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An E-mail Interview with Hockey Blogger Brian Huddle

With the 2011 NHL Draft about five months away, I figured now was a good time to check in with a hockey blogger who covers junior hockey and prospects as well as the Toronto Maple Leafs.

His name is Brian Huddle. On the night of the CHL Prospects game at the Air Canada Centre, Mr. Huddle was kind enough to take time out of his very busy schedule to tell us about how he got into hockey, how he got into blogging, which outlets he blogs for as well as his thoughts on junior hockey and the Leafs.

PH: How did you get into hockey?
BH: The story is the same as any other Canadian boy from Ontario. My dad loved hockey and had me put into skating fairly young. I was put into an actual league by the age of 6. Played most of my life at various levels of the sport, and just fell in love with the freedom of being on the ice.

PH: Growing up, who was your favorite team/player?
BH: Before people boo me, yes, I did grow up a Leafs fan. I’m from Toronto and it’s just how you get raised—especially when Doug Gilmour, Wendel Clarke, Mats Sundin were all here around that time. Toronto was buzzing with Leafs Pride, and so it felt right for my parents to raise me that way.

However, I fell in love with defensemen pretty early on; specifically Scott Stevens. I liked tough hockey, and guys like him portrayed that well.

To this day, I consider Stevens and Doug Gilmour my favorite players to play the game.

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An E-mail Interview with Sunaya Sapurji, Junior Hockey Editor for Yahoo!

We all know that in Canada, hockey is everything. Not only does it include the passion for the NHL, but it includes the passion for all levels of hockey ranging from minor hockey all the way to beer league hockey.

One level of hockey that is extremely popular in Canada is junior hockey. I recently did an e-mail interview with Sunaya Sapurji, the Junior hockey editor for Yahoo! Sports. Sunaya was kind enough to take time out of her busy schedule to tell us about how she got into hockey, how she got involved in the game as a writer/blogger/editor, where we can find her work, and her thoughts on the playoffs currently taking place north of the border.

PH: How did you get into hockey?
SS: As a kid I grew up surrounded by boys who loved hockey so, in order to survive, I had to know even more about the game than they did. At some point during the survival process, I fell in love with hockey, too. Thankfully I had a very supportive parents whom, despite having little interest in hockey, had no qualms about taking me to watch (OHL) Marlies games at Maple Leaf Gardens or, when I was old enough, letting me drive with friends to Detroit to watch the Wings.

PH: Growing up, who was your favorite team/player?
SS: The Detroit Red Wings—long before they were any good, we’re talkin’ like the Mike Blaisdell early years. It was a dark time. Favourite player was, is, and forever will be Steve Yzerman ... followed closely by Bob Probert and Joey Kocur (the guy won a Stanley Cup after playing in a beer league, how can you not love that?)

In the OHL I grew up as a Marlies fan and my favourite player was a guy named Brian Collinson, who gave me my first autograph. I don’t think he ever played pro, but that’s the beauty of junior hockey.

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