Sportswriting During Self-Isolation

I’m sure I can speak for fans everywhere when I say that I miss hockey.

While my team may not have had much of a chance to make the playoffs this season, it has certainly been enjoyable watching the club rebuild with exciting youth in their system. Whether in the NHL or in the minor-leagues or in the major-junior or college ranks, this new era has been a promising one thus far. Beyond the fandom and passion I possess for my own team, though, this void is disappointing as a hockey fan in general.

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On a personal note, with no current action to speak of, I didn’t feel like writing.

After publishing my interview with the legendary Mike Eruzione for the 40th anniversary of “The Miracle on Ice”, I took a break. In fairness, after that break, I didn’t know what to write about as far as hockey went as the NHL suspended its season shortly afterwards.

One day recently, I had started thinking about the 2016-17 season, which was my team’s 50th anniversary campaign. During that season, I had reached out to 50 of my team’s former players, speaking with them about their respective careers with the organizations. I was also watching classic playoff games online and, in my opinion, some of the greatest games ever — Game 4 of the 1983 Stanley Cup Final immediately comes to mind, but more on that later.

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While this time of year is synonymous with the NHL playoffs, I thought why not reach out to former players and ask them about some of my team’s — and their own — greatest playoff moments?

While I certainly wanted to interview as many former players as I could, I went into this fully understanding that due to our current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, not everyone I ask will be up to this, whether from a lack of interest or a busier-than-usual schedule. Regardless, it certainly wouldn’t be anything to take personally.

While some did decline, others accepted and were a real pleasure to speak with. A few have been published on while others will be published there in the future.

Overall, this was an assignment I created myself to keep busy but also to keep on writing and better, improve my interview skills which, with my stuttering, can always improve.

Stay tuned for more.

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