Compared to most, I’m new on the scene and my introduction to hockey isn’t exactly one for the books. I attended my first live game on December 26, 2003 at Philips Arena, home of the now non-existent Atlanta Thrashers, thanks to my dad who bought the tickets as a Christmas present. Something clicked and I was instantly hooked. Of course, I learned quickly that the Thrashers weren’t an easy team to love. They made one playoffs appearance, won zero playoffs games, and are now getting a fresh start as the new Winnipeg Jets. But for a few years they were my team, and the reason I started loving hockey.
Despite no longer having the NHL in my backyard, my life remains centered around hockey. The ECHL is represented in Atlanta by the Gwinnett Gladiators, and college hockey by the Kennesaw State Owls. Within a reasonable driving distance are the Nashville Predators and the University of Alabama-Huntsville Chargers, who will hopefully continue on. There are also youth leagues and recreational leagues galore in Atlanta, so I’m not hurting too much for more of the sport.
I recently graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in English Literature, but I find that my interests lean more towards sports writing than academia. I started blogging in earnest at Chicks Who Give a Puck, and have contributed to Five For Howling on SB Nation.
When I’m not immersed in hockey, you can find me volunteering with Dragon*Con, the largest popular culture convention in the United States (yes, bigger than San Diego Comic Con). In the past I wrote for the convention’s newsletter, The Daily Dragon where I had the opportunity to interview celebrity guests and report on events around the convention. I now appear as a co-host on the Dragon*Con Late Show, a half-hour comedy news segment that broadcasts live to all five convention hotels.
By day, I join the ranks of corporate America where I’m a research analyst for hundreds of clients, mostly in the food industry. I can talk your ear off about food safety regulation and scary additives. Best not invite me to the dinner table.
In my free time I still indulge my passion for literature and almost always have a book — or more recently, my e-reader — in hand. Books are a near constant in my life and I will read anything I can get my hands on. My thoughts on literature and cultural issues are on my personal blog, Ally Blogs the World.