That was way back in 1984. It sparked a love of hockey reading and writing with me that I carry to this day.
Back then I began writing my own hockey magazines. Using scrap paper and staples for binding, I "published" several magazines with my own hockey thoughts, profiles, games and attempted illustrations. Tracings mostly. Trust me - I have always been a better writer than illustrator.
Of course no one ever saw those magazines other my immediate family. I kept those magazines for the longest time but, even though I can not remember dispersing of them directly, I no longer have them. Hockey history lost.
Over the years I have emerged into a freelance journalist, writer and researcher. I have penned three hockey books, worked for the NHL, a number of teams, news organizations and Hockey Canada.
My old magazine creativity has continued to this day, through my website GreatestHockeyLegends.com and now through social media. I have some pretty loyal followers and I hope they join me on this newest venture.
GreatestHockeyLegends.com is introducing the spin-off project: Hockey Over Time: The Hockey Card E-Zine - http://www.patreon.com/HockeyOverTime
Everyday we will feature a hockey card. In addition to telling you about the hockey card, we feature an an eclectic collection of great hockey stories from the game's great past somehow related to that hockey card.
We will also feature plenty of other hockey history coverage - everything from the greatest moments to the oddball and the obscure. Everything from Jacques Plante changing the face of hockey, Bobby Orr flying and Wayne Gretzky's ridiculous assault on the record books, to Gump Worsley's favorite recipes, Wayne Gretzky's REALLY bad wardrobe collection and Guy Lafleur's disco album.
You will be happy to see the return of my hockey book reviews, and we might even find some classic hockey fight videos! I hope to do some trivia, too. I plan to post content here daily.
This new format is a fast growing community called Patreon. It is a fairly new format that is revitalizing the e-zine format and helping the best of the independent publishers to earn from their labour of love.
Patreon is a cross between subscriptions and Kickstarter. Unlike Kickstarter, Patreon doesn’t focus on a one-time project. It’s aimed at fundraising for long-term projects that include recurring creations, like issues of a magazine or episodes of a podcast. In our case, your Patreon pledge is a per-issue contribution to the magazine.
I have always taken pride in sharing my work for free. I'm going to continue to do that. But in exchange for your support, as little as $2 a month (you can pledge more!), you will get more content to access.
I hope this is a happy medium that allows me to continue my relationship with my longtime readers while off-setting expenses and eventually building a self-sustaining income.
I have include links to four free articles so you can get a taste of what will be found here:
Two Minutes For Booking - How I fell in love with hockey books - https://www.patreon.com/posts/3010604
Hockey's Weirdest Injuries - From spider bites to the great bagpipe cleaning incident
Who Was Better? Gordie Howe vs Rocket Richard
Ron Stewart: Hockey's Piano Man - (I love stories like this!)
So take a look. I hope you join me on this exciting new journal of hockey history! Check out Hockey Over Time: The Hockey Card E-Zine today!
If you are not interested in the new E-Zine, remember you can still come to GreatestHockeyLegends.com and follow my hockey features on Twitter and Facebook for free.
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