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Here’s what it’s like to cover the Stanley Cup Final

Northeastern graduate Rachel Holt has covered two Super Bowls, the 2017 NBA Draft, and the 2018 NHL Awards. Now, she’s reporting on the Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues for the New England Sports Network. Photo courtesy of Rachel Holt.

Northeastern graduate Rachel Holt has covered two Super Bowls, the 2017 NBA Draft, and the 2018 NHL Awards.

Now, she’s reporting on the Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues for the New England Sports Network.

Holt credits her time at Northeastern with igniting her passion for sports reporting. As a student, she covered hockey, basketball, volleyball, and other sports as a sideline reporter for Northeastern Athletics. Photo courtesy of Rachel Holt.

“I’m thrilled to be covering the Stanley Cup this season,” says Holt, who graduated from Northeastern in 2013 with a degree in communication studies. “There’s an electric energy around the Bruins right now.”

Holt reflected on covering Boston’s run to capture the Cup as the Bruins prepared to face off against the Blues in game five of the best-of-seven championship series on Thursday at TD Garden in Boston. She says the Garden was rocking for the first two games of the series, which were played last week.

“It can get incredibly loud in TD Garden,” says Holt. “I think I have a smile on my face the throughout the whole game.”

Holt says she has had the chance to learn from some of the best minds in hockey throughout Boston’s Cup run. She produces Facebook Live reports between periods with Bruins analysts such as Billy Jaffe, Andy Brickley, and Barry Pederson, who discuss strategy and what they think the Bruins can do to win. 

“It’s just fun to work with people who’ve been following the team and literally know everything about it,” says Holt. “They’re really consummate professionals.”

Holt credits her time at Northeastern with igniting her passion for sports reporting. As a student, she covered hockey, basketball, volleyball, and other sports as a sideline reporter for Northeastern Athletics.

After she graduated, Holt secured a job with a CBS-affiliate in Twins Falls, Idaho, as an on-air anchor and reporter, which required her to shoot, edit, and report stories all on her own. She says that the experience improved her production skills and confidence in front of a camera.

As for the Cup, Holt predicts that the Bruins will win in seven games and bring another championship to the city of Boston. The Blues lead the series three games to two, and will have a chance to hoist the Cup on Sunday if they can win game six in St. Louis. “It’s going to be intense,” she says.

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