On November 2nd, 2017, I published my first article on Hockeybuzz. If you've been reading here for a while, you'll remember I wrote under the pseudonym of Justin Lowe.
I did this because I had a conflict of interest at my job as there was a 'no outside writing' policy in place. I wanted to get back into writing about the Blackhawks so badly, I took the risk of creating a pen name and writing under Mr. Lowe. Sometimes you have to just go for it.
I did this because I knew how amazing the Chicago fanbase at Hockeybuzz was thanks to the engaging writing from Al Cimaglia and John Jaeckel.
I had been reading along since 2007(ish) and began commenting along the way. I was hooked on Hockeybuzz as it became a welcomed distraction in my life.
When the opportunity came up to apply to take over for JJ, I jumped at it. I'd like to thank John for putting my name forward in the fall of 2017 as his replacement.
So, why am I leaving?
Well, while I have thoroughly enjoyed writing about the Blackhawks, I've set my sights on taking my side-business and my writing to the next level with my 2nd book.
As I have mentioned, I have launched a company called DadSourcing
DadSourcing is a personal assistant service that gives Dads the gift of time aimed to help them live a happier and healthier life.
This is a huge passion of mine and I want to focus all of my free time on making it a success.
Well… not all
of my free time. I am also in the process of writing my 2nd book, "A Dude's Guide to Surviving Kids
". This is a follow up to complete my first book, "A Dude's Guide to Surviving His Wedding
" ( shameless plug: available now on Amazon)
I have loved my time at HockeyBuzz; I have – from my biased view – written some solid articles. I have grown as a writer and most importantly I've made some good friendships along the way.
I want to thank Eric and Eklund for giving me the opportunity, as well as the autonomy to write whatever I wanted.
A big thank you to all of you who have read my work over the years. Thank you to those who have commented or shared one of my #437 blogs since November 2nd, 2017.
It was this engagement over the years that inspired me to be the best source of Blackhawks entertainment that I possibly could be.
Ok. Ok. Now we got that out of the way, don't cry for me now, Argentina. You may be happy to see me leave. Since I became the Blackhawks writer here at HockeyBuzz, the Chicago Blackhawks have gone 95-98-28 in the regular season. My record is about as mediocre as Jeremy Colliton's time in Chicago. Woof.
However, I believe this is as good of a time to have a new voice take you through this next era in Chicago because I believe the Hawks are in a pivotal transitional phase.
A lot of good is on the way with the likes of Kirby Dach, Adam Boqvist, Dominik Kubalik, and Ian Mitchell all just teeing off on the front 9 of their careers.
The Hawks are fresh off the experience and momentum of winning a "playoff series" (thanks for winning at least one during my writing tenure here).
Now you know my update, it's time to move on to the future. I'm thrilled to have such a great writer and knowledgable Blackhawks expert taking the wheel as of tomorrow.
You know, you love him… Mr. Theodore Fox!
Theo and I have formed a genuine friendship over the years and as you have noticed, I've been a fan of Theo's writing as he's been featured in multiple blogs over the past season.
I love Theo's approach to his writing about hockey which is fair, researched, and insightful.
Theo has some great articles in store for you all. He has shared a few topics with me and I'm excited to read:
* Managing the salary cap
* Free agency options
* 1st round draft picks to consider
* Top 10 forward prospects
* Top 10 defensemen prospects
You guys and gals are in great hands and I'm really pumped to see what Theo has to offer to all of us Hawks fans. Hockeybuzz is lucky to have such a dedicated and thoughtful dude on their team.
Personally, I think I'm most excited to take a step back and just allow myself to watch the games now vs. constantly analyzing or thinking or what my next blog was going to be.
I'm also excited, as I firmly believe that better days lie ahead in Blackhawks-land. And while we get angry and debate 4th line decisions next year, let's always try to have perspective; let's never forget how great we all had it as fans during those amazing runs with championships in 2010, 2013, and 2015.
I have been a Blackhawks fan for 30+ years, and I will continue to be one. I will cheer on the Hawks with the rest of you and will be popping in from time to time on the message boards.
If you would like to stay in touch beyond Hockeybuzz, my contact information is here:
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If you have any questions or want to give my new business a try for free today, I would love to hear from you.
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See ya out there!