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An E-mail Interview with Aspiring Hockey Writer Austin Legendre

Making it in the hockey industry as a journalist is extremely tough to do these days.

With that said, it is a very admirable goal and one that is worth striving for. One budding hockey journalist that agrees with me is Austin Legendre. He may be just 14-years-old but when it comes to hockey, he knows his stuff, he works hard, is committed to becoming a professional hockey writer and does more than a good job of giving credit to all the professional hockey reporters out there.

In my book, he is someone worth learning more about. With that in mind, here is an e-mail interview I conducted with him:

PH: How did you get into hockey?
AL: It was in the 2004 Stanley Cup playoffs. Being 5 years of age at the time, I knew nothing about the game of hockey, but having a mom who was a die-hard Oilers fan watching the Oilers fail to qualify for the playoffs, she had no other choice but to cheer for the Flames.

The first game I can remember ever watching was Game 7 of the Western Conference Quarter-finals between the Flames and Canucks in which Martin Gelinas had won the game shortly into the 1st overtime period to advance Calgary into the 2nd round. Living in Calgary, everyone was driving around immediately after games with their jerseys on screaming out of their vehicles.

After the Flames advanced past the Red Wings in the 2nd round, we started to do the same. That's when I knew that hockey was my passion. 

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