Welcome to a brand new feature on the PR. Whenever you read or hear interviews people are always asked if you could have the perfect dinner party who would you invite living or dead. Well, i decided it was time to turn this into a feature but we are making it one step bigger – The perfect Extravagant Dinner Party, I will not just be picking the people I would want to have dinner with but the chefs and the entertainment as well!
I have given myself some ground rules – there are only 9 places available at the table to join me and there has to be a chef to represent each course and there should be only 4 acts allowed to provide entertainment.
At the table already is Donald O’Connor, and musician Tom Delonge so now it’s time to see who is going to be taking the seat next to them.
Dinner Guest 3 – Martin St Louis
Now, I am not really someone who is into Sport and if someone said one day you would have a sports person at your dream dinner party I would of laughed in their face. I have never been that into sport. The only time I only really used to like it was when I played Netball and was part of the Hockey team at school. To be honest I always preferred hockey I loved the competitiveness and I was good in defence I loved playing defence. I stopped if I am honest because I didn’t want broken bones or teeth missing (and seeing how damaged my friend Vaughan at university kept getting I am glad I stopped!) however I suppose it’s only natural I end up loving Ice Hockey.
Back in 2013 we went to Tampa for Christmas and New Year and our hotel ended up being right next to the Forum, where Tampa Bay Lightning play. For evening entertainment we went to a game to see what we thought and ended up loving it so much we went to every game they had when we were there.
I fell in love with the sport – the pace, the format the violence – it was grand and was like no other sport i had ever seen. Right from the start there was one player that stood out above the rest – Martin St Louis. The way he moved around the ice, the way he played, the way he scored it was amazing!
From that holiday and moment on I followed his career, or at least what was left of it. I followed his progression through the play offs, the Winter Olympics, the transfer to NYRangers all the way through to his retirement. It’s so hard following an American sport that isn’t even aired in the U.K. I had to rely on apps and radio feeds to listen to it a bit it was still not as great as the real thing. (I loved the Winter Olympics as could watch every match ).
I wish I had got into ice hockey a lot earlier as I would of love to of seen more of Martins career as it happened and not just the last part.
I find Martins story of how he had to fight to even get into the sport very inspiring and would love the opportunity to meet him and sit down and have a conversation about his career and also learn so much more about ice hockey.
It may not be a lot but when I left Tampa I bought a puck with him on it and i now have it as a lucky charm and always hold it before I need to do something like an interview etc for luck. Although I still follow the NHL I don’t it as much. Not just because of Marty not playing but because it’s just really hard to do so in the UK. I did transition though to a Rangers fan. Mainly because I followed Marty when he changed but also because I love New York and lived there for a while so it only felt right.