Casting Call, and some Self-Indulgence

Thomas Drance
July 09 2013 11:24AM

 

We rarely do housekeeping posts at CanucksArmy. We generally prefer for this blog to remain uncluttered and pure with only unfiltered, opinionated, numbers based takes on all things Canucks hockey. But we'll make an exception today, becasue we're reshuffling the decks somewhat and are looking for new talent.

We need you to join the (Canucks)Army, so read on past the jump.

Yesterday I informed Nations HQ about my plan to resign as the Managing Editor of CanucksArmy.com effective the final week of July. But don't worry dear readers, this isn't bad news. I've taken a job editing the news over at the Score Inc. (not to be confused with Sportsnet360), so I'll still be cranking out content. Also I'm not leaving Canucks Army at all, I'll still be writing and posting and reading and commenting at this site pretty damn regularly. Essentially I'm just taking a step back from the day-to-day management of the site, but I still plan on being as committed to this community as ever.

I'm not the only one from our cast of regular voices who is moving on and deeper into the media world. Our own Patrick Johnston has recently taken a job with The Province as a mobile champion of sorts, and he's unlikely to be seen in our fair corner of the internet with as much regularity going forward. A hearty congratulations to Patrick, who has been among our most consistent, reliable and insightful commentators over the past two years...

I find it extremely gratifying to know that our site has drawn the attention, not only of Canucks fans, but of hiring managers and others in the media world. We can legitimately claim that CanucksArmy.com is now a "stepping stone" that talented, intelligent young journalists can use on their way to bigger opportunities. I hope that some of you reading these words fit that profile, and take up the torch going forward.

To that end, we're going to hold a casting call over the rest of the summer to try and identify talented voices who fit in with what we've been doing at CanucksArmy over the past two and a half years. If you're passionate about hockey, numbers, sports media, and writing, we want to hear from you. We're looking to add at least two new voices to the site this summer so e-mail a cover letter and a resume to thom.drance@gmail.com by July 19th.

Now if you'll permit me a bit of self-indulgence.

Over the past two years I've written 922 distinct posts at this site (923 including this one), and edited countless more from our team. This site wouldn't be what it is today without the dedication, hard work and quality I've been able to count on from Jeff Angus, Cam Charron, Patrick Johnston, Jordan Clarke, Dimitri Filipovic, the mysterious PetBugs and Blake Murphy. In the past I've also been able to rely on quality work from Marda Miller, John Cullen, Remy Greer, Kavi Lehdar, Justin Morisette, Trevor Preslikowski, Matt Henderson, Alix Wright, Jeff Paterson, Wyatt Arndt and Austin Watson. I owe all of these people my sincerest thanks for their efforts and contributions over the years.

An extra special thank you to papa bear Cam Davie. Davie first recruited me and lobbied for me to take over the site, even when he was in the top position. I couldn't have asked for a more supportive, kinder, wiser blog wife. He is the best dude I've ever known, truly.

I also need to thank the Nations team: Wanye, Jay, Kent, Jason, Brian, Jeff and Jonathan for their support and guidance over the years. I ran this blog at a breakneck pace, with no regard for my personal health or sanity, for twenty-fourish months. The hard-work was key, but so was the professional development the Nations team provided me with.

Finally there's a wide variety of "rival bloggers" and assorted media types who've had a role in promoting our work, and have been accessible and supportive of us over the years. To the likes of: Derek Jory, Mike Halford, Jason Brough, Jason Botchford, Wyatt Arndt (I forgot to thank him in the first edition of this post, so he gets thanked twice), Erik Rolfsen, Paul Chapman, Jonathan MacDonald, Scott Lewis, Justin Bourne, Kevin Woodley, Jesse Spector, Sean Gentille, Harrison Mooney, Daniel Wagner, Scott Brown, Iain Macintyre, Roberto Luongo, Greg Wyshynski, Katie Baker, Dan Murphy, and our old pal Nardwuar - thank you.

But mostly, thank you to all of our readers. There's so many more of you now than when we first started, and the comment sections are increasingly active and interesting. Over the past four or five months especially this site has really transformed into the blog I always wanted to run, and it had nothing to do with the content and everything to do with the way our community of readers engaged with the site. Of all that we've done here over the past two seasons, the fact that so many Canucks fans have come to enjoy our work, and check our site regularly is the thing I take the most pride in.

