Aaron Brophy

Aaron Brophy has written 24 posts for The Poke Check Diaries

When Nardwuar Met Don Cherry

Nardwuar The Human Serviette might be one of the best journalists in Canada. I’ve seen it first-hand because in my other life in the music universe I’ve worked with him for over a decade. At any rate, recently he got to interview the man himself, Don Cherry, and there may or may not be a … Continue reading


Tim Thomas, Soul Eater

For a guy who’s been an Olympian, an NHL all-star, and a Vezina and Jennings trophy winner, it only seems just now, in the 2010-11 Stanley Cup finals that Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas is truly getting recognized for his talents. There are lots of reasons to like Thomas: *At 37 years old he’s a … Continue reading

The Only Rule In Goalie Derby: There Are No Rules

I’ve had many great goaltending adventures, but few of them were like when I entered the anything-goes “Goalie Derby” at the 2005 Hockey Summit Of The Arts. Luckily, my friend Joseph McGinty was also there with a video camera and put together this excellent piece about it:

Goaltending Is For People With A Martyr Complex

Why do people become goalies? It’s an age old question that philosophical followers of hockey love to ponder. In my case the reason why I became a goalie was because my eight-year-old self was a pretty horrible skater. And if I was in net I wouldn’t have to skate, right? Young me’s arrival between the … Continue reading