Off The Ice With The Goon Himself: Doug Smith

goon.jpgBOSTON, MA- You may have seen the movie. You may have read the book. Yet until you’re staring at the 6’2 “Goon” himself, you have no idea the terror his presence set into the minds of those he went toe-to-toe with on the ice as an enforcer. He’s tall, he’s focused, and he’s not afraid to take a couple punches from anyone who gets in the way of him protecting those around him.  Even outside of the game, the 6’2 former professional fighter Doug Smith instantly commands the room with his presence: if not for his height, the former fight man’s contagious smile and genuine kindness can be spotted a mile away.

The son of an amateur boxer, Smith says his father didn’t want him in the ring at all and refused to take him to any of his games. Yet it was Smith’s own mother who recognized his passion for the pastime, and secretly took him to watch his first fight without his father knowing. “I think from a young age I enjoyed that sport..My father thought it was dangerous but I wanted to at least try it.” Little did they both know at the time that this game would be the start of an incredible career that lead Smith to do a bit of boxing of his own that started him on the path to a book, movies, and a career he truly fell in love with.

How did that one his mother took him to kickstart his future as an enforcer? Despite discovering his love for fighting, Smith was still a teenager that loved to hang out with his friends just as much as anyone else who simple got roped into playing a game of hockey on a local pond. “I didn’t play hockey as a kid growing up. I didn’t start skating until I was 19 on a pond in Hanover, and a friend of mine persuaded me to learn to skate just to hang out. It really started to snowball in the fighting aspect, and they said ‘You know, if you could keep your balance, and you can fight, you can really do something with this.’ We never imagined it would go as far as it did.” Once he began officially working as an enforcer for the AHL, Smith realized he found his true passion. “I enjoyed the fighting aspect-I know it sounds crazy, but I enjoyed the competition,” said Smith was a sparkle in his eye just reminiscing on his favorite moments on the ice. Many thrilling fights, long road trips, black eyes and missing teeth later, Smith remains humble about his experience to this day. “Listen, my story is simple: I didn’t write books and I didn’t have movies because I won my fights. In fact, I probably lost most of my fights. But it was an underdog story-I didn’t have my first organized hockey game until I was 22 years old, and that’s really late. So I think the public absorbed it more as a longshot guy who just happened to make it.” Despite his success, Smith says although his mother spent many years supporting her son in every way possible in his road to success there is still one thing she’s refused to do: “She’s had no interest in watching the movie, and I don’t think she should, either. It’s too vulgar for her!” he explains.

Today, Smith continues to serve as a protector for those around him as an Officer with the Hanson Police Department, and gives back to his community through various charities including Skate For The 22 Foundation. On top of all he does daily, Smith confirmed for fans The Goon franchise isn’t going anywhere. “There might be a third movie,” he revealed to us with a sly smile.

Want to hear more from Doug Smith’s interview? Watch the full episode of his in-studio visit below!

 

Cheers to 2019: The BosBabes Celebrate First Annual Holiday Special With Big News!

When NFL Cheerleader & Founder of StrongHer Organization Alicia Capone walked into the studio on the evening of our 2019 Holiday Special, there was something very different about her. It wasn’t that she’d just been rushing from work to come and join us, and of course she wasn’t nervous about jumping into the studio with us like she’d done before. No, I recognized the smile ear to ear of a girl who’d just recently heard the words that were about to change both her name and her life: Alicia was rocking a GORGEOUS engagement ring, and was ready to share the news with the world.

Yet Alicia’s proposal was one that would bring envy to any true New England fan (and according to her mother, a hard secret to keep!). Much to her surprise, Alicia had been proposed to on the field of Gillette Stadium: and her now-fiancee had worked hard to make sure both of their families were there in person to watch it all happen. With a little help from her fellow cheerleaders, players’ families and even Coach Belichick himself, Alicia’s fairytale moment on the field became a reality with just enough tickets to make sure her family could be there to hold up signs when the big moment came. “Andrea (Andrea Cadigan, Head Cheerleader of the New England Patriots) kept hugging me so that I wouldn’t turn around and notice the signs or see my family in the stands,” Now looking back, no one was talking to me third or fourth quarter and there were all these little hints to put more makeup on or lipstick, one of my teammates started brushing my hair..I didn’t think anything of it!” As she was waiting to do what she thought was walking a former veteran on the field, she began to notice signs but says it all felt like a beautiful blur. “I remember being so excited that I can’t even remember what he said, or what I SAID, so I went up to him after the game and was like ‘I don’t remember if I said yes, but YES!’ just to make sure,” she laughed. This is actually pretty common to be so excited you don’t remember your proposal: co-host Emmalyn, who recently got married in September, said she felt the same way and was so excited she stood back in awe and their families had actually been nervous she’d said no! Of course, this wasn’t the case for either of the happy couples, and now Alicia says she has pictures and memories that will last her a lifetime as she and Sean diving head first into planning for a 2021 wedding.

