by Patrick Hoffman on 11/14/11 at 06:40 PM ET
This hockey blogger needs no introduction.
You all know him and his work well on the great Puck Daddy Blog. If you have negative feelings about Ryan and his work, please put them aside and check out the e-mail interview I conducted with him below.
By reading it, you will find out how Ryan got into hockey, how he became a hockey blogger, how he started his own web site and of course, how he got the great gig with Puck Daddy.
PH: How did you get into hockey?
RL: When I was about nine or 10 years old, my dad bought season tickets to the local college hockey team. I liked hockey just fine having been to a Bruins game or two, but it wasn’t by any means my favorite sport. For some reason, seeing it at the college level — the accessibility, the size of the rink, the fan rituals, whatever — hooked me. My parents used to punish me by making me stay home from those games.
PH: Growing up, who was your favorite team/player?
RL: I didn’t really have a favorite team I guess but my favorite player was always Teemu Selanne. When I was may be 12 or so, I went to a Bruins game with my dad on a Thursday night and I just remember being totally transfixed by him. Everything on the ice gravitated toward him. It was fascinating seeing the level of influence a player like that has on a game.
PH: At what point in your life did you know that you wanted to be a hockey blogger?
RL: I don’t know that I ever just decided that. It just kind of happened. But I’m really glad it did.
PH: How did you come up with the Two Line Pass?
RL: I was covering sports for a newspaper but got laid off, and I just got kind of bored not writing about hockey. So I started something to talk about hockey, and specifically everything that I thought was stupid about it. Hence the name of the blog: the two-line pass is the worst rule in hockey history. It did way more damage than the trap ever could have.
PH: What did you try to provide readers on the Two Line Pass?
RL: What I think are insightful opinions and comedy. It took a while to figure out exactly what I wanted it to be. In fact, I probably didn’t fully figure that out until I started at Puck Daddy.
PH: How were you able to get a gig with Puck Daddy?
RL: I kind of backed into it. I was sending my posts to Greg just to get links and stuff, and I’d been doing What We Learned on there for a while. One day I sent a WWL link, and Greg asked if I wanted to do that for Yahoo instead.
PH: What do you try to provide Puck Daddy readers with when you write?
RL: Same thing as on TLP, I guess. I want to make people laugh and really think about hockey on a deeper level than just “I’m a fan of (team).” I hope it’s worked on some level.
PH: You seem to have a lot of haters out there for one reason or another. How do you deal with it in a positive way when you write/blog?
RL: Usually, the negative opinions of me come because I don’t like their favorite team or, more accurately, they think I don’t like their favorite team. More often, I don’t have a strong opinion one way or the other. I don’t care what they think or say, to be honest.
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Patrick has a tremendous passion for hockey. Besides covering the Rangers and the NHL for Kukla's Korner, you can also find Patrick's work over at Sportsnet.ca, The Red Light District Hockey Blog, NHL Home Ice, and Liam Maguire's Ultimate Hockey web site.
Prior to writing for the above mentioned outlets, you could find Patrick's musings at hockey web sites/outlets such as TheHockeyNews.com, TheFourthPeriod.com, Spector's Hockey, Hokeja Vestnesis, Blueshirt Bulletin, SNYRangersBlog.com and many more.
For questions, comments and hip checks, feel free to e-mail Patrick at firstname.lastname@example.org.