Hello. The headline says it all. Puck the Media is no longer an independent entity after nearly four years of existing in this format.
This is the new Puck the Media. Though it is not necessarily it’s own website (it will be a section of SB Nation’s main NHL site), you will be able to access it via PucktheMedia.com. Try it now, go ahead. You’ll see new material there starting Thursday. Very little will change. There will still be tons of ratings info, and announcer listings, and all that good stuff. There will be so much more.
I have been credentialed to cover the 2012 Stanley Cup Final, and will be assisting SB Nation’s Travis Hughes in tag-teaming the site’s Stanley Cup coverage. I couldn’t be more thrilled that I’ll be able to cover the games from both a hockey and ratings standpoint. It’s quite the dream come true. That said, Puck the Media itself will remain hockey media, and you’ll see all my other stuff on the regular SBN NHL website.
There will be a lot more opinion on the new site, but there won’t be much of the bloat (i.e. press releases) that would fill space over here. The result is a lot better situation for both you, the reader, and me, the writer.
There are a lot of people I think deserve thanks at this moment. First and foremost is Greg Wyshynski, who has been both a friend and mentor since I was about 16 years old and he found me through a Devils message board (homer). Through his advice and guidance – and more importantly, linking to this webspace – he made this a site for people to go to. There are so many people that have their credibility in hockey writing/blogging because Wyshynski helped give it to them. I hope I remain good enough to stay on those headline posts.
Travis Hughes also gets singled out, because he’s chosen to hire me, and I still owe him for the ride he gave me back home from the Winter Classic. I get the feeling he’s just piling up favors at this point, but he’s a solid man for a Philadelphian and I am very grateful.
I also need to thank numerous PR people and folks at various networks, who have helped this place survive and thrive on their information. People like Schuyler Baehman (who helped inspire this) and the fabulous Kerry McGovern at the NHL, formerly Katie Bradshaw and now Leslie Byxbee and Meier Ravich at VERSUS, Chris McCloskey and Adam Freifield at NBC. James Lamont and Bryan Frenehy, who do the PR work for the CBC, Chobi Liang at TSN, and everyone at the multitude of publishing companies that have helped out.
Thanks to some other people who have helped out in the past and present. Numerous writers, bloggers and broadcasters have been supremely helpful and kind when I was an annoying kid seeking advice or an interview. Many of them have provided that, and others have become just good friends. People like (and I hope some of you don’t have a problem being name-dropped) Mike Emrick, Pete Weber, John Forslund, Joe Beninati, Bob Harwood, Billy Jaffe, John Buccigross, Chris Botta, Eric Hornick, Chris Peters, Nate Ewell, Mike Chen, Paul Kukla, Sean Leahy, Barry Petchesky, Adrian Dater, Katie Baker, Ted Starkey, Sean Gentille, Ryan Lambert, Scott Wasilewski, Ken Fang, Ben Wright, Joe Favorito, David Sarch, John Fischer, Jim “Boomer” Gordon and everyone at XM Home Ice, the folks at Sportsnet 590 and everyone at Brady and Lang, Adam and Derek from The Pensblog, Jeff Marek, and Seth Rorabaugh. There are others. I’m sorry I neglected you. It took me two months to think of all these names.
There are a lot of my friends and family members who really don’t care about hockey much (or at all) who would read this website just out of blind faith that their friend knew what he was talking about. Jimmy Mona, Patrick D’amico, Samantha Murray, Jim Moretto, Stacy Blauvelt, Daniel Iorio and others. Some of you know about hockey, and some of you do not care, thank you for reading either way out of friendship and loyalty. I appreciate it either way.
I thank my parents, obviously. My dad reads the site a lot, and I guarantee he wouldn’t read it if it wasn’t any good. He has high standards. Plus, my mom woke me up for that radio spot I did this morning.
This is very much going to be the same website it was before, just better and more efficient. It’ll still be the same voice and it will never be watered down, and there will be more access. It can only get better, right? I hope so. Please join me at the next gig, won’t you?