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An E-mail Interview with Kent Wilson of Flames Nation, Puck Daddy and More

There is no doubt that sports blogging has come an extremely long way over the past few years.

This is especially the case when it comes to hockey blogs. One example of that is Kent Wilson. Kent has been around the hockey blog world for several years and has written for SBN’s Calgary Flames Blog, FlamesNation.ca, Hockey Prospectus, Houses of the Hockey, and now, the ever popular Puck Daddy.

Kent was kind enough to take time out of his busy blogging schedule to tell us about how he got into hockey, how he became a hockey blogger, how he got involved with different outlets and much, much more.

PH: How did you get into hockey?
KW: I started playing when I was about 8 years old. My dad had been into hockey when he was a kid as well, so like a lot of Canadian kids, that’s why I took it up. I played for about 8 years and eventually coached and scouted players when I was no longer playing.

PH: Growing up, who was your favorite team/player? Why?
KW: I have always been a Calgary resident and therefore Flames fan, so most of my favorites come from the crop of elite teams Calgary put together in the late ‘80s. Lanny McDonald was an iconic figure in Calgary, so I liked him when I was a new Flames fan, but then I eventually moved on to Theoren Fleury. His skill level, tenacity and success against long odds made him a natural choice.

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  Tags: flamesnation.ca, hockey+prospectus, kent+wilson, matchsticks+and+gasoline, puck+daddy

An E-mail Interview with Ryan Lambert

This hockey blogger needs no introduction.

You all know him and his work well on the great Puck Daddy Blog. If you have negative feelings about Ryan and his work, please put them aside and check out the e-mail interview I conducted with him below.

By reading it, you will find out how Ryan got into hockey, how he became a hockey blogger, how he started his own web site and of course, how he got the great gig with Puck Daddy.

PH: How did you get into hockey?
RL: When I was about nine or 10 years old, my dad bought season tickets to the local college hockey team. I liked hockey just fine having been to a Bruins game or two, but it wasn’t by any means my favorite sport. For some reason, seeing it at the college level — the accessibility, the size of the rink, the fan rituals, whatever — hooked me. My parents used to punish me by making me stay home from those games.

PH: Growing up, who was your favorite team/player?
RL: I didn’t really have a favorite team I guess but my favorite player was always Teemu Selanne. When I was may be 12 or so, I went to a Bruins game with my dad on a Thursday night and I just remember being totally transfixed by him. Everything on the ice gravitated toward him. It was fascinating seeing the level of influence a player like that has on a game.

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More You Should Know About the Marek vs. Wyshynski Show

With yesterday’s announcement of a new hockey radio show hosted by the great Greg Wyshysnki (Puck Daddy) and Jeff Marek (Rogers Sportsnet), I figured now would be a good time to give you folks some more information from the show.

I was able to do just that by reaching out to Marek, who is a great friend of the blog. Marek took time out of his busy schedule to tell us how the idea came up to do a show and what the show will be aiming to do on a daily bais.

PH: You recently announced that you will be cohosting a new hockey radio show with Greg Wyshynski, a.k.a Puck Daddy. When and how did you and Greg come up with this brilliant idea?
JM: I don’t know about brilliant just yet, we haven’t even done a single show. I may end up driving this one right in the ditch.  Honestly, it came out of a casual Monday afternoon conversation sometime in September. We’re talking about how the Puck Daddy Radio show was no longer on The Score and how I wasn’t doing a daily radio show for the first time in about 10 years and it kinda’ became obvious that we should try to find a way to come together on a program. The only challenge was getting Sportsnet and Yahoo! Sports to get together to do a deal. Turns out it wasn’t much of a challenge at all, both sides were eager and although it took a little while to make it happen there were no major stumbling blocks in the whole process.

