An Email Interview with Hockey YouTuber Graviteh
By Patrick Hoffman
YouTube is all the rage these days and with good reason. There's a variety of content on the platform and it's a great place for content creators to do what they do best.
When it comes to hockey, there are several YouTubers who provide outstanding content. One such person is Nathan Murdock.
Murdoch, known as "Graviteh" is a die-hard hockey fan who has his own channel that has a lot of great hockey content on it. Nathan was kind enough to take time to tell us about how he got into hockey, how he makes his videos, as well as other ways that he is involved with the game.
I hope you enjoy this:
PH: How did you get into hockey?
NM: Getting into Hockey was a long process for me. My dad is from Calgary, a serious hockey hub.
We lived in Calgary for about a year and when I was 5-years-old, I got a feel for the hockey culture there by going to multiple college games. Once we moved back to Dallas, I was a VERY casual hockey fan, only really watching the Final every year at most.
One year, that all changed. The Stars made the 2015 playoffs, losing to the Ducks, but I watched the playoffs more than usual, rooting for the Tampa Bay Lightning during their Final run.
Going into the 2015-16 Season, my Grandpa watched a few Stars games with us at the start of year and that season ended up being special for Dallas, and that year made me a hockey fan.
PH: Who is your favorite team and player? Why?
NM: The Dallas Stars. Having to learn the whole league by name was definitely a hard thing, but Jamie Benn always stuck out and I rooted for him from the start.
PH: At what did you realize that you wanted to make hockey content?
NM: About a year after I got into hockey, I started to watch different hockey channels. I already watched YouTube a ton, so it was natural.
At first I covered the Texas Rangers and the MLB, but hockey was my new passion, and I knew I wanted to make videos about the NHL instead. The rest is history.
PH: Tell us about how you got the idea to start your own channel.
NM: I first got my inspiration from other channels like Steve Dangle & Post2Post. They showed me that hockey discussion content could thrive on YouTube, something I didn’t think was possible at that point.
PH: How do you go about coming up with the topics for your videos?
NM: Video topics is something I used to struggle with a lot. When there wasn’t news to talk about, it was infuriating to try to come up with content.
Then, I started to keep a notebook stored with all my video ideas. Even if it was 1AM, I would make sure an idea was written down.
Thankfully, it’s worked.
PH: What are your goals for the channel?
NM: I like to have clear goals with my work and my channel is no different. As I’m writing this I’m at 7.7k subscribers and I hope to achieve 10k by the end of the year.
I also like to also make big goals. I won’t always get them, of course, but I think it’s always better to shoot big rather than small. PH: How did you became a part of the NHL power players program? What exactly is your role?
NM: The NHL Power Players is a Youth Advisory Board where anyone 13-18 can apply and give advice to the NHL on various topics.
It’s something I’m very proud to be a part of. They picked only a few kids across North America to be involved in it.
I am trying to show them what my age group would like/dislike while also trying to help them reach a younger audience through marketing. I talk to the NHL directly and it’s a very cool experience.
PH: Is there anything else you'd like to share with us regarding yourself or your hockey channel?
NM: As a 16-year-old, I know I’m in a pretty special place right now. I don’t take any day for granted as I’m working as hard as I can to improve and grow Channel, as well as improving my chances to work in the NHL someday.
People might say I’m “famous”, but I try to take it one day at a time. Keeping my mind in the right place is one of the hardest things about all of this, but I’m proud to be where I am and I’m super excited about what the future might hold for me.
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.