An E-mail Interview with Hockey Blogger Cheryl Adams
One such writer/blogger is Cheryl Adams. Hockey fans on the Internet may know her as the Hockey Broad.
Cheryl was kind enough to take time out of her busy schedule to tell us about how she grew to love hockey, how she got into writing about the game as well as her thoughts on her favorite team, the Chicago Blackhawks.
Chelsea was kind enough to take time out of her busy schedule to tell us about how she grew to love hockey, how she got into writing about the game as well as her thoughts on her favorite team, the Chicago Blackhawks.
PH: Growing up, how did you get into hockey?
CA: The first time I remember watching hockey was the 1980 Olympics, the famous "Miracle on Ice" game. The problem was that although I got into hockey, nobody else in my family was interested in the sport! So I never even went to a live professional game until I was in college. But I would occasionally listen to local games on the radio. I played field hockey in high school - I wanted to try ice hockey, but under the local conference's rules at the time, girls really weren't allowed. Times have changed a lot - in a good way - for today's kids.
PH: Growing up, who were your favorite hockey teams/players?
CA: Since I grew up in Connecticut, I became a Whalers fan. Kevin Dineen was my favorite growing up, and there's a story to go with that. I was traveling to Europe with my French class, and a friend and I were wandering around Zurich airport between flights. We got stopped by this guy who'd seen my friend AJ's varsity jacket; he couldn't believe he was running into kids from CT in the middle of Zurich airport. (You will have to remember this was the mid-80s, and it wasn't as common to travel overseas then.) Turns out it was Dineen, just off his rookie season, traveling to Czechoslavakia with some other hockey players for the 1985 World Championship. AJ and I were so thrilled to meet one of our hometown Whalers that we didn't even ask who the other guys traveling with him were! I followed Dineen's career, and I followed the Whalers through their evolution into the Carolina Hurricanes.
I started following the Blackhawks once I began making plans to move to Chicago; it was just logical to follow the local team. I liked Jeremy Roenick; unfortunately, I moved to Chicago a couple seasons after he'd become a Coyote, so I never got to see him play in person wearing the Indianhead.
The more I write about hockey, though, the more teams I enjoy - there's at least half a dozen NHL teams I follow pretty regularly - and feel that I have become more of a fan of the sport in general.
PH: At what point in your life did you know that you wanted to be involved in sports on the media side of things?
CA: When I was in college, I thought it would've been interesting to write for hockey. But female sports writers back then were few and far between, and I was more focused at the time on getting into the advertising industry after I graduated. I've been involved in marketing/advertising-related jobs since college, but writing has always been a passion of mine. So several seasons ago, I came up with HockeyBroad.com. I'd really like to move into sports media/marketing as my full-time job, because I feel like sports marketing and media really pulls together a lot of my interests and background.