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Kevin Weekes reached a crossroads.
The 35-year-old backup goaltender had just finished his second season with the New Jersey Devils, behind the winningest goalie in hockey, Martin Brodeur.
Growing tired of not playing on a consistent basis, Weekes decided to step off the ice and into the broadcasting booth before the start of the 2009-10 season.
Weekes became the first black hockey analyst, calling games for Hockey Night In Canada along with work on the NHL Network.
Weekes spoke to SportsNewser prior to the start of the 2010-11 NHL season on how the league can attract more minorities in the broadcasting booth and if he’s officially retired.
SportsNewser: How much media training did you take part in behind the scenes?
Kevin Weekes: I guess the best way to answer that I had a lot of interesting opportunities as a player along the way. I got a media training by actually just playing in the league. A lot of it was first hand. Ironically enough, I filmed my first show for CBC when I was 17 and drafted in the OHL. It’s a show that they have now called The Fifth Estate. They did it documentary style and profiled six players that had been drafted in the OHL. That was my first real explosion to the camera and I got comfortable with it pretty quickly. Along the way I did a couple hockey night things on ESPN and ESPN2 and a couple other opportunities up here with The Score.
In terms of the strict suit and tie mainstream hockey media that you’re talking about, I just cut my teeth on that on NHL on the Fly on the NHL Network. My agent, Eustace King, got me a couple of opportunities after that season in New Jersey when we were eliminated. I had four shows under my belt I just added that to the list of things I have done along the way.