by Patrick Hoffman on 11/05/09 at 09:41 AM ET
Good morning folks. It is my pleasure to bring yet another e-mail interview to Kukla’s Korner readers - this time from Tyler McKinna of NHL Digest.
Tyler was kind enough to tell us about how he got into the game of hockey, who is favorite team/player was growing up, how he came up with and helped develop NHL Digest along with his thoughts on the current season.
PH: How did you first get into hockey?
TM: I started playing hockey at the age of 5. I grew up in a small town in Manitoba, Canada and there wasn’t much going on other than hockey in the winter…And, I just happened to live right across the street from the rink!
PH: Growing up, who was your favorite team? How about your favorite player?
TM: No question about it. From day one it has always been the Montreal Canadiens. Mats Naslund was my favorite player growing up. Why Mats with all of the storied Hall of Famers in the history of the Habs? Well, he just happened to be the leading scorer for the Canadiens when I first seriously started watching hockey and I admired his skill and ability for a player his size.
PH: At what point in your life did you know that you wanted to get involved in hockey as a writer/blogger?
TM: I didn’t really know that I wanted to, it just sort of seemed natural. A friend of mine had a website set up and asked if I wanted to contribute. I said “sure” and it just kind of evolved from there.
PH: How did you come up with the site NHL Digest?
TM: It just sort of morphed from contributing to my friend’s old site (which doesn’t exist any longer) to having my own outlet at NHL Digest.com.
PH: What are you trying to bring to readers who come to your site?
TM: I’ve really been trying to get more involved in Social media outlets to foster more interaction with other hockey fans. You can find me spending a lot of time conversing about the game on Twitter and on Facebook. The world of social media is a fascinating place for sports fans to connect and I’m having a lot of great conversations with other fans on those platforms.
PH: How do you see yourself involved with hockey in the future?
TM: I see myself always being a hockey fans and an NHL evangelist. Wherever my passion fo rthe world’s greatest game leads me…then that’s where I’m going!
PH: Now for some actual hockey talk: What teams/players have surprised you thus far this season? How about disappointments?
TM: The obvious surprise has to be the Colorado Avalanche and the stellar play of Craig Anderson. But, I must say that I’ve been really surprised by the noticeable changing of the guard if you will when it comes to the league’s most offensively gifted defencemen.
Looking down the list this season’s top scoring defencemen, there are some familiar names but then there are the likes of Drew Doughty, Alex Goligoski, Mike Green, Matt Carle, and Michael Del Zotto…and that’s just in the Top 7!
PH: Any words of wisdom for hockey fans out there?
TM: Thank your higher power every day for the fact that you love the world’s greatest game!
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