Sports Illustrated turned their attention to the NHL with their coverage of the Dallas Stars Ice Girls. To view their gallery, click on the image below.
I never knew that shoveling ice was a spectator sport!
Florida Panthers Personality Andrea Ocampo D’Marco joins WWE NXT
South Florida’s own Andrea D’Marco is a new ring announcer for WWE’s NXT.
For those who attended the NXT shows in March in Miami and West Palm Beach, you may recall Andrea working alongside NXT ring announcer Dasha Fuentes.
Andrea D’Marco is Andrea Ocampo, the former Florida Panthers In-Arena Host at the BB&T Center in (South Florida) Sunrise. A fan favorite, she also wore a few other hats while working with the NHL’s Panthers, including their Latin Market Manager and Reporter. Her work with the Panthers set the foundation for this WWE NXT opportunity.
“It wasn’t a one-stop shop situation,” Andrea said. “Jonny Greco, a producer for NXT, actually put the feelers out there to my old boss [Pete Soto] from the the Florida Panthers, the game presentation director, asking if he knew somebody — a Latina who could host — and see if he had any recommendations.”
“He put my name into the hat,” she continued, “and that’s when everything started. Jonny Greco got a hold of me, and I put a video audition together and submitted that. Jonny called me, but unfortunately at the time I couldn’t make it to the [Performance Center in Orlando], because the Florida Panthers season was in full force.
“So I wasn’t able to do an in-person audition. Everything fell flat. Nothing happened. Then a couple of months later, I reached out to Jonny. We were speaking back-n-forth, and then I was told they were looking for the same position, and that’s when I definitely made it to the audition.”
While NXT made a South Florida trek in March, the Panthers competed on the road. So Andrea got her feet wet by working along side Fuentes at The Fieldhouse at the BankUnited Center at the University of Miami in Coral Gables and the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach.
“Thank goodness that I was a part of the NXT shows in South Florida,” she said, “and I was lucky that I got that opportunity to get a feel of the actual shows. The fact that it was in my hometown definitely made me feel a lot more comfortable, especially that I saw a lot of familiar faces in the audience.”
South Florida NXT fans — many also sports fans — welcomed her to this different genre of sport.
“It definitely wasn’t hockey,” she chuckled. “I knew I had so much to learn, but at the same time I knew I made the perfect decision. It was so much fun.”
Prior to joining WWE, the confident, lovely and inspiring talent discussed and showed (first-hand) her Panthers’ job duties which were aplenty. She noted Producer Alek Graupera, Samantha Lisowski, Viktor E and Stanley C. Panther were some who helped her elevate the fans’ in-arena experience throughout each Panthers’ home game.A former NFL Miami Dolphins cheerleader, Andrea is a graduate of Western High School in (South Florida) Davie, where she was a Wildcats’ cheerleader.
“I grew up dancing and in the performance arts,” she said, “and then after high school, I auditioned for the Miami Dolphins [cheerleaders]. So cheerleading and dancing were always a huge, huge part of my life.”
Andrea attended Florida International University in Miami and the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. She is a professional salsa dancer and offers The Media Gypsy Blog. She also worked as the In-Stadium Host for NCAA Division I Florida Atlantic University football in Boca Raton and spent time as a travel host for Walt Disney World.
She loves fashion as evident by her elaborate wardrobe, and her favorite color is blue, which she will sometimes wear during events, when applicable. Fans see that, and now many more eyes will be on her and her attire in her new employment.
NXT, which grooms staff and talent for the WWE main roster, continues to develop, growing into its own hot pro wrestling brand, which is seen weekly — globally — on WWE Network. So it’s a very good time to be working for NXT.
“I want to be a better professional, and I want to be the best ring announcer that I can be,” she said. “I see that it’s a very dynamic opportunity with NXT, and I want to be an extension of the [NXT] team professionally and personally.”
Panthers loss, WWE’s gain
When the Florida Panthers were eliminated by the New York Islanders in a heartbreaker in overtime in Game 6 of the first round of the NHL Playoffs on Sunday, April 24, it didn’t take long for her to join her new team. She made her way to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando on Monday, April 25.
