Alyssa told us the great story about her McDonald’s TV commercial with Wayne Gretzky, and we asked Chuck for a little more about that amazing occurrence. Chuck remembered
“A couple of months after Alyssa attended the Okanagan hockey cam, we got a call from a production company asking if Alyssa would like to appear in a McDonald’s commercial with Wayne Gretzky they were filming. After taking about a nanosecond to say yes and then signing the required contracts and such, we spent two days filming. The first day was filmed at one of Wayne’s roller rinks in Irvine, CA. I went with Alyssa and she had a fun day skating around the rink with Wayne and the other kids, and trying to keep him from eating all her fries. At the end of the day I gave Wayne and Mike Barnett a SWAT coffee mug and baseball cap. We saw Wayne a couple times after that at celebrity golf games and he was always a gentleman, asking Alyssa how she was doing.”
Alyssa is an OW (original Whale) and as such was with the league from the beginning. So Cetacean Nation asked Chuck to offer his thoughts on the NWHL and of course, on the Whale. He responded
"Alyssa first heard about the NWHL from Dani Rylan, who she knew from Northeastern University. Although Alyssa had enjoyed her time in Switzerland and had briefly considered re-signing with them, as soon as she heard there was a new professional league forming in the states, she knew she had to be a part of that. She ended up signing with the Whale and had a pretty good season. She was playing with teammates like Jess Koizumi, Kelli Stack, Jordan Brickner, Kayleigh Fratkin, Lindsey Berman, and Shannon Doyle. We were all very excited about the formation of the NWHL, since besides giving the women a place to play after college it would pay them a salary. We knew the league would start out slowly and grow slowly, but we felt the business model the league was following was the best way to grow the product. It is somewhat disappointing that the players can’t present a more united front to how to grow the game, but each player needs to make their own decision."
"I know Alyssa feels very honored and humbled whenever she is approached by younger players asking for her autograph.” “I know Alyssa was initially disappointed when Boston did not re-sign her after last season. But when she was approached by the Whale, that disappointment quickly disappeared and was replaced by a real sense of excitement and potential. She is very excited to play for Coach Orr and the Whale. Although the Whale were winless against Boston last season (Season Five), Alyssa would always comment about how hard they were to play against. Now that she is part of the team, she is looking forward to helping the team achieve the success she knows they are capable of."
Cetacean Nation thinks Alyssa certainly did that in the abbreviated Season Six. And we're sure that Chuck, along with the rest of the citizens of Cetacean Nation are looking forward hopefully for more of the same from Alyssa in a hopefully more normal Season Seven. We thank Chuck for his insightful comments, and look forward to asking Alyssa about those pink skates! Fins Up!