Kukla's Korner Hockey
by David Pavlak on 08/02/11 at 12:30 PM ET
Please welcome David Pavlak to KK as the site’s esteemed new NJ Devils blogger.
(And please don’t blame him for the title of this post. That’s all me—it’s the summer and I think I might have heat stroke…)
Let me start off by thanking Paul and the KK team for this opportunity. I am an aspiring sports journalist, but consider myself a fan first. I attend college at Rider University, where my location allows me to view New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers games in my spare time between class projects, newspaper responsibilities, and other side jobs that college throws your way.
Growing up in New Jersey, I was surrounded by Devils fans in every which way. In fact, a Devils game on television was the first hockey I remember seeing, and what also sparked my passion for the game. Nothing was better than the hard hitting, goal-scoring game that was on the TV in my younger years. The Devils have a rich history as an expansion team, but I guess the Stanley Cup’s don’t hurt either. Some of the greatest players have suited up in a Devils uniform, including Martin Brodeur, Scott Stevens, Scott Niedermayer and Ken Daneyko among many, many others. Let us also not forget the single best hockey announcer ever, Doc Emrick. There is also a new wave of players for the Devils now. Big names such as Zach Parise, Patrik Elias and young Adam Larsson will be sure to sign at “The Rock” for seasons to come.
Now growing up at the time when the Devils were hitting their winning stride hurt my ability to want to root for them. Everyone I knew was a Devils fan. I wanted to be different. From day one my allegiance has been to Philadelphia Flyers. That’s not to say I don’t watch the Devils. Yes, I am a Flyers fan. I am also a fan of the NHL as a whole. Let me clarify for all your readers now; yes, this includes Sidney Crosby.
I want this blog to be an informational source, but at the same time, fun and interesting. I will be providing all the news coming through the Devils organization and including my own opinion into it because as a reader isn’t that what you want. We may know about a big trade that just happened, but you read the article to see whether or not you agree with the authors stand on the issue. Do me a favor though. Whether you agree or disagree, please feel free to share your opinion. I would love to hear it. If ever there is a Devils topic you wish to hear about, send me an email and let me know about it.
I hope you all enjoy this new blog on KK. Stay tuned for the first post soon!
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