Friday, June 23, 2017

STAFF

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Joe Rozycki

Founder / Owner / Editor-In-Chief

Founded The Sin Bin in 2012 with the hopes of giving fans a voice. Fell in love with the game of hockey when my cousin started taking me to The Spectrum to watch my Philadelphia Flyers play when I was four years old. Proud husband and father. Strong believer in Karma, and working hard but playing harder.

Location:  Kansas City, MO
Website:  The Sin Bin

Matthew Harding

Managing Editor / ECHL Editor

I have been a hockey fan since the age of eight and thoroughly enjoyed watching games in the old Kansas Coliseum. There was nothing like the sound of a packed house of rabid Thunder fans. When I am not at a rink, I can be found behind the mic for KFDI News, where I have won several Kansas Association of Broadcasters awards. I fully embrace the grind and a full believer that you get what you give.

Location:  Wichita, KS

Matt Thomas

Assistant Editor / Webmaster

Living just south of the Quad Cities on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River, I became a hockey fan back in 1995 at the age of 15. The inaugural season of the Quad City Mallards turned me into a fan after going to just second game of the team’s existence and I instantly became hooked on the great sport of hockey. I’ve been a hardcore fan since that day, and had it not been for the team’s startup, I may have never been a fan of the sport. I live and die with the orange and black of the Broad Street Bullies and the Philadelphia Flyers as my favorite NHL team.

When away from The Sin Bin, I am a computer nerd who enjoys building and repairing computers. I also help my younger brother create independent films for his Motive Direct Pictures along with building and maintaining websites with my Mayhem Web Design “company”.

Location:  Quad Cities, IL
Website:  The Sin Bin

Dakota Johnson

Associate Editor-ECHL

No, not the same person from 50 Shades of Grey.
Dakota has been hanging around minor league hockey for 18 years now, spending most of that time period in the ECHL between while making pit stops in the now defunct Central Hockey League and International Hockey League.

Hailing from Dayton, Ohio, his love for hockey began with the ECHL’s Dayton Bombers. His parents took him to a Bombers game as an infant, and the rest is history that created a life dedicated to hockey. His family became instant season ticket holders and were there until the very end when the Bombers folded in 2009. Hockey fortunately stuck around in Dayton via the IHL/CHL with the reincarnation of the Dayton Gems, until they unfortunately folded as well in 2012. After that, Dakota headed 60 miles south of his hometown to join the Cincinnati Cyclones, whom he’s covered for The Sin Bin since TSB’s inception in 2015.

He also dabbed a bit into the playing game as he suited up for six seasons as a goaltender in the Troy Bruins organization from 2008-2014. There’s a reason they took away his goalie equipment and gave him a media pass. We’ll let you guess why.

Location:  Cincinnati, OH
Website:  Cincinnati Cyclones

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Mike Campos

Associate Editor-SPHL

Hailing from New Orleans, Louisiana, and still a New Orleans Brass fan, Mike began following hockey in a time when his beloved Edmonton Oilers were collecting Stanley Cups instead of #1 draft picks.

Residing in Lafayette since 2005, he eventually learned how to chomp for the Louisiana IceGators. After years of collecting more dust than ice time and deemed too dangerous to play with sticks and sharp objects, Mike began to write about hockey.

Now covering the SPHL for The Sin Bin, Mike can be followed on Twitter @SinBinSPHL, on Facebook at facebook.com/sinbinsphl

Location:  Lafayette, LA

John Howe

Associate Editor-Photography

I started my photography passion in high school, but it wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I decided to get serious about it so I attended the Kansas City Art Institute to hone my skills. I am currently the team photographer for the Missouri Mavericks.

Location:  Independence, MO
Website:  Howe Creative Photography

Joe Zufelt

Social Media Editor

Residing in Wilmington, DE, Joe Zufelt’s Italian heritage influences his passion to talk endlessly about hockey and food. Joe received his Bachelor’s Degree from the College of Charleston. During his time there, he interned with the ECHL South Carolina Stingrays for two years before he was promoted to the fulltime staff. An avid follower of anything Philadelphia, Joe became a rabid Flyers fan which led to his love of all things hockey (except the Penguins).

