How a non-Leafs fan grew up to cover the Maple Leafs
If you’ve spent any time writing about any team, you’ve probably been accused of being either a hater or a homer. Or more likely, both.
Mirtle writes about his childhood in Kamloops, British Columbia, which he describes as “a true junior hockey city.” He rooted for the local team, the Kamloops Blazers, but never really developed a particular fondness for any NHL team. “The most accurate thing to say is that I was always just a fan of the NHL and the game,” he writes.
It’s not clear from this blog post why Mirtle is writing about his non-Leafs fandom, but it sounds like he’s been getting called a Leafs homer on Twitter.
“This is all just a really long-winded way of saying, ‘no, I’m not a Leafs fan,’” he concludes, but what makes the post interesting is Mirtle’s story of rising from small-town kid with a pipe dream about covering the NHL—and he makes it clear how that really was a pipe dream—through blogging and a post at SB Nation to the choice Maple Leafs beat at the Globe and Mail.
A lot there for aspiring writers to identify with, and be inspired by.