Going forward there's still a lot to look forward to. We'll have more posts from Cam Charron going forward, Dimitri Filipovic will be stepping up and bringing his fastball, we'll still have our massive prospect profile series this August. Also I'll still be writing two or three times weekly, so it's not like this is goodbye!

As the media landscape continues to evolve, CanucksArmy.com has been there to take advantage, out work everybody, and consistently bring you some of the best Canucks coverage on the web over the past two seasons. We remain committed to that mission statement and hope you stick with us, because we're just getting started!

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Thomas Drance lives in Toronto, eats spicy food and writes about hockey. He is an NHL News Editor at theScore, the ex-managing editor of CanucksArmy.com and an opinionated blowhard to boot. You can follow him on twitter @thomasdrance.
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#1 JCDavies
July 09 2013, 11:40AM
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Congratulations Thomas and Patrick! Best of luck!

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#2 Daniel W.
July 09 2013, 11:40AM
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Already said it on twitter, but for the phenomenal work here, it's well deserved.

CanucksArmy really has been getting better and better and I'm sure you'll manage to deliver the same quality going forward and keep this the best Canucks blog around!

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#3 Nat
July 09 2013, 11:54AM
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Congrats Thom!

I'd like to thank you guys for integrating the fancystats aspect of hockey into your posts in a way that is understandable to those of us who have a hard time with numbers (/waves hand). Normally as soon as I see a graph or chart with numbers my eyes glaze over, but Canucks Army has done a great job of explaining the data so that it doesn't seem so complicated.

I'm sure there's at least a few journo majors kicking around Vancouver who would love to jump on board.

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#4 EGS
July 09 2013, 12:17PM
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Congratulations!!! All the best in your new role, and glad to hear you'll still be actively involved at the army!

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#5 Cam Davie
July 09 2013, 12:35PM
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I'm getting all verklempt.

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#6 Matt
July 09 2013, 12:37PM
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Sorry to see you go! Good luck with your new job :)

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#7 Jordan_Clarke
July 09 2013, 12:48PM
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Congrats Thom. As you're one of the hardest working dudes in the hockey blogosphere, I figured something like this was coming for you. I owe you a huge debt of thanks for bringing me on board here last season.

I'm kind of creeped out at the thought of Cam being your "blog wife", though.

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#8 antro
July 09 2013, 12:53PM
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You're the tops TD! You did a fantastic job with the site, and helped turn up the chatter about the Canucks several notches of quality. Always with sense of humo(u)r, humility, and knowing how to keep the insights of analytics accessible. That is no small achievement, and I hope that this move to the Score is in some way a recognition of that talent.

All the best to you in all your future ventures! Who knows, maybe I'll run into you one of these days in Toronto.

Now, as for your casting call, I'm nominating our site's nemesis, NM00, who I've grown to enjoy: set him with a column "How the Window Closeth...as the Sky Crasheth Down!" *rumbling of darkening clouds*

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#9 NM00
July 09 2013, 01:21PM
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@antro

They can't afford me :)

Not that I've been here too long...but it's the best Canucks blog I have found.

Congrats to all of those moving on up!

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#10 Iain Murray
July 09 2013, 01:28PM
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Congratulations on the new gigs guys - and good luck!

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#11 BrudnySeaby
July 09 2013, 02:01PM
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Congrats Thom, saw it on your twitter feed as well. Good luck in your future endeavours!

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#12 Ruprecht
July 09 2013, 02:16PM
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Congrats guys. I haven't been here long at all, but still enjoy the quality of the discussion you bring forth through your writing. Thanks for spending your time sharing your talents here. Enjoy the next step, you've earned it. Finally, something I agree 100% on with NM00.

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#13 ThGilchy
July 09 2013, 02:34PM
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Congrats to Thom and Patrick. The insight you provide here truly is a cut above, and good luck in your future endeavours!

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#15 VBS6935
July 09 2013, 05:04PM
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Congrats Thomas and Patrick. I have always enjoyed your insights and hope you have good success in the future. Hopefully your replacements have been well groomed down on the blog farm!!

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#16 Lemming
July 09 2013, 05:27PM
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Congrats guys, good luck with your new jobs!

