Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Doug Miller on 07/21/11 at 09:18 PM ET
A little bit of this, a little bit of that.
A pretty good way to describe the blog Doug will be running at Kukla’s Korner.
You the readers probably will be able to influence the topics Doug will cover, so make sure you let him know what you want to read about.
Welcome to KK Doug and good luck. Just don’t spend too much time at the “Yack”.
I’m Doug Miller. I saw that KK was looking for some new bloggers, on one of my endless hockey news feeds, and I figured… “hey, I might as well give it a shot, I do have a good background in both writing and in hockey”. Although my credentials aren’t much compared to the majority of the other excellent bloggers here at KK.
I’m a ten year veteran of the independent film scene in the “Downriver” area of southeastern Michigan. I currently work as a writer and director on a freelance basis. I’ve grown up and still reside in the suburban town of Wyandotte, MI. Which I’m quite proud of, as they took home the Division II State Championship in 2011. I’ve lived here my entire life and began following hockey in 1991, and starting playing shortly thereafter. I’ve played hockey at a competitive level at every position on every major surface (ice, inline, street) up until the age of 14, when I started working in independent film, but continued to play Goalie on a recreational level up until I was 22 and herniated a disc in my lumbar spine.
So since then I’ve obviously had to cut back on my playing time considerably. And now all of my “playing time” gets done in the virtual world, in the EA Sports Hockey League in EA’s multi-award winning NHL series for both Xbox 360 and PS3. But I play Goalie in this online world as well, as it was always my best position, and where I truly belong on the ice, be it real or virtual; between the pipes.
And I’m one of those people who take the “game” pretty seriously, as my back injury has limited me from most other forms of playing hockey for the time being. So, I became more absorbed into playing Goalie at a competitive level in the EASHL, which I still do on a regular basis, and enjoy the hell out of it.
As for my writing background. It’s more or less been self taught, and honed after years and years of experience. Although at age 9, I was judged to be writing at a “post collegiate” level as determined by a state-wide assessment test taken through the public school system, which made it rather obvious to me at the time what my natural talent in life was. Writing is something I do every day as it is, and one of the few things in life, aside from hockey, that I take a great amount of pleasure in. And I more or less starting writing about hockey by accident with the incidental matter of constantly ranting to my friends (or online teammates) about whatever was on my mind at the time, which for the last few years, has mostly just been hockey, as my back injury has allowed me to free up a lot of time from my day job, as I now work on a freelance basis, and can pick and choose film projects as I see fit. Which left more time to absorb more information and knowledge about hockey, which then in turn lead to even more ranting about hockey.
Eventually people just started telling me that I should pursue something along the lines of hockey writing or podcasting, since I also had a prior background in that as well, when I was running my own podcasts for the website for my own indie film production company; before I went freelance. I had considered starting my own hockey blogging site, but having managed and ran a website before, I know what a hassle it can be at times… but then the opportunity of this gig fell into my lap. I honestly didn’t know if I had much of a chance compared to some of the applications I knew would be coming in, but it just wasn’t an opportunity I could resist passing up, and thus, here I am.
Anyway, I’ve been eating, sleeping, and breathing hockey for the last 20 years. I’ll admit to being a diehard Red Wings fan, as they are the NHL team I’ve grown up with, and will always love, through the good times as well as the bad. I am loyal, but I am not biased, because I love hockey as a sport, first and foremost on every level. I talk about hockey every single day, and have some knowledge on the sport at almost every level. But fear not…. KK readers, for I would like to make it clear now that I am NOT another Wing’s blogger. We already have two outstanding blogs dedicated to keeping you up to date on the happenings in Detroit.
My blog - “Cluster Pucks” will focus on… well… just about a little of everything hockey related. And for the most part I’ll be keeping my hands off the NHL for the time being, as our other outstanding writers have that more than covered for you, for the most part.
I’ll be doing my best to keep you up to date on the AHL, the CHL, College Hockey, and whatever European leagues I might decide to touch on every now and then. I’ll also be doing some coverage on the online EA Sports Hockey League for EA’s NHL series, for both the competitive and casual crowds, and (should there be a demand for it), the other completive modes in the game, such as Online Versus and Hockey Ultimate Team.
But for the most part, I’m really going to leave it up to you guys… the readers, to guide me at times. As this blog will be all over the place, both literally and figuratively - hense the name.
So what do you want to hear more about? I’m all ears, and always eager to expand my basis of hockey knowledge.
You can follow me on Twitter @dougmiller37
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