Aaron Rome’s teammates ruin his interview, as is tradition

Aaron Rome recreates the healing of the widow’s son from 1 Kings.

When you think about it, last season was the best season of 28-year-old Aaron Rome’s NHL career. For the first time since he broke into the NHL with the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks, Rome established himself as a bona fide NHL top-six defenseman, dressing for a career-high 56 NHL games. He played in a Stanley Cup Final for the second time in his career, dressing for two and a half more games than the last time he was there. Also, he matched his NHL career-high in goals, with one.

Of course, he was hardly able to enjoy any of this success because he spent the season being hated by everybody for it. When he played well enough to earn a regular spot in the lineup, fans ripped him mercilessly for displacing Keith Ballard. Then, his run to the Stanley Cup Final — in which he found himself contributing in a top four capacity and scored another goal — was cut short when he mistimed a hit on Nathan Horton, was unfairly vilified as a despicable headhunter on par with The Kurgan, and earned himself an unprecedented four-game, season-ending suspension.

And then he broke his hand in the preseason.

But things are finally looking up for Aaron Rome, who returned to the lineup Sunday in Chicago and contributed right away. He scored a pivotal goal in his first game back, putting himself a goal away from doubling his career-high single-season totals with plenty of time to get it done. Then, the big score earned him some rare camera time with Joey Kenward for Canucks Today.

That said, don’t get too excited: his teammates made sure to give him that familiar “ruined moment” feeling by hovering in the background of the shot for pretty much the entire interview.

Be sure to watch the whole interview, as Rome does his best to stay focused while his teammates lurk in the background of the shot, pour handfuls of sand on his shoulder, and even shout stuff from afar when they’re not in the picture (listen carefully for Kevin Bieksa droning “Rooooommeeeeeer” like the ghost of Christmas past at the one-minute mark).

As usual, when it comes to interview bombing, Ryan Kesler’s leading the charge with a classic Keslurk, but I’d argue that Bieksa’s just as into it, if not moreso.

Meanwhile, Alexander Sulzer quite literally phones in the lurk, spending the entire team prank buried in his mobile device, and a creepily-mustachioed Andrew Alberts tries his best to appear casual by staring at the ocean with his hands in his pockets.

It’s conspicuous as Hell. If Rome goes missing, it was Alberts.

It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time Aaron Rome has gotten a rough ride during an interview. Last season, when he scored his first as a Canuck into an empty net in Nashville, his teammates gave him a full face of shaving cream for his efforts.

Basically, ruining Aaron Rome’s very rare moments is pretty much an organizational tradition by now.

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7 comments

  1. Brosef Stalin
    November 10, 2011

    The absence of the obvious lurk in the second part of the beach interview was just as effective as being behind Rome was in the other two parts. The only thing weirder than Kesler lurking in the background of an interview is Kesler NOT lurking in the background (now that we’re so used to it…)

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  2. ChairThrower
    November 10, 2011

    “Aaron Rome recreates the healing of the widow’s son from the book of 1 Kings with Dan Carcillo.”

    I laughed out loud. In a crowded coffee shop. It was awkward.

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  3. anon..
    November 10, 2011

    What about the Alblurk?

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  4. J21
    November 10, 2011

    I’m not sure if Rome would be classified on TVTropes as “The Woobie” or “Butt Monkey”, but it’s definitely one of those.

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  5. gog
    November 10, 2011

    I kinda hope Alex Edler starts lurking too, just so we could call him “The Edlurker”…

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  6. beninvictoria
    November 11, 2011

    word on the street is that Rome is allergic to shaving cream and had a serious reaction to the shaving cream to the face gag.

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  7. Brad M.
    November 15, 2011

    This is great stuff. This type of team unity … its obvious that this is what carried these guys through the playoffs last year. Just a great group of guys sticking up for each other and having fun and showing that they really know how to take care of business down the stretch.

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