Always at ice level, but not always on the ice.
Jamie "Noodles" McLennan has seen a ton of hockey as a goaltender in the NHL and backup goalie to some of the game's greatest netminders, including Ron Hextall, Grant Fuhr, Roberto Luongo and Miikka Kiprusoffjust not all of it was actually from in the net. This is life in professional hockey and the NHL, from the buses to the charter flights, as seen from between the pipes and even more so from the end of the bench. Or as he calls it, The Best Seat in the House.
Hilarious and heartfelt, this is a man with a knack for getting himself intoand out ofstrange situations and tight spots. Whether it's a game that goes off the rails due to a plate of rotisserie chicken, a disastrous meeting with Gene Simmons, accidentally beating up a senior citizen, charging an opposing team's mascot on the orders of legendary coach Billy Smith, or even how he hid a hotdog in his glove for an in-game snack, McLennan's got a story for it. This is a guided tour of pro hockey on the ice, on the bench and in the locker room.
Jamie McLennanknown to many as "Noodles"is an Edmonton-born former NHL goaltender. Jamie spent 17 years playing professional hockey, 11 of those in the NHL, playing in 245 games and dressing for over 550 games with the New York Islanders, St. Louis Blues, Minnesota Wild, Florida Panthers and Calgary Flames organizations. Later in his career, he had a short stint in Russia and Asia before retiring and working for the Flames again as part of their coaching and player development staff. Jamie is currently an analyst for TSN and the NHL Network and sometimes writes a column in The Hockey News.
Ian Mendes has spent more than a decade as a television reporter for Sportsnet, covering the NHL and other major sporting events for the network. A graduate of Carleton University's journalism program, he is also a regular contributor to the Ottawa Citizen and Today's Parent.