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My final day at DobberHockey won’t pass without more than a few goodbyes and thank yous…


I first contacted Darryl back in 2006 when I stumbled upon DobberHockey while putting together my own fantasy hockey projections (I wrote a free fantasy hockey preview for the Hockey’s Future message boards that year). I messaged Dobber to let him know how useful I found his Guide, and I think I also mentioned how I would love to write for him (although I can’t remember the specifics at this point).

 

I was in the middle of my undergraduate degree at the time, and was looking for a creative outlet I could enjoy outside of my accounting and finance classes.

 

My first column, from January of 2007, included Daymond Langkow and Jonathan Cheechoo. Six years is a long time in fantasy hockey.

 

Fast forward those six years. I have written over 400 columns for the site (and edited a heck of a lot more) and a similar number of the daily ramblings posts. I have made many great connections in the hockey and sports industry thanks to the kick start DobberHockey gave me, appearing on numerous radio stations and in print magazines and papers, and I have made some great friends from the terrific community that still forms the backbone of this website today. I have met with players, team owners, and many members of the hockey community largely because of my work at DobberHockey. I write for the Vancouver Canucks, I have written for the Dallas Stars, Defending Big D, The Hockey Writers, Canucks Army, and a vast number of hockey blogs and websites largely because of DobberHockey.

 

I (and Dobber will agree) take a lot of pride in how we have grown the website organically. We have had some fantastic partners (Justin Goldman, Frozen Pool, the Fantasy Geek guys, among others), and equally fantastic readers and members. Although DobberHockey sees way more traffic than it did five or six years ago, it still has the same community feel. There aren’t many arguments that veer off topic. We have a fantastic group of members that self-police the website and provide amazing and consistent advice and feedback to the new members. At the end of the day, we are all united by our passion and interest in hockey (and fantasy hockey in particular, of course).

 

I haven’t met many of you in person, but I feel like I know a lot of you on a personal level (especially those who e-mail me on a daily basis with fantasy hockey tips – I still do my best to answer e-mails!). I am not sure of my level of involvement with fantasy hockey for the next little while, but I will definitely pop on to the website whenever I get some free time.

 

I am leaving the website in capable hands. Dobber will continue to bring on talented writers looking to get their names out there in the hockey world. Glen Hoos puts together fantastic graphics for the website. Gates Imbeau is one of the most organized people I have come across, and he does a fantastic job tracking the smallest of details across the Dobber Sports Empire.

 

Mike Amato and Steve Laidlaw are two fantastic writers who share the same passion that I have for fantasy hockey. Their daily ramblings are always interesting, unique, and usually force me to change my opinion on a player or a topic. I look forward to see where the website goes under their management. We have built the site up substantially over the past few years, and I truly believe there is potential for significantly more growth in the future, too.

 

I have worked with a number of great writers and passionate hockey people over the years, and I don’t want to list all of them for fear of leaving someone out. But if you have written anything for DobberHockey at any point since 2007, chances are our paths have crossed. Thanks for helping supply the website readers with their daily fix of hockey news. And an extra thanks if you submitted your column to me ahead of deadline!

 

Writing never was (nor is) the end goal for me in my professional career, but whatever I do end up pursuing, I know that my time at DobberHockey will be a benefit in so many ways. Managing, editing, writing, marketing, selling, branding – these are all skills I had to use and develop on a daily basis. Helping build a small business was a very challenging, unique, but ultimately rewarding process. The last few years in particular have been a case study in management and business in so many ways, and the challenge of doing it all virtually has made it all the more rewarding.

 

My writing has improved leaps and bounds since beginning here, and I still have so much to learn to become a better writer. I'm really proud of all of my work, particularly the annual Prime Cuts teams, the top 10 keeper rankings for each position, my forum mailbags, and the team audits. But at the end of the day, being able to provide any sort of advice, be it through a column, an e-mail, or a forum post, is what kept me coming back to this job. Sharing my passion (obsession) for hockey with others, and helping them along the way.

 

Most of all, getting paid to write about hockey taught me that it is possible to follow your passion in life if you work hard at it. Don’t “settle” for a job because it is something you are supposed to do or something that “pays well.” Eventually, you will grow tired of it.

 

It may take a few weeks, months, or even years, but if your career isn’t at least somewhat aligned with your interests, the only thing you will end up with is discontentment and unhappiness. I have also followed my passion into fitness and nutrition, and now I return to school (the University of Oregon’s MBA program, Go Ducks!) to expand my network, develop my skill set and continue to seek out ways to apply my passion(s) to my job. Life is too short to not love what you do (most of the time, of course), right?

 

Thanks DobberHockey. See you around.

 

Angus

 

PS - if you want to stay in touch, I'll still be tweeting out my thoughts (many hockey-related) on Twitter. Here is a link to my AngusCertified Facebook Page, as well as my personal LinkedIn page.

 

 


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Teh Doktor said:

Teh Doktor
(clap) Jeff,

I thoroughly enjoyed your work and your output was amazing. How you found the time to write that much about that many topics, I'll never know. Always insightful, and enjoyable.

I put in for an audit of my team back in 2008 (I think) and won my first championship that year. Thank you for the help and best of luck.

