I was just looking for a hobby in late 2011, and I had this application on my new iPhone called Blackhawk Up that gave me all the news I needed in Florida about my favorite hockey team, the Chicago Blackhawks. In one of the publications he said that writers were needed, and it seemed like something I would like to do.
After applying twice, I finally got the call that I would join the Blackhawk Up team, and it has been a super fun trip since then. I became the editor a few months later, and made the decision to try to get as many writers as possible for the site, so that we could publish as much content as possible about the Chicago Blackhawks.
Of course, there have been some memorable nights over the past six years, such as knocking down furniture when Niklas Hjalmarsson’s third-period goal against the Red Wings in Game 7 was nullified, and then the celebration when Brent Seabrook scored the winning game in through time.
The most heartbreaking game had to be Game 4 in the final of the Stanley Cup 2013, when the ‘Hawks kept scoring, and the Bruins continued to get a crazy bounce here or there to keep tying the game until, of course, Mr. Overtime Seabrook won it again.
There were two Stanley Cup victories for the Blackhawks while writing for Blackhawk Up, with 17 seconds in five crazy minutes in real time. Jumping up and down cheering while trying to tweet information will always be a fun memory. Seeing the Hawks win at the United Center in 2015 was also great since none of us had seen the Cup win at home … ever!
My commitment to the site is something I will never forget, be it to publish, Twitter or Facebook. The goal was simply to give Blackhawks fans the most content while we had a good time day after day, 365 days a year.
The last six years have not arrived without great pain on a personal level. If you have followed the site, you do not know that my 15-year-old son committed suicide on January 12, 2017. This is something that will change a father forever. Like the site, I put a lot of passion into the consciousness of suicide since the worst day of my life, and if it helps a single child, it will have been worth it.
Since the death of my son, I really felt that writing for the site was a form of therapy because I was distressed. The point is that the last two months writing and running the site no longer seemed like a fun hobby, and now I want to use my efforts in other things beyond running home from work and write a post about the latest commercial rumor, trade , perspective or the Chicago Blackhawks update.
That’s why I’m very grateful for everyone who wrote for Blackhawk Up in the last six years or who have visited our site to see what we have to say about our favorite team. The fact is that it seems that the time is right to get away and let the others do their best on the site.