He produces podcasts, videos, blogs, web sites, and more and is quite the entrepreneur. He is a HUGE sports fan and when it comes to the NHL, is a big fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Rob was kind enough to take some time out of his busy day creating content and chat with me via e-mail about hockey, his love for the Penguins, his favorite piece of hockey memorabilia, and how social media is a great tool when it comes to hockey and their fans.
PH: Growing up, how did you get into hockey?
RC: I grew up in Pittsburgh, which was one of the greatest sports blessings ever. Mario Lemieux joined the Penguins when I was 4 years old so he was my first exposure to the sport. Then Jagr joined him. Then they won back to back Cups when I was 11 and 12 years old. It's safe to say I was hooked.
PH: Who were/are your favorite teams and players?
RC: Mario Lemieux, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jagr, Patrick Kane.
PH: Being that this is the Ultimate Hockey Fan Cave and that it has a ton of hockey memorabilia, what is your favorite piece of hockey memorabilia that you have? How did you acquire it?
RC: I have a puck from when I visited the Hockey Hall of Fame while on my mini-moon. I got married in Buffalo and we weren't going on our honeymoon for a few months. We decided to drive to Toronto for a few days immediately after the wedding. While there we went to the Hockey Hall of Fame, which was incredibly awesome. That's when I bought a puck to commemorate the occasion. It still sits on my desk and I look at it every day.
PH: Tell hockey fans how you got involved with sports from an Internet/marketing/social media standpoint.
RC: I have always dreamed of working in sports. I have always been a sports blogger, initially for other sites and then for my own. I was successful at my day job of digital advertising sales, which I did for 7 years, but it wasn't what I loved doing. That's when 6 years ago I had saved up enough money and decided to quit my job to pursue my dream of turning a sports blog into the awesomest sports media company ever. From there I learned how to create content on all platforms in various ways (articles, videos, podcasts, live streaming, photoshop). As part of that I learned as much as I could about social media marketing, since that has been the primary way of growing the brand.
PH: Tell us why you think that social media is a great tool for hockey fans.
RC: It's about being informed. If you love the game then you want to know as much as you can about the things you love. It is also a great way to follow it if you don't have a ton of time. You can just curate your social feeds to show the content you want.
PH: Is there anything else that you'd like to share with us crazy puckheads?
RC: I believe the Penguins can win a third straight Stanley Cup. Will it be easy? No, but winning a Stanley Cup never is. As long as they have Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, then they are going to have a chance. In a series against any team with those two I like the Penguins chances. I'm also rooting for a Penguins vs Blackhawks Stanley Cup. I've lived in Chicago for the last 10 years and have watched and rooted for the Blackhawks. With the core of both teams having won three Stanley Cup's each, yet somehow never playing each other in a Final. It's something that I want to see. It would also be a dream matchup for the NHL.
Previously, Patrick has covered the NHL for Sportsnet.ca, Kukla’s Korner, Spector’s Hockey, About.com, NHL Network Radio blog, TheHockeyNews.com, The Fourth Period, Stan Fischler’s “The Fischler Report”, as well as a slew of others.