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From the Press Box: It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

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It’s Puck Drop time here at HockeyNow, and that means a new hockey season is almost upon us. After a long offseason, we are as itching to get going as our readers and this season is shaping up to be a good one, both on the ice and on our pages.

While teams across the country have been busy putting together rosters, our team at HockeyNow has been upping our game with all kinds of new additions and initiatives, both online and in print.

We have vastly expanded our coverage ahead of the 2015-16 season to continue to bring our readers the best coverage available in the minor, junior, major junior, women’s and collegiate hockey landscapes. This season we've added regular coverage of QMJHL, NCAA and CIS and the newly minted American-based NWHL.

We are massively increasing our coverage of minor hockey in B.C., Alberta and Ontario with a special focus on tournaments. We have added weekly minor hockey coverage in all three provinces and, starting in September, will launch a new crowdsourcing initiative that will give you, our loyal readers, a chance to tell your stories from the local rink and have your work published on our world-class website.

Also starting this month, we’re launching a new series called “Scout’s Corner” where we’ll be featuring weekly in-depth analysis of three players from the major junior ranks by ISS Hockey scout Jack Choros.

Along with a beefed-up Performance Blog series, these are just some of the new features we have planned to bring our readers more coverage than ever before.    

To that end, we’ve added some new talent of our own and I’d like to this opportunity to welcome and introduce the newest members of our team.

I am pleased to welcome Iain Colpitts, Mike Beasley, Jared Gnam, Neil Hilts and Randy Lucenti to the HockeyNow family.

Iain is our new OHL reporter for this season and he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the fold. Iain is a sportswriter for The Mississauga News with a passion for the game of hockey and we’re thrilled to have him on board.

Mike Beasley is returning to HockeyNow after a couple of years covering hockey for a number of publications in Ontario. He’ll be bringing you news and stories from around the QMJHL this season and we’re happy to have him back.

Jared Gnam and Neil Hilts are also new to HockeNow and we’re excited to bring their passion and enthusiasm for the game to our pages.

Jared will cover the B.C. minor hockey beat, while Neil will be bringing you top-notch coverage from the around the AJHL.

Last but not least, I’d also like to welcome Randy Lucenti as our new collegiate hockey analyst. Randy brings years of hockey reporting experience in Ontario and will be assuming duties as HockeyNow’s NCAA and CIS reporter moving forward.

On top of expanded coverage we will also be adding many other new features in an effort to enhance our readers’ experience over the next few months. These include a slate of new contests with some amazing prizes and an upgraded tournament section to better serve the needs of our readers.

The 2015-16 season brings with it some exciting storylines, which we will be following throughout the season.

In Ontario, Can the Carleton Place Canadians and Toronto Patriots take home third straight league titles at the Ontario Junior A level? How will the departure of Connor McDavid and possibly Dylan Strome from the Erie Otters, along with bold offseason moves by rivals like the London Knights, affect the balance of power in the OHL?

In B.C., will the Kelowna Rockets and Penticton Vees continue their dominance in the WHL and BCHL, respectively, after losing some key players?

In Alberta, how and when will new rules being developed by Hockey Alberta at the minor level change or affect development and the minor hockey game?

How will the battle for talent between rival women’s hockey leagues, the CWHL and newly formed NWHL, play out over the course of the season and heading into next?

We will be following these stories and more as the puck drops on 2015-16 and, like fans of the game everywhere – we can’t wait to get this party started!

By:Graeme Frisque| 27/08/15 | (0) Comments

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