Tara's Take: Interviewing A "Killer"... and Pauly D

By: Tara Wheeler
By: Tara Wheeler

Sunday I was invited to the Verizon Center in Washington, DC to interview legendary Washington Capitals tough-guy, Kevin "Killer" Kaminski... Oh, and DJ Pauly D from the Jersey Shore stopped by too.

Sunday I was invited to the Verizon Center in Washington, DC to interview legendary Washington Capitals tough-guy, Kevin "Killer" Kaminski for my friends at On Frozen Blog . John Keeley from On Frozen Blog and I met a couple of years ago when he did an artical about the dichotomy of a hockey playing Miss Virginia . We've been friends ever since, so I love joining forces with him when I can.

It was a bit of a mess getting to the Verizon Center... apparently Washington, DC is serious about St. Patrick's Day and closed down major city roads for a parade. Since I only know how to get to the Verizon Center one way, this was a serious problem for me. After spending an hour lost and meandering around DC I finally made it to the arena during the second period of the Caps game against the defending Stanley Cup champs, the Chicago Blackhawks.

It was a tight game but the Caps won in overtime and all the media headed to the locker room to interview the happy players. As we were talking to stud goalie Braden Holtby, suddenly all of the sweaty Caps players ran to grab their own personal cameras to take pictures with...wait for it... Jersey Shore star, DJ Pauly D, who had just entered the locker room. Arguably the most talented hockey player in the world, Alex Ovechkin, came straight from the shower in a towel to meet the reality TV star.   (I'm literally right out of frame in this video... saw the whole scene and it was adorable). Several players even told us they couldn't concentrate on our questions because they were so excited about Pauly D.

Turns out the team jams to Pauly D's hit Beat Dat Beat after every win. The DJ said it "gives him chills" to hear that the Caps celebrate with his song.

Pauly D and I had a "moment" where we made eye contact in the locker room. It was a pretty big deal :) He's following me on Twitter now and you should too. I'm a good time.

Also in the locker room was Caps legendary tough-guy, Kevin "Killer" Kaminski. I was able to pull him aside to chat with me for a few minutes on the Capitals bench after the game  and I have to say he is the sweetest "killer" I've ever met. For as tough as he is, he's not the biggest guy. That's what makes him so legendary. He played like a giant and never backed down from a fight no matter how much the opponent outweighed him. He's got plenty of scars to prove it and his eyes lit up as he flashed a big grin reliving his favorite moments in an NHL sweater.

Check out the video of my interview with "Killer" and you can easily see why it was such a pleasure talking to him.

After my duties with On Frozen Blog, I stopped to see my favorite Verizon Center security guard who watches over the locker rooms. His name is Shawn but people call him "tree" because he's so big! You'd never guess from looking at him, but he LOVES to bake and ever since I shaved my head, he surprises me with truffles and other goodies when he knows I'm covering a hockey game (he even sent a package of them to our studios! Thanks!).  I try my best to make just-add-milk-muffins and bring them in for him to show my gratitude. While we were enjoying my baked goods, the Chicago Blackhawk's team doctor joined us and showed me his championship ring. It was pretty awesome. I showed him the trick ring my dad gave me for Christmas. It turns inside out and I think it's neat. I held my own, but the Hawk's doc has me beat me in finger-jewelry category.

In all, it was a pretty eventful day and I'm just happy to be along for the fun!



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