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An E-mail Interview with new Philadelphia Flyers’ Web site beat writer Anthony SanFilippo

It is always an honor and a pleasure for me to do e-mail interviews with hockey beat writers considering that is my ultimate dream job.

Recently, I was lucky and honored enough to conduct an e-mail interview with new Philadelphia Flyers’ web site beat writer Anthony SanFilippo. Anthony was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to tell us about how he got into hockey, how he became a beat writer and how he got the new gig.

PH: How did you get into hockey?
ASF: Dumb Luck. I was doing some freelance work for the Associated Press in 1999-2000 and I was showing up at a variety of sporting events. I started getting assigned more and more hockey games because not many writers liked hockey. While there, I became friends with the guys at comcastsportsnet.com (Now CSNPhilly.com) which was a fledgling Web site at the time. They were looking for someone to write home games for them… so I offered and they accepted. When the beat opened at the Delaware County Times, I had already been covering the team for the AP and Comcast for a few seasons, so it was an easy transition and a no-brainer for the paper to put me in that job since I was already on staff.

PH: Growing up, who was your favorite team/player? Why?
ASF: Well, I grew up in Philly, so the Flyers were always my favorite hockey team. In the 1980s, I was a huge fan of Ilkka Sinisalo. When I first met him in 2004 (he is a scout for the Flyers) I told him that. He looked at me and said, “Thanks for making me feel old.” I always liked Sinisalo because he was such a smooth skater with a sniper’s wrist shot - something I always imagined I’d be if I ever played hockey (which I didn’t). In the early 90s, when I was in college, I was a big John LeClair fan, that’s because I got bigger and when playing deck hockey or roller hockey I fashioned myself as the big body in front of the net. So naturally, I liked LeClair.

Hockey was never my favorite sport though. It always ranked second behind baseball where I still live and die (mostly die this year) with the Phillies. I like the 76ers too, but the Eagles always took a back seat (and still do) to the San Francisco 49ers because I was the biggest Joe Montana fan on the planet.

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