Early this morning I reluctantly resigned my position as WCHA co-columnist for U.S. College Hockey Online. It was a decision I had struggled with mightily for several weeks due to the tremendous opportunity Executive Editor, Todd Milewski, and site “CEO”, Tim Brule, gave me 11 months ago to write for such a broad and passionate fan base.
No conference generates more traffic on USCHO than the WCHA so I am grateful for the chance Todd took in trusting a middle-aged writer possessing, let’s face it, a limited background with such an important beat. It was a responsibility I took extremely seriously for which I devoted many hours of hard work at the expense of my family which, nevertheless, was very supportive of my desire to do nothing short of my best.
I thoroughly enjoyed working with everyone I met at USCHO, particularly my co-columnist and now friend, Tyler Buckentine, who was a pleasure to collaborate with on a weekly basis. I learned a lot from Todd, Tyler, and the rest of the conference columnists with whom I dealt from time to time.
The positive feedback I received throughout the season from fellow writers was much appreciated, especially when things got stressful. Even the feedback, primarily negative, from the readers in the form of their comments had its merits and pushed me to try even harder.
I’m not getting out of the writing game, or even college hockey for that matter. I have accepted a position with a new site set to launch in October which covers the game at all levels with mine, of course, being the college side. Much more information on the new venture is set to come out in the next couple of weeks so look for that.
As much as I would have liked to, I reached the unfortunate conclusion that I would not have the time to write for both sites simultaneously with a 50 hour/week “real job”, a wife and a pair of hockey playing sons. In fact, my oldest son is a high school senior and I decided wasn’t willing to miss as many games in his final season as I did last year.
Anyway, it was a fun ride at USCHO covering a great conference season, a Final Five, and an NCAA Regional for college hockey’s most comprehensive website. But I’m really excited to help get this new site off the ground and can’t wait to start spreading the word.
Josh Harding back at the rink, back on the ice
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