Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Joe Tasca on 07/21/11 at 11:36 PM ET
Raise your hand if the name Joe Tasca sounds familiar. Joe was involved with the hockey blogging community in the ‘early’ years.
I am proud to announce Joe will be blogging on a regular basis right here at Kukla’s Korner. Joe will focus on all topics hockey.
Please welcome Joe and you old-timers, let him know you remember his work.
Some of you may remember. Some of you have probably forgotten. Most of you just have no earthly idea.
My name is Joe Tasca. For the last 13 years, I’ve worked as a radio broadcaster in southern New England.
Seven years ago, I started a hockey blog called Tasca’s Take. It was an experiment at the time, and it sure didn’t last long. For the better part of 2004, I wrote extensively about the NHL and professional hockey as a whole, expressing my opinions as candidly as possible. Back then, hockey blogging was in its infancy, and as a hockey fanatic languishing in baseball-mad southern Rhode Island, I relished the opportunity to become involved in a daily conversation about the game I love with rabid fans across the continent.
Over time, I gained a steady following. I was producing content almost daily, and the blog took on a life of its own. It was a terrific ride. Unfortunately, once I graduated college and started working full-time, it became difficult to generate material on a regular basis. Slowly but surely, Tasca’s Take became an afterthought. Despite my best efforts to keep it alive, the blog became nothing more than an ancient archive of my past work.
In recent years, I’ve tried desperately to get myself back in the game, but something always held me back. The hockey blogging world has changed drastically since 2004. So many writers are doing great work these days, and readers have countless blogs from which to glean opinion and commentary. I’ve always been reluctant to start writing again, not because I doubted my ability to contribute to the conversation, but because I wasn’t sure I’d be able to commit the time necessary to produce a worthy product.
Paul Kukla has graciously given me the opportunity to re-acquaint myself with the hockey blogging community. The chance to write for a respected website with such a loyal following is very humbling, and I’m grateful to once again have a forum to express my thoughts on the greatest sport in the world. It’s going to be fun and challenging to supplement the great work of the other writers here at Kukla’s Korner.
It’s my hope that this column will become a place where passionate fans can gain valuable insight and perspective on a variety of hockey-related topics. I won’t be focusing on a specific team, as we have a plethora of other bloggers here who accomplish that task quite nicely. My goal is to provide thoughtful commentary on pertinent issues in a timely fashion, citing the work of other writers in the process.
Before going any further, I’d like to extend my gratitude to Tom Benjamin of Canucks Corner. Always thoughtful and immensely entertaining, Tom served as the initial inspiration for my blog back in ‘04. Some of you old-timers may remember when Tom authored a variety of thesis-based hockey essays in the mid-90’s. His continued excellence over the years has only fostered my love for the game and writing, in general. Tom’s blog is a must-read for all hockey fans, especially those of us easily fascinated by what goes on off the ice.
I’d also like to acknowledge Chris Botta at Islanders Point Blank. A one-time employee of the New York Islanders, Botta has written a comprehensive blog on the club for the better part of four years. I’ve always admired Chris’ work, but more importantly, I admire his passion. Despite the Islanders’ struggles over the years, Botta always shows tremendous optimism about the future, and his fabulous columns and interview features show that he’s dedicated to providing top notch content to his readers.
Lastly, I would be remiss if I didn’t offer a tip of the cap to Eric McErlain, who has authored material at Off Wing Opinion for quite some time. Eric and I got to know each other during my early blogging days, and we developed a good friendship. He was kind enough to let me write for his site back in ‘05, and we briefly recorded a Washington Capitals podcast a year later. Perhaps undeservedly, my material was exposed to a much larger audience because of his generosity.
Here’s hoping I can do these men proud.
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