Here is your chance to go behind the red door.
Those who attend Thrashers’ practices at the IceForum in Duluth know this door well. It’s what separates the rest of the Thrashers’ facility from the practice rink. Here is your chance to go the places off-limits to most – even me. Fans have access to the players coming and going from the rink, but once they get behind this door the mystery begins.
Armed with only a camera, I gained behind-the-scenes access while the Thrashers were in Canada. While Jim wrestles the alligator (lame Wild Kingdom reference), come with me as I unveil some of the mystery.
The red door that serves as the barrier.
Consider yourself warned!
Just inside the door is a big Thrashers logo on the wall. Makes a good place for TV interviews. Here's Colby Armstrong getting grilled. This is where I usually interview coach John Anderson.
This hallway runs from the door to the locker room. The player's sticks line one side.
Near the end of the hallway is the area the Thrashers players use to work on their sticks. How big a curve could Kovy put on his stick with that blow torch?
The inside of the Thrashers locker room. The large television usually is showing hockey updates. However, episodes of The Jerry Springer Show have been viewed here.
Player equipment lockers line three sides of the room. This is where I do most of my interviews.
Here is the captain's stall. No new contract papers were found.
This is the player's changing room off the main locker room. It's off limits to me. No new contract papers for Kovy in here either. Although, some extra tickets were in Zach Bogosian's stall.
One side of the Thrashers weight room.
The other side of the weight room. Yes, that's Kari Lehtonen riding one of the bikes.
One of the epuipment rooms. This is where the players and staff work on skates.
The Thrashers' trainer's room. Definitely off-limits to me. This is where all those upper and lower body injuries are diagnosed.
The ice tubs in the trainer's room. It's a good thing the big one was covered.
One half of the player's lounge - also off-limits to me. Plenty of tables and food in there. I resisted the temptation to steal a bowl of cereal.
The other side of the player's lounge. Comfortable couches (yes, I sat in one), computers and another large television. Can't tell you if they watch Jerry Springer here.
A picture of some trophy hangs on the wall.
This is coach John Anderson's office. He left the doors unlocked. No new contract papers for Kovy found in here either.
The door to GM Don Waddell's office. This was locked. That's where the new contract papers must be!
Thanks for taking the tour. I hoped you enjoyed it! I will leave this blog up for a couple days to let every one get a chance to see it. I will check back in Saturday for home game with Montreal.