BY: Mitch Beck, Howlings Editor
Yesterday we posted a story on franchise movement in the AHL. The writer of the piece, Gerry Cantlon, is a dear, personal and trusted friend who has been involved with professional hockey as a writer for a long time. But, he made mistakes in his piece yesterday. He wrote his story based upon conversations with sources he’s trusted and who have a track record of having been accurate in the past. In this case however, they were wrong…and very wrong! I am deeply embarrassed that it was that wrong and I apologize for whatever problems this story has caused anyone.
It has NEVER been my intent with this site to muck-rake, or to be trying to make a name for myself, or make money from it and especially not to cause anyone any issues. The site was born from my passion to tell stories surrounding the great things about the sport of professional hockey and the New York Rangers organization and their affiliated teams. Really, nothing more than that. It was fun. It is really that simple. I NEVER thought that I would get any kind of credibility that mattered to anyone besides me. But, as shocking as it is to me, you folks really seem to care about what we write here. I get blown away by it all the time. The reason? I don’t see myself as being some sort of major authority. I work hard at this site trying to give you guys the same information I would want to read and to have known as a fan.
This is the second time in the ten plus years we’ve been doing this that we’ve made a mistake that has caused people to be unhappy with us and that bothers me a GREAT deal. As a result, I think it’s time that I sit down and seriously reassess if this site has grown to the point where it has become something beyond what I am able to do with the level of professionalism that a site with this much influence is required to have. Perhaps I’m not qualified to do it anymore? I don’t know.
Anyone who knows me knows how much I love the American Hockey League and the players and the people who work in it. My intention even in starting this site was to build the game up. To show anyone who would stumble upon it, what a great sport hockey is and give them stuff that wasn’t that easy to find on-line. Things have come a LONG way since I started doing this ten years ago. A lot of other sites now regularly do things we started out trying a long time ago for no other reason than to try and make the information better for our readers…and because I liked doing it.
I don’t have any regular paid advertisers that I’m indebted to. I’ve never pursued getting them. I admit I do have an ad for my own business and a friend’s that I don’t charge him for, and a couple of pay per clicks that over the entire run of the ads, I don’t think I’ve even seen $10 from in total. So it’s not about the money. For me, there’s no real prestige or celebrity that goes with doing it. The reward for me has ALWAYS been the access that I have to get to know the players, executives and people who work in the hockey business. Really, that’s been it…and it’s been great.
The fact is that this site costs me a lot of money to do. It’s been my mental refuge from the employment business I own, a business mind you that is struggling mightily since the economy took a downturn. I do this site because it makes me happy to do something positive about a sport I care so much about.
Having written that, I think it might be time to step away from it and let someone else take it from here. I don’t know. I’m pretty upset right now about all of this and it could be the emotions talking. I need to think about this more. I’ve just always been straight forward and honest with you, the faithful and loyal readers of this page.
So please, allow me to reiterate to ANYONE who was in any way inconvenienced by this mistaken story, I hope you will accept my heartfelt apology. I promise you that it won’t happen again.