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.
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!
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.
Currently working towards her Bachelor’s, Anna wrote for the Black Hawk College newspaper The Chieftain for two years while earning her associates. During that time, she served as editor of the paper for one 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 ten seasons and backstopped her team to three consecutive championships over that span. Her Twitter @authoranna, is sarcastic and nerdy, with the occasional funny hockey video.
I attended my first hockey game when I was 10 years old and have loved the game ever since. I began to combine my love for the game with my love for photography while living in Texas. I enjoy capturing all levels of hockey from beer league to pro. Every season I try to visit at least one new arena and I’m not afraid to drive hundreds of miles to see a game. These days on the weekend you can usually find me at a rink behind a camera in the D.C./Pennsylvania area.
Following a season as the voice of the Marksmen, Ben Garrod joins The Sin Bin as a corporate sales representative. Prior to joining the Marksmen, Garrod spent time with the Kalamazoo Wings (ECHL) as the Manager of Corporate Sales. Prior to joining the sales team in Kalamazoo, the native of Lawrence, Michigan spent two seasons as the Public Relations/Broadcasting intern for the K-Wings and helped to manage; color commentary duties, social media, press releases, and interviews-including the world-famous “Meow” interview.
The Ferris State University (Big Rapids, MI) graduate earned his degree in Professional and Technical Communications in 2015.
Ben and his wife, Whitney, have two sons- Ryan and Brendan, and one daughter-Kassidy.
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.
Andrew Piluk is from Guelph, Ontario Canada and grew up a huge Toronto Maple Leafs and Marlies fan. Andrew has been around arenas his whole life as he played and attended games. He is a Hockey Youtube Analyst where he talks about everything to do with hockey on his channel Andrew Piluk Hockey. He also includes live streams, podcasts, and fun hockey content on the channel. He loves to have in depth conversations and share his love of the game.
A native of South Georgia, I became hooked on hockey in 1996 when a group of us went to see the Tallahassee Tiger Sharks. Ironically, that team’s starting goalie, Mark Richards, was the GM when pro hockey made its return to Macon under the Mayhem banner.
While in school at The University of Georgia (Go, Ice Dawgs), one of my favorite things being able to easily attend multiple Thrashers games. Needless to say, one of the saddest times of my life was the selling of the team by the Atlanta Spirit Group.
I’ve lived in Macon since 2006 (Yes, home of the Whoopee) and have covered the Mayhem since the very first exhibition game. My interests outside of hockey include Georgia football, purveying BBQ and spending time with our three-year old daughter, Annie.
I was born and raised in Macon, Georgia. Being from the south, hockey did not always sound appealing. I have been hooked ever since I overcame my hesitation and watched the Macon Whoopee play. A few years later I was able to see the Macon Trax play for a championship against the rival Columbus Cottonmouths. Unfortunately, that was the last time there would be a hockey team in Macon for 10 years. In 2015, the Macon Mayhem were announced and I was ecstatic. During the second year of the Mayhem, I started taking photos at the game for fun and posting them on my Instagram. The Mayhem liked the work I had done and asked me to be an official photographer for the 17-18 season. I am constantly upgrading my equipment and abilities as I start my photography career. I am proud to be part of #TeamSinBin.
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”.
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.
Dana Barker is excited to join The Sin Bin as an SPHL contributor, bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge of the league to the team.
He has been around the SPHL since its inception in 2004. For the first two years of the league, he was the play-by-play broadcaster (one of only two in the league at the time) for the Columbus Cottonmouths, calling the league’s inaugural championship that went to the Snakes. He remained with the team until their suspension of operations in 2017, serving in various capacities including public address announcer, in-arena DJ and music man, and Director of Communications for the team. Dana also covered the Cottonmouths for the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer newspaper in the team’s final season.
Barker has also filled in as a PA announcer and play-by-play man at various times for the Huntsville Havoc, Knoxville Ice Bears, Macon Mayhem, and Mississippi RiverKings.
In 2011, Dana was the host of the first leaguewide podcast, “SPHL Weekly.” Teaming with former Knoxville off-ice official Robert Berglof, the show lasted one season. SPHL Weekly hosted players, coaches, league officials, and the SPHL Player of the Week each week.
Barker has also worked with the Columbus Lions indoor football team as a PA announcer, music man, scoreboard operator, and also as head referee for the team’s former youth indoor football program. He has also officiated various inline hockey leagues around the Columbus area and is currently a football official for the Alabama High School Athletic Association.
Dana works full-time in data and analytics for Total System Services, located in Columbus. He is also a staff meteorologist for WLTZ-TV in Columbus as he holds a master’s degree in applied meteorology from Mississippi State University. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Columbus State University.
Barker resides in Auburn, Ala. (War Eagle!) with his wife, Sarah, and toddler son, Colin.
Chicago born and raised. I’ve been around hockey my entire life, from lacing skates up myself to working in the Missouri (Kansas City) Mavericks press box. There’s a good chance I watch the sport more than anyone you know.
Hello, my name is Cameron Turner, and I am covering the Texas Stars for TheSinBin.net. I was born in Stillwater, OK, and even though Oklahoma isn’t a hockey hotbed, I fell in love with the game from the early age of five. In 1992-93 the Central Hockey League came back, and my dad took me to a Tulsa Oilers game against the Wichita Thunder. Tulsa won 6-1, and I was hooked. I wanted to go to a game anytime I could, and I watched any game I could find on TV. Then the next season the Stars came to Dallas from Minnesota, and now I had a team on TV almost every game. The Stars became my team, and over the years I learned most of what I know from the great Stars broadcast team of Ralph Strangis and Darryl “Razor” Reaugh. They were the best team around, and I began to really understand the game. Following Dallas and Tulsa became the single biggest passion of my sports world. After over 20 years of studying the game, I started posting videos and articles on Instagram, and interacting with fellow fans. Over the course of last season I began to develop a small following, which led to the opportunity to be published by HockeyClan. Now I am excited to join #TeamSinBin, and am thrilled to have the opportunity to cover the Texas Stars this season.
