by Patrick Hoffman on 12/16/09 at 03:25 PM ET
As all my readers know, I love to do interviews with hockey personalities and bloggers and try to do one every week to every other week.
In this week’s installment, I did an e-mail interview with Tim Rosenthal, the Boston Bruins beat writer and associate editor of Inside Hockey. Tim was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to tell us about how he got into hockey, how he started writing/blogging about the game and his thoughts on this year’s Boston Bruins hockey team.
PH: How did you first get into hockey?
TR: People told me I was born a hockey fan, but to answer your question, I was about three or four years old when I first got into the sport. It was the year where the Bruins made the Stanley Cup and I could remember watching Fred Cusick and Derek Sanderson call every B’s game. That was a great team too that underachieved in the Stanley Cup, but it was still great to watch.
PH: Growing up, who was your favorite team and player? Why?
TR: Obviously, the Bruins were my favorite team, not just because they were the local team, but also because they have always stuck with the same motto from the 70’s era, as a tough, blue-collar team. While they couldn’t duplicate the success from that era in the past, I look at this current team and think that they are becoming the Big Bad Bruins that Boston fans loved. The future for Bruins hockey looks bright for sure.
PH: At what point in your life did you know that you wanted to be a hockey writer?
TR: It was during my years at Suffolk University in Boston that I knew I wanted to cover the sport. With so many college teams in the area, like BC, BU, Harvard and Northeastern, it was a great area for me to follow the sport I love, and study journalism at the same time.
PH: What outlets have you covered hockey for?
TR: I started off over at College Hockey News back in 2007 covering college hockey, primarily Hockey East and since 2008 I added Bruins coverage to my growing resume for Inside Hockey, and I still got to cover college hockey, which has grown on the site since I arrived.
PH: Tell us about your gig at Inside Hockey. What do you do for the site? How has that experience been so far?
TR: My experience at Inside Hockey has been nothing but great so far. I am the Associate Editor, and while I spent some time getting to edit other stories, I also get to spend some time writing and shooting video at Bruins games and college games, as well as my weekly column on Friday Rosie’s Rebounds, which is also syndicated on my blog at blogspot.
PH: What are you trying to bring readers who check out your musings on Inside Hockey and on your blog?
TR: When I write about the game, I’m not trying to bring readers to tell everyone what happened during the game, but why it happened. Why was Marc Savard’s hat trick the other night so significant against the Maple Leafs? What Was Phil Kessel saying about his former squad and why did the talks during the offseason get ugly? Recently I have added video clips from the locker rooms and the post-game press conferences to show the reader (or the viewer) what the players and coaches are saying after every game, because as we all know, you can’t get every quote in writing, especially in online journalism.
PH: On this year’s version of the Bruins, who has been a nice surprise? How about disappointing?
TR: So far, Derek Morris has surprised me on defense. He has proven to be a nice addition to the team. Pairing him with Zdeno Chara has been vital to his early season success. If you ask me about the most disappointing Bruin this year, I would have to say Matt Hunwick. He was benched recently against Toronto, and has struggled a bit on the blue-line. Its still early though, and there is plenty of time to recover.
PH: Where do you see the team finishing in April?
TR: I see this team winning the Northeast Division still, but my stance stays on where they will finish, and they won’t make it out of the second round. Just looking at the conference, Washington and Pittsburgh are still the favorites, since they have the two biggest stars in hockey. I wouldn’t be surprised if they exceeded my expectations come playoff time, depending on where they finish in the final standings.
PH: Any words of wisdom for Kukla’s Korner readers out there?
TR: Be informed by whatever you read, not only on Kukla’s Korner and Inside Hockey, but all the other hockey sites, local and national. If you have dreams like I did getting into the sports world, then keep following them. Opportunities will eventually come your way.
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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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