Ek's Note: here's a trivia question, "Who is the only Hockeybuzz Blogger to Compete in the Miss America Pageant?" (*hint:it's not Garth...he never made it past the Cheektowaga County Preliminaries)
Today we added several new bloggers to the site, and I will be introducing them all over the weekend..We also have two HUGE names to announce on Monday. Never been better around the Buzz Office...
But first and foremost I'd like to introduce all of you to Julie Robenhymer. She has an amazing background. She grew up around the rink and although she was only 6 at the time, she used to play with Mike Keenan's daughter, Gayla, in the basement of the Spectrum.
So ready for our trivia answer? Three guesses...the first two don't count...
Our blogger Jules was named Miss New Jersey 2005 and went onto compete in the Miss America Pageant (an experience that garnered her the nickname "The Zamboni Princess" from the other participants for her constant hockey talk). She is also a fan of the muckers and grinders and has some serious opinions about the game.
Julie will also be my co-host on the soon to be named Hockey Talkcast show at 2pm Weekdays...Welcome aboard!
Hello my fellow hockey lovers!
I am Julie Robenhymer and I LOVE HOCKEY!
I don't have any interesting “I fell in love with hockey when…” stories because the truth is I was born that way. My parents were big time hockey fans and got season tickets soon after they married and by the time I came along a few years later, “Go Flyers!” was already part of my vocabulary! They taught me well :)
Growing up, I wore my light pink “I love Brad Marsh” t-shirt with pride and told people that someday I'd have the next generation of Sutter Brothers…I guess the Staals beat me to it!
By the time I reached high school, I was a full-fledged hockey fan determined to work in sports. In choosing a college, I had three requirements: close to home…but not too close, quality journalism and sport management programs and Division I hockey. I found all three at the University of Massachusetts.
If I had researched the hockey program like I had my courses of study, I probably wouldn't have been disappointed my first week on campus when I found out our hockey team was a perennial basement dweller in Hockey East, arguably the best league in the college ranks.
Being the worst of the best was no consolation, but it made their rise to the top that much more enjoyable! This past spring, the team not only made their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament, but also celebrated their first national playoff win against Clarkson.
Over the years, I have fallen deeper and deeper in love with the coolest sport on the planet and am more than happy to share my passion, knowledge and enthusiasm with you…incase I haven't told you…I LOVE HOCKEY!!!!
I've got some fun things planned for this column and on the talkcasts that I'll be filling you in on shortly, but in the meantime, feel free to send me any questions, comments or suggestions.