If you would like to follow Cameron on his personal Twitter, you can find him @osucam.
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.
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 Marksmen and the SPHL.
Kristen is a recent 2017 graduate of Miami University (OH), interning for several baseball and hockey teams along the way. She first began her hockey journey by interning for the Cincinnati Cyclones in the 2014-15 season. The following season, she moved to Rockford, Illinois to intern for the Chicago Blackhawks AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs. Born in Cincinnati, her appreciation for hockey first began while living in Florida as a kid, rooting for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Although hockey has built her career, baseball runs deep in her veins; growing up at her father’s 18-field ballpark, and having a decorated softball career of her own. When away from sports, she is most likely to be found at the gym, a coffee shop, or finding something to get into in Downtown Cincinnati.
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.
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
Upstate New Yorker. Lifelong Adirondack hockey fan (Red Wings-AHL, IceHawks-UHL, Frostbite-UHL, Phantoms-AHL, Flames-AHL, Thunder-ECHL). You can find me in Section M at the Cool Insuring Arena during most Adirondack Thunder home games.
My three passions: Writing, photography, and hockey.
I have lived my whole life in Toledo, OH and am late to being a hockey fan. I joined the bandwagon in high school with a love of the Detroit Red Wings. In 2011, I picked up a camera for the first time and began shooting the Toledo Walleye while attending games as a fan.
From there, it blossomed into a love of hockey and hockey photography.
I am a 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.
From a very young age, Josh has been a fan, now turned student of the game of hockey. The Bruins’ cup runs of 2011 and 2013 respectively turned his fandom into a true appreciation for the sport. Discovering the NHL Bruins farm team so close, Josh has been a Providence Bruins season ticket holder along with his then-fiancee, now wife since 2014. While not working a normal boring office job, Josh enjoys playing in his local men’s league hockey games, reading, occasionally writing for The Sin Bin and spending time with close friends.
Being born in Canada, I have been a life time hockey fan. I started to play when I was 4, which continued until I was 18 when I graduated from High School. I have been known to play ice hockey, floor hockey, ball hockey, rollerblade hockey and mini-stick hockey – none of it professionally. I am currently a fan and coach (or help coach) my son’s hockey teams.
Since day one, I have been a Toronto Maple Leafs fan, and have never seen them win a cup (coming soon). More recently I have started following the Toronto Marlies and the Brampton Beast. I am currently a Brampton Beast season ticket holder, and we look forward to our first Kelly Cup.
You can follow me on my personal Twitter account @JustJeffW
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).
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.
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.
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.
Massachusetts born and raised, but I didn’t attend my first hockey game until 2011. It was the Providence Bruins v Monarchs. I’ll admit, I wasn’t immediately interested in the sport.
That changed one year later when we suddenly had to move, and after a lot of searching for houses, we wound up in Manchester! My son and I had nothing to do one night, so I said, let’s go check out a Monarchs game (it was Mullets in Movember night). Well, we were hooked instantly! This is our fifth year as Season Ticket Holders.
I have always loved taking pictures, mainly of people and the outdoors. One night I decided to bring my camera to a Monarchs game, and I happened to get some good shots. I now am always seen with my camera at the game, from warmups right to the announcement of the Three Stars of the Game. I’m always trying for the next best picture.
When I’m not at hockey or taking pictures, I am a travel agent and love working with people to plan their amazing getaways.
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.
I started my photography passion when in high school for fun to make memories. Overtime it developed into being something much more and decided to go to Sheridan College to further develop my skills.
Having a huge love for hockey and photography, it was bound the two would intertwine. It was 3 short years ago I started photographing the Brampton Beast and never looked back!
Did someone say road trip to an away game?
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.
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 his wife have both enjoyed covering the Rush ever since.
You can follow along as I tweet all things Rush on Twitter @SinBinRush.
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 at 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.
I’m a student at Reading Area Community College while majoring in Communications. I plan on transferring to Penn State Berks to get my degree in Professional Writing.
I’ve been a season-ticket holder for the Reading Royals since the 2006-07 season.
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.
A native of Beamsville, Ontario, Tia Preece enters her third season as the Communications/Media Director for the Florida Junior Blades of the USPHL. Tia has served in media relations with the Florida Everblades (ECHL) and was named Media Team Of The Year for the 2016-17 season by the USPHL. Her work has been featured on Yahoo Sports, the Naples Daily News, BeyondTheBenches.com and Fox Sports.
Tia has graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Florida Gulf Coast University and is currently working towards the completion of her Master’s Degree in Mass Communications at South Dakota State University.
Tom’s love for hockey was forged in the St. Louis Arena and Kiel/Savvis/Scottrade/Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO. He went to hundreds of games growing up, even springing for season tickets at times. He enjoyed most sports growing up, but as he got older, his love for hockey has leaped out into the forecheck. There’s no better game on this planet in his eyes.
Grew up in Columbus, Ohio and was a fan of the Columbus Chill. My first hockey game was a Johnstown Jets game as a toddler, so I blame my love for the physical side of the game from that experience as a young boy.
I moved to Charleston in 1995 and have been a Stingrays fan ever since. I am a season ticket holder and sit on the Board of Directors for the booster association.
When the Army does not have me occupied doing my full time job, I am a self-confessed stats geek and will spend way too much time playing with numbers from several hockey sites.
You can follow me on my personal Twitter account @StingraysFan