It is officially summer time, at least as far as hockey fans are concerned.
For serious fans hockey remains a front page story until late July or so, when the free agency period thins out. August is truly the dog days of summer for us. But for most people hockey has not been put on the back burner. The attention now goes to baseball, barbecues and beaches.
Most hockey websites go into a reduced mode, which is completely understandable and even necessary. I know I will be spending quite a bit time out camping and hiking myself.
I am expecting a very busy summer. I am working on other hockey related projects, and preparing material for the Olympics next year, but I have some special features in the works for this website that I am really excited about. Through the magic of pre-scheduled postings I expect to have new content on the front page most days of the summer.
I also plan on increasing player biography content this summer. I already have added a couple of dozen in the past 2-3 weeks, without any mention on the front page. I am trying to make the profiles more and more personalized, and hoping more and more people add their own memories in the comments. Call it the Jack Falla effect.
What I would like is to hear some feedback from you. Let me know what you think of these four new biographies of recently retired stars. Should I stick to the facts? Should I go even more personal?
Paul Laus - Florida tough guy turned into a good player through hard work
Vitali Yachmenev - Gretzky's last RW in LA, he's still playing in Russia
Scott Young - One of the more versatile players in recent memory
Andrei Nikolishin - A very highly underrated player
Come back on Monday and I will introduce you to a fascinating player who even I had never heard of until last week. Then we'll begin looking at the NHL Awards, a hockey father's day tribute, the NHL Draft and the HHOF Inductions.