Schella shock absorber

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:09 AM ET

OTTAWA -- When Tom Preissing and his fiancee, Danielle, found out he had been traded from the San Jose Sharks to the Ottawa Senators, one of the first phone calls they received was from Chad Schella.

Schella is the Ottawa Senators director of player services.

Many teams have employees fill a similar role.

"I'm here to help the players and their families get settled," said Schella, "and be a trusted resource to the families for anything that comes up."

He helps players and their families with relocating and making the move to Ottawa and once they're here, doing whatever he can to make their time here comfortable.

It can be an adjustment, particularly for the wives, making the move from a big metropolis in the U.S. to a Canadian city.

"The two biggest complaints are usually about the quality of the shopping and the weather," said one Canadian wife of her American counterparts.

Schella can't do much about either of those items, but he can help with anything from arranging to have a player's car shipped to Ottawa to helping the family find a doctor.

The adjustment to Canada isn't as great as it used to be for American families, especially since Quebec City is no longer in the league.

The Quebec capital used to be a lonely outpost for an American wife who didn't speak French.

"Everything is 90% the same as the States," said Preissing, a native of Arlington Heights, Ill. Danielle is from Colorado.

"There's just more in the States. Instead of six brands of soap in the store here, there's 10 brands there.

"The transition here from the U.S. is as little culture shock as you can get... except for all the 'eh's,'" he said with a laugh.


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