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I'M PSYCHED

By Tom Glavine
ThrashTalk: Official Newspaper of the Atlanta Thrashers (Vol. 1 No. 1)

The first person to purchase a suite for Thrashers games at the new Atlanta Arena was Braves pitching great Tom Glavine, who was drafted by the NHL's Los Angeles Kings out of high school. In the following column, Glavine, who grew up in suburban Boston, explains why he's so excited to have the NHL coming to his adopted hometown.

It's fast and it was always a big adrenaline rush to be out there. Having played it for so long and now being a professional athlete, I know how good the players in the NHL are and I respect their ability.

I decided to get a suite at the new arena because it not only gives you access to Thrashers games, but also to more events- NBA games, concerts, the circus. I'll always have season tickets. I'm going to try and get my little girl interested in hockey because it would be a fun way to spend some time with her.

I grew up a big hockey fan and a big Boston Bruins fan. When I was a kid, we probably went to one or two games a year at Boston Garden and watched the rest of them on tv.

(Hall of Fame defenseman) Bobby Orr was my favorite player, and when his marketing company bought my agent's company four or five years ago, I had a chance to meet him. I wasn't as star-struck as I would have been as a kid, but it was still neat and exciting.

I remember playing at the Garden my junior and senior year in high school. The state hockey tournament semifinals and finals were held there, and we made it to the semis both years.

There's a few guys in the NHL who I played against in youth leagues, guys like Tom Barasso, Kevin Stevens, Stephen Leach, Steve Heinze and Don Sweeney.

I went home to a baseball writers dinner in Boston in January of '92 and the Bruins called my agent and extended an invitation to skate with them during a workout.

I was real nervous because it had been about four years since I skated, but it went fine and I had a great time. I did a lot better than I thought I would, though not having done it for so long, my reactions were slow. I think that's where I got my appreciation of how good those guys really are.

I don't get much of a chance to see the NHL because of the Braves' schedule, my commitments, and the fact that there hasn't been a team in Atlanta. I remember seeing a playoff game in Chicago at the old stadium a few years ago and a playoff game in St. Louis a couple of years ago. I always try to get to one Bruins game when I go home during the winter.

I usually don't have time for more than that, but with the Thrashers in town next year, that's going to change. I'm psyched!