by Patrick Hoffman on 05/04/09 at 11:20 PM ET
Here at Kukla’s Korner, we like to promote all things hockey whether it’s news sources, blogs, team sites, player sites, etc.
With that in mind, here is an e-mail interview I did with Dave Kolb, Director of Operations and Managing Editor of MaxHockey.com, a site dedicated to hockey news and columns by writers from around the league.
Continue below for the interview:
PH: How did you first get into hockey?
DK: My dad got me into hockey, bringing me to games when I was six years old.
PH: Growing up, who was your favorite team and player? Why?
DK: The Islanders were my favorite team growing up. They were an easier ticket to get than the Rangers in the mid-70’s and so my father became an Islander fan, going to more games. Obviously, I was exposed to the Isles at the right time, being that they won four straight Cups soon after I began going to games.
PH: At what point in your life did you know that you wanted to get involved in hockey as a writer/blogger?
DK: I started writing for Stan Fischler’s Fischler Report, The Fischler Report, back in 1993.
PH: How did you come up with the idea for MaxHockey.com?
DK: I felt that the Internet lacked a site that provides great original content in terms of columns. While there are some great blog sites out there – including Kuklas Korner, many sites have given blogging a bad name, so we decided to go the column route to avoid being labeled “a blog site.”
PH: Tell us about some of MaxHockey.com’s features.
DK: First and foremost, we have Stan Fischler writing columns for us regularly. We also have a staff of writers around North America filing columns for us on a daily basis. We also had several NHL players begin to blog for us this season, including Blake Wheeler and Ron Hainsey and expect the roster of NHL bloggers to expand in 2009-2010.
PH: What are you trying to bring hockey fans that visit your site?
DK: Original unbiased columns and idea that readers cant get anywhere else.
PH: What direction are you looking for MaxHockey.com to go in in the future?
DK: We look forward to providing visitors more of what we have now.
PH: Now for some actual hockey talk: What are your thoughts on this year’s playoffs - surprises, disappointments, etc.?
DK: I think the conference semifinals look to be the best we’ve had in a long time. Three of the series are already knotted up a one game apiece, while the fourth series features the premier matchup between Sid Crosby and Alex Ovechkin.
What more can you ask for?
PH: Look into your crystal ball: Who is going to win the Stanley Cup this year? Why?
DK: I don’t make predictions, I just enjoy the action as it comes.
PH: Any words of wisdom for true blue Ranger fans out there?
DK: For the Ranger fans I guess I’ll say…Wait ‘till next year! Seriously, I think the Rangers have some financial issues because of contracts to Chris Drury and Wade Redden. Players receiving that much money have to contribute more than those two players did last year, and I don’t see their production escalating next year either.
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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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