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Ed Fraser of The Hockey News Checks In

If you do not subscribe to it already, The Hockey News is simply the top hockey publication out there. It is the perfect fit for any hockey fan or hockey team fan and is something that will always provide for top-quality hockey reading.

With that in mind, Hockey News Managing Editor Ed Fraser, who I have interviewed for Kukla’s Korner before, was kind enough to answer some questions about the offseason as well as what is to come for the NHL in 2011-12:

PH: If you had to pick one word to describe the hockey offseason this year, what would it be? Why?
EF: Loss. It’s a shame that’s the word that comes to mind, but all positives that have come out of the summer have been overshadowed by the shocking Lokomotiv plane crash and the deaths of Derek Boogaard, Rick Rypien and Wade Belak.

PH: There was a lot of tragedy this offseason in the sport. How do you think everyone will come together this season to help get over it, heal, and move on?
EF: That’s one of the beautiful things about hockey: in a sport that is so violent and necessitates the hatred of all wearing colors other than your own, it is paradoxically an extremely tight community that pushes aside partisan pride in times like these.

PH: Now onto some actual hockey talk, which teams impressed you this offseason with their moves? Why?
EF: Washington is certainly one. They brought in, at the right price, some key players who I believe will work well with the current core. I also liked what Kings did. This has been a “next year” team for too long and GM Dean Lombardi deserves credit for taking a “win now” attitude this summer.

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An E-mail Interview with THN Web Editor Rory Boylen

It is my pleasure to bring to you another e-mail interview I conducted with someone in the hockey media.

This time, it is Rory Boylen, the web editor of The Hockey News’ s web site. Rory was kind enough to take time out of his very busy schedule to tell us about how he got into hockey, how he got a great gig with THN as well as his thoughts on the offseason.

PH: How did you get into hockey?
RB: Like many people, I got into hockey in Canada through the minor hockey system, but that’s not the only reason I stayed glued to it. I’m 28 and for the past 21 years we have had a rink in the back yard at my parents house. When we go home for Christmas my dad, brothers and I still build it. We’d have friends over for games, especially on Saturday nights. My brothers and I would also have a competition of who could skate for the most days in a row. I don’t remember what the highest number was or who won, but I’ll say I did. In my teen years I started refereeing and did that for 10 years. It was a challenge, but a lot of fun and I miss it now. So many things got me into hockey and I like to think I’ve seen the game from a bunch of different angles.

PH: Growing up, who was your favorite team/player? Why?
RB: My family is all Bruins fans and living an hour north of Toronto you find yourself cheering for the Maple Leafs, too. But I really broke the mold when I decided I’d root for the Florida Panthers. That solidified the year they made it to the Cup final since my best friend was a Nordiques/Avalanche fan – what a painful loss that was. Favorite player is a tough question because I usually don’t have one until they really grow on me. Looking back, it has to be Brendan Shanahan.

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A Season Wrap-Up with Managing Editor of The Hockey News

Edward Fraser, the managing editor of The Hockey News, was kind enough to take time out of his very busy schedule running the top hockey publication out there to give us his thoughts on the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the season as a whole, as well as what the league can do to improve going forward.

PH: So, did the Stanley Cup Playoffs turn out as you expected them to? Why or why not?
EF: As a, whole I thought the playoffs were excellent. There was, as has been a trend recently, a drop-off of drama in the second and third rounds, but the quality of hockey was still high.

PH: In your opinion, did the Bruins “win the cup” or did the Canucks “lose the cup”? Why?
EF: A bit of a loaded question, but since the Canucks didn’t put the puck in their own net I’ll say the Bruins won. To be serious: Boston gets full marks for their victory. The focus in the Cup aftermath has been the Sedins and Kesler’s inability to score, but their lack of production was as much a product of Boston’s defense/goaltending as it was a cold streak by Vancouver’s big guns.

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Getting to Know Edward Fraser of The Hockey News

Back during the 2007-08 season, I was lucky enough to blog for TheHockeyNews.com as their Rangers’ blogger. Growing up, The Hockey News was my favorite hockey publication so it was an incredible honor and pleasure to blog for their media outlet.

Today, I’d like to introuduce you to the site’s managing editor Edward Fraser. Mr. Fraser was kind enough to take time out of his very busy schedule to tell us baout how he got into hockey, how he got into working at The Hockey News, what he does at The Hockey News, the site’s future and of course, his thoughts on the current NHL playoff races.

PH: How did you get into hockey?
EF: Like every Canadian kid, I was born into the sport. I’ve been a fan as long as I can remember. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of watching HNIC on Saturday nights.

PH: Growing up, who was your favorite team/player?
EF: I was a fan of the Leafs until they traded my favorite player, Gary Leeman, to the Flames (yes, Gary Leeman). It not only shook my faith in the team, but in the sport. It took several years for me to get back to being a hockey fan after that.

PH: At what point in your life did you know that you wanted to work in hockey?
EF: From a very young age. I originally wanted to be an athletic therapist with the intention of getting a job with my hometown London Knights.

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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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13th in the East - How Can You Blame Him?

Adam Proteau of The Hockey News, one of the best in the business, predicted on Thursday that the New York Rangers would finish 13th in the Eastern Conference.

He said the following:

Ah, the Rangers – a franchise I’m regularly accused of loathing. It isn’t true, but that doesn’t mean I can convince myself a team that brought in notorious non-difference-makers Alexander Frolov and Derek Boogaard will somehow have its fortunes boosted by them. Martin Biron is an upgrade behind Henrik Lundqvist; what isn’t clear at all is whether a team that was softer than melted pudding last year has suddenly grown a heart.

Obviously, not a very favorable take on the Blueshirts. While he pointed out that the Biron signing was a positive, everything else he said was negative.

It is easy to accuse Proteau and the publication of hating the Rangers, but what else did he have to work with? Given the team’s recent history, it’s easy to see what Proteau was basing his prediction off of.

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An Interview With Adam Proteau of The Hockey News

As most knowledgeable hockey fans known, The Hockey News has a great team of writers that provides invaluable content on a daily basis.

I was lucky enough to catch up with one of them, Adam Proteau, via e-mail to do an e-mail interview with him to talk about how he got into the game, the industry, The Hockey News, and his thoughts on the playoffs.


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An Interview with a Rangers Blogger

Since I’m sure all you die hard New York Ranger fans know what happened last night and know what this team needs to do to be better on a consistent basis, I figured I’d forget about talking about last night’s debacle against the New Jersey Devils and instead post an interview I did with a Rangers Blogger: Scotty Hockey.

Scotty was kind of enough to take time during this holiday season to tell us how he fell in love with the game and the Rangers, how he got into writing/blogging about hockey, what the future of hockey blogging will bring and of course, his outlook on the Blueshirts.

Enjoy and remember to visit Scotty Hockey for thoughts and opinions on the Broadway Blueshirts.

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Mike Ross of NHL Home Ice: Spreading the Word About Hockey

As we all know, hockey is a fledgling sport in the U.S. It doesn’t get the coverage it deserves and when it does press, it’s usually for something negative (ahem, Sean Avery).

However, one radio channel/network that steps up when it comes to hockey coverage is XM’s NHL Home Ice Channel. Day in and day out, the channel provides great hockey content to fans all over the world and always has them coming back for more.

Recently, I had the opportunity to do an e-mail interview with one of the channel’s hosts and producers, Mike Ross. “Rossy” tells us about how he fell in love with the game, how he got involved in hockey radio, the channel’s future, this season’s surprises/disappointments and of course, his Stanley Cup predicition.

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