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PORTER HAS HIS SIGHTS SET ON RETURN, FATHERHOOD

By Suzie Cool (@SuzKewl) | Published on April 20, 2020

It’s been over a month since the sports world came to a screeching halt, leaving everyone in its wake still reeling about all the events that transpired within a 24-hour time period.

Now we don’t have to keep reiterating the fact that the Rochester Americans were in the middle of a divisional game against the Binghamton Devils when the news about the NBA began to surface over timelines and radio waves. Or the fact that by the time their game ended back on that Wednesday night in mid-March, the first of many moves would be made to start the shutdown of the entire world of sports.

But if you ask Amerks captain Kevin Porter what his initial thoughts were back on March 11, it was simply just as shocking for him then as it is over a month later.

“It was a bit shocking because at that time we didn’t know how serious this really was. That night kind of put it into perspective that we were dealing with something serious and we knew that the NHL wouldn’t be far behind the NBA.”

The AHL followed suit the next day, electing to suspend the 2019-20 season and sending players back to their offseason homes for the foreseeable future. For Porter, thus began the trek back to Michigan began with his wife, Carrie, and mini Bernedoodle, Elle.

Fast forward to now and Porter’s previous statement still holds true, although he’s got more than enough to do to keep his mind off the uncertainty surrounding the fate of the season.

Porter spends a majority of his time taking Elle on multiple walks a day, organizing the house and catching up on all the Netflix shows that the season sometimes doesn’t permit you to binge all at once.

On top of all of that, he and Carrie are eagerly awaiting the arrival of their first baby in mid-May. Like any soon-to-be new dad expecting his first child, Porter has been busy putting the final preparations on the nursery, while staying game ready with daily workouts thanks to the Amerks strength and conditioning coach, Nick Craven.

Although Porter does seem to be enjoying his time to relax and take care of things while at home in Michigan, there are some major things that he misses about being back here in Rochester.

“Going to the rink and seeing the guys every day is always fun. Just kind of goofing around and hanging out with them at the rink and the coaches and the staff; it’s always nice.”

On top of the staff and his teammates that he’s surrounded by on a daily basis here in Rochester, Porter misses the restaurant scene that the city adds to his palette, and more importantly, playing hockey right here in front of the fans at The Blue Cross Arena.

Now as much as the Amerks captain misses being around his teammates and playing for you all, we all know how much you miss hockey here in the Flower City. While the Amerks 2019-20 season continues to remain at a standstill for the time  being, the only thing we can continue to do is promise you all that the players are ready to get back to Rochester and finish up what they started back on that Friday night in early October.

For now, though, we can leave you with a message from Porter to the fans anxiously awaiting a return to normalcy:

“Just stay safe, stay home and hopefully we’re getting close to the end of this sooner rather than later. I’m not sure if we’re going to come back and play or not, but I miss playing in front of everybody, going to the rink and hopefully everyone is staying safe.”