McKenzie: Why am I excited to be a reporter for Athletic Calgary Flames

In the 2006 World Children’s Academy Yearbook, you’ll find a picture of me as a 12-year-old elementary school student. Under my name, you will see the two dream jobs I was dreaming of at that age. It reads “journalist/author”.

I was about to get the second job done a lot sooner than I realized (that’s a story for another day). But if it didn’t work out in the end, I guess I would have spent my days writing comic books based on the amazing Captain Underpants series with one of my childhood best friends.

What I can actually say is that for the past five years since I graduated from university, I have been living my dream as a journalist.

Now, on the latest step in my journey with the athleteI will cover one of the most interesting topics NHL Stories at the moment: Calgary Flames. I’m really excited, and a little panicked, all at the same time. This is the franchise owned by one of my favorite players, Jarom Iginla, who has established himself as a Hall of Fame. One of my early childhood memories was watching Flames in the 2004 Stanley Cup Final and watching the games in my parents’ basement.

After years of being in Montreal CanadiensIn the backyard, sometimes writing alongside Arpon Basu and Marc Antoine Godin (two of the best in the NHL), I can cover a team with a fantastic history, a promising present, and an interesting future. It should mean there is no shortage of stories, materials, anecdotes and analysis to pass on to our readers.

The hockey world was already wondering how Flames would recover from losing two sides of her franchise within a week in July. General Manager Brad Treleving could have decided that this core wasn’t good enough to compete. Instead, he’s got a potential candidate for Hart Trophy (depending on who you ask) Jonathan HuberdeauStrong defensive option in the top four Mackenzie and jealous A Stanley Cup winning position emerging from his best season as a professional Nazim Qadri.

There is even an argument to be made that the flame could be better than it was last season. If full health is in cards for a player like Chris Tanev. if Andrew Mangyapan Still recording at a tense pace from last year. if Jacob Markstrom He reappears from a second-round nightmare streak he’d like to forget. If Huberdeau proves that he does not need Alexander Barkov To be a true Hart Cup contender. If my destiny still has another professional year in it. If Flames continues to crush opponents with Darryl Sutter Hockey. It’s all there.

But as an aging core enters, or will soon emerge, in its early years, the pressure to win will only increase. The flames had disappointed by the rising expectations before. Last year’s post-season should have given us the Alberta fight that went the distance. Conor McDavid I changed it. In the 2018-2019 season, the Flames emerged as the second-best regular season team in the league before losing in the first round. Despite the talent they have amassed over the past few years, The Flames haven’t qualified for the third round since their impressive debut in 2004. Being. In order to meet expectations, that has to change soon, and they will have to get rid of teams like EdmontonAnd the Vegas And the reigning hero Colorado To get there, among other teams.

My goal is to stick to the standard set by my colleagues in the athlete. I want to deliver high-quality, in-depth storytelling as well as balanced reporting and analysis. I want to be good at presenting a bigger picture of moments that might seem small to the average eye. I want to tell good stories about players, or people who mean a lot to Flames. And yes, we’ll have coverage for those earlier flames in Matthew Tkachuk And the Johnny Goudreu When the time comes. Above all, I’d like to give strong, fair reporting on the biggest stories that go around an NHL team in my new city.

I’d also like to report some on their young prospects – from bubbly roster potential like Jakob Pelletier and Connor Mackey to others waiting in the wings like Dustin Wolf and Matthew Coronato – too, whether they’re still playing in the rookie class or with the AHL Calgary Wranglers, who He will also operate Scotiabank Saddledome. I hope to take the torch left by Hailey Salvian and run with her to cover the Flames.

I’m also not above writing about fun things like Who is the DJ team, Drop references from award-winning poets like Shawn Carter, Earl Simmons or Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, and posts that collect what fans think. I expect a lot from myself in this job, but I will do everything I can to stay true to myself. this is important.

While I’m here, you should bring back those flames Alternate black shirts with Blasty. The streets need it.

This should also be known. Contrary to popular belief, I’m not annoying tweeters. please advise

In the meantime, I will continue to host chris johnston show And the time zone By Yahoo Sports. And on Mondays, I’ll be joining Ian Mendes the athlete Show hockey! I think it’s important for me to follow the pulse of the league and these three performances allow me to do that. Plus, if you’re not familiar with my work, here’s an easy way to get to know me!

Covering the flames is a great opportunity. I thank God, my family, friends, colleagues, readers and viewers for supporting me through all of this and helping me get to this point. Thank you so much. Flames fans and readers, I look forward to serving as the newest city reporter on the team. Let’s do it!

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