People who want to be a sportscaster as a profession know how tough it is. On the surface, a career as a sportscaster is awesome. You can get paid to watch sport and get treated like a king. However dig just below the surface and you’ll see all the blood, sweat and tears that go into building a career…often on a diet of tap water and ramen noodles. But for those not completely in the know, it’s interesting to think about what it’s REALLY like to be a sportscaster.
Hockey Night in Canada’s Cassie Campbell has been a fixture on Canadian televisions for a decade. She’s a former hockey player in her own right, representing Canada at countless international tournaments and in terms of name recognition for women in hockey, is second behind only Hayley Wickenheiser. Campbell recently did an interview with Flare.com where she discusses getting into hockey, transitioning into sportscasting, her daily routine, dealing with critics and so much more. It’s a great read.
How did you first fall in love with hockey?
My older brother Jeff played. My parents put me in figure skating at first because that’s what girls did, but I finally got smart enough to say, “Jennifer Linkus plays.” She played on my brother’s team and our families were quite close. Once I said that—she was a really good player on the team—my parents looked at each other and said, “I guess we don’t have an answer.” They put me in boy’s hockey the next year, when I was about six years old. I was a little tomboy. I don’t think the team knew I was a girl until we showed up at their swimming party at the end of the year.
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