Okay, now that I’ve had a few hours away from the hockey game, I’m feeling considerably less mopey, and I want to tell you about something I learned at the game today.
I think I have mentioned before that I sit right next to the organ in the arena. Like, RIGHT next to the organ. So, today we got to talking to Tim, the guy who plays the organ. (Actually, Tim is one of two guys who play the organ at Sabres games. The other guy is Ken.) We talked about the Sabres, and being musicians in Buffalo, and how Tim’s daughter reads TWC (Isn’t that cool?! Hi, Erin!), and how hard it is to plan your gigs when you don’t KNOW THE DARN PLAYOFF SCHEDULE, and how the Sabres should play less loud pop music in the arena and more hardcore organ shredding. Over the course of the conversation, Tim let a REALLY charming and interesting bit of behind-the-scenes information slip.
At some point a few years ago, one of the NHL organists (I think he said the Carolina organist, but I’m not sure I’m remembering that correctly), decided that all the NHL organists should be BFFs. So, he started an email list, and they keep each other informed of all the organ-related goings-on in the NHL. Tim just called it an “email list” but you know me, I’m assuming that they all email each other all day long, talking smack about each other’s teams and gossiping about one other. The email list ALONE was hugely interesting to me, but then Tim told me that the NHL ORGANISTS HAVE A FANTASY HOCKEY LEAGUE.
Isn’t that the best thing you have ever heard?
Private to NHL organists: Tim gave me permission to write about this, so if any of you are reading this blog post and are outraged that I am spilling the beans about your [super rad] secret society, you can take it up with him. :)