PH: What goals do you and Greg have when it comes to the show? How do you plan on accomplishing them?
JM: Not sure we have any goals other than to provide a daily podcast focussed mainly on the news of the day, different opinions and interesting guests. It’s me and Greg, hockey headlines, guests and debates. Nice thing about doing it with Wysh is we both love a good scrap. And doing this as a podcast gives us certain liberties that traditional radio wouldn’t provide. Oh wait, maybe we do have a goal - we’ll try to keep the pro wrestling references to a minimum. Ryan Lambert puts the over under for each show at 5.5. I think we can beat that.

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An E-mail Interview with Harrison Mooney of PassittoBulis and Puck Daddy

If you are on Twitter and follow Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski, you know by now that the new associate editor for the blog is Harrison Mooney of PassittoBulis.

Harrison was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to tell us about how he got into hockey, how he became blogger and what he will be doing at Puck Daddy.

PH: How did you get into hockey?
HM: Okay. May 6, 1991. I was five. I turned on the television one day and landed on game three of the Campbell Conference Final between the Minnesota North Stars and the Edmonton Oilers. My family wasn’t a sports family, so this was really the first time I’d been exposed to hockey at all. I found it to be excellent. Minnesota walloped Edmonton 7-3, and I instantly decided that I liked hockey, and I really liked the North Stars, because they were clearly the best. My shallow opinion was briefly validated, too, when Minnesota won the next two games of the series to clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Final. As far as I was concerned, they were unbeatable.

Then, of course, they went up against the Penguins and got their asses handed to them. I watched every game of that series, trying desperately to hold on to my belief that Minnesota was the awesomest, but when Pittsburgh scored their eighth goal in game six, I gave up and gave in. I decided I had been cheering for the Penguins all along. Next year, when my beloved Penguins repeated as Stanley Cup champions, I knew I’d made the right choice. Then, in 1993, the Penguins were eliminated by the New York Islanders in overtime. Somehow, this time, I couldn’t shrug it off by changing teams. I remember weeping like a friend had died when David Volek scored. It hurt for real. I knew then and there that hockey had me by the balls.

PH: Growing up, who was your favorite team/player? Why?
HM: Until 1994, definitely the Penguins. I liked Jaromir Jagr, mainly because it was impossible to miss him when he was on the ice, what with the eye-catching skill and mullet. In 1994, however, I discovered that living in British Columbia meant I was actually supposed to cheer for the Vancouver Canucks, so I did. I’m sure it helped that they went to the Cup Final that year. Damn, I was fickle. I liked Sergio Momesso for some reason.

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Checking In On the NHL Season with Justin Bourne

The well-known hockey blogger Justin Bourne was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to give us his thoughts on the NHL season just past the half-way mark as well as let us know what he is up to these days.

PH: So, most teams in the National Hockey League are past the half way point of the NHL season. What are some of your general thoughts?
JB: My general thoughts are that playoffs are going to be spectacular. I feel like the top half of both divisions sport some insanely good teams, and I can’t wait until we get down to the nitty gritty and separate the best from the best.

Also, I’m worried about injuries. We’re seeing so many, and like I said, I want to see the best play the best, so I hope we don’t run into a situation where one team is depleted at the wrong time.

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Is Technology Keeping NHL Fans Home?

From friend of the blog Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy:

Writing about attendance woes this season is tricky. First, because NHL teams in many U.S. cities traditionally see a spike after the New Year, as tickets are gifted for the holidays and the games gain more vitality; but mostly because in the battle of putting food on the table in a horrible economy and paying $300 for a regular season hockey game, thwarting starvation wins.

That said, there are some points of concern and frustration when looking at current NHL attendance figures—those inflated, inequitable figures that tell us nothing of true turnstile count, of course. There are also a few mysteries, like the Colorado Avalanche’s 13,811 per game.

Adrian Dater of the Denver Post has written about the small crowds for the division leader, noting that the Avalanche and the Calgary Flames drew just 11,448 on Sunday for a “family night” discounted game. Dater has a theory:

One question I have is: has the advent of HDTV made it less imperative to go to the games? Is the picture so good on TV now that, in effect, teams are hurting themselves by looking so good on TV?

