Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?
My name is Evan Schall and I am currently a junior double majoring in business management and sport, arts, and entertainment management at Point Park University. I’m currently the treasurer of Point Park’s United Student Government. I also work at the Fairmont as a banquet server. In the summer, I referee youth and adult dek and inline hockey.
How long have you been a hockey fan and who got you into it?
Well I’ve liked hockey as long as I remember. I began playing ice hockey when I was seven years old but quit a year later. I then started playing again when I was 13 years old. As far as my love for the Penguins and the NHL, I actually didn’t start watching them until about 2002 when I went to my first ever NHL game. After that I fell in love with the Penguins, and the rest is history.
What is it like to be working for the Pittsburgh Penguins?
To be honest it’s a dream come true. It’s one of those things where when you grow up they’re someone you want to work/play for so naturally it’s a great feeling to even have the opportunity. The people I have met have been great to me and it’s great to get my foot in the door. Hopefully this internship will lead to opportunities in the future.
What do you do for the organization currently?
I am currently the media relations intern for the team. If there were games being played I would be working on the media only floor game nights where I would do pretty much anything the media needed. I also would deliver game notes to the coaches in between period and also record post game interviews in the locker room. Because there is no hockey right now my duties include doing small projects for the coaches and we also were just put in charge of the media floor for the “3 Rivers Classic” which is the college hockey showcase at Consol Energy Center at the end of the month.
What has been the most exciting part of working there?
It’s hard to explain, but I really just enjoy coming in to work and contributing. Just knowing that the work I do directly benefits the Penguins organization and the coaches really makes me feel satisfied. Even though the NHL is locked out I am truly trying to make the most of my opportunity there.
How do you feel about the lockout? Do you think they will play at all this season?
I feel that it is an extremely unfortunate situation. Both sides and the cities are losing so much money over the labor dispute, and I’m not even including the fact that I can’t do my regular intern duties while they’re not playing! As far as whether I think they will play or not, that remains to be seen. I unfortunately do not have any “inside info” because I work there, but if I were to guess I feel like there is not going to be a season.
Do you play hockey yourself?
I played ice hockey when I was six, and when I was 13 I started playing inline hockey and dek (street) hockey. My greatest hockey accomplishment was probably playing in multiple national dek hockey tournaments. I have played teams from Canada and a bunch of different states where the skill level was really good.
What is something you would tell someone who is just getting into hockey?
I could give the “don’t give up on yourself” speech but instead I’m going to say no matter how good you are or what you can afford, there is always somewhere to play organized hockey for fun. For me, ice hockey was too expensive for me to play in high school because my parents didn’t have the money. So instead, I played inline hockey and dek hockey. Both of these are great alternatives to ice hockey that are fun for all skill levels.