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"Hockey Diaries" is a project of Media Chameleon, an independent public radio production company. We try to bring listeners a unique, sound-rich experience. "Hockey Diaries" explores what it takes to make it in professional hockey. We thought a rookie and a veteran would tell this story best, and we looked for two players willing to share their thoughts frankly with us. Meet Karl Alzner and Brooks Laich. They kept audio diaries, while we documented their practices, games, team activities, fan events and media interactions. We mic'd them up in scrimmages and drills, and interviewed their coaches, teammates, family members and friends. During the year, short features aired periodically on NPR; at season's end, the public radio series Soundprint aired our 25-minute documentary. An hour-long version fed on the NHL channel on satellite radio. We hope you get a chance to listen below.     -- Chris Nelson and Gemma Hooley

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In the summer of 2008, hockey players Brooks Laich and Karl Alzner began a year-long project to chronicle their season through interviews and diaries. This is their story.

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mediachameleon is an independent, non-profit production company dedicated to innovative and sound-rich media projects on the air and online. From hockey players in North America to wildlife biologists in South Africa, we listen to people's lives, document their stories, and explore the ideas that connect us all.