|Welcome to the new & improved Highland Park Hockey website! Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey|
Written by: Tony Androckitis, Twitter/FaceBook
Those who have followed along from day one of Highland Park Hockey (HPH) back in March of 2011 know that this website has been continuously evolving from one American Hockey League (AHL) season to the next.
What started as a way to keep tabs on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins while finishing up my journalism degree at Penn State University to being a league-credentialed sports reporter has become so much more over the past five years. From traveling the east coast covering the AHL Penguins up until the arrival of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms to traveling the coast on a new daily beat following the opposite end of the spectrum (the Philadelphia Flyers organization), dedicated and passionate coverage of the AHL has always been the focal point for HPH to offer to its readers.
The amount of quality AHL-related content at HPH is going to increase tenfold this upcoming season, with daily coverage of the Phantoms in addition to features and news stories spanning the entire 30-team league and so much more.
Hockey is right around the corner and with Highland Park Hockey you'll be able to feel like you're traveling across US and Canada following the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and the up and coming future NHL stars of tomorrow.
Here's the beginning of what is in store at Highland Park Hockey this hockey season.
The BEST possible daily coverage of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms
If you enjoyed coverage of the Phantoms here the past two seasons, both years of the franchise's existence, the website's third year of coverage is going to blow you away. In addition to my coverage from last season, Tim Riday will be joining HPH and providing updates on Philadelphia Flyers prospects as well as extra help on the Phantoms beat on game day and beyond. (Announced yesterday, full details here.) Tim has been following the organization's talented system awhile, and now will be able to continue covering them here at HPH.
Still in the works is a possible Phantoms podcast with sports talk, AHL and general big hockey news and a featured Phantoms guest. Hopefully, an announcement on that will come closer to the regular season.
The Return of Penguins Coverage!
It's with great pleasure that Highland Park Hockey added another free agent to cover the Penguins prospects in good guy Ian Altenbaugh, formerly of Hockey's Future. Ian has extensive knowledge of the organization and its prospects and will be a great addition to HPH. Be on the lookout for a lot more from the WBS Penguins and more in 2016-17.
Highland Park Hockey Is Now On YouTube
Another big addition to the website made in order to continue providing the best coverage possible of the Phantoms is the creation of our YouTube channel, which will feature interviews with AHL players and more to give the reader further insight. You will always have a direct link to the channel on the top of the website's newly designed masthead. In addition, the interviews posted on the YouTube channel will likely find their way onto Twitter (@H_P_Hockey and @TonyAndrock) and here online at the website.
Weekly Features Addition
In addition to the Monday's Catch Up and Saturday's Morning Skate posts featured here in previous years, there will also be a new Tuesday Talk where readers can submit their Phantoms or AHL-related questions to get answers. In addition, the weekly Tuesday post will also aim to discuss a relevant hockey-related topic each week to further educate readers.
AHL Top Prospect Features
In the past I had served as the AHL Eastern Conference writer for Hockey's Future before their unfortunate end back in July. With more freedom to inject more AHL coverage here at HPH, I'll be posting regular features on various top hockey prospects I come into contact with during my travels this season.
GoFundMe - Helping Keep Highland Park Hockey On The Road
After much thought and persistence from those who follow closely, I decided to start a GoFundMe account to help keep me traveling to cover the Phantoms, and now, AHL prospects across the country. I will keep it going this season as well, as those generous donations and spreading of the campaign truly dictates just how much more coverage will be able to provided for you. Even if you cannot afford to donate, spreading awareness might be even more important.
The GoFundMe quick link is also available on the website at the top of the page on the newly designed masthead. It's never too early to get a head start on the upcoming season. These travel expenses endured are 100% covered at my own expense. Any and all help is greatly appreciated!