Beside Alicia, yet another guest was waiting with a big surprise reveal of his own. Hold The Line Hockey Tournament Founder Nik Tasiopoulos who organizes the local charity event bringing former Bruins players to play vs. local first responders to benefit fallen heroes in our communities announced he and his fiance are expecting their first child in May. “For the first one, we like the name Jackson,” Nik said with a smile that confirmed  he and his fiance are planning for more children to come in the Tasiopoulos household. Yet that’s not all that’s in store for 2020: Nik revealed he and his fiance are also planning for a September wedding at Granite Links in Quincy, an elegant golf course that boasts a beautiful view of the Boston skyline. On top of all of that, Nik is already also planning for Hold The Line 2020 to benefit Officer Gresca and his family of Waltham. “It’s amazing how the first responder and hockey community overlaps, and we already have a waiting list of first responders ready to play in August of 2020.”

Looking to learn more about Alicia & Nik? Check out our full episode below!

 

In The Octagon With Charles Rosa

BOSTON- Fresh out of the ring from his Friday night victory in TD Garden, MMA Champion Charles “Boston Strong” Rosa greeted us outside of the studio with a smile from ear to ear and open arms for a big hug.

There was absolutely no inclination that just days prior, the Peabody native had been toe-to-toe with his opponent throwing swings in the octagon, breaking the record for most wins all-time in his hometown stadium of TD Garden. Except, of course, for a small mark under his right eye. “You can barely see that hit, huh?” I said, standing in awe of how well put together he looked after what I could only imagine was both a mentally and physically draining event. I had to ask, “What did you use to heal that up so fast?!” Rosa

smiled, “Nothin’ actually, I’ve always healed quick like that, I dunno. I just like to think it’s ’cause I’m healthy and take care of myself.” As we stood on the sidewalk in Quincy in what was a unique situation-a potential gas leak in studio just before we were set to air-Charles’ easygoing demeanor and genuine kindness radiated through his thick Boston accent and multiple thank you’s to the first responders of the Quincy Fire Department. This was all just a glimpse into the man we were about to get to know.

Once we got the all-clear and were finally ready to air, our first order of business tointroduce the guest of honor was rolling footage of him cooking up one of his standard pre-fight meals in the Johnson & Wales kitchen where he once attended. What’s on the menu? “Bland” chicken with just a bit of cayenne pepper, NO olive oil or salt and some fresh vegetables on the side. On the off days, however, Rosa’s favorite cheat meal is  homemade chicken parm! “Always on Sunday my Dad would have a big Italian dinner planned for us and we’d watch football,” says Charles, who grew up surrounded by family, food and sports. “The guidance counselor asked me what I wanted to do, and I said I wanted to play hockey, I wanted to be in the NHL. And they kinda laughed a little bit and said ‘You can’t go to school for that, what do you want to do? So, what are your other hobbies?’ And I said, well, I loved eating, I love cooking food- huge sports fan, huge food fan, huge Boston fan.” 

 

Yet his rough-and-tumble background stayed top of mind with fond memories of wrestling on his backyard full-size trampoline after sports games, and at 23 years old Rosa began training for jiu-juitsu.  “All my boys would come over after lacrosse practice, after hockey practice, whatever, and we’d go on the trampoline and jump and we’d just wrestle each other and pretty much play king of the mat,” he recalled, laughing at the irony that both himself and one of his childhood friends grew up to become professional fighters.

