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INTRO: Meet The New Guy

They made me write about myself. So here we go.

2016 NHL Draft - Round One Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Hello Anaheim Calling readers! Before we all get back to closely monitoring the Western Conference standings (and John Gibson’s health), I’d like to quickly introduce myself.

My name is Felix Sicard, the latest addition to the writing staff here at Anaheim Calling. I’ve covered the Anaheim Ducks over at The Hockey Writers for three seasons now, and figured it was time to take my act over to this fine publication.

Needless to say, but I’m extremely excited and honored to be able to contribute here. This place has a lot of potential, and I’m excited to be a part of it.

A little background on me: I was born in Montreal, Canada, and moved over to California (Santa Clara) in 1999 at the age of seven not speaking a lick of English (my first language is French). Fast forward 17 years later, and here I am writing in English...for fun. Kind of crazy, now that I think about it.

I stayed true to my Canadian roots, however. Hockey quickly became my all-consuming interest around the sixth grade. I borrowed my neighbor’s crappy plastic street hockey stick, and never really looked back.

I eventually strapped on a pair of goalie pads in my driveway, and was instantly hooked. The thrill of thwarting my friends’ best attempts was just too much fun —- I needed more.

Roughly three years later, as a sophomore in high school, I found myself both excited out of my mind and deathly afraid of the fact that I was now the starting goalie for my school’s roller hockey team. Let’s just say I took the gig pretty seriously.

Our team, much like the Ducks of recent years, was dominant in the regular season, but couldn’t quite get it done in the playoffs. My last game as a senior: a narrow defeat in the championship game. Not great!

As I got through my college applications, one theme became very apparent: every school I applied to had a roller hockey team. That was no accident.

My ultimate landing spot ended up being UC Irvine in sunny Orange County, a place where I spent five wonderful years of my life. My college roller hockey career didn’t go quite as I thought it would, as I was mostly a backup goalie, but my passion for the game only grew.

Journalism was my minor in school, and it only made sense to combine my love for writing with that of hockey. As the sun was setting on my playing career, it was suddenly rising on my writing one. I began covering the Ducks for The Hockey Writers in 2014-15, which landed me smack-dab into the press box at Honda Center. Getting to ask Jason freaking LaBarbera about his shootout technique made me quickly realize that I had found my niche.

So here I am, ready to roll and provide what will hopefully be some interesting, insightful, and entertaining Ducks content. In the words of the great Phil Kessel upon being picked last in the All-Star Game draft, “I’m just happy to be here”.

P.S: A big thank you to JC McDonough for allowing me the opportunity to write here and for welcoming me into the Anaheim Calling family.