October Country . . . that country where it is always turning late in the year. That country where the hills are fog and the rivers are mist; where noons go quickly, dusks and twilights linger, and mid-nights stay. That country composed in the main of cellars, sub-cellars, coal-bins, closets, attics, and pantries faced away from the sun. That country whose people are autumn people, thinking only autumn thoughts. Whose people passing at night on the empty walks sound like rain. . . . Ray Bradbury
October seems the perfect time of year, and no where more so than on New England. And no one state in this region more than Connecticut. We mention this because foreboding and anticipation are adrenaline producing emotions not at all dissimilar in many regards, and can overlap at times. For example, Halloween. Or the feeling teams have when they come to play against the Pod. Most people recognize Bradbury from his scinfy and fantasy books and stories, but he had a Whale connection too. He wrote the screenplay for John Houston’s iconic film version of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. The subtitle to Moby Dick is,simply “The Whale”. The Whale, as in. well, our Whale.
But this October there is another Whale connection to Bradbury’s compelling October Country. Our former #78 OW goalie Chelsea Laden is a star of a TV show called, approximately enough, Destination Fear. The Discovery Channel where the show airs, teases the October 26th release this way:
DESTINATION FEAR”° Premieres Saturday, October 26 at 10 p.m. ET
Destination Fear” may be the most terrifying road trip ever attempted. Maverick paranormal explorer Dakota Laden – who has spent the last few years investigating the frightening unknown with Zak Bagans and the “Ghost Adventures” crew – takes his sister, Chelsea, and best friend, Tanner, across the country in an RV to spend the night in the most haunted locations in America, testing the limits of human fear. His goal: to face their deepest, darkest fears and prove that the only way we can understand the paranormal is if we push ourselves to the limits of fear and overcome the terror it creates in us. (10 one-hour episodes)
Our amazing goalie and soon to be Dr. Chelsea Laden, explained it a bit further. “A little over 4 years ago my younger brother Dakota (who is in the film industry) wanted to create his own documentary. It took him over a year to finalize his concept but in 2016 he came up with the documentary, “Trail To Terror,” where he brought me as well as some of our mutual friends on a road trip to some of the top most haunted places in America. This idea didn’t just stem from nowhere, but it was actually based on a common hobby that we all shared growing up.”
Chelsea continued “Dakota, Tanner, Alex and I (who are all on the show as well) all grew up together. Growing up, we loved going to spooky, old, abandoned locations in Minnesota. We loved the thrill of being scared and also just loved urban exploring at locations that have a known history to them. My brother basically took our common hobby and turned it into something a lot more intense. This documentary was the inspiration for Travel Channel's upcoming show "Destination Fear". In addition to our history of being in a documentary together, Dakota also was previously part of Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures” show where he grew more knowledge and experience in the paranormal” Because of contractual obligation not to leak spoilers, that was all Chelsea could offer at the moment. So if you have access to the Trave Channel, tune in for the premier, as Chelsea said “Just in time for Halloween” Fins Up to that!
Our Pod also has their premier this month, as we open up this week at home against the Beauts. Expect a few roster additions to be announced this week on social media, and we’ll update here as well. Currently Bray’s Bunch is sixteen strong, and could be bolstered by at least two or three skaters. If you were able to make it up to the exhibition against UConn, or caught the feed online, you are right in your impression that the score was the least important part of the day. There were certainly enough positive take-always from the game, but that is an oversimplification. Preseason exhibitions and practices reveal not just what works, but what doesn’t work. Any ice time the Pod gets is beneficial in that ways, beyond just tuning up the passes and shots and conditioning.
Our #94 Grace Klienbach alluded to this in her recent interview with us saying “ I am still jealous of all the men’s league where they get to play so many more games than we do. I do wish it was more like college with the number of games and practices. But we do have a lot of weekends this season where we are playing multiple games and which is awesome and I love it. I am really excited since gives you a little more time to bond and and get used to each other and even mess around with lines. I feel like you have to give everything a little bit of time, and this gives the coaches more time to see who works well together and who doesn’t and to try to mash it out before we make our push for the playoffs” And Fins Up to that!
The Pod will be skating out in brand new uniforms, the best of the forty shades of green! The new Whale jerseys are avaiable on the NWHL website NOW! Go to www.theloyalist.com/whale.and get yourself all Whale’d Up! New colors, new season, new arena, new opportunity! And speaking of opportuniy, here is a great one for anyone in Cetacean Nation.to be part of the action this season at Danbury Ice Arena. If your “goal” is to “assist” in helping our Pod bring Isobel to Connecticut next March, then fill out this form: https://bit.ly/2fYFcv1 Game Day volumteers are needed, so apply to join the Green Wave, and see how you can help! And if you haven’t already picked.the dates that you are coming to Danbury, now is the time. And let’s start with Saturday, The green sea that is Cetacean Nation will be flooding the town of Danbury for every home game, beginning October 5th turning it into (Connecticut Whale ) Fan-bury! It is the newest community in Connecticut, and the greenest! Be loud, be proud, and be a crowd,! These are your Connecticut Whale!
Update 10/1/19: Our #19 Sarah Schwenxfeier has signed on again for her second season with the Pod. an extemely athletic forward, Sarah is a strong skater and can play a physical srtle. The addition by GM Bray Ketchum Peel now puts Brays Bunch at nine forwards, five defenders and a full” complement of three goaltenders.
Update 10/1/19: Terrific news today for the Pod with the great partnership with our new team physici, Dr. Marc Kowalsky and ONS (Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists) ! 🔗: buff.ly/2oCLFzt
Update 10/2/19:The National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) today announced that the Player Safety Committee (PSC) will once again be led by Kelly Cooke during the 2019-20 season. 🔗: buff.ly/2mKvJdX
Update 10/2/19: The NWHL announce a partnership today with the consulting group Girsch Sports. Girsch Sports’ managed services will support activities for the league and teams, focusing on technology, sponsorships and game presentation. 🔗‘::buff.ly/2ofTxaa
Update 10/3/19: Today, the National Women’s Hockey League named Made in America brand, American Giant, the official apparel sponsor of the NWHL. American Giant will be exclusively outfitting all NWHL players nationwide with complete sets of team-branded warmups and leisure gear. 🔗: buff.ly/2pqxrlD
Update 10/3/19: This morning rhe NWHL also announced that Deputy Commissioor Haley Moore, has been hired as the new President of the Boston Pride. Fins Up Haley! 🔗: : buff.ly/2nPrvT4