Yes, you are reading correctly. Do not adjust your eyes or your computer screen. Two Classy Interviews in the same week! It’s spectacular, I know. I’m pretty happy about it too.
After an interview with Stuntman Stu (Ottawa Senators PA announcer) earlier this week, we turn our attention to a journalist who is well respected in sports, broadcasting, and zoo’s. Today, we’re lucky enough to have TSN’s James Duthie in what might be his first interview since winning a Gemini award over the weekend. Duthie’s win marks his first ever Gemini after a few consecutive nominations. Congrats, James.
Duthie made time in his calendar to talk hockey, the Ottawa Senators, and about his gig as the NHL on TSN’s host. Enjoy the Classy interview.
Stayclassy.net: When hosting the NHL on TSN, which co-anchor frightens you the most, and why?
James Duthie: Dutchy… because he has no edit button, and I believe that at any moment he will:
A) say something that will get me/him fired
B) say something that will get me/him sued
C) say something dirty about my Nana
SC: With Matt Carkner making a strong rookie impression in the NHL, should teams pay more attention to veteran AHL players?
Duthie: Bad teams should, but I think Carkner might be more of an exception than a rule. Usually if a guy has been in the A for a while, there is a reason. And it will eventually show up at the NHL level.
SC: Have you ever read punctuation incorrectly from a teleprompter in your career?
Duthie: You mean, “For Sportscentre, I’m James Duthie?” No Burgundys yet… I actually don’t use a teleprompter.
I can’t read. You didn’t have to know how at Carleton.
Stayclassy.net editors note: Uh-oh. One of the Stayclassy writers actually graduated from Carleton University.
SC: What do you think would hurt more? Blocking an Erik Karlsson slap shot or taking a hit from Anton Volchenkov?
Duthie: C) being Dany Heatley’s PR rep.
SC: Of all the classy guys in the NHL, who would you say is the classiest, and why?
Duthie: Tough one. We are fortunate in hockey. There are more classy guys on one team in the NHL than there are in some other entire leagues (cough… baseball… cough).
Alfredsson is right up there…a true pro from the first interview I did with him two weeks into his rookie season. Iginla is impressive. So is Sid. Doan is terrific. Sorry, my list is long.
SC: Ottawa seems to have finally solved their goaltending woes with Pascal Leclaire. Where do you think fans will point to now for their post-season inadequacies?
Duthie: Your assuming they get to the post-season? Kidding… I think they’ll get in. But I still think scoring might be an issue come crunch time. But if all else fails, blame Lalime.
SC: What do you think Sex Panther (illegal in 9 countries) really smells like?
Duthie: A combination of dead raccoon, the mill across the river in Thurso, and Ron Jeremy after a six-hour film shoot.
A huge thanks to James Duthie for taking the time to talk with us and answering our silly questions. You can catch James “Gemini” Duthie and Canada’s favorite game show – The Quiz - on the NHL on TSN, Wednesday nights.
Stay classy, James Duthie.