On my very messy desk (it gets bulldozed on the weekend, sometimes), sit two issues of The Hockey News. My very first two issues in truth. Being a subscriber to Gamecenter Live means I get a lot of advertisement emails from NHL.com and the like and this was the fifth email about getting 10 issues of The Hockey News for some low price. I’d just been asked to write here on flyersfaithful.com and I thought, I need to know more about hockey, why not?
I like magazines and catalogues. It might be more the joy of getting something in the mail that’s not a bill or coupons, but I’ve gotten lots of kinds over the years. Music magazines (Spin, Rolling Stone, Paste), writing (Writer’s Digest), movies (Empire, Premiere) and cycling. I never subscribed to the cycling magazines (good thing, as it was a short-lived love affair), but I did buy them at the bookstore and often read them cover to cover. Despite only knowing a little about the sport, the articles were engaging and I was eager for knowledge (the nerdiness rears its head once again).
I don’t know about you, but I get all my hockey news online: mostly Twitter and the occasional blog (have to admit that I don’t check the actual Philly news sites all that much). It’s how I found this site in fact. I find out who’s starting, who’s traded, who’s suspended mere seconds after the fact.
Then there’s The Hockey News. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good informational magazine. But I can’t seem to find myself engaged by it at all. The first issue (October 31st edition) has Tyler Sequin on the cover, asking the question about the Bruins and their possibility for the Stanley Cup again. As of now, the reigning champs are 4 – 7 – 0. It’s only a month into the season, but it seems unlikely that the team is a huge threat now.
There was one article I found interesting in this edition. It wrote about Rick Nash and Jeff Carter on the Columbus Blue Jackets and maybe they can make that team something. Carter has been out for several games with a broken foot.
The second issue (November 7th), I just got this week. Nashville Preds (Suter, Weber, and Rinne) featured on the cover and the title referenced the concerns about trying to keep all three on the team in the next offseason. What happens today? Pekka Rinne signed to a huge contract.
I’m a book lover (as previous posts have shown). I love print media. E-readers aren’t right to me. I’ve used one for one book so far and it was okay. It wasn’t real pages. Magazines have full color pictures and well, pages.
But within a hockey world, where things happen so fast and are known to the public within minutes, if not seconds of transactions, a news magazine really seems pointless.
My eyes glazed over when I saw CBA in the second issue. There are fans out there that love that kind of stuff, I’m sure, but I have yet to find an article in either issue that grabs my attention (it doesn’t have to be just Flyers, I like other teams too). Any article that I’ve tried to read has been dry. Really dry.
I would want the behind the scenes article. Information that doesn’t really become dated because it’s not news; it’s features.
Yeah, I know – The Hockey News.
So for those who enjoy slightly dated information and a lot of stats and numbers, you might like The Hockey News. For my story-mind, it’s not interesting.
If that changes, I’ll let you know.