November 24, 2010
The sports media landscape is forever changing. Today's blogs are tomorrow's Geocities fan pages with blinking text and auto-play midi files. What does the future hold for hockey journalism? Based on the performance of Joey, The Junior Chicago Blackhawks reporter, we'd say press row will be populared by 5-year-olds in little suits from Sears.
Witness Joey's hard-hitting interviews with Duncan Keith(notes), Marty Turco(notes), Brian Campbell(notes), Patrick Kane(notes) and Jonathan Toews(notes) among others, as he seeks the answer to the most important question of our time: "Who da biggest tuwh-key on da team?"
The kid knows his roster numbers, isn't afraid to confront his subjects and speaks better than 95 percent of what you'll hear on Puck Daddy Radio during the week.
Honestly: We've heard Duncan Keith answer 1,000 questions about his ice time and his Norris Trophy. Joey is the first journalist bold enough to inquire about "How much money you get from da toof fairy?"
We would like to see Joey permanently join the Blackhawks beat, and similarly aged peers do the same throughout the NHL. We want to see Brian Burke glower at a 5-year-old after he asks, "When aw you twading Tomas Kab-uh-lay?" We want to see a little man in a suit and tie pester John Tortorella about his goalie rotation, and Torts have to hold back with all his might from giving a child the Larry Brooks treatment. Will someone please give the Herb Brooks kid a columnist's gig already?
We've often been told a 5-year-old can do this job. And now we're convinced of it.
Stick-tap to Puck Buddy Dominic H. for the clip.