The next award goes to the 2nd place finisher in the Action on the Ice standings. Finishing the year with 24 points, and only just narrowly beating out Joe B, Craig Laughlin is our 2nd place winner. Like Joe B, Locker was with us night in and night out to provide us with some great color commentary and insight on the games. When you first think of Locker the things that come to mind are some of his favorite phrases: dipsy-doo, soap-on-a-rope, spin-o-rama; and of course his telestrations, “HOLD IT HERE!”. However, Locker is so much more than a collection of phrases. He provided us with great insight into the games using his perspective as a former player, but not hitting us over the head with that fact. Locker went out of his way every night to educate us about the game of hockey and I think it is safe to say that I have a better understanding of the game after each broadcast ends, thanks in large part to Locker. Besides his roles as color-guy and educator, Locker also frequently handled the player interviews and always seemed to know the perfect question to ask to elicit an interesting or entertaining response from the players in the short time window. There isn’t really much more I can say about Locker that Dan Steinberg hasn’t already in his Washington Post article, so I encourage you to all go take a look at that (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/dc-sports-bog/post/craig-laughlin-his-accent-his-phrases-his-sharpies/2012/04/02/gIQAjr2yqS_blog.html)
For his ability to make every game entertaining and informative was salute Locker and award him the 2nd place finish as a thank you for his great work throughout the season.