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An E-mail Interview with Scott Burnside of ESPN.com

It is my pleasure to share with you an e-mail interview I did with Scott Burnside, a terrific hockey writer for ESPN.com.

Scott was kind enough to take time out of his very busy schedule to tell us about how he got into hockey, how he became a hockey writer, how he got the gig at ESPN.com as well as his thoughts on what has gone on during this offseason in the NHL.

PH: How did you get into hockey?
SB: I have always been a fan growing up in northern and then southwestern Ontario. I was, however, a news writer for a long time before becoming a sports columnist and then specifically a hockey writer. Until I moved to Atlanta in the summer of 2003 I played poorly but regularly both in men’s leagues and pick-up. I was not a nice player. I still have a deformed collar bone after one incident that involved a trip via ambulance to a Toronto-area hospital that is a constant reminder that karma is indeed a, well, you know.

PH: Growing up, who was your favorite player and team?
SB: When I was five or six, I received a table hockey game for Christmas and my father and I played constantly. He was Toronto and I was Montreal. Always. Thus I became a Canadiens fan and specifically a Ken Dryden fan. There is a picture of me somewhere with an old wool sweater with my chin resting on my hockey stick a la Dryden.

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