by Patrick Hoffman on 07/21/11 at 12:38 PM ET
In what has been an extremely busy offseason in the NHL, NHL.com’s deputy managing editor, Adam Kimelman, was kind enough to take some time to tell us about how he got into hockey, how he became a hockey writer, and how he got a gig with NHL.com.
PH: How did you get into hockey?
AK: During the 1989 playoffs, one of the kids in my Hebrew school class brought a 5-inch Sony Watchman to class so he could watch Flyers-Penguins playoff series. I got into the game, and was even more into it seeing how excited everyone around me was getting. Then not long after came Lindros, and after that I was hooked.
PH: Growing up, who was your favorite team and player? Why?
AK: The Flyers, based on geography—growing up in South Jersey, they were the team closest to me. Favorite player probably was Lindros, because when I was really getting into hockey, he was just so dominant.
PH: At what point in your life did you know that you wanted to work in the hockey industry?
AK: Probably not until I started covering the Flyers in 2002 for the Trenton Times. I had been working on the editing desk and just wanted to cover something on a full-time basis. We had an ECHL team in Trenton, the Trenton Titans, and the guy who was covering them left for a job at ESPN, and that’s the job I originally wanted. Our Flyers guy also wanted the job, which I didn’t know, and our sports editor told me he was going to give it to him. I was fine with that, but then the sports editor asked me if I wanted to take his spot covering the Flyers. Took me about 2 seconds to say yes.
PH: Prior to joining NHL.com, what other outlets did you cover hockey for?
AK: Just the Trenton Times. I covered the Flyers for them from 2002 until the end of the 2006 playoffs. I also occasionally covered the Trenton Titans, in that same span, including their purchase and name change to the Trenton Devils.
PH: How did you get a gig at NHL.com?
AK: Phil Coffey, who was in charge of editorial at NHL.com, had worked at the Trenton Times before my arrival at the paper. When a mutual friend retired in 2006 from the Times, Phil came back for a party and we met. I knew he worked at NHL.com, and by that time I was looking for another job. I made sure I met Phil and let him know how much I would love working for NHL.com. He told me to send him my resume, and that, along with a few strong recommendations, helped me get hired in October 2007.
PH: What are your primary responsibilities at NHL.com?
AK: As deputy managing editor, I straddle the line between writing and editing. I have a role in programming the website on a daily basis. I’m also heavily involved in our draft coverage, turning it into a year-round series of stories promoting the next generation of stars. And I cover a number of regular-season games, mostly out of Philadelphia based on the fact that I live just outside of the city.
PH: What are you trying to bring readers on a daily basis?
AK: I believe there really are two elements in every good story—entertainment and education. And we try to do both for our fans—present them solid information in an entertaining, interesting fashion.
PH: Now onto some actual hockey, what did you think of the NHL season as a whole?
AK: I thought the playoffs were great, as always. I had a lot of fun watching the Bruins, both in person during their semifinal series against the Flyers and on television. I thought they were very worthy champions.
And I also enjoy watching certain players that I’ve had good dealings with or become friendly with over the years. Mark Recchi and Dennis Seidenberg were with the first Flyers team I covered and were such class acts, so I was real happy to see them win. I’ve known Steven Stamkos since before he was drafted, so it was nice watching him go through his first playoffs. Danny Briere has become a friend over the last few years in Philadelphia—he wrote a great foreword for my book, “100 Things Every Flyers Fan Should Know and Do Before They Die”—and watching him have a great season and another strong playoff run was fun for me.
So rather than root for particular teams, I enjoy watching certain players have success.
PH: Any other thoughts you’d like to share with Kukla’s Korner readers?
AK: I hope people follow what we’re doing at NHL.com, because I believe it really is the best source for hockey information on the Internet. And if anyone wants to follow me on Twitter, my handle is @NHLAdamK.
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