When she isn't inhaling Zamboni fumes as a hockey mom of three, Astra is a human resources professional from Ottawa. In her spare time, she writes about motherhood and minor hockey. Her humour memoir, "Offside by a Mile - Confessions of a Hockey Mom" was published by FriesenPress in June 2015. You can read more about her family's antics on her website at www.astragroskaufmanis.com and follow her @mydustbunnies on Twitter. Astra is a weekly contributor to HockeyNow.ca through her always-entertaining Mom Mondays blog.
Richard is an award-winning writer and hockey coach/mentor. He's Director of Coaching for Hockey Eastern Ontario and a Hockey Canada Master Facilitator/Mentor. He's worked with teams from minor to junior to university to Europe and also Canada's Program of Excellence. He's been a newspaper and magazine columnist and has authored two books, one of which is the recently released coaching manual Inside Coaching Hockey. It's available from his web site richardbercuson.ca. He spends inordinate amounts of time running to and from rinks and to finish lines as a runner of various ridiculous distances. He likes cheesecake, dry red wine, and long walks on a hot beach. One of those is not readily available where he lives.
Growing up in North Delta, B.C., Ryan McCracken earliest sports memory is the Vancouver Canucks’ 1994 playoff run, one that saw the team eliminated in Game 7 by the New York Rangers. Baptized in hockey heartbreak, a sportswriter was born.
After spending a year in Encinitas, Calif., McCracken moved to Ontario to attend high school in Oakville, post-secondary at Brock University in St. Catharines, where he obtained an honours degree in English Language and Literature, and a post-graduate program in new media journalism at Kitchener’s Conestoga College.
After completing his post-graduate program at Conestoga, McCracken was hired by the St. Paul Journal in St. Paul, Alta., where he spent two years and earned multiple accolades for his local coverage.
Now McCracken has moved into a solely sports position and is living the dream as WHL correspondent for HockeyNow and Medicine Hat Tigers’ beat reporter for the Medicine Hat News. He can be found at arenas, fields and gymnasiums across southeastern Alberta.
Nicholas had the help of an Everyone Loves Raymond episode to realize sports journalism was a dream he wanted to pursue. Following that magical evening of his Grade 11 year, he has since graduated from Ryerson University's journalism program and has become the public address announcer as well as a freelance journalist for the Greater Toronto Hockey League.
His passion for hockey stems from following the Toronto Maple Leafs for as long as he can remember. That's what inspired him to start covering the GTHL. Sure, everyone loves to watch the superstars take the ice every Saturday night, but it's the journey and the dedication needed to get to that level of greatness that intrigues him. Connor McDavid, Max Domi and John Tavares all had to start somewhere. Watching players in their minor-midget year and seeing them develop into great men and great hockey players is what defines his appreciation for the game with every passing season.
Michael Potestio is a reporter for the Merritt Herald and a graduate from the Thompson Rivers School of Journalism. He has spent the past two years working in Merritt and most of his life rooting for his favourite hockey team— the Vancouver Canucks.
An avid hockey fan, Michael has a passion for the game and the news it makes. Having never played the hockey at a competitive level, Michael is always ready to bring out the nets for a recreational game of road hockey. Micheal is HockeyNow's BCHL reporter.
Neil Hilts grew up in Interior British Columbia and found a love for hockey after watching nearby Trail Smoke Eater games. He moved to Calgary to pursue a journalism degree and instantly became involved in the sport. At Mount Royal University, he was the voice of the varsity teams for two seasons and had the joy of calling the a game at the Scotiabank Saddledome, home of the Flames.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Communication, majoring in journalism and minoring in the business of sport and recreation, Neil sought ways to stay involved in the hockey community. He's pleased to join the HockeyNow team as the AJHL reporter.
Despite his BC ties, Neil is a loyal Ottawa Senators fan, but is constantly frustrated by their lack of spending.
Enio Sacilotto brings over 31 years of coaching experience to HockeyNow. Since 1984, he has been the President of International Hockey Camps, which offer specialized programs to improve hockey performance. For 20 seasons, Sacilotto was a head coach for teams all over the world and is currently an Assistant Coach for the Victoria Royals.
A career coach, renowned public speaker and writer, Enio has a keen interest in skill development and personal growth training for players and coaches.
Kristopher Bras is an Ottawa-area writer and lifelong hockey fanatic. A graduate of Algonquin College’s Professional Writing program, he has worked as a consultant for Ottawa Sport Council, a web content writer for the Cornwall Colts Jr. A Hockey Club and as the NHL Eastern Conference Editor for Hockey’s Future. He became a contributor to HockeyNow in 2014, covering both Junior A and Major Junior leagues. After a brief departure, Kristopher has returned to the publication as its new CHL Insider, with bi-weekly CCHL articles.
For the past decade, Matt has been helping prepare some of Canada's top Olympic and professional athletes through cutting edge training and nutrition plans. A former OHL, CIS, and professional hockey player himself, he holds a Master's degree in Kinesiology, and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He lives in Toronto, and is the President of SafeForAthletes.com, a company advocating the safe and effective use of lab tested sports nutrition products for athletes.
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