Kukla's Korner Hockey
from Mike Chen at Battle Of California,
And in 2004, I started my own freelance writing business. My web designer at the time suggested I start a blog for my new business site, simply for helping out with my site’s search engine score. Several weeks in and I got bored writing about small business topics, but that NHL lockout sure provided plenty of fodder. Someway, somehow, people actually found my site and what was once my small business blog experiment became “Mike Chen’s Hockey Blog.”
Fast-forward some seven years and some ungodly number of posts and articles, and all of this is coming to a close. 13 years is a long time to commit to anything, let alone several posts/articles a week, and I think it’s time to hang up my blogging skates.
It’s been a very strange and pretty cool journey for me. From the eponymous hockey blog, Lyle “Spector” Richardson recommended me for Fox Sports contributions. Then I somehow stumbled into the madhouse known as Battle of California and soon after, I had a run at Kukla’s Korner; at the same time, I contributed to Versus.com and had other one-off contributions appear at The New York Times Slap Shot Blog, NHL.com, and other random spots.
Most of you know this was not a typical year for The Chief. The majority of his blogging was done from his ship, the USS Carl Vinson and it is good to see the crew headed home
I can say without a doubt there in no better “team” blogger on the web these days than Bill and I am looking forward to speaking with him and tell him so in the near future.
On to The Malik Report, where a media type described him as a freak, in a good way. I don’t know how he does what he does do, but I do know George is very dedicated right down to the last detail.
We still have two KK bloggers directly involved with the Conference Finals.
Plus, I am not going anywhere. You will continue to receive the latest from the hockey world from me and the other KK bloggers who are now looking at next year.
I have been having some real freaky dreams lately.
Last night’s went this way. My mom, who is deceased, broke her leg in Buffalo. While getting her cast put on, Rick Jeanneret pulls open the curtain and does a classic, “Paul Kukla wins it in oooooovertime!”
He smiles at me and walks out.
End of dream and I need some answers.
The new KK Bloggers have settled in their new home. Some housekeeping still remains including a few options KK members have requested.
Please hover over “Blogs” right below the KK banner at the top of the page to visit all the blogs at Kukla’s Korner.
Also, rss feeds are available for all blogs at the top right, just click “RSS FEEDS” under the search box.
Some of the bloggers have been around during the season, some have not so please enjoy what the have to offer.
I do want to point out that Alanah of Canucks & Beyond is also back blogging after an extended maternity leave and will be helping me out with day to day operations too.
from Justin Bourne of Bourne’s Blog,
My cousin Adam is on twitter (he’s a good follow, aside from his shiiiiiitty taste is sports teams. @Hnatty92. Really, Dolphins, Senators and Rangers? Have some pride.), and had a friend tweet a pretty funny joke, which he promptly retweeted for Darren Dreger to read…. who promptly blocked him.
It was when Dreger introduced his new blog, The Dreger Report. Making a play on the fact that the infamous hockey “insider” “Eklund” just bites everything Dreger tweets, says or sings and claims it as his own information, the oh-so-scandalous tweet was: “Looking forward to the introduction of The Dreklund Report tomorrow.”
Of all things to block someone over…..
Anyway, it got me thinking about Twitter tolerance: how much should we have? Not only do I want to block, ohhh, 5% of my followers, but I want to punch about 4% of them.
Some players may be waking up on some tropical island today, others may be headed back to their summer home while some will just stay at home to rest and recover and you can repeat what I just said about tomorrow too.
After tonight, the NHL regular season is off until next Tuesday, when 26 teams take to the ice. So what will you do you with the time off?
Will you watch bits and pieces of the All-Star Weekend, will you be glued to your TV to catch all that action or will you allow your mind to be free of the game?
I doubt if many of you planned a vacation during the ASG break, but maybe you did. I know I thought about a quick trip to somewhere warm, but I think I am better off just recharging and preparing for the mad dash to the playoffs.
Whatever your plans are, let your fellow fans know what you plan to do.
If you missed it, you can listen or download the audio below and I’d also like to thank both Mick and Peter for having the numerous KK bloggers on the show throughout this season. We look forward to being part of the show in 2011 too.
from Lyle Richardson of Specor’s Hockey,
The Christmas season is upon us once again so it’s time for my suggestions of gifts for the NHL fan in your family.
continued and a very special thanks goes out to Lyle for mentioning KK and how hockey fans can help out…
A couple of days ago, The Score filed a video report on this debate.
If you have been following this topic, then the video is well worth seven minutes of your time.
I am sure Greg won’t mind if you answer here.
Just a note about PD. Who knew a few short years ago, that a guy who wrote a book about 10-cent beer would be one of the must-stop places to visit on a daily basis? On top of that, Greg has changed the way things are done on the web when it comes to hockey blogging.
Believe me, I have witnessed the change myself and I should know since I visit hundereds of websites on a daily basis..
from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,
So how’s your Turkey Day been? They didn’t overcook the bird, did they? They didn’t burn the mini-croissants, did they? If so, we know this great Chinese joint down the street ...
It’s a time to give thanks, so that’s exactly what we’re doing. We’ve asked ourselves and some Friends of Puck Daddy a rather simple question: What are you thankful for in hockey?
Please answer that for yourselves in the comments, give our answers a read and have a great holiday.
The first batch of responses are here; this batch includes the great Justin Bourne, Nick Cotsonika, Erin Nicks, Chris Botta, Dmitry Chesnokov and others. But first: It’s your humble editor’s picks.
About Kukla's Korner Hockey
Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.
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