Larry graduated with a BSc. Eng in 1994 from Queen's University.
Having played hockey most of his life, but never at an elite level in minor hockey, Larry continues to hone his "skills" with his rec team that has been together since 1996. Larry has steadfast faith that the New York Islanders will win the Cup again...before he dies.
Allow me to introduce myself. My name's Iain Colpitts and being a "Good ol' Canadian boy," I've been a lifelong fan of the frozen game, I'm honoured to be writing for Hockey Now Magazine.
I started playing hockey at a young age and it quickly became evident that I wasn't going to make a career out of playing hockey, so I thought why not make a career writing about it instead.
I've been doing that since 2010 as sports writer for the Mississauga News and have been focusing on the OHL along with minor hockey and other endeavours since then.
Some other things to know about me: I still play hockey today, I dance and sing terribly and I own a Ninja Turtles onesie.
Enjoy my blog and feel free to come say hi if you spot me at the rink.
Veteran broadcaster Mike Toth is a freelance journalist in Toronto. He currently serves as the sports insider on the Global Television Morning Show and was a longtime sportscaster on TSN, Rogers Sportsnet, The Fan 590 and Newstalk 1010. Coaching and watching his two sons in the minor hockey ranks, Mike writes for HockeyNow about his views on the game and his life behind the bench and up in the stands in his weekly "The Cornered Coach" blog.
Toronto-based sportswriter, Sam Laskaris, has written extensively on the Ontario Hockey League, the Ontario Junior A leagues, and Ontario minor hockey – including the GTHL, the OMHA, and ALLIANCE hockey – over many years, as a key contributor to HockeyNow.
After a brief hiatus, Mike Beasley has rejoined the HockeyNow as our QMJHL reporter. He has been a key contributor to HockeyNow through many Memorial Cups, NHL Drafts, and World Junior Tournaments. Originally from Montreal, Mike is a former Junior and college hockey player. He also writes for Metro Ottawa and the Ottawa Citizen.
Among other areas of expertise, Kristi Patton is HockeyNow's lead writer for female hockey, covering teams and players from all levels across Canada. Born in Penticton, B.C., Kristi also writes for the Penticton Western News and worked at the Vancouver Olympics as a reporter for Olympic News Service. She also plays recreational hockey as a goaltender.
Randy is an award-winning sports journalist with 30 years of media experience including newspapers, magazines and radio.
Born in North Bay, Ont., Randy’s passion is hockey. From minor hockey player to minor hockey executive to men’s league player, he continues to be involved in the sport.
As a journalist, he has covered all levels of hockey, including a 10-year stint covering the OHL, both as a sports reporter and sports editor. He currently covers the junior circuits in and around his home in Orillia, Ont. for various publications and also co-hosts a weekly sports radio show in the region.
A die-hard Chicago Blackhawks and Barrie Colts fan, Randy still puts on the blades at least twice a week throughout the year.
Adam Williams is a freelance journalist and a staff sports reporter for Kamloops This Week in Kamloops, British Columbia. He is a graduate from the Thompson Rivers University School of Journalism and also has a BSc. from the University of Alberta.
Adam has spent the last two years working in the Tournament Capital, covering the likes of major junior’s Kamloops Blazers and the junior B Kamloops Storm. Adam is one of HockeyNow's feature writers, contributing many great cover stories.
Ben Smith is the host of HockeyTalk on Whistle Radio 102.7fm in Stouffville Ontario. Ben is an avid hockey fan, and not only a player himself, but also a referee. When he’s not hosting HockeyTalk, Ben can be heard as a colour commentator on Whistle Radio’s live hockey broadcasts.
Being a player, referee, and coach in the OMHA has taught Ben valuable lessons about what minor hockey is all about, and how hockey is a vehicle to promote fun, character, teamwork, and respect. Ben is excited to share all his experiences with HockeyNow's readers as our Ontario minor hockey reporter.
When she isn't inhaling Zamboni fumes as a hockey mom of three, Astra is a human resources professional from Ottawa. In her spare time, she writes about motherhood and minor hockey. Her humour memoir, "Offside by a Mile - Confessions of a Hockey Mom" was published by FriesenPress in June 2015. You can read more about her family's antics on her website at www.astragroskaufmanis.com and follow her @mydustbunnies on Twitter. Astra is a weekly contributor to HockeyNow.ca through her always-entertaining Mom Mondays blog.
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