An Admiration for Paul Kukla of Kukla's Korner

By Patrick Hoffman

I'm back folks. After a week in Disney World with my wife, our two kids, and my in-laws, I'm here to talk hockey.

While I was away, I was able to keep track of all the hockey news and happenings. The Internet is great for that as it allows you to have hockey information at your fingertips 24/7.

Speaking of the Internet, finding hockey information wasn't always that easy. Sure, you could go to NHL.com, ESPN.com, and other national media websites, but those sites at the time weren't exactly great for hockey fans.

With that said, there is one site that is still running today that was able to bring and link to every possible hockey news item whether it was a trade, draft pick, free agency, team news and notes, etc. It's a site that many people in the hockey world use every single day and it's run by a gentleman that deserves a lot of recognition.

That man would be Paul Kukla of Kukla's Korner. Paul has been running Kukla's Korner for a very long time and is actually considered by many to be the "godfather of hockey bloggers".

Paul is someone who runs his site 24/7, even during the off-season. He is one of the most dedicated hockey people on the Internet and is someone who helps us find the important hockey happenings every day.

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One thing he does well is he helps us find hockey writers from other cities. Sure, we all want follow our favorite teams, but if we want to find out information or interesting nuggets on another NHL club. Paul usually has a story up that links to the article regarding said team or player.

Something else he does well is he cites credible hockey people. He constantly references folks like Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger, Elliotte Friedman, Lyle Richardson of Spector's Hockey (I wrote for him for about two years), and many other important folks who know what is going on in and around our favorite sport.

This is something that especially comes in handy during the trade deadline and free agency. Paul does not speculate on what's going to happen and instead, links to folks who might have an idea on what is going because of the fact that they are around the league every single day.

Whether he believes it or not, I believe that Kukla is a very important person in terms of hockey coverage on the Internet. If you are an NHL writer, reporter, agent, or even someone higher up in the game, Paul is a must follow whether it is through his site or on Twitter because of the information he provides on a daily basis.

I was lucky enough to blog for Paul from the 2008-09 season through the 2012-13 season under the Goal Line Report. To blog for Paul made me feel like I had made it in the hockey blog world and while with Kukla's, I was able to conduct email interviews with a ton of people in the sport in addition to covering the New York Rangers.

Let's tap our sticks to Mr. Kukla and his outstanding hockey site Kukla's Korner.

Patrick covers the NHL for The Ultimate Hockey Fan Cave.

He has previously covered the league for WTP Sports, Sportsnet.ca, Kukla’s Korner, Spector’s Hockey, NHL Network Radio blog, TheHockeyNews.com, The Fourth Period, Stan Fischler’s “The Fischler Report”, as well as a slew of others.

For comments and hip checks, feel free to contact Patrick at patrickhoffman3530@gmail.com or on Twitter at @pathoffman35.