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CORSI IN THE BOOTH AT WINTER GAMES

Thursday, 02.25.2010 / 3:18 PM / Olympic Winter Games
By Erin Pollina  - Sabres.com
Jim Corsi (Getty Images)
When it comes to hockey, Jim Corsi has tried it all.

He has played professionally, as a netminder in the NHL as well as overseas (with the Edmonton Oilers and Quebec Nordiques and internationally for Europe, Russia and China).

He has had plenty of experience behind the bench, spending the last decade with the Buffalo Sabres as a goaltending coach - in addition to managing at the collegiate and junior level previously.

Corsi has even been involved in the Olympics as early as 1984 when he played for the Italian National Team.

So what’s left?

Thanks to Italian television, Corsi can also add broadcasting to his resume.

Serving as perhaps the Sabres’ seventh member of the organization in Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Games, Corsi worked as a color commentator, covering - among all things - hockey.

“It was an exceptional opportunity,” Corsi said. “As a reporter you get to see everything. As a coach, as I was in 2006, I was focused on Team Italy. So I was able to see a lot of other clubs and what they did and how they did it.”

The Quebec native said he first got involved with broadcasting when he was a player overseas. Because the seasons were shorter, wrapping up in March, there were times when NHL games were on television instead.

“I guess that I had enough Italian in me that I could speak it well enough that they could understand me,” Corsi said. “They really enjoyed it and I obviously had fun with it too.”

This time around the Quebec native wanted to just take the experience in with the event being played in his native country. He also said he got to fully appreciate the level of overall competition.

“What was quite interesting was that because there were a lot of NHLers in the tournament, the small rink wasn’t as big an issue as far as figuring out how to play,” he said. “On an emotional level, in all the events, I saw what it means to every kid there.

“I saw how much it hurt, how much it was fun, how much it was glory and how much it was pain. These kids work for years and years …when they win it was like sheer childhood and when they lose it was like a total pain. I came out of that as a person, and as a coach, with a better understanding of what athletes are made of. That, for me was the final frontier.”

As far as hockey career goes, it’s also another avenue Corsi has had the opportunity to explore.

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