An E-mail Interview with Barstool Heartland's Ryan Boornazian
By Patrick Hoffman
Ryan is one of the hosts of Barstool Heartland's hockey show Snipe Celly. He was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to tell us about how he got into hockey, his favorite team/player, how he got a gig with Barstool Heartland, and much, much more.
Here it is puckheads:
PH: Growing up, how did you get into hockey?
RB: For starters, I was pretty much born with skates on my feet. My father plays hockey, his dad, his brother, my uncle owns an ice rink in Delaware County, Pa, and so I was around hockey right from the get-go.
PH: Who is your favorite team/player?
RB: I am a HUGE Flyers fan, and ever since I could remember watching the boys in orange and black play on the TV, Keith Primeau was always my boy. A close second, though, is John LeClair. I still have dreams of his ridiculously awesome slap shot.
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?
RB: When I was a kid, I went a clinic down at the South Jersey Shore, and Bob "The Hound" Kelly was there giving us all some tips to improve our game, and telling us stories about The Broad Street Bullies.
There was a raffle with a bunch of cool Flyers memorabilia, and one of the items was a Jeremy Roenick collectable rubber ducky that was signed by him. I'm not sure why, but I REALLY wanted that duck, and sure enough I got it! I even got Bob Kelly to sign it too and it has been sitting in my room ever since.
PH: How did you get a gig with Barstool Heartland?
RB: I have been a stoolie for about 5 years, and I always said working for Barstool would literally be my dream job. When I saw that Pat McAfee retired from the NFL last year, and heard he was opening an office out in Indianapolis, I knew I had to at least try and get a job.
He put out a blog saying that he needed interns to work for him, and to submit a 90 second video basically explaining why I want to and why I should be hired. (Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuKA5vxTvTQ) Sure enough, I guess they liked my video enough to be asked to come out to Indy for an interview and after a 4-day interview process, the rest is history.
PH: Tell us about what inspired you to create Snipe Celly.
RB: Right before the NHL season started this year, I saw that the Kings and Canucks were playing pre season games in China, and broadcasting the games at like 3:30 in the morning, and I actually asked Pat if I could just shoot myself in front of the camera making a couple of jokes about how dumb and pointless it was just for fun.
Pat really enjoyed it, and Nick also loved it and brought to my attention that he was also a huge hockey guy and we should do a segment together. After like 3 or 4 practice runs, we decided to actually post one and we've been doing them once a week since than.
PH: What is your goal with Snipe Celly?
RB: Honestly, I have never really thought about Snipe Celly's goal for the future. I think Nick and I are having a blast right now writing, shooting, editing, and just getting better on camera.
Presently, we make it our goal to have this segment be enjoyable for even the guy or girl who knows nothing about hockey. Even though someone may have no idea who we're talking about, they understand the jokes, and point we're trying to get across because of how we deliver it.
I just really enjoy seeing this segment grow and get better every week.
PH: What are your thoughts on this year's NHL season?
RB: Aside from the Flyers not playing to their full potential, I think the NHL season is actually amazing this year. The Vegas Golden Knights are absolutely crushing it out of no where, as well as teams who have sucked in recent years like The Jets, and Devils, and seeing the Penguins struggle is always nice. The playoff race is going to a seriously interesting and super entertaining.
PH: Is there anything else you'd like to share with us puckheads?
RB: I just want to point out that the Flyers will not get any better with that emotionless troll, Dave Hakstol, and get a little tougher. Also it's nice to see that this will hopefully be the last year that the Winter Classic will ever be in a baseball stadium so the fans at the game can actually see!
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.