Joe now covers the Reading Royals of the ECHL. You can follow his updates on Twitter @SinBinRoyals.

Location:  Willmington, DE

FEATURE WRITERS

Scotty Wazz

Feature Writer

Born in Baltimore, Scotty Wazz got his start in 2001 with podcasting and has been covering all forms of hockey via podcast and blogging, and credentialed coverage of various NHL, AHL, and ECHL events. Before that, Wazz played many years of club and high school hockey in Maryland while enjoying season tickets to the former Baltimore Bandits and was also a locker room attendant for the Chesapeake Icebreakers. Currently residing in Calgary, Wazz follows minor league hockey as much as humanly possible. Outside of hockey, Wazz co-hosts a weekly radio show about NASCAR called “In The Draft with Wilson and Wazz” on KPSI in Palm Springs, California.

Location:  Grand Forks, ND
Website:  Face Off Hockey Show

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Adam Twenter

Feature Writer

I grew up watching the Kansas City Blades and the St. Louis Blues. I played street hockey as a teenager and still play in a roller hockey league every week. I have literally been around the Missouri Mavericks since day one. When I’m not watching hockey, I’m playing it with my 3 little boys or doing the day job of teaching band to 6-12 graders. Hockey is a family affair for us; my wife is a huge Mavs fans and my boys had sticks in their hands as soon as they could walk.

Location:  Raymore, MO
Website:  Missouri Mavericks

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Dawne Walters

Feature Writer

I wrote for the now defunct New Mexico Scorpions in the WPHL for three years before joining the Army. After almost ten years in the Army as a flight medic, having traveled to several different countries, even Iraq, I was Honorably discharged. Medical discharge in hand, I started using my Associates to write military romances, and started a hockey romance series. But, writing for the Columbus Cottonmouths, getting back into hockey writing, is where I’m most comfortable!

Location:  Columbus, GA

WRITERS

Alexander Wolff

Writer

A longtime season ticket holder at one time of the now defunct OHL Plymouth Whalers. Die-Hard fan of the Toledo Walleye now. A film critic on the side. A college basically living out of movie theaters and the Huntington Center.

Location:  Novi, Mi
Website:  Advanced Film Reviews

Amanda Gunnells

Writer

I am covering the Fort Wayne Komets for the Sin Bin. When not writing for the site, I am working on my first novel, which you can follow the progress on my blog. I will be bringing you features on the players as well as news and updates on the Fort Wayne Komets team. Follow me on Twitter @SinBinFtWayne.

Location:  Fort Wayne, IN
Website:  Sissie’s Novel Ventures

Andrew Gallant

Writer

I grew up in Fairfax, Virginia which is where my passion for hockey and the Washington Capitals was born. I went to Capitals practices, community events and more games than I can remember. In down time at school I would go through and track stats of all the players in games that I had been to. I love talking hockey and have found a great community of fellow fans with the help of my twitter @Agallanzo. Most nights you’ll find me on the ice tearing up (not really) the D level mens league. I currently live in Charleston, South Carolina, the home of the ECHL South Carolina Stingrays and look forward to covering them for The Sin Bin.

There’s one more thing you must know about me: I love Spicy food and if my eyes are watering it’s probably the ghost pepper salsa I just got. I’m all ears if you want to talk some hockey or have a good spot for the hottest food around!

You can follow me on my personal Twitter @Agallanzo.

Location:  Washington, D.C.
Website:  Capsaicin Nation

Anna Headley

Writer

Currently finishing her associates degree, 20 year old Anna has written for the Black Hawk College newspaper The Chieftain since Spring 2014. She served as editor of the paper during the Spring 2015 semester. Since winning tickets in a raffle during the 2010-11 season, she quickly became a fan of the sport. She’s played dek hockey for six seasons. She has backstopped her team to three consecutive championships over the past three seasons. You can read her sarcasm on Twitter @authoranna or see all write ups and pictures at Flock Talk.

