An E-mail Interview with Barstool Sports' Spittin Chiclets Master Marina Molnar
By Patrick Hoffman
As you all already know by now, I am a big Barstool Sports fan.
With that in mind, it is my pleasure to present you yet another e-mail interview I did with one of their staffers, Marina Molnar. Marina does a lot of work on their Spittin Chiclets podcast and is a huge hockey fan.
Marina was kind enough to take time out of her busy schedule to tell us about how she got into hockey, her favorite team/player, how she got a gig with Barstool Sports and much, much more.
PH: Growing up, how did you get into hockey?
MM: I grew up in a hockey room, my brother who is four years older than me played with Connecticut greats like Nick Bonino and Ben Smith. So growing up I always had a passion for it because I always wanted to be with my brother and his friends.
Eventually, I convinced my parents to let me play starting with inline and just got hooked.
PH: Who is your favorite team/player?
MM: My favorite team is the Boston Bruins and my favorite player is Patrice Bergeron. He's a great guy, I've met him a handful of times and have nothing but nice things to say about him. He's a tremendous player and should be in the rafters in Boston when his career is said and done.
PH: Considering The Ultimate Hockey Fan Cave is filled with tons and tons of hockey memorabilia, what is your favorite piece of hockey memorabilia that you own?
MM: I have a massive memorabilia collection. All Bruins.
Since my favorite player is Bergeron, I have eight of his signed jerseys. One 'Pooh Bear' Boston jersey that's signed and hung up in my kitchen. That's probably my favorite.
I try to collect every player's puck that comes through the Bruins organization. Probably over a 100 signed 8x10 photos.
There's a company called Your Sports Memorabilia Store that signs most of the Bruins players to authentic deals, so a lot of my stuff comes from them and they have given me great access over the years.
There's nothing better than knowing you're getting a real authentic signature and not a rushed one.
PH: How did you get a gig with Barstool Sports?
MM: I started a Boston Bruins blog in college called Weekend at Bergy's. It didn't have my name on it or anything because I didn't want the readers to know that I was a woman.
I built it up over the span of two years and Dave Portnoy, the founder of Barstool Sports followed it. He saw how quick I was getting clips out and we connected.
Obviously he already had a Bruins writer so my role shifted to social media and I proved myself before signing a full time contract.
PH: How did you get a gig with the Spittin Chiclets podcast on Barstool Sports? What are some of your responsibilities with this podcast?
MM: One of my first 'gigs' was with Spittin' Chiclets and it still is. Chiclets is Barstool's hockey podcast featuring Rear Admiral (the mentioned Bruins blogger) and former NHLer Ryan Whitney.
They had just signed on to Barstool as a real podcast and needed help with social media. Dave asked and it's one of the reasons I am a FTE today. I run their entire social media, tweets, GIFs and videos on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
To this day it's one of our fastest growing sub-brands at Barstool. I take a lot of pride in that because I am such a massive hockey fan and it comes naturally to me. So just growing the accounts, creating clips of episodes and posting them on all of our main accounts and such. We're starting to get into more and more merch now, so trying to help with that as much as I can.
PH: What is the best part of being involved with the Spittin Chiclets podcast?
MM: Like I said, I'm just a massive hockey fan and it's a tremendous podcast I can't recommend it enough. So that's my favorite part. It's weird having them based out of Boston while I'm in New York but we make do.
PH: What are your thoughts on this year's Bruins hockey club?
MM: They're fun to watch. In past years not that I wouldn't watch the games it would just be the same old same old. I like Butch Cassidy and what he's doing with the young guys and they're a talented group. They'll only go as far as Tuukka Rask takes them.
I like the influx of youth and the hopefully the veterans step up and they go on a run. They started the year banged up and they're starting to get healthy.
Can't say enough good things about Charlie McAvoy and the way he's playing as a rookie. So just very fun to watch and hopefully they keep it up and go for a run. Anything can happen.
PH: Is there anything else you'd like to share with us puckheads?
MM: Listen to Spittin' Chiclets every Friday, and follow all of our accounts at Barstool Sports!
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.