Editor’s Desk, March 2006

By Ken McKenna

New Page 1

It’s hard to believe, but the Hockey’s Future web site is now nine years old. That’s nine years of coverage of hockey prospects provided to our readers by a dedicated staff of writers, writers
who until recently have provided their services free of charge.

At this point in the site’s history, Hockey’s Future is an advertising-supported site. This means that the various banners or ad links that you see at the site and message boards all help to keep HF operational, not to mention free of charge to our readership. We certainly are appreciative of the support we receive from our readers, and we hope you will continue to be a part of this growing hockey community.

And, in case you were wondering how you can help HF continue its growth, the best way to do this is simply to tell a friend. Whether that friend is a cyber pal that you message on a regular basis or a flesh-and-blood human that you interact with most days, if that friend is a hockey fan, they will almost certainly have an appreciation for the information we provide here at Hockey’s Future.

Given the recent server upgrade, we should now be able to handle a heavier traffic load than we have in the past. So there is plenty of room for growth here at Hockey’s Future, and we hope that you, our readers, will help us to continue to grow this site the way it has over the past couple of years.

I know that the staff will continue to provide our readers with the informative articles that they have come to expect. And speaking of our staff of writers, here are a few quick facts that you may not have known about this fine group:

* 54% are based in the US, 30% in Canada, 16% internationally
* 18% are female, 82% male
* the average age is 29.4
* the most frequent occupation is journalism student, but others range from archaeologist to tennis pro

But, even though the background of our writers may vary, the one thing they share is a love of the game of hockey, from prospects right on up to the NHL teams. They have been a big part of the general growth of Hockey’s Future, so we applaud their efforts. If you want to provide your personal
response to a writer, feel free to e-mail that writer by simply clicking on their name under the byline of their article. I’m sure they’ll appreciate hearing form you.

In the coming months, Hockey’s Future will run contests that will give our readers a chance to win some prizes. It’s just another way of saying thanks for your support over the past decade.

Before wrapping things up for this month, I wanted to mention a couple of items. First, starting a month ago, our Edmonton writer, Guy Flaming, has been the co-host of The Pipeline Show. This show, which can now be heard online
here, on a weekly basis provides coverage of hockey prospects. If you haven’t given the show a listen, take the time to do so. The show airs on Monday nights from 9-11 PM EST.

As mentioned in last month’s Editor’s Desk, we have opened the HF Mailbag feature, which is an interactive feature for our readers. If you have questions
on any subject related to hockey prospects, Dave Rainer and our able staff of writers will be happy to answer those questions for you. If you’d like a better idea of what this feature is about, you can check out the first edition
here. If you have questions for the HF Mailbag, simply send those questions to [email protected] .

And coming soon will be the NHL Draft Center, our look at the upcoming 2006 NHL Draft. This feature will include draft profiles and articles related to this year’s draft prospects. The Draft Center is always a popular feature at the site, so that is something to look for in the near future.

Thanks, as always, for your support, and remember – tell a friend!

Ken McKenna

Managing Editor, Hockey’s Future