I hope you'll pop back and do a guest rambling or the odd article here and there.

Cheers,
August 31, 2013
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Snakedoctor said:

Snakedoctor
... Best of luck in all your pursuits Jeff. You will be missed.
August 31, 2013
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islefan31 said:

islefan31
... Thanks Jeff, best of luck to you.
August 31, 2013
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bluteau said:

bluteau
... THANK THANK A LOT Jeff you help me a lot for my fantasy pool you were so great I will really miss your rambling and the rest of your articles, but good luck a school and your new life...smilies/wink.gif
August 30, 2013
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Christich99 said:

Christich99
... Thank you Angus, this is my first comment in English...I learned the english a lot from you and Dobber! Merci beaucoup pour ces belles années! You were very funny to read and your work were also great! Good luck and keep the passion for hockey like you always have! Merci beaucoup! All the best in you're future!
Still Standing ovation!
August 30, 2013
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Ed. said:

Ed.
... Thank you Angus, for years of quality content and advice. Thank you also for your work in customer care for the Dobber site and products. The few times I contacted you with issues I was really impressed with the speed and enthusiasm of your response. All the best in your future endeavours, and please do drop in when you can.
August 30, 2013
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Thank you Jeff You are a huge reason why I love this website so much.
Your ramblings, articles, mailbags, and general character have made this place such a great community.
Hard to say how deeply you will be missed (sounds sappy considering it's fantasy hockey... but really, truly, you will).

In this internet interaction day & age, it always seems strange "friending" somebody...

But... buddy... if you are ever in the ATL for an evening, I'll buy you a beer and watch a hockey game with ya!!!
-P7
August 30, 2013
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Guy Incognito said:

Guy Incognito
... I can't believe it's been that long that I've been reading your stuff (or the site in general for that matter - 3rd Degree Burns was great, eh?), but thanks for years of great content and best of luck to you going forward.
August 30, 2013
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germant said:

germant
... I've already said what I wanted to say in earlier ramblings so I'll finish with something simple...

**standing ovation**
August 30, 2013
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agentzero said:

agentzero
Thanks Jeff Angus,

I can't thank you enough for your contributions to this site. I really, really enjoyed your work and not seeing it on a weekly basis will definitely create a gap for me, where a really honest and fresh perspective on fantasy hockey and player evaluation once was. I wish you good luck at Oregon and I commend you for following your passion. Examples like yours are stories I keep close to me, reminding me to stay on track with my career goals and interests.

A job superbly done. I salute you Angus. Now get outta here and go kick some ass in your MBA.

agentzero
August 30, 2013
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angelofharlem said:

angelofharlem
Good Luck Angus Thank you for everything Jeff. It's been a pleasure getting to know you, and I hope our paths cross again. Best of luck in the future!
August 30, 2013
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SeaDawg said:

SeaDawg
Thank You Thank you Angus for everything you have done for this site over the years. Your contribution will be greatly missed but because of your effort, you are leaving the site in very capable hands. What you and Dobber have built here is truly special and your legacy will live on, my friend! All the best in your future endeavors.
August 30, 2013
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Dobber said:

Dobber
Jeff's 3rd article, November 6, 2006 I couldn't find his first two, but I know this is his third because he called it "Week 3". Here is his earliest DobberHockey article that I could find in my files:


Wild West

The Dallas Stars currently sit at 11-2-0. Good enough for the conference lead, right? Not this year. Dallas is a mere two points out of third place in the Pacific division. This three horse race between the Stars, Ducks, and Sharks is going to be very fun to watch. Before the season started I was cautious as Dallas tried to replace the production of Arnott with Lindros and Halpern, but it has worked so far. Dave Tippett is one of the best coaches in hockey and the Stars are playing great hockey so far. That doesn’t mean Lindros will stay healthy, although stranger things have happened. Dallas has no high-scoring superstars but the players know their roles well.

One early surprise for me has been the lack of production from Niklas Kronwall in Detroit. I realize he is behind Schneider and Lidstrom on the offensive depth-chart, but his output has been brutal. He has world-class talent, in fact his style reminds me of a younger Ed Jovanovski. Drop him if you have him on your roster, but as soon as he turns it around nab him right away. Looks like Hank Zetterberg is heating up too, so make a move to get him before it is too late!

The Forsberg and/or Gagne to Calgary rumors have been swirling around the net for the past few days. I don’t think a deal of that magnitude will occur, but if it does you shouldn’t need me to remind you that whoever Forsberg plays with is immediately a fantasy player. On the subject of Calgary, they still don’t look good. Trying to play the in your face style that endeared them to fans during the 2004 playoffs, only now they don’t have the personnel. With losing guys like Donovan, Clark, and Nieminen for softer players like Amonte, Huselius, and Tanguay, Calgary just doesn’t intimidate other teams. Tanguay is putting up points but has been completely invisible all season. The lone bright spot has been captain Iginla who has been outstanding so far.

Players to watch for the week:

D – Shea Weber. The young defenseman had adjusted very well to the NHL. After more seasoning I think he will be nearly as good as Dion Phaneuf in Calgary. Weber was an offensive force in the WHL, and if used correctly on the PP in Nashville will get 40+ points this season. His point shot is absolutely lethal.

