by Patrick Hoffman on 11/01/09 at 11:43 AM ET
I recently had the opportunity to do an e-mail interview with a big-time hockey fan. Her real name is Katrina Cady but hockey fans know her as PsychoPuckLady on Twitter and on her web site.
Katrina took the time to tell us how she got into hockey, where and who she has written for, how her favorite team, the Phoenix Coyotes, are doing and more. Enjoy!
PH: How did you first get into hockey?
KC: It’s hard to escape hockey living in Canada, but I personally got into the game as a kid when my uncle took me to my first Leafs game. After that I sought hockey out on my own time. My parents weren’t big into watching any sports unless I was playing.
PH: Growing up, who was your favorite team? How about your favorite player?
KC: The Leafs were my favourite team right up until university. I never missed a Leafs game, but I was also really involved with junior hockey (Kitchener Rangers, St. Michael’s Majors) As a kid I had a few favourite players, but my first jersey had Felix Potvin’s name on the back.
PH: At what point in your life did you know that you wanted to get involved in hockey as a writer/blogger?
KC: When I was seventeen I had the idea to write a book about hockey subculture, Down the Rabbit Hole: A Guide to Puck Bunnies (DTRH), and a season later I did write it. However, my publisher ended up having to shut down his business after he was diagnosed with cancer, so the book never saw the light of day. I’ve always been fascinated by the culture around hockey, so I’ve continued on in my personal study of it – my blog is the product of this passion.
PH: 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.
KC: I think my book was really the biggest thing that led me to where I am today, but I have also been co-writing a regular feature on IllegalCurve.com. Writing DTRH really taught me how to market hockey – what hockey fans might want to read about and what to look for. When I go to a hockey game, the puck isn’t the only thing I’m following.
PH: How else are you involved with the game of hockey?
KC: Apart from financially supporting the NHL, I have also worked for Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and was involved as an advisor with the CBC series MVP: The Secret Lives of Hockey Wives.
PH: How do you see yourself involved with hockey in the future?
KC: I would love to continue doing what I’m doing but on a larger scale. I don’t think there is nearly enough hockey culture content out there, which is a shame because it’s really quite fascinating.
PH: Now for some actual hockey talk: Tell us about your Coyotes so far. Who has been a surprise? Who has been a disappointment?
KC: The Coyotes are incredible right now, which makes it hard for me to hate them! I’ve been trying to find a more practical team for me (Phoenix isn’t exactly close to Toronto), but it’s hard to leave them while they are shocking the world and playing the way they are. Bryzgalov and LaBarbera have been a lethal combination in goal, but I can’t say I’m disappointed in anyone for their on ice performances.
PH: How do you think new head coach Dave Tippet has done so far?
KC: There are no words for this. I knew the Coyotes would turn things around, but I didn’t think they would turn it around like this. Granted we’re only thirteen games in, but I keep wondering when I’m going to wake up from this dream.
PH: Any words of wisdom for hockey fans out there?
KC: If I could give any advice to hockey fans, it would be to the female hockey fans. Be yourself! It can be hard to be a fan, when you are too distracted trying to battle everyone who thinks you’re a puck bunny. You know you’re not a puck bunny, and that should be enough. It’s a hard thing to do, but you will be fighting this uphill battle your entire life, and missing sweet passes and awesome goals in the process. Don’t be afraid to get your nails done, or wear a pink jersey if you want to! Being a girl doesn’t make you less of a fan – remember that.
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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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