The 2016-17 Ottawa 67 hockey season is underway. 41 young players have reported to training camp. They;re out to impress the coach and training staff - showing they have what it takes to wear an Ottawa 67's jersey and play in the OHL. It's an anxious time for many who are trying out for the first time. It's also nerve wracking for parents who have to watch the boys they have raised tackle a new challenge, one they have been dreaming of for years. Will they make it or not?
I am not a sports reporter but this week I had a chance to pretend to be one. Randy Burgess, the Vice President of Communications and Content with the Ottawa Spots and Entertainment Group asked if I would do some interviews with the players and their parents. Monday the players were unavailable, but I met with two mothers. Anna Shultze, whose son Peter Stratis was the 67's first overall draft pick. And Kim Barron, whose son Travis has played for the 67's for the past two years. This summer he was drafted by Colorado. Here are my conversations.