“It’s now more important than ever that we make sure fresh voices cover important topics that relate to inclusivity, diversity, equal opportunity."
MONTREAL (PRWEB) January 20, 2023
Hockey of Tomorrow (HoT) announces its diverse editorial staff lineup for its upcoming digital launch in March 2023. A thorough selection process was led by HoT Community Manager, Chanel Keenan, regarded by many as one of hockey’s most powerful women. The process has resulted in a selection of 12 official contributors for the platform’s debut.
Having interviewed over 35 great candidates, Keenan is extremely excited about what 2023 has in store. “Hockey of Tomorrow has an ambitious vision of building from the bottom up, and not the other way around. We are putting intentionality at the forefront,” says Keenan.
She adds: “It’s now more important than ever that we make sure fresh voices cover important topics that relate to inclusivity, diversity, equal opportunity. I personally believe the future of the game depends on it.”
In a one-of-a-kind and novel approach, HoT’s contributors who will host written, audio, and video content in long and short form, were selected with respect to their personal and professional experiences related to and in line with Hockey of Tomorrow’s five core values: inclusiveness, diversity, access, innovation (or technology) and culture.
These fresh voices will include:
- Ariel Melendez: Aspiring hockey journalist who has been closely covering the Flyers since 2021.
- Jennifer Moglia: Content creator, social media manager, color commentator, and print/digital journalist.
- Michael Caccamo: Hockey aficionado and resident hockey historian.
- Nessa Godinez: Co-host of the podcast Over The Glass that she started with Jey Wong as a way to make a more inclusive hockey space.
- Jey Wong: Multimedia designer and video editor for the 2021 Hockey Pride project, led by Brock McGillis and numerous other LGBTQIA+ people in the hockey community.
- Kirsten Staple: Recent college graduate from University of Texas, San Antonio and an avid hockey fan.
- Ashley Mouzzon: Founder of Ball Hockey Boot Camp, a program that introduces the game to local children. Their goal is to help keep kids active and encourage them to have fun along the way.
- Luiza Vidal: Writer, teacher, journalist and social media creator from Brazil who aspires to build an inclusive community in hockey.
- Lydia Murray: Aspiring sports journalist and in her second-year journalism student at Boston University.
- Danielle Bain: Broadcast host/rinkside reporter for the Toronto Marlies having worked in television and radio and former skills coach throughout university.
- Lauren Kelly: Director of marketing for Prime Sports and event staff for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Lauren has played college hockey for Dartmouth College, competed for Team Canada’s U18 Team at the 2009 Series vs USA, and competed professionally in the CWHL for the Vanke Rays while working as a Women’s Sport Ambassador growing hockey in China leading up to the Beijing 2022 Olympics.
- Jude Busgang: Public interest lawyer at a leading Plaintiffs law firm and huge New Jersey hockey fan who worked in various editorial positions, including literary magazines, political blogs, and top-ranked law reviews.
- Richard Coffey: Sports content creator hailing from Toronto. Coffey is an Autism advocate and actively pursuing journalism as his career.
HoT’s editorial will include topics, such as technology, culture, social, and all positive-impact aspects of the game. Instead of scores, game highlights, or locker room talk, the platform will focus on positive, bite-sized breaking news and deep-dive profiles. It will showcase the non-hockey interests of professional hockey players, youth role models, project entrepreneurs, charities, and encourage multi-dimensionality of diverse voices that will also speak to a younger audience.
Hockey of Tomorrow has been preparing its debut with Q&A sessions with pro teams and other stakeholders, including with its first professional organization member, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the AHL affiliate of the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins.
About Hockey of Tomorrow
Hockey of Tomorrow is a media and community platform powered by over 150 pro hockey players looking to bring hockey into the future. Its values are based on creating a positive influence on the sport and its future: inclusiveness, diversity, access, innovation (or technology) and culture.
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