I want preface this piece by saying that I have known Steve Dangle for close to nine years.
I first found him on Twitter and saw just how involved in hockey media he was. He had an AWESOME YouTube channel (still does), had a cool gig with Leafs TV, and was someone that was all hockey, all the time.
I was also lucky enough to conduct email interviews with him for a few different outlets. Heck, I even wrote for his web site back in 2010.
Fast forward to now and Steve is a force in hockey media. He now works for Rogers Sportsnet as a podcaster, blogger, and show host, in addition to still making hockey videos on YouTube.
He has now written an absolutely terrific hockey book called This Team is Ruining My Life (But I love Them): How I Became a Professional Hockey Fan. Steve was kind enough to send me a review copy and boy am I happy he did.
I got this book in the mail on February 25 and read the whole thing that day. I literally could not put it down as this book only increased my admiration for Steve.
For starters, this book is very inspiring. If you’re someone who is looking to get into the media and is willing to be creative and follow your own path, Steve’s book is perfect for you.
This book shows you just how hard Steve worked to get to where he is now. It also shows how it wasn’t always easy and how he took his bumps and bruises, but in the end, he never gave up and continued to forge his own path into the hockey media world.
Secondly, Steve’s book provides a great glimpse into how media is run today. Steve got his start on YouTube and parlayed it into a full-time career as a hockey blogger, podcaster, vlogger, and show host.
If you go back over 20 years ago, something like this was unheard of. Back then, if you wanted to get into hockey media, you either had to work at a newspaper or a major network, which was not an easy thing to accomplish.
Steve is the perfect example of being a five-tool media guy in today’s ever evolving media world. He can write, podcast, vlog, host TV and radio shows, and be a presence on all social media platforms.
When you put all of these things together, you have one of the most versatile people in hockey media today. What’s even better is that he is still young and has time to take over the hockey media world.
Lastly, this book goes to show you that your dreams are worth going after. Steve did not let anybody get in his way and did what he needed to go to get to where he is today.