“Somethin' tells me it's all happening at the zoo
I do believe it, I do believe it's true " Paul Simon
“With as many birds as there are in the sky, it's supposedly more rare to be pooped on by one than it is to win the lottery” Stacey Wenzel
So, you may well wonder, what the connection is between these two quotes, and hockey? And Cetacean Nation has the answer for you, as revealed by one of our new defenders, Maggie LaGue! It was recounted to us in this amusing anecdote, as.we were discussing Maggie’s favorite memory from her career at Robert Morris University, and we discovered
“I think my favorite athletic moment was definitely winning the CHA’s (College Hockey America Tournament) That was probably one of the coolest experiences, just the whole play-off weekend is just something that is really special. I think from that, one of my favorite off ice memories was the year we won, we went to the Buffalo Zoo during our off day. We had the first round bye, so we went to the Zoo, and just saw a bunch of animals, we were basically the only group of people there and it’s freezing, because it’s Buffalo, in March. So we’re walking around, and one of my teammates, Amber Rennie, got pooped on by a bird." She laughed and added "Everyone was like: That’s really good luck when that happens! And, we won two days later, it was just so funny! Such a fun, fun weekend, oh my gosh, it was hilarious. It was such a fun weekend, it goes by so fast, it’s crazy!"
Maggie continued "I used to do this thing with one of my teammates, she was actually my roommate, Sarah Quaranta. In the Buffalo Zoo, (Maggie paused, laughed and said "I don’t know, what’s up with the Zoo?) And then continued "but I grabbed a stick off the ground and we would pretend to interview each other during the experience. Just like talk about the animals, and it was so hilarious. I think it is filmed somewhere! We had our media person there, who was unbelievable. She made this like twenty minute highlight video of everything. It was so funny, it was awesome. It’s on YouTube, you can find it! "
It was here that we discussed the fact that these zoological components needed to be properly acknowledged. Maggie thought that “Every Hockey Team Should Go To The Zoo” might be an interesting title or reference! or “Maggie Lague: Zoo Enthusiast” We liked them both, so, we used them both!
So as we have already found out, Maggie knows her way around a storyline and punch line as well as the blue line. Maggie hails from Barre, Vermont, and when we caught up with her there on a pretty nice day it seems, she immediately brought us up to date on the weather. .
“We’ve got some really nice weather this week, so it’s awesome up here, no complaints. We had a snowstorm last week (second week of May) Snow, like four inches, it was terrible. We always do a little bit with Vermont, you kind of know that something like that is going to happen But it’s always just disappointing when it still does. But it’s always the best to have a day off in May because of snow It’s cool for the first little bit, but then you hate it!"
We asked Maggie how, and exactly where, she was dealing with pandemic. She explained
“So I am currently living in my house. We’ve just been in this house for six or so years but it’s still probably just two minutes away from where we used to live, so we didn’t move very far. I am working remotely for my company right now in my sister’s bedroom, so that’s where I’m at!" she said laughing. "So yeah, trying to stay sane, and get outside now with this really nice weather. So things are starting to open up a little bit but, I think it’s going to be pretty gradual, and I have no real need to go anywhere quite yet. But I think after a little bit, I might have to break out at some point."
We also asked Maggie at what point she would normally be at, in her off season training, and how that’s been effected. She replied
"So I guess around this time, around May, is usually a good time to start just getting back into it, getting more focused on that. So with the pandemic, there are no gyms that are currently open right now, so I have some dumbbells and stuff at home so I’m just trying to get creative, and get hockey specific with that. Even though it’s the big movements that a lot of hockey players do, like squats, bench presses, all that, I’m trying to just improvise with what I do have. Getting creative, and trying to get outside too, when it’s nice, because it can be pretty crazy just to be cooped up here. Yeah, just grabbing a mat and some pucks and just shooting outside too. So usually, in the next month or so, is when I would really be getting more into it, so it’s just like a gradual process. I’ve made the mistake before of going too hard the first day. And it just puts you out of commission for about a week! I remember when I had my shoulder done before my senior year, and my internship, which is where I’m still working, has a gym at the office and they have some machines. I got so excited I went down and just put on as much weight as I could, and went crazy. And I was so sore, legit for an entire week! I knew it was going to happen but I did it anyway, so I’ve learned to take it a little bit easier” she laughed.
