Visual Hockey DiariesPosted on January 14, 2013 by Mike Vogel
The good folks at Media Chameleon have been providing rich and engaging hockey content via the audio medium for several years now, and we eagerly and anxiously await each new installment in their wonderful canon of “Hockey Diaries” each season. Recently, they’ve expanded their palette a bit to include photographs and some video work, and we’ve been fortunate enough to have them share some of that new work with us on Caps365. While most beat reporters go through their day-to-day routine focusing on the topics of the day, the work of Gemma Hooley and Chris Nelson is far more narrative-based and very different from what the rest of the press box denizens are doing on a day-to-day and game-to-game basis. They’re true journalists and I am amazed at how well they do what they do every year, and even more amazed at how difficult it is to do what they do. They cull hundreds of hours of sound and annually boil that down to one enthralling hour of audio that captures the heart and the heartbeat of the hockey season. Don’t worry, they’re still working on the 2011-12 edition of “Hockey Diaries” while they produce these other bits of brilliance in between. Check out this piece on Caps head equipment manager Brock Myles and how he deals with the NHL’s annual trade deadline. Coming soon, we’ll have Media Chameleon's enlightening feature on Matt Hendricks’ pre-game mental preparation rituals. Please let us know what you think. And follow @mediachameleon on Twitter.
Tonight is the fourth game of the Capitals’ season-long four-game homestand. There was some historical significance to the first three games of the homestand, some of it good and some of it bad. In last Tuesday’s homestand opener against the New York Islanders, the Caps rebounded from a 2-0 deficit