by Patrick Hoffman on 12/29/08 at 12:57 AM ET
Since I’m sure all you die hard New York Ranger fans know what happened last night and know what this team needs to do to be better on a consistent basis, I figured I’d forget about talking about last night’s debacle against the New Jersey Devils and instead post an interview I did with a Rangers Blogger: Scotty Hockey.
Scotty was kind of enough to take time during this holiday season to tell us how he fell in love with the game and the Rangers, how he got into writing/blogging about hockey, what the future of hockey blogging will bring and of course, his outlook on the Blueshirts.
Enjoy and remember to visit Scotty Hockey for thoughts and opinions on the Broadway Blueshirts.
Goal Line Report: How did you first get into hockey?
Scotty Hockey: My first memory is from when I was three years old watching a Ranger game with my dad yelling “Shoot the puck Barry!!” at the television and my passion for the sport was born.
GLR: Growing up, who was your favorite team? How about your favorite player?
SH: The New York Rangers were, are and forever will be my favourite team. As for my fav player, John Vanbiesbrouck was the man! I also liked Jan Erixon and James Patrick a lot.
GLR: At what point in your life did you know that you wanted to get involved in hockey as a writer/blogger?
SH: I don’t think there was a particular point as I had always written about hockey when given a choice back in school and it has just carried forth to this day…
GLR: Name some of the outlets that you have written/blogged for and tell us how you think it led you to where you are today.
SH: I covered the Binghamton Rangers and the BC Icemen for both Just Hockey Magazine and Binghamton University’s campus newspaper. I think it led me to choose broadcast journalism instead because the pay at papers couldn’t match up, ha!
GLR: How did you come up with Scotty Hockey? What are you trying to bring Rangers/hockey fans who visit your blog?
SH: Both my dad and my best friend suggested that I start up a blog to give an outlet for my writing. Prior to that, I would type out long rants and send them out to friends and family in mass e-mails and even had a letter published in The Hockey News. And now that I am blogging, I guess I am just trying to bring a perspective of the team from a semi-informed, totally obsessed True Blue Ranger fan.
GLR: What direction do you think hockey blogs will take over the next couple of years?
SH: I think that at some point, there will need to be a line of demarcation between those that attempt to disperse information and those that disperse opinion. And perhaps those that take both seriously will be taken seriously by the NHL as media. The claim that bloggers don’t have the accountability that MSM writers and columnists have is ridiculous as we are accountable to our readers. Yes, there are no filters (editors) for most of us, but if we overstep our bounds the readers are quick to point that out and - let’s face it - we are much closer to those people than the stodgy MSM folks are. There are some exceptions of MSM folks getting into blogging (Sam Weinman rules!) but for the most part, they are still waaaaay behind the times.
GLR: Now for some actual hockey talk: In your opinion, who has been a nice surprise for the Rangers this season? Why? How about the most disappointing?
SH: Hmm, a nice surprise…let’s see…Colton Orr. Orrsie came into this season a much, much improved player and now has a role as a reliable checker in addition to his place among the pantheon of heavyweights. Most disappointing? Where to start? It is hard to pick Wade Redden since we knew he was a horrible signing from the instant it was reported on July 1st. Markus Naslund was clearly on the downside of his career when he was signed and he isn’t getting any younger. Dmitri Kalinin was a defensive liability in Buffalo so there is no change there. Chris Drury was never a leader on this team and adding the C to his jersey didn’t magically make it so. Scott Gomez couldn’t average a point per game playing on a team with Jaromir Jagr so there was no way he would be able to do it without him. And yes, I know the two had no chemistry and played on different lines but Jagr drew the opposition’s best defenders and without the big man, those tough blueliners are now able to key on Gomez. So I guess if I had to pick the most disappointing Ranger, it would be Glen Sather who clearly did not learn from even his own history and see that signing big names to big contracts doesn’t equal wins.
GLR: Look into your crystal ball: Where will the Rangers finish in the Conference at the end of the regular season? How will they do in the playoffs?
SH: Back in October, I predicted a seventh place finish in a blog I did back in early October and I will stick with it - even if I have already been proven wrong with Boston and Dallas. The Rangers just aren’t good enough in their current form and with their current leadership to match up with the top teams in the conference. As for the playoffs, a first round exit at the hands of a fresh-off-his-injury Mmmmmaaaaarrrrrtty Brodeur wouldn’t shock me…it would sadden but certainly not shock.
GLR: Any words of wisdom for true blue Ranger fans out there? How about here at Kukla’s Korner?
SH: Words of wisdom? Um, you can save a few bucks by not buying the lame programs at Ranger games as you can pick up the media notes for free if you come into the Garden through the entrance by the Play-by-Play. As for the other folks at KK, keep reading because Paul and the crew do great work around these parts!!
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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.
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