While they may be two of his favorite things, Rosa says it’s not just food & fights on mind. Hanging around Charles’ neck was a dog-tag shaped emblem that read the words “Chucky’s Fight,” representing his very own family’s charity foundation dedicated to knocking out substance abuse. “At 16 and 17, I lost my brothers to substance abuse,” he explained, telling the heartbreaking story of how his family dealt with the grief of losing  the two boys that Rosa had looked up to as role models. “I think the biggest thing about substance abuse and the drugs is education. I don’t think anybody goes out and says ‘Oh, I’m gonna go try heroin,’ like it kinda builds from starting from other drugs and maybe not being educated on it. So, that’s I think they key to solving that problem and that’s something my dad has dedicated his entire life to and that I go and help out. Sometimes I’ll go to schools, I’ll go to treatment centers, I’ll go to prisons and speak to the kids or adults about it and it’s been really successful.” The Chucky’s Fight foundation now helps those without funds to get into treatment centers and aid recovery, providing those who agree to make healthy lifestyle changes with a pendant to remind them of their commitment to recovery.

Want to learn more about Chucky’s Fight & Charles Rosa? Stay tuned for the link from his in-studio interview on The BosBabes!

From Tragedy to True Love: The Journey of Roseann Sdoia Materia

When the bomb went off at the Boston Marathon finish line on April 15, 2013, Roseann Sdoia Materia knew her life was about to change forever.

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One of her favorite things to do year after year had been to attend the Boston Marathon as a spectator; something her father introduced her to as a young girl and a tradition that she took pride in. Growing up right here in Massachusetts in a town called Dracut, she enjoyed a fun-loving childhood filled with those family traditions that included going to the annual Boston Marathon Red Sox games with her sister, and truly made the most out of growing up in the Boston area.

Roseann had always assumed that fateful day in April of 2013 would be just like the many years before. Yet when tragedy struck the year of the Boston Marathon bombings, Roseann found herself fighting for her own life. When she awoke from a coma, she learned she had lost her leg in the attack and would live with a prosthetic for the rest of her life. Little did she know, however, she had gained both a guardian angel and a soulmate in the first responder that saved her life. “He just kept showing up, sometimes with other firefighters, sometimes by himself, to check on me and make sure I’d made it through the night,” Materia now smiles, laughing back to how her mother had nudged her towards the “cute man” who kept showing up to her bedside.

Mike Materia, the firefighter that had taken her to safety during the attack, had been

determined to see Roseann through to recovery, leaving her to joke that there is “no one else” she’d rather shop for a prosthetic leg with. “He sometimes would leave little candies, little M&M’s or something in the leg as a joke and I’d know…oh, that’s Mike!” The couple’s story soon bloomed from the tragedy into a love story, and today Roseann said she couldn’t be happier to call the man that saved her life her husband.

Although for Roseann the day of the Boston Marathon tragedy still remains one of her darkest days, her positive attitude has helped her learn to see the light. After meeting her husband, learning to walk again with having one leg, and facing emotional trauma from the horror of the attack, Roseann has instead chosen to take a proactive approach to life. “I could have chosen to give up and sit on my couch, but I am a fighter,” she explains, stating this is something she gets from her mother. The courageous woman constantly immerses herself in motivational speaking, helping others cope with tragedy and lends a hand when people need advice about prosthetics. She even documented her experience  in a book called “Perfect Strangers”, which goes into detail of how complete strangers came together to build a new community following the tragedy.

Going Rogue: Meet Alan Rouleau

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When you mix a master businessman with a creative genius, you get the legend known as Alan Rouleau: the man behind the suits worn by some of the most prominent athletes and coaching staff in New England. The incredibly talented entrepreneur grew up right here in Massachusetts, with a business mindset from an early age. After owning multiple businesses and exploring options, one day Rouleau decided to test his hand at a menswear business after a client of his own “went rogue”, and discovered his passion for helping men to become their best selves through custom tailored suits (and even custom tailored beards!).

Alan Rouleau owns what Brittany likes to call the “Bentley of Barbershops”, a high end couture  menswear shop on Newbury Street in Boston. Alan provides a one stop shop for men to go in and get groomed by one of his master barbers while they browse his fine line of menswear, have a glass of whiskey, and get pampered- something he believes more men need to do. 

The fun doesn’t stop there. The place is filled with custom fabric, shirts, and ties galore! Men can get custom fitted from top to bottom for every occasion. While Alan has fitted many notable people for special occasions, he is also highly involved with local charities and giving back, we love him for that. If ever you ask him, he’ll bring out a book full of pictures of his handsome clients that required unique hand-tailored wardrobes due to rare conditions, and prides himself on never turning down the opportunity to put his talent to work in giving back to those in need.

