Born/raised Southern California, Illinois, then Southern California again.
In touch with the local hockey community (yes, local as in Los Angeles and Orange counties) for over 15 years:
- Involved with high school in-line hockey development from 1997-2001
- Founded Chapman University Hockey club in 2001
- Competed in ice and in-line leagues and tournaments all over Southern California
- Worked at Play it Again Sports from 1999-2004 (seriously)
Started writing for Bleacher Report in June of 2008, and haven’t been able to stop since. Highlights include:
The Los Angeles Kings, admittedly by design, are carrying a very young roster for the upcoming season. As it stands on July 29, there are currently three players over the age of 30—Derek Armstrong (35), Michal Handzus (31), and Denis Gauthier Jr. (31).
One might think, then, that one of these veterans would be the clear candidate to Captain this young team during the 2008-09 season.
This is not the case.
Line 1: Paul Stastny, Zach Parise, Patrick Kane
Line 2: Scott Gomez, Bobby Ryan, Phil Kessel
Line 3: Brandon Dubinsky, Dustin Brown, Blake Wheeler
Line 4: Joe Pavelski, David Booth, David Backes
Burke will have many to consider for what will end up being the top twelve. Below are the top 25 who I predict will be considered:
Instead of providing a blurb from the article, let me just tell you what you need to know-
In this article, I boldly predicted Team USA to win the Bronze in Vancouver. This was met with extreme optimism by another columnist, Sergey Zikov, of Russian descent. Mainly because the prediction was for the U.S. to beat the Russians in said Bronze Medal Game. He was nothing short of flabbergasted by this prediction.
Feel free to skip the lengthy overview of the teams down to the comments section where this exchange took place.
Watching the game seven Capitals 6-2 loss to the Penguins was like watching a puppy get stabbed to death. The more they struggled, the more harm they did to themselves. I don’t even know this puppy personally, but who doesn’t love puppies.
1) Are the Kings a legitimate playoff team in the West this year?
Early indications sway toward optimism, as noted here. Much of this has been perpetuated by the front office’s excitement to not have to say simply, “It’s called rebuilding and it takes time.”
Now that rebuilding is almost complete, it seems logical that playoffs are the next step.
But in a stacked Western Conference, do the youthful Los Angeles Kings really measure up?
If you haven’t been following the men’s hockey tournament at the 2010 Winter Olympic games, I will attempt to fill you in on what has happened here.
Team USA has come out surprising opponents and doubters alike, defeating all three of their competitors in pool play (including Canada) and earning the top seed for the playoff rounds.
Other pre-tournament favorites Russia and Sweden were defeated in the quarter-finals: Sweden by Slovakia; Russia by Canada.
Sub-par sports coverage—OR—financial disputes with cable providers are perhaps tolerable separately, as NHL fans realize that it takes a backseat to football and baseball in the U.S.
Dealing with both of these simultaneously is an insult.
Many mainstream sports supporters in the U.S. consider the NHL a joke; this is an example of why.
Statistical Analysis / Charts:
This post was almost more of a powerpoint demonstration than an article, but the charts were fun nonetheless.
For some reason, I came up with the idea to write the Kings a letter as though I was their obsessive, needy, and possibly abused girlfriend of a dozen years.
The idea didn’t go over tremendously with everyone, but I am proud of how it turned out. The links are essential to help tell the story.
It was written after the Olympic break in 2010, during a stretch when the Kings were faltering a bit, in a year that had the most promise of any in recent memory.
The Kovalchuk Problem
This was not initially intended to be a series, but the drama unfolded exponentially.
It started with the possibility of Dean Lombardi chasing Kovalchuk in the 2010 trade deadline, and then in the off-season. The probability was exciting, but I was always concerned for what trouble his contract might cause.
Little did I know.
Part 2: From Russia with Love
Part 3: The NeverEnding Story
Part 4: The Architect of Distruption
Reed Kaufman firstname.lastname@example.org