by Patrick Hoffman on 03/27/11 at 08:33 PM ET
Back during the 2007-08 season, I was lucky enough to blog for TheHockeyNews.com as their Rangers’ blogger. Growing up, The Hockey News was my favorite hockey publication so it was an incredible honor and pleasure to blog for their media outlet.
Today, I’d like to introuduce you to the site’s managing editor Edward Fraser. Mr. Fraser was kind enough to take time out of his very busy schedule to tell us baout how he got into hockey, how he got into working at The Hockey News, what he does at The Hockey News, the site’s future and of course, his thoughts on the current NHL playoff races.
PH: How did you get into hockey?
EF: Like every Canadian kid, I was born into the sport. I’ve been a fan as long as I can remember. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of watching HNIC on Saturday nights.
PH: Growing up, who was your favorite team/player?
EF: I was a fan of the Leafs until they traded my favorite player, Gary Leeman, to the Flames (yes, Gary Leeman). It not only shook my faith in the team, but in the sport. It took several years for me to get back to being a hockey fan after that.
PH: At what point in your life did you know that you wanted to work in hockey?
EF: From a very young age. I originally wanted to be an athletic therapist with the intention of getting a job with my hometown London Knights.
PH: How did you get started at The Hockey News?
EF: I was working as the Sports Editor in Stratford, Ont., covering the Jr. B. nights and an opportunity opened up to become the Web Editor with THN.com. Thankfully I’m a bit of a nerd and had taught myself HTML and had other best-practise knowledge for the web that allowed my to sneak in the door.
PH: What are your current responsibilities at TheHockeyNews.com?
EF: About a year ago I became the Managing Editor. I oversee all aspects of the brand from the magazine, books, web and mobile products.
PH: What are you looking to provide readers on a daily basis at TheHockeyNews.com?
EF: Something different. There so many providers out there you have to be unique and that’s what you get a THN.com. I don’t believe there’s any other organization out there that has our expertise and that is why people come to our site daily for our analysis and opinion.
PH: What is in store for the future of the web site?
EF: We’re really looking to ramp up our videos at this point. Our Video Producer, Ted Cooper, does a wonderful job of producing features on players and team and with our Puck Panel round table discussions/debate.
PH: Now for some actual hockey talk, what do you think of the current playoff races going on in the National Hockey League? Who do you see making the playoffs out of each Conference come April?
EF: The bubble teams made some nice runs as they do every year, but, as they do every year, they fell short when the pressure really took hold. Who’s in the playoffs now will be there when the season ends.
PH: Look into your crystal ball - who do you see winning the Stanley Cup? Why?
EF: Vancouver. Losing Manny Malhotra hurts, but this team is still the best in the league because of its depth and goaltending. Philadelphia may have more high-end talent (Detroit, too, for that matter), but Luongo will be the difference.
PH: Any other thoughts you’d like to share with Kukla’s Korner readers?
EF: Tell the NHL it’s time to banish the loser point. You can read my blog on the topic see why I feel so pasionately about the topic. The game deserves better.
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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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