Maggie’s injury was in the rotator cuff area, and she described it to us.
"I had a Type Four SLAP tear, so it was my superior labrum, anterior to posterior (SLAP) I had that due to a lifting injury actually, the summer of my junior year. And I ended up playing through it with a brace. I got surgery at the end of March, so that was like a six month recovery. It was tough. Being a girl I couldn’t like put my hair up, because I couldn’t get my arm above my head, so it was just really tough, trying to figure out the little things. Thankfully it was my left shoulder, so I was still able to sit in class and write and everything. But there were two guys on the men’s team at school who were injured at the same time, same type injury, and the three of us got them done. But both of theirs were on the right side, and I felt so bad for them, they couldn’t write or do anything. So I guess I’ll count my blessings where I have them,"
Cetacean Nation wondered when Maggie would normally be looking to get back,on the ice in the summer. She answered
“It’s different because the season has been pushed back a little bit. So I’m like: OK, I have some more time, which is great. But again, rinks aren’t quite open yet and I think people are saying mid-June or early July. I wouldn’t normally get on the ice until mid-June or July, so I’d probably be trying to get on there then. And there are a couple of people that I met through work that have some summer leagues and stuff, which is a great way to play the full length of the ice rather than just some skill stuff. It’s a ton of fun, I can play with family and friends. That’s something that I really look forward to and I’ve really enjoyed. So I’m just really hopeful that things open up, because it’s really hard to train for hockey when you can’t skate that much."
Maggie just mentioned her internship, so we asked her to tell us about that and where she was working. She explained
"I’m a financial analyst for a company called National Life Group, and we deal in selling life insurance and annuities. But my role is not involved in sales, I work in a department called Distribution Finance. And in my sub team in that department we help support one channel of our distribution. So we support them with any needs that they have financially. So I do a lot of reporting requests, analyzing numbers that hey have questions with. It’s a lot of investigation work, which I really like, And development and innovation for new processes, which I find is pretty fun. I don’t think I would have said that about myself, but it’s weird where life takes you. So I was an intern in this department as well, going into my senior year of college, and didn’t want to work anywhere else within the company, and they made it work. So I’m coming up on my one year full time anniversary next month (June), it worked out really well, it’s a really awesome company, and I have a fantastic team. And they were so awesome and supportive and flexible with my going on this journey and everything. So I definitely owe a lot to them. They were psyched when I told them about it (signing with the Whale), like getting merch and everything, it’s really cool! They’re pretty awesome, and I really couldn’t picture myself anywhere else right now"
"I’m excited to keep working remotely, and fortunately I’m getting a ton of practice right now. So when I get down to Connecticut it will be a super smooth transition. We have an office location in Montpelier, so it’s really nice, my commute to work is only about twelve minutes. We also have an office location in Addison, Texas but we have a ton of employees who work remotely across the country anyway. So we are all over, and a lot of the agencies we deal with are scattered all across the US, so we definitely try to have a presence in as many places as possible. Our company literally flipped to being remote overnight, 100% overnight. It was crazy, but we’ve really been able to do our day to day jobs remote. At first people were kind of hesitant with it, and obviously there’s a lack of face to face interaction, which is something I really struggled with at first. Because I’m a really social person, and positive, and all of a sudden I’m in four walls and can’t really interact with people that much. But thankfully we live in an era of great technology, so we are able to Skype and stuff, so that’s a little different, but we were able to adapt pretty quickly. So during the season the plan is to work remotely and hopefully make a visit once a month or whenever I can, if we have a break. Just to get back up here and see people, because it’s always nice to be in touch, especially being a newer employee in my department. So that’s basically the game plan, they’re all on board!" Cetacean Nation thought that was great that it sounded like we might have some new fans up in Vermont joining the Cetacean Nation Green Mountain Chapter!