RW – Tuomo Ruutu. I have gotten a ton of questions about him. Don’t pick him up for a while, he has looked very rusty so far, which is to be expected. Once Havlat is back, it is worth keeping tabs on him. Ruutu is one of my favourite players in the game, but his injury woes have really slowed down his progression.

D – Ladislav Smid. Not for this season, but if you want a young d-man to build a keeper team around, this is the guy. He looks like a young Kenny Johnsson, silky smooth at both ends of the ice. Top end potential is probably 40-50 points, but he is going to be a dominant player. Will make the sting of losing Pronger a bit easier for Edmonton to take in the coming years.

D – Scott Niedermayer. He is the best player in the Western Conference right now (yes, that includes Joe Thornton), and will get between 75 and 85 points this year. Niedermayer has looked outstanding and is a big reason why the Ducks are still unbeaten in regulation. This team is for real. If you want a sure bet on defense, don’t worry about overpaying for Niedermayer, he is one of the few players who is worth it.

D – Brent Sopel. Has been one of the best Kings so far, even if that isn’t saying much. Very familiar with Crawford’s system from Vancouver, Sopel has been joining the rush and putting up good numbers. His +/- won’t be great, but is good for 40 points. In the right system he is a very useful player, but in the wrong one, see last year with the Isles.


August 30, 2013
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... It still hasn't sunk in that this is it. I went back to dig up the oldest emails from you and the furthest back I go in my files is November of 2006 - so you've written for me longer than you thought! In 2007 the new site was launched, so your older stuff must have been lost.

I remember when Burns and Bugg were writing for me and you kept checking in. I remember being reluctant to add another writer. But I couldn't turn my back on the passion and consistency. You were thorough with this stuff - and your love for it was very clear.

Thank you, you'll be dearly missed around here and I hope you jump in with some 'guest' ramblings from time to time.

August 30, 2013
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gfunkb7 said:

gfunkb7
... I don't usually write in the comments section, and over the last 4 years I've been informing myself about fantasy hockey here, your insights were always on point. Thank you for the time and effort over all these years, and if you put that much into school, you'll be "hands down roto beast/stud/monster" (lol).

Good luck and thanks again.
August 30, 2013
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MSkinner said:

MSkinner
... You will be missed my friend! I always looked forward to your ramblings. Best of luck in your future plans!
August 30, 2013
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Atomic Wedgy said:

Atomic Wedgy
Nice one Jeff! Great work over the years Jeff. You can be really proud about what you have accomplished here. You are a huge reason for the success of DobberHockey. I have enjoyed debating with you in the forums both on the vBulliten and the old school forum. Remember those days? Great times. Anyhow mate. Thanks and make the best of your opportunity at school. No reason why you can't keep visiting the forums every now and then tho.... right?

cheers,
AW
August 30, 2013
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PrairieDog said:

PrairieDog
... I'm really going to miss everything you bring to the site, Angus - be sure to drop in from time to time if you are able!
August 30, 2013
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Raistlin said:

Raistlin
... Thanks Jeff! I've been following your fantasy tips/advice since your four fingers days, always have looked forward to it. Good luck on your new adventures.
August 30, 2013
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Wrist_Shot said:

August 29, 2013
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Wrist_Shot said:

Wrist_Shot
Thanks for the quality work Angus! I can remember back in late summer of 2010 when I read one of your a keeper league ranking articles for the first time. At that point, I was preparing for our league's annual free agent draft and I devoured the whole series...I was hooked on Dobber Hockey from that point on. I've learned so much about prospects and fantasy strategy through this site. Largely through your work, Angus.

Good luck with your time in grad school. On a personal note, I finished up the same degree you are going to earn, back in 2009. It was a challenge, but diving in and emerging yourself is ultimately very rewarding on many levels. Wish you all the best!
August 29, 2013
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Dean Youngblood said:

Dean Youngblood
Good Luck and Thanks Angus One of the brightest hockey minds DobberHockey has released into the fantasy hockey world. Good luck with your endeavours Jeff and it's been a pleasure working with you!

You will be missed...
August 29, 2013
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ebatchel said:

ebatchel
... Thanks Angus, wishing you the very best!
August 29, 2013
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rataylor22 said:

rataylor22
Thanks Thanks for everything Jeff. Your ramblings and columns and all your insights (even the occasional extra Canucks post smilies/wink.gif ) are so fantastic and appreciated. Your work will be greatly missed. However I wish you all the luck returning to school (I'm returning to finally finish my degree after 6 long years as well) and all the success in the world.
August 29, 2013
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austeane said:

austeane
Thanks again Thanks for being an amazing writer. You are a big part of why I got hooked on fantasy hockey, and an even bigger reason for me starting to write. This community will miss you, and I hope to read something from you sometime soon.
Maybe in a couple of years, with MBA in hand, we will read about your new job with an NHL team!

Good luck and thanks again,
Austin Wallace
August 29, 2013
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olgrit22 said:

olgrit22
... Good luck Jeff. It was a pleasure reading your work.
August 29, 2013
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