EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

January 21, 2013

Sports in a minute

Christopher Smith
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — GOLDSMITH TO MARINERS

Last April, there was a sports in a minute note mentioned that seven former Pawtucket Red Sox radio announcers have gone on to have careers in either the major leagues, NFL or NBA.

Now make it eight.

Aaron Goldsmith, who spent the past year as the PawSox announcer and who previously announced game in the Cape Cod Baseball League and for the Portland Sea Dogs, recently accepted a job as a radio announcer for the Seattle Mariners.

Other PawSox announcers who have made it big are Andy Freed (Tampa Bay Rays announcer), Don Orsillo (Boston Red Sox announcer), Dan Hoard (Cincinnati Bengals announcer), Dave Jageler (Washington Nationals announcer), Dave Flemming (San Francisco Giants announcer), Gary Cohen (New York Mets announcer) and Matt Pinto (Oklahoma City Thunder).

KREIDER’S PLAYOFF EXPERIENCE

Boxford native and Phillips Academy graduate Chris Kreider received a little over 10 minutes of ice time during the New York Rangers’ season opener against the Boston Bruins on Saturday.

After winning a national title with Boston College last year, Kreider joined the Rangers for the playoffs, scoring five goals and adding two assists in 18 games.

Now, he is experiencing his first regular-season action. So how did receiving playoff time help him?

“It was eye-opening,” Kreider told The Eagle-Tribune. “I was able to get a taste of what it takes to compete at that level. Those guys were coming off an 82-game schedule and they were able to still raise their play to another level. You learn so much about pro hockey in such a short time period. I was just trying to be a sponge and take in everything I could. I like to think I was able to learn a lot.”

TEAM FREDERICKS

Elise and Michelle Fredericks were both multi-event placers for Timberlane in a weekend multi-team meet. Melissa Page won the 100 butterfly. For the boys, Harry Shields, Madison DiCarlo, Anthony Trajlinek and Stephen Morin shined in the 200 medley relay.

GARDEN COLORS

The Boston Bruins gave out notebooks with the team’s logo to media at the home opener Saturday.

The inside cover of the notebook provides an interesting tidbit, stating that the lighting on the outside of the TD Garden “reflects the event happening inside the arena. To celebrate a team win, the exterior lights on the building produce a ‘wave’ effect, signifying a home team victory.”

That said, when you’re driving by the Garden on I-93 South and you see gold lights, the Bruins are playing. If the lights are green, the Celtics are playing. Tie-dye lights means there is a concert or family show happening inside. Blue lights means there is a special event taking place.

COURIC TO INTERVIEW TE’O

Former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o and his parents will be interviewed by Katie Couric. The interview will run on her ABC syndicated daytime talk show Thursday, the Associated Press reported.

Te’o has been the center of national attention ever since Deadspin.com ran a piece stating that his deceased girlfriend never existed and it was all part of a computer hoax. Te’o had talked about his girlfriend succumbing to leukemia in several stories — including one in Sports Illustrated and another in The Boston Globe — this past fall.

BRUINS TODAY

The Boston Bruins will play a 1 p.m. home game today against the Winnipeg Jets, who lost 4-1 to the Ottawa Senators in their opener Saturday.

The Bruins and Jets split their series last year with each team winning both their home games.

Bruins defenseman David Warsofsky was assigned to the Providence Bruins yesterday and defenseman Aaron Johnson, who completed his conditioning stint with Providence, rejoined the Boston Bruins.

Johnson joined Providence on a conditioning loan Jan. 17, and skated in two games for Providence, recording an assist and two penalty minutes. He has played in 281 NHL games with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames, Chicago Blackhawks and New York Islanders, tallying 17 goals and 45 assists with 217 penalty minutes.