Who are some of his top clients? One of his most well-known clients is New England Patriots very own legend… Bill Belichick. We all know Bill as this “serious” man on the  field, barely cracking a smile, staying focused on W’s and rocking the cut off hoodie. Yet off the field, there is much more to the wardrobe of New England’s favorite coach. Alan has fitted Bill for several special occasions, including the Kentucky Derby and Bill Belichick Foundation Fundraisers…if you haven’t checked out our Instagram already, take it from us- he looks like a star!

Most recently, Alan also had the chance to pamper Patriots receiver Julian Edelman. Edelman stopped in to get groomed and snap some photos with Patriots Cheerleading Captain Andrea Cadigan (who you’ll see below co-hosted this episode as Emmalyn was on her honeymoon in Puerto Rico!). Want to see some behind the scenes shots from Edelman’s visit to Rouleau’s shop? Look for the upcoming spread in the BostonMan Magazine! For now, learn more about Rouleau from the master himself with special guest co-host Andrea Cadigan on this episode of The BosBabes: 

 

Meet Chris Moquin

Screenshot 2019-10-04 19.18.06.pngGraduating college and heading off to the real world is what most young graduates do, but not for New Hampshire native Chris Moquin. Instead, he packed his bags and set off to play for a professional ice hockey team: the Syndey Bears in Australia.

While Moquin may be young, the hockey star is already a highly decorated athlete. Having played in college at Southern NH and for the Junior Monarchs team, he knows a thing or two about playing at competitive level. He’s also won multiple championships in his early years of play.

Growing up close to his friends and family, Moquin enjoyed playing sports as a part of his everyday life- golf and hockey were his two favorite pastimes. In studio, he joked around that still to this day he embraces his childhood by “eating like a child”, and enjoys chicken fingers at one of his favorite spots in New Hampshire.

Off the ice, Moquin is also highly involved with charity work and giving back. “I have a lot of experience helping little kids get into hockey, or helping them develop if they’ve started already,” he says.  “I also spent about a year working with a non profit organization called Safe Sports, which is a walk-in clinic, and sports injury therapy/treatment program for kids and teenagers in Southern NH.” Talk about a busy schedule!

 We are wicked excited for Chris’ next professional hockey team adventure! After winning the Goodall cup with the Sydney Bears, Moquin hopped on a plane (just 4 days after our in studio interview) and is now playing hockey in Amal Sweden. Wishing him all the best, he will be back in studio soon for an update.  For a burst of inspiration, catch his episode below!

 

From The Ice To The Diamond: Deanna Buonomo

deannaTomboy Alert! From Ice Girl to Red Sox WAG, former Boston Bruins Ice girl and Winthrop native Deanna Buonomo knows a thing or two about being one of the boys.

Having grown up close to the ocean with her family, mostly consisting of boys… Deanna spent a lot of her childhood playing street hockey, getting bruises playing outside, and watching the Boston Bruins with her mom and dad. Growing up, Deanna dreamed of becoming an ice girl for years-in our in studio interview, we learned it took 5 or 6 tries before even getting a call back! In her case, persistence was key and she finally made the team, happy  to support the black and gold both on the ice and at local charity events.

While Deanna loved the bonds she formed within the Bruins community, this Boston area native also lives out her love for sports with her boyfriend, Boston Red Sox pitcher Austin Maddox. In our interview she spilled the tea on her spring training travels, getting a puppy with Austin, and how amped up she was at the World Series ring ceremony watching her man receive his ring!

Click link below to catch this BosBabe approved episode for your viewing pleasure, and  find out for yourself where these two enjoy going on dates!

Meet Best-Selling Author Taylor Higgins

IMG_3281BOSTON-If you’ve ever been stuck in a toxic relationship, you know how easy it is to ignore the warning signs and lonely it can feel when your mind is being manipulated to believe that there is nothing you can do about it and have no one to turn to. One former Miss Teen Massachusetts and Boston Bruins Ice Girl wants you to know that you’re not alone, and urges men and women everywhere to be aware of warning signs.

The gorgeous blonde bombshell Taylor Higgins, New England area native and best-selling author wasn’t always so bubbly like she is now. Higgins says despite all the smiles and energy she poured into each game she worked, something much darker was going on behind the scenes that in reality, made her feel absolutely helpless. Her best selling book “Between The Stitching” outlines Higgins’ emotional rollercoaster  relationship with a minor league baseball player in the Red Sox organization. Having found her passion in writing, Taylor used this method as therapy to overcome the hurtful obstacles her relationship caused her soul. “I’ve always turned to writing as a way to get my feelings out,” says Higgins in our exclusive interview with her in studio. Although you’d truly have to read to believe some of the things she’s experienced, Higgins now knows she has come out stronger, more resilient, and better than ever- and takes her knowledge of toxic relationships with the hopes of helping readers over come their own personal traumas.

