I realize there are many more important things to talk about regarding Checkers hockey than summer jobs, but after watching Justin Pogge fall apart on Saturday night, and Mike Murphy get injured on Sunday, my hockey nerves are a bit shot and I’m having a hard time concentrating on the real life trials and tribulations facing our team. The light at the end of the tunnel is that goaltender Bobby Goepfert arrived in Charlotte last night from Florida. Goepfert is especially amusing on twitter, and has made me a lover of Jeopardy (Or, Goepardy, as we call it now) and a hater of the reigning champion Tom. If you are on twitter, you’ve got to follow @geffman47. You won’t be disappointed!
As of yet, the AHL hasn’t reported this as an official transaction so I hope that his arrival in Charlotte was more precautionary than anything else, but if he gets to stay for awhile, I hope more Checkers fans will get to experience his unique (and awesome!) personality.
Arriving with Goepfert in Charlotte is another Everblade, Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll. I assume he is a safety net for ailing forward Oskar Osala. Since Jared Staal has not played since being assigned to Charlotte by the Hurricanes, I assume he will continue to watch games from the press box as he has been all month.
So I’ve been thinking… what if our own Charlotte Checkers players had to get summer jobs like the ones I had when I was their age. I, personally, spent my college summers either working at a fantastic summer camp in the mountains of North Carolina, or sweating in the NC humidity on an outdoor stage at Carowinds. I can assure you, summer camp > theme park employment!
So what if the guys had to get a summer job? Some are easier to “find” for them than others… so without further adieu, my suggestions for summer employment.
Justin Pogge already has the beginnings of a modeling portfolio, so CLEARLY he should move to NY or LA and get on continuing that journey to being a covergirl… err… I mean coverboy. Or maybe in Penticton there is a big market for goalies-turned-models. I was in the vicinity of Penticton last summer, and it didn’t seem to be overrun with models, so it might be a good fit… you know, less competition and all that.
Netminder Mike Murphy has quite the appreciation for animals, which is obvious to all of us who follow him on twitter. While initially the focus of his tweets seemed to be on monkeys, he seems to have moved on to other animals as well. So maybe he should become a zookeeper? If he wants to stay in North Carolina, maybe the zoo in Ashboro is looking for a summer intern. Anyone have connections? Just be careful, Murph… Monkeys are known to throw poo….
Alternate Captain Nicolas Blanchard has a fantastic smile, and one that at first glance, you’d never know he’s missing teeth on the top and bottom (as his teammates have shared in interviews). While I’m not sure he should become a spokesperson for a dentist, he’d be great for a company that makes denture adhesive… I think it’s unfortunate that all of those poly-grip ads are full of unattractive blue hairs. Heck, if Blanch was smiling at me from TV talking about the benefits of a product, I might have to buy some myself!
Defenseman Zack Fitzgerald should of course intern as a tattoo artist. At a recent skate with the Checkers, he was drawing a pretty awesome skull and crossbones tattoo in sharpie on a young boy’s arm. I figure, he trades in that Sharpie for a needle and ink, and there’s no telling what kind of damage he could do!
Rookie Michal Jordan has quite the career ahead of him as an “As seen on TV” salesman/infomercial actor. All I know is his believable pitch of the Pasta Boat and Right-Fit Button made me want to go out and get myself a set of them! I have a few connections in the theater business if he wants to explore some acting classes over the summer…
Who else has some summer job ideas for our Checkers?
Feel free to submit suggestions, and maybe we’ll see a part two of this post!