Location:  Ohio
Website:  Flock Talk

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Barry Janssen

Writer

I was born in South Dakota but raised in the Minneapolis suburb of Bloomington, Minnesota. I was never much of a hockey player as basketball was my winter sport of choice. I became a huge hockey fan when I attended the University of Minnesota in the late 1960’s early 1970’s. I was a season ticket holder during the Herb Brooks years when he won NCAA championships in 1974,1976, & 1979 before he coached the Miracle on Ice Team in 1980. I was also a big Minnesota North Stars fan when they arrived in Minnesota for the 1967-1968 season.

Other than the time I spend following the Allen Americans, I enjoy hunting and fishing whether it is walleye fishing in Canada and Minnesota, Pheasant hunting in North Dakota, Bass fishing on the creeks of the Flint Hills in Kansas, fishing private ponds, dove hunting or turkey hunting in Texas.

Location:  Allen, TX
Website:  Allen Americans Blog

Brent Baldwin

Writer

I was hooked on hockey at an early age from attending Hartford Whalers games. My fondest hockey memories though were the mid 90’s battles between the Tulsa Oilers and Oklahoma City Blazers in the old Central Hockey League. I’ve been covering hockey for the last 7 years. I covered the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers for four years, and I’ve been on the beat of the AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms for the last 3 years.

Location:  Atlanta, GA

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Chad Boerth

Writer

I am student attending Valencia College and enrolled in their Sound and Music Technology  program. While I am a Florida Panthers fan, I also am a season ticket holder for my home town team, the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL. I also will sometimes travel to other arenas such as the Germain Arena in Southwest Florida and the Charleston Coliseum in South Carolina. I even went to the WesBanco Arena to watch the Wheeling Nailers in the 2016 Kelly Cup Finals and to meet the Wheeling Nailers announcer DJ Abisalih.

Location:  Orlando, FL

David Kenyon

Writer

Born in the hockey hotbed of South Florida, I’ve somehow loved the sport as long as I can remember. I’ll be covering the Fort Wayne Komets for The Sin Bin. You can also find me on Bleacher Report, where I’m a national college football writer and live event specialist. I also contribute to Upside & Motor, covering the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. You can find me on Twitter @Kenyon19_BR.

Location:  Fort Wayne, IN
Website:  Bleacher Report

Duck & Hound

Writer

We’re two native Southern California girls with a passion for hockey. We are an Anaheim Ducks fan (Duck) and an LA Kings fan (Hound) (yes, we get along) who follow the Ontario Reign above all. Duck has devoted her time since finding hockey to understanding every aspect of the sport she can get her hands on and has an unnatural love of numbers. Hound is our resident photographer, artist and occasional writer.

Location:  Southern California
Website:  The Adventures Of…Duck & Hound

Dylan Schofield

Writer

I’m a casual Hockey fan from Worcester, MA. I was raised a Boston Bruins fan while supporting the local IceCats and Sharks.

When the Worcester Sharks left Worcester in 2015, I started Save Worcester Hockey. We were a group of hockey fans always on the lookout on the latest word on any potential investor to help bring a team to the city and provided updates to hockey fans in the area.

When it was announced in 2016 that the Worcester Railers HC were joining the ECHL, I changed the name to Woo Hockey. It is now an ongoing project to preserve Worcester’s Hockey history while providing updates on past teams and players, as well as everything regarding the Worcester Railers HC.

I’ll be providing updates for the Worcester Railers HC and game day updates when the puck drops in October 2017.

You can follow me on my personal Twitter account @DylanSchofield.

Location:  Worcester, MA
Website:  Woo Hockey

James Gentry

Writer

James Gentry has been a lifelong sports fan, especially minor league sports. While growing up in Fayetteville, NC he soon became hooked on hockey and in a short time he was an avid Fayetteville minor league hockey fan. Dating back to the days of the CHL and the Fayetteville Force to the current Fayetteville Fireantz of the SPHL, he loves anything minor league hockey. Whether it’s looking at box scores, transactions, reading articles, commenting on message boards and of course attending games live or watching them on the computer, he devotes a lot of time to his love of hockey. James currently lives in Winston Salem, NC with his wife Blair. He looks forward to contributing informative and interesting work for The Sin Bin covering the Fayetteville Fireantz and the SPHL.