So, after you’ve conquered the ice, won a pageant crown, survived a traumatic relationship and turned it into a best-selling novel, what’s next? Higgins says she DOES plan on doing more writing more in the future.

Click link below to see the full episode of this jaw dropping interview. It will have you wondering, what else lies -Between The Stitching -.

 

Xoxo,

The BosBabes

 

 

 

WAG ENTREPRENUER: Lauren Melkus

BOSTON-Born and raised right here in the East Coast, WAG entrepreneur Lauren Melkus had a tough time deciding between rooting for the Red Sox or Yankees as a kid….okay Lauren, we get it…but we know you love Sox Nation more!

She grew up very sporty. As an active gymnast in her childhood years…she was tossed into the wonderful world of sports. In college, Lauren began working in the bridal industry while attending Endicott College, where she immediately became interested in customizing clothing. Around that same time, Lauren met her now boyfriend, Tim Boyle, who played college ice hockey. The two fell in love, and as she grew her career Tim went on to play professional hockey. It was in those years that Lauren got the idea to become the mastermind behind her brand, The Denim Blonde.

Being around many women that wanted a cute, fun way to support their S/O on the ice . We aren’t talking big, baggy over-sized jerseys (Co-Hosts Britt & Emma knows ALL about that-shopping in the kids section for sports items can get old!). Lauren, wanting more for herself and other women, started customizing girly fashion to support Tim for his games. This of course which turned into her creating items for her friends…and BOOM! A business was born.

Why do we love Lauren? The Denim Blonde is for women, created by a woman that specifically hand customizes & designs unique pieces to fit each client. Although she specializes in bridal wear and items for wives and girlfriends of professional athletes… Lauren can make any order custom to whatever you can dream up! Check out her website https://thedenimblonde.com/ for more information on how you can get an awesome jacket made just for you!

Watch her in studio interview with us… you might be surprised to find out what her favorite cereal is and her go-to amp up energy  song!  

Power Couple Alert: Tucker Healy & Sarah McMahon

Screen Shot 2019-07-24 at 12.14.30 PMBOSTON- POWER COUPLE ALERT. What do you get when you cross a former pro baseball player and a lifestyle publicist? The Ultimate power couple. The BosBabes sat down in the hot seats with New England area natives Tucker Healy and Sarah McMahon.

Tucker Healy was born and raised in Needham ,Massachusetts. His love for baseball started at an early age, and lead him to the local Cape Cod league. His father was a baseball coach and he admired players like the beloved former Red Sox player Nomar Garciaparra (#FastFact- BosBabes Co-host Brittany Baldi also loved Nomar growing up…she even had a cardboard cut out of him in her room!).

Tucker went off to play college ball at Ithaca as a closing pitcher before spending some time with The Oakland A’s and Seattle organization. In Nashville (AAA) he spent a lot of his time not just wowing fans in the crowd but making kids smile at local hospital visits. He loved the Seacrest Studio visits…just like the Gronk Bros!

Yet despite all of his success, Tucker was looking for someone to settle down with. One night out with friends at The Grand in Boston during his winter break last season, he ran into the (gorgeous) Sarah McMahon- a Rhode Island area native & local Boston publicist.  Sarah expressed that their relationship works really well because of their career paths, she is a publicist. As she explained, working in sports entertainment is a unique field.

Since Sarah is a bit of a sporty girly herself, working in sports publicity has been the perfect match for her dream career. She was a huge Boston Bruins fan as a kid, and also did competitive figure skating into her early teens (even the B’s were impressed with her fancy footwork!). Sarah enjoyed watching hockey with her dad growing up, and that it was always her dream to work with the Bruins. Fast forward to today, Sarah excitedly lived that dream out while working on the Boston Bruins PR team for 3 seasons. Her fondest memories were working with the kids, charities, and meeting Boston Bruin Patrice Bergeron. Sarah recently switched over to working with restaurant based clients… but will never forget her incredible experience with the Boston Bruins.

To hear more about Sarah and Tucker, keep an eye out for a video below coming soon! Catch you all July 29th on our next episode.

xo -The BosBabes
Catch the full video of Tucker & Sarah in studio below!