An Email Interview with Hockey Fanatic Steve Dangle
By Patrick Hoffman
With hard work, hustle, and passion for all things puck, Steve was able to turn his loves into a career in hockey media. His story is an inspiring one as not only is he hard working, he's a great human being in general and one that I would suggest following if you want to make it in hockey media because his versatility is one of the things that got him there.
Steve was kind enough to take time out of his extremely hectic schedule to tell us about how he got into hockey, how he became a video blogger, how he got a gig with Rogers Sportsnet, and much more.
PH: Growing up, how did you get into hockey?
SD: Just playing it in my driveway with my dad and neighbours. I watched it on TV with my family. I was obsessed with the show of it as well as the game itself.
PH: You are obviously a huge Leafs fan. Tell us who your favorite player is and why.
SD: Felix Potvin was my favourite player growing up. The cool equipment, the athletic saves - he had it all.
My favourite current Leaf is hard to say. I love Auston Matthews, the Leafs first certifiable superstar in quite some time. Morgan Rielly is another favourite though. He's more valuable than people realize, works hard, is skilled, strong, and in the playoffs it was obvious the Bruins tried to avoid him; the ultimate sign of respect.
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? Why?
SD: Most of my memorabilia holds very little monetary value, only sentimental.
This past Christmas my dad gave me the crest from his childhood hockey jersey from the one full year he played. I didn't actually know he had ever played until a couple years ago.
I have lots of cool NHL things but that's one of my favourites.
PH: When did you decide to start a video blog dedicated to the Leafs? Tell us about how it has grown and what opportunities it has led you to.
SD: It was October 2007, the beginning of my second year of university. After the third game of the 2007-08 season I thought it would be a fun self-appointed internship of sorts, since I didn't have one at the time.
Eleven years later, talking about the Leafs is what I do for a living: The videos, the podcasts, the articles, and next year, a book. It has been a fun ride so far.
PH: What is it like working for Rogers Sportsnet? Tell us about some of your responsibilities at the network.
SD: I love it. I work with really interesting people and I've always been able to find guidance when I need it, which is often.
Admittedly I work from home most of the time but I'm still often making phone calls and sending emails. My job is to make stuff: Videos, podcasts, articles, etc. It's fun.
PH: You've mentioned on Twitter and other mediums that you have written a book. Please tell readers what the book is about and what you hope to provide readers with it.
SD: The book is about my life and career so far. I'm probably a bit young to be writing this.
I wrote most of it when I was 29 and submitted it shortly after turning 30. In my view though, I'm hoping to provide some up-to-date and relevant guidance to younger sports media hopefuls.
Most books about "the business" are from older guys. Those books are valuable and I've loved reading them, I just think I can provide a younger perspective.
Even if you're not into sports media, there are lots of cool stories and chances to laugh at me.
PH: Is there anything else you'd like to share with us puckheads?
SD: Twitter can be a great thing. So can the real world. Put it down every now and then. It's relaxing haha.
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.