Location:  Winston Salem, NC

Jay Hay

Writer

Born and raised in Montreal Quebec, hockey was introduced to me as religion at an early age.  An apostate of said religion, I rooted for the Edmonton Oilers amid a sea of red.  I then spent my high school years in another hockey hotbed, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario watching and reporting on the Soo Greyhounds for a weekly rag.

Currently, I spend most of my free time at hockey rinks in Northern Colorado watching my 10 and 7 year-old sons play and practice, and when I can, I suit up and play in C & B Men’s leagues.  Ironically, I spend more time in the Sin Bin, than anyone else in either league.

You can follow Jay on his personal Twitter @hockeyjay74.

Location:  Windsor, CO

Joel Mann

Writer

I was born in Calgary and have lived here my whole life. Always been a very big Flames and Leafs fan. When I’m not out playing Hockey I’m watching it and writing about it. I cover both the Calgary Flames and the Stockton Heat. You can follow me on twitter @JMannFlames

Location:  Calgary, AB
Website:  Calgary Flames Hockey

John Hafer

Writer

My interest in hockey began 27 years ago when my uncle took me to the CapitalCentre (later USAir Arena) to see the Capitals take on the New York Rangers. Since that night I have been a loyal Caps fan “Rocking the Red” when it comes to NHL hockey. In 1996, my family moved to Wheeling, WV. I attended 2 late season Wheeling Nailers games with a high school group in March of 1997 and have been hooked on this ECHL team ever since.

I currently live in Wheeling, WV with my wife and son. When not around the rink I’m either working my full time job or playing with my son. I can be heard most Wednesday afternoons from 5-6pm on Steve Novotney Live on AM1600 WKKX Wheeling and on tunein radio app.

Location:  Wheeling, WV

Joshua Heistman

Writer

Josh Heistman was born in the wilderness north of Syracuse, NY, where his love for the game of hockey was nurtured by an uncle who adored Brett Hull. He’s been a suffering St. Louis Blues fan ever since. Relocating to the Manchester, NH area as a young child, he helped to rally for the creation of a hockey program in his school district, and his ragtag group of friends once defeated his high school’s squad in floor hockey intramurals.

He began seriously following the then-AHL Manchester Monarchs in 2002, and in 2003 began working as the producer for their radio broadcasts, a job he held until 2005. He has been a rabid fan ever since and has converted many of his friends to hockey fandom. This also includes his wife, with whom he won a scavenger hunt organized by the Monarchs in 2011 in order to win her an engagement ring.

He now lives in Brewer, Maine with his wife (possibly an even bigger Monarchs fan) and his pit bull.

Location:  Brewer, MN

Kyle Nuss

Writer

Kyle has been with The Sin Bin covering the Elmira Jackals since June of 2016. Before joining the Sin Bin, Kyle helped run the fan page JackalCentral, and currently runs Elmira Sports.

Location:  Elmira, NY
Website:  Elmira Sports

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Mark Grainda

Writer

Residing in Indianapolis, Indiana, I have played in hockey in Indianapolis for my entire life as well as followed several teams coming in and out of Indy. I have followed Indy hockey for as long as I can remember, starting with the CHL/IHL Indianapolis Ice, to the USHL’s Indiana Ice and now the Indy Fuel. When I am not watching or writing about hockey, I spend my time attending Ball State University and playing Division III ACHA hockey for the Cardinals. You can follow my personal Twitter account @mgrainda71.

Location:  Indianapolis, IN

Matthew Wiernasz

Writer

I attended my first AHL game in 1994 when it was the Springfield Falcons playing the Portland Pirates and started to watch hockey more and more. I have been involved in Motorsports for many years. I started to photograph and write about racing in 2005 covering NASCAR and many other forms of racing throughout the entire country. I am very thankful to join Thesinbin.net team to be covering hockey for the website as I have a true passion for hockey.

