I was lucky enough to have media credentials for Hockeyville, thanks to Edward Fraser, Jason Kay and The Hockey News. My article has just gone live - I hope you enjoy it and give me some feedback.
It was a surreal experience. We all had assigned seats at tables. The local papers and tv/radio people were all in the back and given their game program. Because I was with The Hockey News, I got a prime table complete with all the computer hook ups and telephone lines you could imagine. I was right beside NHL.com and Getty Images, with the Vancouver papers at the table next to me.
I really have to thank The Hockey News. The NHL did not approve new media-extraordinaire Sean Zandberg from Nucks Misconduct. Why? Almost certainly because he is "a blogger." I suspect that without THN's rubber stamp, I would not have gotten in with press credential either, despite authoring two books and writing freelance for major magazines and news outlets. The bias against the new media continues.
By the way, I gave permission to NHLpro out of Czech Republic to translate my articles and promote Hockeyville all the way over there. Here's an example.