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A New Start for Hockey Blogger/Podcaster Chris Wassel

Sometimes, the hardest thing to do is say goodbye to something you love doing. 

For hockey blogger Chris Wassel, it may have been hard to say goodbye to his well known hockey podcast, The Hockey Program. However, with every end, there is a new beginning.

For Wassel, that new beginning is a new podcast with The Hockey Writers. Chris was kind enough to tell us a little bit about his new program as well as what it was like to say goodbye to The Hockey Program podcast.

PH: After several seasons, your radio show on Blog Talk radio, the Hockey Program, has come to an end. What was that feeling like for you?
CW: Honestly, it was tough. When you do something for any length of time routinely over a period of several years, it feels a little strange saying goodbye. We did catch some people a bit off guard but honestly this was something for the best. The time had come to put this chapter to bed so that we could move on to bigger and better things.

Ironically the CBA negotiations or lack of good negotiations made this an even easier decision. Sometimes, an external force really does make it easier.

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Get With the Program

This past weekend, I was luck enough to do an e-mail interview with Chris Wassel of The Program. Chris was kind enough to take time out of his busy weekend to tell us about how he got into hockey, how he got into blogging, his thoughts on the New Jersey Devils and of course, his take on the Stanley Cup playoffs;

PH: How did you get into hockey?
CW: The funniest thing was I literally got into hockey only because I loved the sheer violence of it. I know that is not the answer some fans like to hear but for me, that is what did it for me. I grew up in the 80’s when hockey was a little more high scoring but still featured players who wanted to literally knock some blocks off. I played competitive hockey from when I was 6 until I was 22 and still play a little here and there to this day. I have not only been hooked ever since that one day in 1981 when I knocked a 6 year old over the bench, I have been HOOKED!

PH: Growing up, who was your favorite team/player?
CW: My favorite was and always is the New Jersey Devils. Now for favorite player, that is undisputed “Warrior King” Scott Stevens.

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