Location:  Springfield, MA

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Mike Crook

Writer

Raised to bleed Garnet and Gold, Mike’s first passion will always be Florida State football. Though he does enjoy watching just about any sporting event if given the opportunity.

His interest in hockey grew when the team he occasionally followed (Quebec Nordiques) moved to Denver and raised the Cup in their first season. His love of hockey continued when his FSU-based fan size was rebranded in 2010 to become “Free Sports Press” and expand their sports coverage which included the Rapid City Rush (in their 2nd year of existence).

Witnessing them raise the Presidents’ Cup that season was an experience he’ll never forget and and his wife have both enjoyed covering the Rush ever since.

You can follow along as I tweet all things Rush on Twitter @SinBinRush.

Location:  Rapid City, SD
Website:  Free Sports Press

Rich Lohman

Writer

My journey in hockey began in 1972 when my parents took me to a Pittsburgh Penguins game in the Igloo (Civic Arena) when I was four years old. The journey continued and indeed became a critical mass twenty years later when I attended the opening night of the Tulsa Oilers in the Tulsa Convention Center. I have not missed an opening night since then, which is a record spanning nearly a quarter century. When not covering the Oilers I cover other sports as a contributing writer and sports editor at Tulsa Today, a news website.

Location:  Tulsa, OK
Website:  Tulsa Today

Ryan Gibson

Writer

Started following hockey back in the IHL days with the Kansas City Blades. Began playing hockey in 7th grade and played through my Senior year of high school.

Covering the Missouri Mavericks and providing analysis on the SinBin Pregame show. Other duties with the Mavericks include proving color commentary for all Mavs home games.

Location:  Kansas City, MO
Website:  Missouri Mavericks

Ryan Hrankowski

Writer

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Grew up playing hockey was a Junior Hockey suitcase having played in the MJHL, SJHL, AJHL, Western States Junior League, College Hockey in Crookston, Minnesota. Had a few cups of coffee in the WPHL, WCHL, UHL as well as Overseas. Coached and Scouted Junior Hockey, now coach my 2 daughters who have a strong passion for the game.

Huge fan of the rough stuff!

Covering the Manitoba Moose of the AHL now for The Sin Bin. Follow me on Twitter @hrank94

Location:  Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Ted Warren

Writer

Ted Warren is a credentialed Media Member with the Norfolk Admirals of the ECHL. This season marks Warren’s first in the ECHL and fourth covering the Admirals. Prior to joining The Sin Bin, Ted spent three seasons with Thehockeywriters.com covering the Admirals . The 27-year-old will be bringing you features on players, coaches and everything Norfolk Admirals. Follow Ted on Twitter @Bauerhockeydude

Location:  Virgina

STATS

Joe Alsman

Stat Guru

PHOTOGRAPHERS

Cheryll Iddings

Photographer

Location:  Fort Wayne, IN
Website:  Eye 2 Eye Portraits

Dianne Webster

Photographer

Location:  Allen, TX
Website:  Dianne Webster Photography

Ed Bailey

Photographer

Location:  Valley Center, KS
Website:  Ed Bailey Photography

John Wikman

Photographer

Location:  Indianapolis, IN
Website:  WhiteShark Photography

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Sarah Hobday

Photographer

I live in VA Beach but travel as much as possible on weekends for ECHL and AHL games. I take game pictures for lots of players in both leagues so I am all over the place when it comes to what games I cover. I have been a hockey fan my whole life thanks to parents from Michigan. I started attending ECHL games in 1995 which is also when I started doing hockey photography. My little beagle is the unofficial mascot of the ECHL K-Wings.

Location:  Virgina Beach, VA

Tim Smith

Photographer

Location:  Cincinnati, OH
Website:  http://pixbytim.com

Zack Rawson

Photographer

I started attending Nailers (Thunderbirds) games when I was only a year old. About 5 years ago I took a camera to game and I haven’t looked back since.

For the last 2 seasons I have been shooting for the Nailers and in those 2 seasons, I have occasionally made road trips to other arenas to shoot games for them.

Location:  Weirton, VA