By Julian Guilarte
For one day last week, the Prudential Center became a classroom for William Paterson students.
Elliott Kalb, an adjunct professor in the Communication Department, took his students to the New Jersey Devils’ arena on Dec. 8 to attend the morning skate, meet the players, and attend the game against the Vancouver Canucks.
Kalb, a senior editorial director for MLB Network who used his industry connections to arrange the field trip, instructed students to take notes, shoot photographs and videos, and live-tweet the game.
The Devils were up 1-0 near the end of the first period when Travis Zajac was knocked into the boards by a Canucks defender, forcing him to leave the game. No penalty was called, and the Devils retaliated and were called on two penalties that caused them to begin the second period shorthanded.
The Canucks scored to tie the game when Daniel Sedin shot the puck past the Devils’ defenseless goaltender, Cory Schneider.
In the second period, Canucks defender Philip Larsen dropped his head and fell victim to a massive hit from Devils winger Taylor Hall. Larsen was left motionless on the ice, and play stopped for several minutes as he was carried out on a stretcher.
Just minutes after Larsen’s injury, Mike Cammalleri scored a goal to put the Devils up 2-1. From there, the Devils took control of the game in route to a 3-2 win.
Professor Kalb has written books that compare the all-time greats in baseball, basketball, and golf, along with two books that break down the top conspiracy theories in sports.
Kalb has been in many locker rooms and dugouts over the years, conducting interviews with players and coaches. He covered Michael Jordan during the Chicago Bulls’ run of championships in the 1990s.
Earlier in the semester, Kalb connected students with sports writers whose work they were told to follow throughout the semester.
One sports writer, Emily Kaplan, writes about the NFL and college football for Sports Illustrated. She told students to be persistent when searching for jobs.
“You must be willing to start from the bottom and work your way up,” Kaplan said. “Nothing gets handed to you in this industry.”
Kaplan said she her favorite sports writing experience was covering a game at Lambeau Field, the home of the NFL’s Green Bay Packers in Wisconsin.