On behalf of our entire staff, please join me in welcoming Chris Bradford, formerly of the Beaver County Times, as our newest full-time addition to the Penguins beat.
Chris will work with our lead beat reporter Matt Gajtka, as well as Taylor Haase, myself and photographer Matt Sunday to offer what we'll strive to make the most expansive, imaginative and thorough hockey coverage we've ever offered by a factor of, oh, 71 or 87?
For real, this is a major commitment. But equally real, every commitment we've ever made to covering the Penguins has been reciprocated with readership, so we feel this is worth it.
Chris is a 20-year resident of Beaver County and, above all, he's a pro's pro. He comes from a similar path and similar mold to Dale Lolley, who's been embraced by Steelers fans here, having climbed his way up in the business and earned the respect of his readers along the way. He's written all sports at all levels, as almost everyone does, but his first love has always been hockey. He still plays up in Cranberry -- I'm told he's the scrappy forward type -- and he referees there, as well.
In addition to a wealth of living hockey knowledge, both from participating and interviewing, he's a terrific writer. He's covered the Penguins for years, both home and road, and he's a familiar face and name to me and a lot of our staff because we've come to know him in press boxes. I could go on about that, or simply share this wonderful profile on Mike Sullivan he wrote earlier this year for the BCT.
Matt will continue to be at the front, as we announced earlier this month. Taylor will continue to oversee all minor-league coverage, as she's done to extremely favorable feedback. And I'll be writing hockey just as much as I've been doing all season, which currently means having been at three-quarters of all games, including nine on the road.
Chris will be a huge addition to that on an everyday basis. You'll see more news, more features, more Xs and Os, more multimedia, more Live Qs, more everything as related to the Penguins.
He'll introduce himself to you tomorrow, then get going shortly thereafter. In the meantime, looks like he and his daughter have somewhere to be ...