Written: December 2009   (Photo courtesy of the Pickard Family) The name “Pickard” instills excitement in many hockey fans… and apprehension in many hockey players, and it doesn’t matter which first name you pair with it. Chet Pickard (Photo courtesy: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Admirals) Chet – the WHL’s Goaltender of the year in 2007-08 and 2008-09.… Read More

Written: February 2009   (Photo: Frank Dienes III/Everett Silvertips)     I’m re-posting my first interview with Shane Harper (Everett Silvertips) here because the original interview seems to have vanished from the KING 5 website. It must have happened they switched systems. Anyway, lots to learn about this soon-to-be Flyer below: If you’ve been to… Read More

(This interview was originally published in summer of 2009)  Greg Scott (Photo: Toronto Marlies) We continue our conversations with Seattle Thunderbirds and Everett Silvertips players who have graduated out of the WHL, and are taking their next steps on the path to make their hockey dreams come true.  Today, we catch up with T-Bird winger… Read More

(Originally published: January 13, 2011)   This post is slightly hockey-related. It’s related in the fact that it’s about a hockey fan. If you’re looking for a strictly hockey story, I suggest you stop reading now. *** Her name was Marushka. Well, that’s the name she chose to use. I knew her real name once… Read More

(Originally published: October 24, 2011) Update: The University of Alabama decided to keep UAH’s hockey program intact.   I feel as though I’ve lost a member of my family, or at the most a very good friend. Today, after 32 years in existence, the University of Alabama pulled the plug on the Division I hockey… Read More

(Originally published: July 20, 2012)   Tributes have been pouring in for an up and coming sports writer whose life was cut short in an act of truly senseless violence. I did not know Jessica Redfield (Ghawi) but several of my friends knew and loved her. They’ve been sharing stories and videos on Twitter and… Read More

(Originally published: July 4, 2013)   I had the pleasure of chatting with Kevin Constantine, newly reinstated head coach of the Everett Silvertips and former coach of the following teams: North Iowa Huskies (USHL) Rochester Mustangs (USHL) Kalamazoo Wings (IHL) Kansas City Blades (IHL) San Jose Sharks (NHL) Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) New Jersey Devils (NHL)… Read More

(Originally published: August 8, 2013) Another example of the tremendous hearts that beat inside hockey players. Another reminder that we need to find some way to teach our children to respect each other and end the bullying epidemic. Kudos to Matt Duchene. Best of luck to Trista and her family ♥ Duchene’s act of kindness… Read More

(Originally published: March 14, 2014) It’s been a heavy week for hockey fans, as tragedy struck players from four teams. Fans pushed rivalries aside to unite on Twitter and other social media, offering prayers, support, sharing tears and comfort. Meanwhile, four players’ families, friends and teammates struggle to make sense of the heartbreak in their… Read More