The Colorado Avalanche had an off day in Boston yesterday. So, the social media team followed a game played by Jesse Compher, JT’s sister.
The Colorado Avalanche traveled to Boston after their game in Montreal. They had faced the Leafs and the Canadiens in back-to-back road games. So, they took the day off on Friday.
Well, center J.T. Compher‘s sister attends Boston University — and she plays for the women’s hockey team there, also as a center. Compher and a couple of his buddies — you might recognize them as Tyson Jost and Samuel Girard — attended the game:
As did the Compher family:
And so, too, did the Colorado Avalanche’s excellent social media team. As always, they did an fantastic job of not only covering the event but making it engaging for the fans.
They started out by mic-ing up Jesse Compher:
They didn’t tweet out the audio — we’ll get that at a later date.
Whoa, when she’s getting into game form looks just as intense as her brother:
I make the comparison only because J.T. is renowned for his black stare. Unfortunately, you can’t see Jesse’s stare from behind the cage college players wear:
Meanwhile, Jesse’s proud brother, JT, got in on the picture-taking action:
Luckily for him, the hockey thing seems to be working out. I don’t think sports photographer is a potential career for him.
He’s apparently becoming more comfortable on the other side of the camera:
See what I mean about the black look? I wish we could get a shot of Jesse without her helmet on — I’m dying to know if she’s got the same look to match her equal competitiveness.
During the game, part of the crew talked with the Compher family, who were also in attendance. There’s going to be a video later, probably played during the next home game. Apparently Valerie Compher, the siblings’ mother, dished up some good stories.
Patrick Donnelly, who covers BU hockey, spoke with the Comphers about having two premier hockey players in the family. He got some good quotes from J.T. Click on the link above to read the whole thread, but here are some of the highlights from his interview:
"On growing up with he and Jesse coming up through the ranks of hockey: “It’s been fun. Neither of our parents, or anyone in the family, played hockey, so it’s been fun to see Jesse go up the ranks and do well . . .”"
"On if he and Jesse have a bit of a sibling rivalry: “Yeah, Jesse likes to compare, but she’s doing a great job. If she keeps playing the way she’s playing there’s gonna be a lot of good opportunities for her . . .”"
"On if he and Jesse train together over the off-season: “We trained together last summer and the summer before a little bit. The more she’s home, the more I get to see her and train with her. She works very hard, and she deserves everything she’s getting over here . . .”"
I love the pride that’s obvious JT has for his sister. In the above thread, he also goes into more detail about Jesse’s game. What’s more, the Compher parents talk a little bit about the familial situation between JT and Jesse — and their middle sister, Morgan. (No idea why she didn’t get a name that starts with J.)
Let’s finish off with a great goal from Jesse Compher:
The Colorado Avalanche have their own game tonight, facing the Bruins in Boston. I’m going to imagine the Comphers will be in attendance for that game, too.
Hopefully JT can make Jesse as proud tonight as she makes him.