by Patrick Hoffman on 08/14/11 at 02:10 PM ET
While I have done many an e-mail interview with this particular hockey personality, I finally had the honor and privilege to speak with this man over the phone today regarding his new role at Rogers Sportsnet.
Many of you puckheads know who this man is, especially if you are from Canada or you read one of his many Tweets on Twitter. What you may not know, however, is that Jeff Marek is no longer with Hockey Night in Canda or Hockey Night in Canada Radio, an outlet that he made his home for the past few seasons.
“My contract expired with CBC,” Jeff Marek said. “Scott Moore, a former boss of mine at CBC, and now an executive in the hockey department at Roger Sportsnet, came to me and told me what he had in mind for Sportsnet’s hockey department for the next five to ten years and how I can grow within the company.”
It was simply an offer that Marek could not refuse.
“It was a fantastic offer for me to be involved with television, radio, digital and print,” Marek said.
While Marek will not officially be underway with his new outlet until the hockey season begins, he has already established himself as one of the outlets’ bloggers while also being involved in other areas at Sportsnet.
“It is funny because in early July, my new bosses told me to take a vacation,” Marek said. “That did not last long for me as I was itching to do something so since then, I have been doing various radio spots and have also been given my own blog.”
His new blog, titled “The Sheet” should be considered a must read for all hockey fans. Jeff knows his stuff, works hard every single day, is extremely passionate about the game of hockey, and loves to keep busy covering ther game.
“It is about the discipline of doing something every day,” Marek explained. “I loved doing HNIC Radio everyday so I want to make sure that I do not fall out of that kind of position or mindspace. The blog allows me to do something daily.”
For Marek, the blog is about introducing himself to readers and helping them to get a feel of what he will bring on a daily basis.
“My blog contains stuff about the future of the game, junior hockey and what is going on at the NHL level right now,” Marek said. “It is dumb hockey information in my head that I need to get out.”
Something that Marek has enjoyed regarding the blog is when he looks at what happened on a certain day in hockey history.
“I definitely love and enjoy doing research on the game,” Marek admitted. “It is a fun way for me to start my morning.”
Marek is also a big proponent of Twitter, something he has become used to utilizing every single day.
“When it comes to Twitter, I am going to keep doing the same thing that I have been doing, which is feeding Twitter first when I get information,” Marek said. At the end of the day, most of the information I get, I end up surrendering to the beast that is Twitter.
With that in mind, Marek hopes to use Twitter to allow fans to get involved with his new gig at Sportsnet.
“I am trying to get as many readers as I can involved with the blog via Twitter,” Marek said. “So far, I have done daily Twitter profiles in my blog and hope to in the future, use Twitter in some kind of podcast format.”
Simply put, Marek loves the opportunity he has been given at Rogers Sportsnet.
“It is an opportunity for me to get my beak in a number of different fountains,” Marek said. “It is also an opportunity that no one else could offer.”
So, if you have not done so yet, please make sure to follow Marek on Twitter and get familiar with his work on Sportsnet because simply put, Marek is one of the best hockey personalities in the business.
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