The kids took over Sunday afternoon against the Edmonton Oilers, and some may just take over their fathers ’jobs after their impressive performances.
Bally Sports Ohio broadcaster Jody Shelley and studio analyst Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre were given a run for their money when their sons Owen Shelley and Dennyn Grand-Pierre took over on the mics.
Jean-Luc was replaced by the junior hyphenator next to Brian Giesenschlag at the desk for the Blue Jackets Live pregame show on the organization’s Kids Takeover Day, while Owen Shelley joined the talk from his dad’s usual spot between the benches, sporting his father’s headset.
As a young hockey player himself, Dennyn spoke about his take on the young Blue Jackets roster, looking confident and comfortable in front of the camera regardless of how nervous he was.
“I was elated to be able to do this,” Dennyn said. “I had a really good time. It’s really cool to see what he does. I was really nervous at first, but once I started talking, I loved it.”
Jean-Luc may be a pro at broadcasting having joined the Bally Sports Ohio team three seasons ago, but Dennyn – a junior at New Albany High School – is a pro at doing his homework, which is exactly what he did.
“I studied up on what he does, what works, what doesn’t,” Dennyn said. “One piece of advice that he gave me was to keep eye contact with the camera and to just not overthink it.”
CBJ fans witnessed how impressive Dennyn was on air, and his father saw it too.
“I was a little nervous about how he was going to be on camera, but clearly he did his homework because he was perfect,” Jean-Luc said. “I think he looked better tonight than I did my first time.
“I am super proud. Honestly, I was a little nervous for how he was going to react, but clearly, all the tips I and all the other broadcasters gave him worked because he did really well.”
13-year-old Owen Shelley was next on the air, giving viewers a rundown on Blue Jackets center Cole Sillingerwho is only five years older than young Owen.
“Yeah that was fun, I enjoyed it,” Owen Shelley said. “I enjoyed being down there and experiencing what he does every night, and I enjoyed wearing the headset.”
Jody had nothing but good things to say about his son’s performance.
“Oh, I was so proud,” he said. “I was really impressed with how he handled it. I knew he was going to be a little nervous because he was unsure of what was going to happen, but Brian Giesenschlag is such a pro and he just led down that path and did a great job. ”
Afterwards, Jean-Luc was shocked but delighted when his son said that he had never considered pursuing what his dad does, but he is sure thinking about it now.
Soon to be college bound, Dennyn may still have some decision making to do before he decides to follow in his dad’s footsteps, but Owen, only in seventh grade, knows exactly what his future looks like.
“I’m going to be in the NHL,” Owen said.
After Owen’s time on an NHL bench, his dad is more than happy to have him continue to follow in his footsteps.
“He can take my job,” Jody said.