Meet the @PensInitiative Team: 10 Questions with @chicksdighockey

Liz


Writer, Charity Director, Facebook Manager
Pens Fan Since: 1992
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Favorite Pens Player: Mario and Sid




The purpose of "Meet the +Pens Initiative Team" is to highlight all of the moving gears behind the PensInitiative machine. Some team members you know, and some you may not. This series is to let our reader know who does what, why they do it, and why you should care.



What made you fall in love with hockey and the Penguins?

Haha....what makes you fall in love with anything? I wanted to be a football girl but just like you can't tell your heart who to love, you don't choose your passion. I watched a Penguin game with my older cousin, Jimmy and he took great pains to explain as much as he could. That whet my appetite.  I watched and learned and fell head over heels in love. Now, I can hardly stand to watch football....too slow!

Explain why Mario and Sid are your favorite players.

In all situations, I'm most attracted to men of character. Both of them can be held as examples of benevolence, strong work ethic and grace in the face of adversity. They're both uber skilled forwards who dominate(ed) the sport. Add to that their brilliant hockey minds and poised leadership as captain and you have not only hockey heroes but my ideal man.


What's it like being a female blogging in a male dominated field?

The climate has gotten better but in the beginning it could be brutal. Some men were neanderthals over a woman daring to comment about a sport only a man could understand. I suffered through a lot of accusations of being "just another puck bunny" even though I was discussing real aspects of the game and not how hot the guys were. It was tough!

I started a FB page, 'Chicks Who Dig Hockey' to have a place for myself and other females to talk hockey without fear of judgement. That has evolved into a place where both men and women have intelligent often spirited discussions. Sometimes the women are more brutal than the men.
Now, I feel accepted as part of the hockey community. There are men who ask me questions about hockey and appreciate and respect my answers.

 I feel an obligation to represent women in an intelligent and respectful manor when I blog. While I do admit to having written some pure fluff (see "Hockey Hair"), I try to bring an honest, fresh perspective to what I write. I'm fond of saying, we aren't female hockey fans, we're hockey fans.

What do you do for PensInitiative?

I'm a feature writer and co-manage our Facebook page. One of the ideas I brought to the group was the notion that if we were going to be a presence in the Pittsburgh hockey community that we should involve ourselves in charities that serve the community. I manage our charity endeavors but some of our members are taking a big interest in expanding that presence.

This has been the most rewarding aspect for me. A common misconception is that we are all in the Pittsburgh area. In fact, we're pretty scattered over the country. Geographically, that makes community involvement a challenge.

The first charity we supported was "Hockey Kicks Cancer" and I was so impressed we were able to assemble a kick ball team for one of their events. Since then, we have been involved with Animal Rescue League, PEMF, Defending the Blue Line and JAWPA to name a few. We are currently developing an idea to sponsor a bus trip to a Pens/Blue Jackets game as well as a charity golf scramble. I could not be prouder that we have found a way to give back to the people of Pittsburgh.


What do you like most about Pens Initiative?

I love the team concept. When Paul approached me with the concept he and Damian had of a group of bloggers with varying opinions and points of view all working together to cover the Penguins, I thought it was brilliant. When I found out I would be one of three females in a group of men I was sold. The diversity of the group can be pretty overwhelming at times but in the end, I'm proud of the work we produce.

If you were a Penguin, which current Penguin would you be?

Hmmmm.....Pascal Dupuis. I love his game and admire his work ethic. Have you ever seen him half-ass it? He'll play either wing, any line, PK, PP....he is just the most complete player. Always has a smile on his face.  Also, I've been known to pull a prank or two in my day.



What's in your refrigerator right now?

 Not much....turkey, cheese, pickles, eggs, some milk (but I wouldn't drink it), yogurt and beer. In the freezer, there's always vodka and a pint of ice cream.

You recently wrote a piece about beer and hockey, if I were to buy you a drink, what would you order?

It depends. I enjoy most beers but Yuengling is my go to brew. I'll mix vodka with almost anything
but if it's Grey Goose, I'll have that over ice with some lime. Same goes for whiskey. I'll drink that on the rocks but don't be surprised if I want a cigar with it.

Batman or Superman?

I am such a Batman lover! I have all of 'Batman, the Animated Series' on DVD. I love that he doesn't have any super powers. It's all him and the gadgets. Can't wait for "Dawn of Justice".

How do you feel about fighting in hockey?

I am 100% against the orchestrated stuff but I have no problem with a spontaneous drop of the gloves to defend the team. This is where I feel conflicted....a bit hypocritical. I've read extensively about Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and know it to be a very real side effect of repeated blows to the head. Yet, hockey is the only sport that makes allowances for fighting in its rules.

The nature of hockey makes an element of violence inherent. If you eliminate fighting will there be more stick infractions and cheap shots? Fighting is a way of commanding respect. When they find another way of doing that, it will lose it's place.
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