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From the Dept. of Self-Congratulatory Nonsense ...

It's a major award! The Puck Daddy blog has been honored with Hockey Writer of the Year from HockeyBarn.com.

Thanks to the Barn and the judges for the honor, which comes with a ticket to the Hockey Hall of Fame induction with Edmonton Oilers great Glenn Anderson (that won't be too awkward). Not sure what we're doing with the prize yet. It's a hell of a thing.

Glenn contributed a video announcing our big win, including the phrase: "Puck Daddy, as he is commonly known, rules the sport." And yet no servant girls ...

Our buddy Chris Botta of NYI Point Blank, who won the Unsung Hero Award, had some preposterously nice things to say about us. He also chronicled the other winners in the inaugural Hockey Barn Awards: "Darryl of Dobber Hockey on winning the Leadership Award, Leslie from Musings of a Hockey Mom for the Hockey Mom/Dad/Blogger of the Year Award and Don of Litter Box Cats for being named Rookie of the Year for his coverage of the Florida Panthers."

Congrats to everyone who was nominated, as well as to the organizers. Hopefully this becomes an annual thing.

Which brings us to the part of the post where we offer our unconditional love for the Puck Daddy readership. The traffic in the last two months has been, to put it in Gary Bettman parlance, "bizonkers." You've given us everything from a Stanley Cup made of meat to a Gloating Bruins Fan at the Salem Witch Trials. Not to get all squishy about it, but your participation and interaction has meant more to this blog's success than Sean Avery(notes) Sean Leahy Photoshop beer anything. Can't thank you enough for it. We're partying in DC tonight; it's our goal to bring the party elsewhere down the road.

The fun continues all summer here. Please do check back often, and thanks for reading.

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