Best. Canucks blog. Ever.

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#17 .
July 09 2013, 06:08PM
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Congrats Thomas and Patrick! I know that this blog(among others) has really helped change the way I view hockey and stats as a whole. Can't wait to see you two will be doing in the near future.

Curious though, is this going to be the end of the CA podcast?

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#18 Canuckistanian
July 09 2013, 08:27PM
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Congrats to you both; well deserved. Glad to hear you will still share your thoughts and analysis at CA and I will continue to follow you over at the Score Inc.

CanucksArmy's excellent writers have not only changed/improved the way I think about and assess hockey, but I have noticed the way you (as well as other excellent stats bloggers around the Nation Network and beyond) have changed/improved the way mainstream media are covering hockey.

Not only do I read CA everyday, but being exposed to some of the other Nation writers like Cam and Jonathon Willis has made me start reading all the Nation sites and discovering some other great talents like Kent etc.

It's nice to see the lurkers turning into commenters here and hope to see the site continue to develop as 'the' place for Canucks fans to coalesce online.

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#19 Patrick Johnston
July 09 2013, 08:30PM
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The kind words are much appreciated. Thom's the real story here, but I'd like to take a quick moment to thank him and Cam Davie for originally roping me in.

That was just before the Canucks' high water mark, right in the middle of the Green and Blue wrapping things up against San Jose. I'd been bantering with the two of them on Twitter for a few months by that point, one day Thom sent me a message, asking if I'd ever done any writing. Oddly enough, I had just been accepted into the Langara Journalism program; this was a ready opportunity to sharpen my teeth ahead of a program I knew would ask plenty of my writing abilities.

The volume that Thom and Charron have managed over the past two years is nothing short of remarkable. My contributions have paled in comparison. Being able to compare my work with theirs, and with the likes of Angus and Filipovic has made me a better writer.

And, like so many of you, this blog has helped me understand hockey better. It's also forced me to listen to what others are saying, even if they are saying things that strain credulity. A pretty amazing community has started to grow here and I look forward to remaining involved. I won't be around quite as much - the demands of my new job at The Province will make that hard (p.s. check out the iPad app, I'm in there to make it better than ever) - but I will be here.

Again, thanks to TD, JA, DF, CC, CD, WA, MM, JC, PB and a bevy of others and mostly, more than anyone, to all of you, the readers. None of this works without you...

PJ

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#20 Austin Wallace
July 10 2013, 03:09AM
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Thom, you are an incredible writer and manager of talent. Heartfelt congrats on the new gig. I was privileged enough to write a few articles for CanucksArmy. You gave me a chance when all I had was a good email, a bit of passion, and a pretty sweet-looking résumé. You gave me feedback on my posts, and has helped me grow tremendously in the short time I worked with you. I am writing a bit for Dobberhockey now, and am taking over a monthly feature there. Without this bit of experience, I don't know if I would have had that opportunity. Thank you a ton for the opportunities, and for the amazing content you have written or attracted. I read CanucksArmy daily, and I know many others that do as well.

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#21 J21
July 10 2013, 10:16AM
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Congratulations from the (lowercase) nation's capital, as well.

Glad to see you'll still be producing content here. I don't know why the site matters when wanting to read the output of specific individuals, but for whatever reason it does, and it would be a very bad thing if your work was only hosted elsewhere.

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#22 Graphic Comments
July 10 2013, 10:18PM
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Congrats to Thom and Patrick. Couldn't happen to a nicer couple of guys. It's a pleasure being associated with them and the rest of the highly professional CA crew. Still not sure why Thom gives me the space here, but I know that it it wasn't for the credibility that the rest of these guys provide, I'd still be doodling away on Twitter with only porn bots and my mom's fake accounts as followers.

As an aside, rest assured, dear readers, our plans for world domination continue unabated. Drance plays the long game...

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#23 Origamirock
July 10 2013, 11:10PM
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Congrats Thom and Patrick, I'm glad to hear you'll still be around. Looking forward to what you guys have coming up (CA and otherwise).

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#24 Doc Roberts
July 13 2013, 12:13AM
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Wow man, this is great for your career but personally, this sucks for me. I suspect I'm gonna be visiting this blog often

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