Blogging for Hockey, Our Interview with Japers Rink’s Becca H.

Women and Hockey: Writing about Hockey

As newcomers to the hockey blogging community, Friends in Cold Places was thrilled to sit down with Japers Rink’s Becca Henschel and talk about what it’s like write and edit for one of our favorite blogs. Becca is one of two women who write for Japers. Her love of the sport was instilled in her by her father, who has been a season ticket holder since 1974, the Caps first season. She and her sisters were raised to be Caps fans.

We asked how she came to write about hockey and Becca explained that she loves to write and started her own blog in 2006 called “A View from the Cheap Seats.” She discovered a blogging community that had grown up around the Caps when Caps’ owner Ted Leonsis started credentialing bloggers. As part of that community she got to know JP and he invited her to join the team in 2008.

Like many bloggers, Becca has a ‘day’ job (in communications) and writing for Japers Rink is a labor of love. She finds ways to work her schedule so that she can write for the blog. She edits the blog on her lunch break, and in the evening often writes recaps and other posts. Much of her spare time is devoted to the blog.

In her Twitter account description Becca describes herself as someone who provides the “female perspective” to Japers Rink. We asked her to explain what she means and she said, “there are a lot of guys writing on hockey and women bring a little more of a personal side to it. Women get to know the players and it’s more about people than about the stats. There are women who love stats, but some of us tend to have a more of a personal attachment to the team and don’t go running off with the stats.” JP has said that you can tell it’s a “Becca post” when it’s a more optimistic post. She looks for the brighter side and she tries to find the good side even when we aren’t doing well. More fun to be a fan that way.

Her advice for those that want to become involved in this field? “Get to know the community”—get to know everyone else and support each other. Japers is always open to new voices. Don’t forget the love of the game, even when writing seems to become more of a chore. Keep watching the game and remember that you love the game and put the things you love in what you write. She reminds herself that it’s just a game. People tend to overreact based on the stats or a team loss. Remember it’s a game—it isn’t life and death and it is important to have fun.

You can follow Becca on Twitter (https://twitter.com/BeccaH_JR) and read her articles and summaries at Japers Rink (www.japersrink.com).

Thanks for meeting with us Becca and we look forward to your tweets and articles. And thank  you Becca for welcoming us to the blogger community.

Contributions: Renee Garces

Photo: Brittney Marcum

 

Following Hockey for the Love of Hockey

We started this blog a month ago today because we love hockey and we love the Washington Capitals. We had contributed to another blog but it wasn’t our cup of tea. So we banded together a group of women who love hockey and here we are! As far as we know, we are the only all-female blog covering hockey, or at least the Caps, out there.

There are some great blogs reporting on the Caps, like Russia Machine Never Breaks and Japers Rink, who write in-depth statistical analysis of each game and season. We aren’t them. We love reading their material but we didn’t think you needed another place to come read what others are already doing a great job covering. We will give you a quick shot of stats but tune into them for the full range of data. And yes, we will even retweet the good stuff by them in case you missed it.

britBrittney, our primary photographer is at practice nearly every day. She has a way of capturing the player at just the right time. And now that they are used to seeing her, they almost pose for her. We chat with them after practice and are getting to know them a little better. Feel free to ask her to take your picture with a player if you see her outside of Kettler. Or if there is a specific player you’d like to see more of just let us know.

We have met some great people hanging out at Kettler. It’s where we met Renee who does a fabulous job summarizing the games for you. Ashley has just started writing with us and we look forward to the stories she shares. Both will be writing more in the weeks ahead about Caps-related events.

We have a great time with the Caps Fan Club who are at Kettler nearly every day too. We have adopted an adorable little mascot who brings a smile to our faces every time we see him. We have met other people, like Jill Sorenson, who follow the Caps and will be bringing you more stories about women in hockey as a result. And then there is you: the fans who come up for the first time and we get to talk to you about how best to meet a player or get your picture. We talk hockey on all levels with the ladies at the rink and will do our best to represent you here.

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We are open to adding other writers to our team. And you don’t have to be female to contribute. We are looking for people to cover other hockey happenings in the area–youth hockey, college hockey, and Wounded Warriors. Simply send me a message on the blog or DM us on Twitter or Facebook and we will get back to you.

Check us out on Twitter (@incoldplacesDC), Facebook, and Instagram for updates, including practice pictures and game-day notifications.

We hope you are enjoying our contribution to the hockey world and if there is a story you would like us to cover or photos you would like us to get, please let us know. We are here because we want to share our love of hockey with you!

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Is There Such as Thing as Too Many Caps Blogs????

As the new kids on the block, we had to ask ourselves that very question. And obviously, we think not. There are some great blogs out there, each with a different style or way of presenting information. On this Thanksgiving Day eve, we are thankful for the bloggers who have come before us and paved the way for quality reporting on social media.

JAPERS Rink is the big daddy of us all. Hosted by SB Nation, they provide daily coverage of Caps practices and games. If you follow them on twitter they also link you to all the articles written about the Caps. One-stop shopping at its best. Then there is Russia Machine Never Breaks. They have been writing all things Russian players since 2009. They were the first blog we ever followed and probably who inspires us the most to just have fun covering hockey. They are the best place to go for translations of articles and what Russian players really said! And then there is the blog that got us started and through which we found our own style. NoVa Caps provides a forum for fan to write articles and share their passion. They also recap games and repost nifty articles. Also new on the scene is Washington Capitals Loyal Fan Club Page over on Facebook which reposts great articles from all the outlets and bloggers.  Continue reading “Is There Such as Thing as Too Many Caps Blogs????”