Andrew Raycroft's Media Blitz
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Jimmy Kimmel might not always have enough time for Matt Damon, Andrew Raycroft does - or at least Damon seems to always find a way to get some time in Raycroft’s schedule.
“What I really like a lot were the three Bourne Identity movies. Whenever any of those are on TV, I’ll always watch them - that or one of the new James Bond movies, I’ve watched a lot of those too.”
“One of the three is always on TV - my wife’s had enough of them - so I’d say I’ve watched them dozens of times, at least.”
Based on the book of the same name by Robert Ludlum, Damon stars as Jason Bourne, a man who suffers from psychogenic amnesia (a condition that causes him to experience periodic memory loss) trying to find his identity while being chased by the CIA. The movie is much more complex and is filled with twists and turns - so much so that they made two sequels.
While "The Bourne Ultimatum" received the most box office and monetary success, "The Bourne Supremacy" gets Raycroft’s vote on top Bourne movie.
The movies on his tops list might make him the classic “action movie type” but don’t be so quick to judge.
“I’m not especially into action movies, just those two really. I wouldn’t go just to see a new action movie but those have pretty good storylines and you can read the books too so those are probably just up my alley.”
If there is something you can label him, though, he is a big music fan but he’s had a concert void lately.
“I haven’t been all year but in the summer I went to the Shins, which was awesome - they’re unbelievable.”
The Shins are an American indie band that found their fame with the single “New Slang” that was featured in the movie “Garden State” staring Zack Braff and Natalie Portman in 2004, although the single was released in 2001.
Raycroft spends his summers in Boston and were lucky enough to catch them on their one month tour in May, where the band performed at the Orpheum Theatre to a crowd of just under 1000 people. It is one of America’s oldest venues and has seen history play through the doors, including Pink Floyd, the Grateful Dead, Kiss, Queen, and the list goes on.
Concerts are great but something much more eventful happened that summer that put the concert list on hold until next year.
“It was right before my son was born - my wife was seven months pregnant so we went to that. Nothing really came to town at the end of last summer - or I had three shows to go to the weekend my son was born so I had to gas those and the rest I haven’t been able to get in. So I’m looking forward to this summer to catch some shows.”
The Shins’ most recent album, Wincing the Night Away, which was released in 2007, has four singles released but Raycroft’s favourite, “Red Rabbits” isn’t one of them.
Being a new dad for a hockey player is a little different than most. Travel often means being away from the newborn for long periods of time and so while most of the preparation and research does happen before birth, there’s lots of time on the road that a player can hone those parenting skills.
Raycroft has been a dad for about six months but with the Canucks schedule this year, has been forced to take significant chunks of time away. But baby doesn’t stray far from his thoughts.
“I just finished reading 'Manhood for Amateurs' by Michael Chabon. It’s just essays about growing up, kids, parenting them and all those things like that so I read that on the trip.”
But when he comes home, he’ll be well-read on everything, whether he uses that knowledge to help out around the house or just to keep it as general knowledge, it doesn’t matter - it’s good either way.
“Not so much learning but taking ideas and already some of the experiences that I’ve gone through and he talks about kind of makes it comical.”
“It was more entertaining than anything. There were some good stories in there just about growing up and how generations change.”
His son, Mason, is just about six months now and in no time, Raycroft will have enough stories to write a book of his own.
Being a great athlete is just not enough these days, being well-read, and a good businessman are qualities that will help go a long way. That’s why Raycroft frequents BBC News online.
“I try to keep relatively current. I’m far from political genius but I like to see what’s going on around the world.”
Okay, so he vetoed our attempt to call him a political genius, what about political Einstein or political mastermind? (We used the thesaurus for genius and those were some of the suggested synonyms.
This hasn’t always been the case but over the years, he’s grown to really appreciate the world around him.
“Probably the last six, seven years - just kind of through growing up, you realize there’s a lot of stuff going on that doesn’t pertain to just hockey. So I’d say it’s relatively recent but it’s just one of those things that as you get older, you like to learn different things.”
And the story of interest right now?
“The economy is a big thing right now and the health care in the US because I lived down there for a bit so it’s always interesting to read about it.”