The Florida Panthers, her colleagues and fans said good-bye and thanked her via her Twitter, following that game. Some even noted they were WWE fans — sad she left the Panthers but happy she became a member of WWE, where they said they will continue to interact with her via social media.
And social media is something Andrea enjoys, especially when it involved interacting with fans before, during and after Panthers’ games.
She’ll enjoy it even more with a very active and expansive WWE social media following, making for a nice tag team with her and the WWE Universe.
Her Twitter handle: Andrea D’Marco – TV Host, Model, Actress
Her Twitter description (TV Host by day Ninja by night! WWE/NXT Host, Disney Travel Host, Public Speaker, Digital Content Creator, Media-Gypsy!)
For her Twitter click @AndreaDMarcoWWE
Andrea also speaks to young women, discussing business acumen, life challenges and goal setting.
“I have a love for teaching,” she said, “and it’s important to give back, which is why I like mentoring young girls.”
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/fighting/article75460497.html#storylink=cpy
These days, there is only a millisecond of off-season for the cheer directors of the NHL and NBA teams that are still in the playoffs. For instance, tonight, the Dallas Stars play in game six of their series against the Blues. But even with the Stars still playing, Christina Swanson, Ice Girls Director, is also in the midst of planning prep classes and auditions for next season’s skaters and dancers. Christina let’s us know the schedule for July, and kindly sends along some excellent photos take by Jerome Miron.
Prep Classes will start on July 6th at the Dr Pepper StarCenter in McKinney (6993 Stars Ave, McKinney, Texas 75070). There will be four total classes before auditions and all of these classes will fall on either a Monday or a Wednesday (dates are below). Registration will begin 20 minutes before each class. Cost per individual prep class is $35. Ladies may also pay in advance which reserves their spot in the class. Walk-ups are welcome until the class is full. All prep classes are non-refundable.
What to expect:
Prep Class Dates:
Attire for Auditions:
For more information regarding prep classes or auditions, please visit DallasStars.com/IceGirls
NHL hockey is one sport that needs to be seen live to obtain the full magnitude of the speed. TV coverage does not do it justice. The replays on the arena screen are great. Also another problem with TV is that they don’t cover the Lightning Girls but, I do so enjoy the album of photos from the last month of games.
Erin and Taylor
Lightning Girls in Winter Whites
Well I guess technically not Ice Girls since they are deemed too hot to be allowed on the Ice during games!!
Saw a great game the other night as the Lightning scored in the last 60 seconds to beat the Blue Shirts from Madison Square Garden.
Added a batch of photos to the back of Lightning Girls album—enjoy:
Kelly and Taylor
Erin and Liz
Erica Taelor Alyssa Cady Kori Erin Amy Elena
Click the photo above for the Lightning Girls Flickr Gallery.
The Tampa Bay Lightning opened the season last Thursday with an exciting overtime victory versus the Philadelphia Flyers. Props to the NHL for implementing the new 3 on 3 format in overtime. Helter-Skelter action goal to goal.
The Lightning Girls loss some impressive talent to retirement but added some great rookie keepers. Hooray!!!
Kori, Erica, Elena, Cady, Alyssa (captain), Taelor, Taylor, Liz, Amy, Erin.
Fan favorite alum captain Crystal returns to be coach and mentor to the squad.
Rachael starts the season on the injury list.
Rookie Taylor, Miami Dolphin Cheer alum, joins the squad after relocating to Tampa.
Veterans Erica and Taelor
Kori and rookie Elena
Rookies Anna and Erin
Kori, inattentive Kelly, Alyssa and Erica
SI.com: The New York Islanders will cart plenty of tradition along with them as they make their move from the Nassau Coliseum to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center for the 2015-16 season. But one longstanding tradition will be very noticeable by its absence: the Islanders Ice Girls. In their place will be a co-ed ice crew charged with “helping create the best ice possible as mandated by the NHL.” Back in 2001, the Isles were the first NHL club to create a cheerleader-style Ice Girls squad that, along with performing various promotional duties, was charged with shoveling loose snow off the ice at stoppages.
Check out the hilarious outtakes that come with hours of shooting during the 14-15 calendar shoot.
Kings Vision was on hand for the 14-15 Ice Crew calendar photo shoot! Check out this profile featuring all the Ice Crew Guys!
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