Guy Behind the Guy: Gleason to be Mr. XM

Thursday, 10.02.2008 / 1:44 PM / Tracking the Storm
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Guy Behind the Guy: Gleason to be Mr. XM

Tim Gleason will chronicle his season on the Hurricanes blueline this year with a weekly appearance on XM’s Home Ice channel. “Checking in with Hurricane Tim” is set to air every Monday afternoon during Mike Ross and Phil Esposito’s show, “In the Slot,” which is on every weekday from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

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The first episode of “Checking In” will air this coming Monday, Oct. 6, at 4:45 p.m. As long as there is not a game or travel conflict, you should be able to hear the segment at that exact time each Monday.

XM had reached out to all teams looking for content ideas – basically offering us a chance to promote our individual teams and players. Since XM is available to hockey fans across the continent, it is a tremendous opportunity to have an impact league-wide. A weekly diary-type segment with a specific player sounded like a great idea, as a way for fans to really get an inside look as a player goes through the ups and downs of the long NHL season.

Tim is a natural fit – a young (It’s sometimes hard to believe because he’s such an established player here, but Gleason is still just 25 years old), up-and-coming player who is as personable and forthright as hockey players get. While the flow of the segment may take a couple episodes to sort out, I expect that Tim will be a fine edition to Ross and Esposito’s show, as he puts his personality on display. Tim really is one of the top interviews in our room, which is a true asset for those of us in media relations now that he is emerging as a leader on the ice as well.

I also think it’s good for fans across the league to hear from a stay-at-home defenseman in this type of setting. Players like Gleason often do not get nearly the credit that they deserve, since, kind of like an offensive lineman in football, you aren’t keeping them around because they put up statistics for people’s fantasy teams. At the same time, there is no getting around the fact that Gleason is a critical player for the Hurricanes this year and beyond, so it will be nice to see him get some more pub.

It’s on the schedule, but just to remind everyone, Saturday morning’s practice is closed to the public because of another N.C. State football game. There is still a fair amount of intrigue with one week left in camp, so it will be interesting to see how certain players fare during these final two exhibition games before big decisions start to be made.


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