HOMETOWN: Mahtomedi, Minn.
SCHOOL: Iowa State University
FAVORITE TEAM: Minnesota Gophers & Wild
FUN FACT: Has never played organized hockey, in fact she can barely skate. (This video best explains why Training to be a Hockey Player)
FAVORITE HOCKEY MOMENT: Tough to narrow it down to just one. Every single game, college or pro, has always been a unique memory of it's own. Watching the Wild in their first-ever playoff run was amazing and all of my time spent at USA Hockey was equally as surreal. I wouldn't take back one chant at Mariucci -- especially against North Dakota -- and cherish every chirp in the locker rooms.
What started as a way to help her friend impress a date, has transformed into a lifestyle for Jessi. Realizing that she could turn her passion for sports and writing into a career, she forged full-steam ahead to make that career a reality.
A former Iowa State Cyclone, Jessi embraced hockey in any aspect she could, taking over as head of
media relations of the ACHA Cyclone Hockey team while in the cornfed state. Between play-by-play, press releases and hosting the
Her NHL aspirations have moved her around the country, working with USA Hockey Magazine, Fox Sports North and most recently as assistant sports editor in New York where she covered DI lacrosse and the AHL Syracuse Crunch.
After seeing both coasts, she realized that if you want the mecca of hockey, you have to be in Land of 10,000 Rinks and relocated back to the Twin Cities. She pinches herself everyday, again working with USA Hockey, Minnesota Hockey and Massachusetts Hockey among other editing and writing ventures.
College hockey remains her top passion, keeping this blog alive when she can. Enjoy!
HOMETOWN: Strongsville, Ohio
SCHOOL: The Ohio State University (sophomore)
FAVORITE TEAM: Detroit Red Wings
FUN FACT: Captained the 2011-2012 Saint Ignatius High School hockey team that went 39-1 which stands as the best record in Ohio high school hockey history.
FAVORITE HOCKEY MOMENT: Too many. Playing in three USA Hockey National Championship tournaments as a member of the Cleveland Barons (Tier I) and Team Cleveland (Tier II). Playing outdoors at Progressive Field against rival Saint Edward in front of 3,000 people. Playing against the University of Kentucky at midnight in front of a sold out crowd in Kentucky. Being inside of Nationwide Arena watching the Columbus Blue Jackets overcome a 3-0 deficit to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in overtime in game four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
A hockey player who made the transition from player to broadcaster/writer, Miles has been around the game of hockey his whole life.
From his youth hockey days with the Cleveland Barons AAA program to his high school hockey days with Saint Ignatius, Miles has played against various players who are now at the Division I NCAA level as well as some who are at the top of their games in the NHL.
Today, Miles is immersed in the collegiate hockey world, covering both the Ohio State men's and women's teams as both a writer and a student broadcaster.
With the Big Ten Conference becoming established last season, he has had the opportunity to cover some of the best teams and players in the country.
Today, Miles continues to work tirelessly day in and day out to make it big in the sports media industry.
HOMETOWN: Jackson, Mich.
SCHOOL: University of Michigan, Syracuse University's Newhouse School for master's degree
FAVORITE TEAM: Michigan Wolverines (any sport) and Detroit Red Wings
FUN FACT: Can't ice skate, though I've certainly tried!
FAVORITE HOCKEY MOMENT: As a fan of the Red Wings, I've been blessed with many in the last 25 years. Watching Steve Yzerman lift the Stanley Cup in 1997 to end the Wings' 42-year Cup drought was so special. Michigan's 22-year NCAA streak is also treasured.
Geoffrey was a Michigan Wolverine from birth...literally. He was born premature with Cerebral Palsy at the University of Michigan Hospital and, despite being in a family of Spartans, idolized everything about the Maize and Blue from a young age. He holds fond memories of being lifted onto his father's shoulders at the Big House, and the ever-present smell of almonds, 6,000-plus screaming fans, and the echoes of fans chanting "SIEVE!" from Yost Ice Arena still ring in his head.
Though Geoff never learned how to skate, the simultaneous grace and violence of hockey got him hooked early. He covered U-M hockey from 2012-14 at Michigan Hockey Net and TheWolverine.com. He recently finished his master's degree in Broadcast Journalism/Sports Communication at Syracuse, and doesn't know where the future may take his journalism career -- but he is open to moving anywhere and everywhere, writing and talking to earn a living.
The NHL is the premiere league, but to him, there's nothing like college hockey, full of hardcore fans who live and die with their schools. There may only be a few universities who sponsor Division I hockey, but he looks forward to the expansion of the collegiate game.