The Man Behind The Moniker: Getting To Know Puck Daddy's Greg Wyshynski
Greg Wyshynski is the creator and editor of Yahoo's Puck Daddy, the most popular hockey blog in the world. Up-to-the-minute news, comprehensive link dumps, and cynical commentary are just a few of PD's renowned features. The Checking Line's Adam Pardes was fortunate enough to catch up with Wyshynski before Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals to find out more about the man himself.
I figured I’d see if I could get some questions answered for people who are interested. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Did you play hockey or any other sports when you were a kid?
Was your dad a big Devils fan? Is that what got you into hockey?
Is that what attracted you most to the sport?
Were there any specific people or writers that influenced you?
Many people would be surprised to find out that you’re a pretty decorated print editor, when and why did you switch into the blogosphere?
That makes sense. When you started Puck Daddy in the Spring of ’08, did you ever dream that it would become the sensation that it’s become today?
How big was the team when you started?
What’s your favorite part of the job now?
How much time do you have to cruise around the internet and check out other blogs?
What’s the best comment or fan mail that you’ve ever received?
I know you guys get a lot of harsh responses too, what’s the best insult you’ve ever gotten?
Who’s the most entertaining player that you’ve ever interviewed or spoken with?
Is there a most boring player that stands out?
Is there anything a player has ever said to you that has really surprised you?
I saw that on Twitter, it was really funny. [Laughs.]
And pretty much everyone in the country relies on him for their blogs, too.
Did you have a favorite player growing up? A favorite player now?
Do you find yourself being more objective about the sport now that you write for a living?
You have an N-J-D-F-A-N Virginia license plate, that’s pretty serious allegiance to the team. What would be your dream Devils line?
I'd like to thank Greg for taking the time to speak with me, and also for his candid and extensive responses.
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