by Patrick Hoffman on 04/07/09 at 10:55 PM ET
Many hockey writers/analysts/broadcasters try to have their hands in multiple hockey ventures whether it’s writing for multiple outlets, broadcasting both locally and nationally bringing the two worlds together.
One example of a hockey personality who has is hands in multiple hockey endevaurs is Russ Cohen. Mr. Cohen was nice enough to take time out of his hectic schedule to do an e-mail interview so read below to learn about how Cohen got into hockey, where you can find his work, his thoughts on hockey prospects and more.
PH: How did you first get into hockey?
RC: I grew up in North Massapequa, NY and I used to play a ton of street hockey and a little roller hockey. My older brother Mark got me into watching the New York Rangers.
PH: Growing up, who was your favorite player?
RC: Growing up, it was Rod Gilbert. He could do everything on the ice and he was so steady. He was fun to watch and he had a certain flair to his game that I enjoyed watching.
PH: How did you get into being a sports/hockey writer? Was it something you always wanted to do or did it just fall into your lap?
RC: I have always had an interest and I once attended a Princeton game before we started our websites in 2000. I loved the atmosphere and after speaking with a few scouts, I was hooked.
PH: Tell us about the hockey writing ventures (web sites, books, etc.) you are involved with now.
RC: I write daily for www.sportsology.net which houses www.hockeyology.com. I am a part owner of that venture and I also write for a collectibles site www.cardcornerclub.net and one of my partners from Sportsology is my partner in that venture. His name is Doug Cataldo. I have two radio shows on XM called the Business of Hockey and Hockey Prospect Radio which play on the weekend and I have been broadcasting for them for three years. I have an upcoming book called 100 Ranger Greats that is being published by Wiley and that will be out in late September, 2009. I am also a part-owner for www.rangergreats.com. My work can also be found on www.usahockey.com.
PH: What do you try to bring to your readers?
RC: If I am covering a game, I try to take them inside the game. I try to give them a game story rather than a recap. I also have a syndicated column called Russ’s Rants where I try to really tell it like it is.
PH: What other outlets have you covered hockey for?
- The Hockey News
- Center Ice Magazine
- XM Radio
- NHL Publications like last year’s All-Star game program, the Winter Classic program and the NHL Yearbook the last two year’s running.
- New England Hockey Journal
- The FDH Lounge
PH: Where do you think the hockey media is going in the future? Will hockey bloggers ever be taken seriously by the league?
RC: I think the electronic media is emerging as one of the most important sources of sports coverage. With all of the hand held devices out there, fans can literally have their sports coverage in the palm of their hands. I think some bloggers will be taken seriously but they have to earn their reputation like every other writer.
PH: Now for some actual hockey talk. We know that you host a show covering hockey prospects so who do you think will go number 1 in this year’s draft. Why? Will he be ready to play in the league next season?
RC: John Tavares - He is a true sniper, a great face-off man, and he makes players around him better. He is 6-0, over 200 pounds and he can play in every situation. He set the OHL goal scoring record and he has been ready to play in the NHL for two seasons in my opinion.
PH: Look into your crystal ball: Who is going to win the Stanley Cup this season. Why?
RC: I am going to go with the Boston Bruins. I have loved their defense all season. Tim Thomas is the most athletic goaltender in the league and Blake Wheeler was a tremendous offseason signing. Mark Recchi has been a great deadline acquistion and at the age of 41, he can still play in the crease and score!
PH: Any words of wisdom for readers on Kukla’s Korner?
RC: I applaud the site for its coverage of the sport and I hope the readers weren’t too bored with this interview.
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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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