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FlamesGM
Posted: Oct 31 2014, 09:32 PM


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So I am trying to start a hockey blog. It is called shawnthehockeykid.wordpress.com. You guys don't know this, but I am only 16. I am trying to get my feet wet and maybe make a name for myself in hockey. I am going to major in business so I can go down that road if the gates open for me. I would love your feedback. Thank you.
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AvalancheGM
Posted: Oct 31 2014, 11:19 PM


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Wish you all the best. That`s the road I took when I first got into the industry a few years back, along with getting into broadcasting and eventually doing color commentary and blogging in Canadian major junior hockey.

My two pieces of advice....

1. Write, write and write. Write as much as you can as often as you can and constantly promote what you are writing about. Chat on message boards, like HF, and get your name out there as much as possible. Writing frequently about any topics you have is a great way to build an audience and to also improve at it.

2. Get a Twitter account and use it to promote yourself and get your ideas out there. I`m involved in the industry myself, scouting, blogging and writing. I`m active on Twitter and have nearly 5,000 followers on my two accounts (one is for general use and scouting while the other focuses purely on the Colorado Avalanche). Twitter has been the best tool in my arsenal the last several years and has allowed me to gain a good following from people like Bob McKenzie (TSN), Craig Button (TSN), Craig Custance (ESPN), Darren Millard (Sportsnet), Mark Spector (Sportsnet), Cory Pronman (ESPN), Mark Masters (TSN), Ryan Kennedy (THN) and many others. If you want to have a future in the business, start treating it as a job now. It can go a long way in 3-4 years once you start to gain some more credibility. Being a 20 year old kid that has several years of experience under your belt is a good way to gain further attention. As long as you know your stuff and can properly get it across to the public.
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FlamesGM
Posted: Nov 1 2014, 10:45 AM


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Thank you very much for the advice. What is your Twitter handle. I miss make one and give you a shout out and you can hopefully give one back. And I shared my first post on hfboards. No reply yet but it has only been like 12 hours.
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AvalancheGM
Posted: Nov 12 2014, 12:47 PM


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Sorry for the delayed response.

My main Twitter handle is @DubFromAbove. My other is @Avs_Tweets.
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