Team Sin Bin

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.

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”.

Dakota Johnson

Associate Editor-ECHL

I’ll be covering the Cincinnati Cyclones for The Sin BIn. I’m a huge fan of Detroit and Cincinnati sports teams. Part time Men’s League door man/goaltender. I have probably taken one too many pucks to the face. Follow me on Twitter (@SinBinCyclones). I occassionally say things that’ll make you laugh.

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 Louisiana IceGators and the SPHL for The Sin Bin, Mike can be followed on Twitter @SinBinIceGators, on Facebook at facebook.com/fiveforchomping, or on his personal blog at Five for Chomping.

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.

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.

Adam Twenter

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.

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.

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.

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!

  • Location:Charleston, SC

Andrew Grimm

Writer

I’m a college student with a passion for hockey and sports in general, hoping to make a career out of that passion. I’ve covered the Wheeling Nailers for the past 3 1/2 seasons for a couple different outlets, as well as college hockey and other sports on occasion as well.

  • Location:Ohio

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.

Barry Jansen

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.

Chad Boerth

Writer

I am a senior in high school. 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. Last summer, I went to the WesBanco Arena to watch the Wheeling Nailers in the Kelly Cup Finals and to meet the Wheeling Nailers announcer DJ Abisalih. I also have an interest in music and plan on attending Valencia State College next year where I will be participating in the audio engineering program.

  • Location:Orlando, FL

Dawne Walters

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

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.

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.

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 boxscores, transactions, reading articles, commenting on message boards and of course attending games live or watching them on the computer, he devotes alot 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

James McGowan

Writer

19 year old writer from Scituate Massachusetts, Media communications student at Johnson and Wales University in Providence Rhode Island. Article contributor for Pro Hockey News covering the Providence Bruins. Formerly of Sports Injury Alert, Fantasy Pros, Hockey Tracker and the the Hockey Desk.

  • Location:Scituate, MA

Joe Zufelt

Writer

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

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 / Photographer

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

Michael Finazzo

Writer

Lifelong hockey fan that grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. I currently live in Evansville and am a season ticket holder for the IceMen. I’m a husband, father, pet owner and once got to take my picture with Lord Stanley’s Cup. What more could a guy ask for?

  • Location:Evansville, IN

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.

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.

Ryan Gibson

Writer

Color Analyst for the Missouri Mavericks. Lover of all things Kansas City and Mizzzou.

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.

Season Ticket Holder for the Winnipeg Jets as well as cover them for ProHockeyNews.com since 2011.

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

Joe Alsman

Stat Guru

Cheryll Iddings

Photographer

Ed Bailey

Photographer

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

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, WV