Last week, Ryan Callahan held an autograph signing session at Legends Gallery in Chatham N.J. One of the Rangers fans in attendance was TheNYRBlog reader Harrison Malkin, who is a high school student reporter, broadcaster, and journalist currently working for Sportsranks.net, NBA Insights and NBA 24/7.
Harrison was able to ask Callahan a couple of questions during the signing and sent me the audio of the interview....
Here's the transcript...
Q: What is the biggest challenge you have faced in your career, and how have you managed this
A: The biggest challenge I have faced is when I got sent down in my second year in the NHL. I just
tried to take it as a challenge, and show the team that I belonged in New York.
Q: Where does your great work ethic and drive come from?
A: My parents. When I was young they instilled that in me, and told me to work hard no matter what I
Q: Lastly, what are your thoughts on the upcoming season for the Rangers?
A: I’m excited! We have a good team, and I think its going to be a good year for the Rangers and
....unreal job by Harrison taking advantage of this opportunity and getting a legit interview with an NHL player while just in high school. I'm in my lates 30s, run a fairly successful Rangers blog and I've never been in the same room with the Rangers captain. Hell I've asked the Rangers if we could get a player to appear on one of our Spreecasts and have been told it'll never happen. Weak sauce.
...also kudos to Callahan for agreeing to conduct the interview. With the Rangers vehemently against allowing player interviews with bloggers, this was a rare opportunity for Harrison. Assuming if the Rangers find out Callahan gave an interview without the PR team's approval he'll be reprimanded accordingly. Which is embarrassing.
For more from Harrison, check him out on Facebook by clicking here.
Funny how as I get older my interests become less about the uniform and more about the human side of things. I find myself cheering players on teams, or teams themselves by the way they handle themselves on the field of play, in the public eye, or as far as one can tell in the world in general.
It will happen to all of you. You'll notice when you find yourself looking at Pedroia playing and handling himself like a pro and instead of rooting against him actually enjoying yourself watching him play and in a strange way rooting for him. I have been a lifelong Sox fan and have always felt that way about Mo. Love the guy.
Without having full details I've got to say that at first blush seeing how the Rangers organization treats bloggers drops my opinion of them.
The Rangers should not be so full of themselves to think that they b/c they don't need the grass roots PR here that they can/should stonewall it. It shows lack of class and dignity. Imagine if it were a person ignoring those he needed at one time, but now doesn't b/c he reached a certain level of success. That would be the definition of a d*uche bag.
Step it up Rangers. Learn how to be magnanimous.
Honestly I'm sure the Rangers PR staff said fine since he was a high school student and if they didn't like a question, would've told him to move on. I can guarantee a member of the staff was there with Cally since the Rangers PR staff was with the players during the benefits they did for Hurricane Sandy even though it was during the lockout so I doubt Cally will get in trouble. That said, great job Harrison getting Cally to do this!
Yea, those are hard hitting controversial questions I can see why the Rangers' PR staff would have an issue with the team's captain answering 3 questions like that from a high school reporter at an event he had to pay for just to get a chance to even talk to the team's captain. We'll never know, but if Cally get's reprimanded for that then the Rangers organization should be ashamed of themselves. Excellent work Mr. Harrison!!!! Look forward to you replacing Brooks someday ;-)
@Melissa (blknblueshirts) You've piqued my interest on this. I'm actually going to ask Harrison if a PR guy was there.
@BrendyJohnsonThey're like the Gestapo over there. The Rangers wouldn't grant anyone from this blog a one second to interview with Callahan, so yeah it's sort of a big deal.
@KevinDeLury Let me know cause one of them were at the benefit they did in Staten Island for sandy during the lockout. I saw him and really wanted to ask how he was allowed to be there LOL
@KevinDeLury Interesting. Surprised there was no one there and even more surprised Cally did the interview. Props to Cally for that! Now let's hope he didn't get in trouble for it cause that would be ridiculous.