After nearly two years of dormancy, it's time to announce the State of the State of Hockey (SOTSOHockey) blog is making a comeback with a weekly podcast, with a debut on Tuesday, March 17. Look for it at youtube.com/sotsohockey.
The podcast will feature Justin Jelinek and Joe Hayford in what should prove to be a fun and interesting 30 minute-ish weekly dose of hockey banter from two passionate Minnesota Wild fans.
Host: Justin Jelinek
A database developer residing in Apple Valley, MN, Justin's earliest memories of hockey fandom relate to the Minnesota North Stars Stanley Cup run in 1992. The North Stars will leave Minnesota in 1993, which by coincidence is when Justin's family also left the state for the south. In addition to the Twin Cities area, Justin has also lived in Wake Forest, NC, Cokato, MN, Sheboygan, WI, and attended college in Winona, MN at Winona State University. At Sheboygan North High School, Justin was involved in WSHS radio and continued with KQAL radio at Winona State University before graduating in 2007. Justin returned to the Twin Cities area after leaving Winona and would also later earn a second bachelor's degree from Metropolitan State University in 2011 before beginning his software career :).
After losing the North Stars, Justin adopted as temporary favorite teams the ECHL's Raleigh IceCaps during his stay in North Carolina and the Milwaukee Admirals of the IHL/AHL during his stay in Wisconsin. However, rooting interest in the Minnesota Wild has been constant since day one of the current franchise. Justin had been the sole writer on State of the State of Hockey from 2008-2013, and occasionally included on Yahoo! Puck Daddy's "Puck Headlines" feature.
Co-Host: Joe Hayford
Born and raised in the State of Hockey, and currently residing in Hopkins, MN, Joe does not find it hard to take to the sport. "It's a sport that draws you in and becomes pure unadulterated obsession" as he describes it. In addition to his passion, Joe also like to bring a heavy dose of stats to his analysis of the coolest game on earth.
Exited to join the State of the State of Hockey team, Joe plans to act as "statistical juggernaut, cheerleader, rube, and unfortunately at times, grief counselor."
Before joining State of the State of Hockey, Joe writes about the Wild at "TwinTitanBlogs."
Producer: Andrew Carlson
Originally from Rushford, MN, Andy Carlson has been a lifelong Vikings and Twins fan. Andy played High School football with Rushford-Peterson in high school and part of the 1A State Championship team in 2002.
Andy currently is the host of the PurpleFTW podcast, co-host of the Andy Must Di podcast, and host and producer of the Football Convos podcast.
We are excited to bring State of the State of Hockey under Andy's umbrella.