S7S: As someone who grew up in Ottawa, did you ever expect there'd be an NHL team in the city?
JD: Probably not. I don't remember thinking about it much. I have this vague memory of a WHA team playing a game or two in Ottawa? Did I dream this? Should probably Google it. But that felt like a huge deal, so I guess I never reallyeven dared to dream of an NHL team.
S7S: I can remember when for a little while you were writing a weekly article in the Ottawa Citizen. You've also written a few books. Are you happy that most of your work has ended up being in TV, or do you wish that you'd been able to do more writing?
JD: I love writing. There is a permanence to it that TV doesn't have. I never have someone come up to me and say, "That was a great panel you did during the Sens/Sabres game 6 years ago...but people remember columns that I sometimes don't even remember writing. I feel like writing gives you a chance to create some tiny (mostly irrelevant) piece of art (*I am not calling myself an artist!). I wish I could do more, but the TV sked, and a busy family life makes it difficult.
S7S: You have become a very recognizable face, arguably more famous than most hockey players. Did you ever think that could happen? What are some of the benefits or drawbacks from becoming a celebrity?
JD: No way I ever thought that could happen. It's ludicrous really. I remember at a World Juniors in Buffalo, Bob and I were chatting with Kevin Lowe and a fairly large group of fans gathered, asking for photos. They were all giving their cameras to Kevin Lowe to take the pics of Bob and me. I felt so stupid. This guy has a handful of Stanley Cup rings and they are ignoring him to get pics with us. It's insane. They aren't many drawbacks to being known in our country. People are very nice. Canadian sportscaster is about a Y on the A-Z celebrity scale, so paparazzi isn't a huge issue.
S7S: There's been a lot of discussion recently in Ottawa about dealing with criticism on social media. It doesn't take very much work to find trolls who insult you every time you post anything on Twitter. How do you manage with that? Do you ever take any of the comments personally?
JD: I have gotten much better. I hit the block button and move on. I suppose I'm human and occasionally something will bother you. But I fully realize you are never going to please everyone. Once you embrace that, you're good.
S7S: You've produced a number of funny segments for TSN, including a Hangover parody and one with Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider joking about their battle to be the starting goalie. What's different about working on projects like those? What drives you to create segments like that? (I'm assuming it's a lot of work.)
S7S: Who have provided some of the best interviews you've done? What makes somebody a great interview?
S7S: Working with insiders like Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger, and Pierre LeBrun, are you ever surprised by how much they know about what's going on in the league?
S7S: There has been criticism of hockey media in general that there are very few women involved, and none used as analysts. Do you see that changing anytime soon?
S7S: I think most Canadians still miss seeing Jay and Dan in the morning. What's one of your favourite memories of those two?
S7S: Sens fans get very frustrated that there's still a prevailing thought in the NHL that Erik Karlsson can't play defence. Do you think Karlsson is a defensive liability, or do you think he's the best example of being a defenceman in the new NHL?
S7S: What do you think is the biggest weakness with the 2015-16 Sens?
S7S: And lastly, which team do you think will win the Cup?