve ever seen,” Roenick said. “It’s frustrating to me as a player to know that fans put all of their heart and their hope into us. And when we fall short, they hurt so bad. It’s almost like they bleed with us. It’s hard not to feel their passion. That’s why it’s so frustrating, knowing that we’re not bringing more for them. When you go to the arena at 4 in the afternoon, there’s already people waiting there. You just don’t see that in other places.”

Just in case anyone out there still buys the completely false no-one-in-California-cares-about-hockey cliche. And it's nice to know that at least one player on the team knows how we feel...

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