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Up for Debate

From Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy:

As we continue our rankings of the best in the last decade, it’s time to look back at the best single-season performances from players in the 2000s.

We’re going for the total stats picture, and not just one facet (goals, for example). Looking back at the last 10 years, there have been some awesome performances, but only a few that cracked the NHL record book in a significant way.

Some criteria to keep in mind: This is a regular-season list. History matters, as far as records and awards. So does context, when considering where that particular season falls in with a players’ career. The differences between the NHL before and after the lockout should be kept in mind in a grain-of-salt way, although they’re not a primary consideration here. Oh, and if your favorite forward isn’t here, it’s because we tried to make room for defensemen and goalies.

Jaromir Jagr’s 2005-06 season is on this list at No. 10, when he posted 54 goals and 123 points.He had the Art Ross Trophy lead until the last game of the season when San Jose Sharks’ forward Joe Thornton took over and won the scoring crown.

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Team USA to win Medal with Goaltending?

From Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy:

For 2010, USA Hockey will have its deepest goaltending trio between Ryan Miller, Tim Thomas and Craig Anderson, who stamped his place on the roster with a red hot month of October. The battle now for the next three and a half months will be about which one will watch from the press box at GM Place and which two will dress.

Coming into this season the debate was between Miller and Thomas for the No. 1 job; but if Anderson continues to carry the Colorado Avalanche, how can his place in the argument be denied?

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  Tags: 2010+winter+olympics, puck+daddy, team+usa

Puck Daddy’s Thoughts on Team Canada’s Omissions

From Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy:

As this point, your heart just goes out to Steven Stamkos(notes). The No. 1 overall pick in 2008 for the Tampa Bay Lightning, the kid battled through absurd expectations placed on him through offseason marketing—and his own struggles—in a season that saw him earn just three third-place sympathy votes for the Calder.

But he played better as the year wore on, and played very well for Team Canada in the 2009 world championships. Olympic hockey analyst Pierre McGuire thought his international experience might be enough to earn Stamkos a roster spot for Team Canada in the 2010 Winter Games.

Click here for more. I for one am shocked that New York Rangers’ defenseman Wade Redden was not asked (just kidding obviously)!

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Obsessing over Dany Heatley

From Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy:

Dany Heatley’s representation has made a few things clear about his trade request to the Ottawa Senators, as reported by Wayne Scanlon of Canwest: That ice time and a “significant role” on a team are pretty important thing for him; that a rift with head coach Cory Clouston is one of, if not the primary, motivations for his request; and that he’s done with the Senators, and there’s no turning back.

Click here for more on where fans think Heatley should go.

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Puck Daddy’s Take on Detroit’s Problems

From Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy:

The notion that the reigning Stanley Cup champions lost their composure in Thursday night’s 4-2 Game 4 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins wasn’t debatable, at least among the players. The debate came when trying to assess how rattled the Detroit Red Wings truly were as the Finals were knotted up 2-2.

Like, for example, the gossip in the postgame interviews that the Big Red Wing Machine was bickering on the ice; an assertion denied by both coach Mike Babcock and captain Nicklas Lidstrom

Click here for more. What do you folks think about Puck Daddy’s take on the Wings’ issues?

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Players Who Need to Continue to Roll

In his Puck Daddy blog this morning, Greg Wyshynski blogs about eight guys who need to step up in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs since they failed to do so in the first round.

With that in mind, which eight players need to continue rolling in order to help their team advance to the conference finals?

Let’s hear your thoughts!

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It had to be said

We all know what happened regarding the NHL’s suspensions of a few Detroit Red Wings’ skaters due to skipping out on the All-Star game.

However, Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo’s Puck Daddy Blog wrote a great blog on why marketing our sport and the National Hockey League is more important than having a few Wings’ players suspended for a game.

Check it out here!

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