Contributors

Paul Figler, Co-founder, CEO & Red Deer Rebels Beat, @Paul_Figler

Paul has been involved with hockey since he could put skates on his feet. The Western Hockey League became a passion for him when he moved to Red Deer in 2012. Covering junior hockey throughout North America has become a goal of his and he would like to see more leagues and teams afforded more coverage.

Brian Wiebe, Social Media, and website manager,  @Brian_Wiebe

Brian’s been involved in the BCHL in a variety of capacities for 17 years. From 2002 to 2012, he served in several roles around the Merritt Centennials organization, including as team president, board member, beat writer, colour commentator, webmaster, media and communications coordinator, and marketing assistant.

He’s been writing about the BCHL since 2008 and served as colour commentator on the TSN 1040 broadcasts in 2012-13. BCHLNetwork is one of Brian’s many passion projects that he balances around his full-time job as an instructor in the Radio Arts & Entertainment Program at BCIT in Burnaby.

Darnell Duff, Brandon Wheat Kings & Saskatoon Blades, @ItsTheDuffy1

Current Voice of the Dauphin Kings, Darnell loves all sports. An animal lover as well and loves to travel.

Mark Printz,  Calgary Hitmen Beat @MarkPrintz

A graduate of SAIT’s Radio, Television and Broadcast News program, Mark has been involved in the game of hockey for the past decade. Starting as a camera operator for Calgary Hitmen, Mark furthered his hockey career in Marketing and Sales for the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Brooks Bandits and the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League. Following his time in the Southern Alberta junior hockey scene, Mark began his career in hockey writing and went on to write blogs and articles for NHL Trade Rumors Online. In late 2019, Mark became a content contributor to the number one hockey podcast in the world, Spittin’ Chiclets through the social media account, Spittin’ Chiclets Clips.

Mark, his wife Courtney, and their newborn son, Rhett live in Airdrie, Alberta where Mark is a videographer, editor, and producer for New Nine Media, an online video production company. He is also a producer of the New Nine Golf Podcast through New Nine Media.

Zane Tomich, Edmonton Oil Kings Beat Writer, @zanertomich

Zane spent a year at NAIT for the Radio and Television Broadcasting program before switching over to Macewan University, where he is now earning his Bachelor of Communications degree. Since 2015, he has written for various hockey websites and is currently a PA announcer for MacEwan Athletics. He indulges in various other projects in his spare time, including hosting his own podcast, Shatter the Glass. 

He lives in Leduc, Alberta where he grew up playing minor and junior hockey and watching his favourite team, the Edmonton Oilers a few miles north. 

Everett Silvertips Beat Writer – position available

Jordan Bremner, Kamloops Blazers Beat Writer, @JBremner

Kelowna Rockets Beat Writer – position available

Lethbridge Hurricanes Beat Writer – position available

Glen Erickson, Medicine Hat Tigers Beat Writer, @glenerickson51

Glen has been a WHL supporter for more than 40 years. He spent the past 11 years in Kelowna, B.C. as WHL Writer for Hockey’s Future, collaborating on prospect rankings, covered two World Junior Championships, four Top Prospects Games, and a handful of Canada/Russia Super Series events. Still feel the sting from my beloved Saskatoon Blades never winning a league title, but enjoyed witnessing the Kelowna Rockets win two WHL championships on home ice. The passion of the players continues to draw me to the rink. Glen has recently moved to Medicine Hat and will continue his WHL coverage from there.

Rod Pedersen, Moose Jaw Warriors & Regina Pats contributor, @rodpedersen

Lizz Child, Portland Winterhawks Beat Writer, @LizzChild

Lizz has been an avid fan of the WHL, especially the Portland Winterhawks since she discovered hockey. During the NHL season, she works for the San Jose Sharks 50/50 raffle and considers it a welcome break from her “essential” full-time job. She is also a full-time student majoring in journalism at Las Positas College in Livermore, CA, and is extremely grateful for the opportunity to be part of the DUBNetwork team.

Prince Albert Raiders Beat Writer, @4413cronin

Prince George Cougars Beat Writer, @cath_garrett

Kevin Shaw, Regina Pats Beat Writer, @theblueliner

A lifelong fan of the Regina Pats. His fascination with the Pats became an obsession at around 16-years of age when he stumbled across an old published list of ALL-TIME REGINA PATS SCORING and GOALTENDING. The list that was published was incomplete and that was not acceptable to him. Over the last 20-plus years, he has done what he can to finish that list and continues to try to complete the history of the Pats. He is an unofficial Pats historian.

Les Lazaruk, Saskatoon Blades Beat Writer, @bladesvoice

Seattle Thunderbirds Beat Writer -position available

Ryan Rohde, Spokane Chiefs Beat Writer, @ryandrohde

I have been an avid fan of the WHL for about six years now. I am married and my wife and I enjoy using our free time during the season going to Chiefs home games as season ticket holders and attending away games. I am also an avid fan of the Tampa Bay Lightning. I wrote a blog and helped broadcast games from the Spokane Braves of the KIJHL.

Swift Current Broncos Beat Writer – position available

Tri-City Americans Beat Writer – position available

Vancouver Giants Beat Writer – position available

Chris Roy, Victoria Royals Beat Writer, @C_roy33

I am looking to cover my hometown Victoria Royals. I am new to this whole writing world but I love talking hockey and what better way to do that than to start conversations with other hockey fans and see where it takes me.

I am a Journeyman Sheet Metal Fabricator in Victoria, BC Canada. I am on the executive committee as a disciplinarian in the beer league I play in. I play Goalie mostly but I have played every position at one point or another.

I hope to bring a fresh take to the Royals and hopefully advance my skills as a writer.

Jake Maurice, Winnipeg ICE Beat Writer, @jakemo108

Gino De Paoli, NHL Picks and Prospects writer@GDP_PXP

Zach Zaret – Senior Editor

Zach grew up during a period of hockey renaissance in Ohio, where he spent time as a season-ticket holder for teams in four different leagues.  After relocating to Portland in 2012, he discovered and fell in love with junior hockey.  When not doing hockey-related things, Zach’s favorite pastimes include correcting other people’s grammar and trying not to correct other people’s grammar.

Chad Balcom – Host of WHL Unfiltered, @hawkeyblog

Chad discovered hockey during the 1994 NHL playoffs & was hooked right away. He discovered junior hockey in the form of his hometown USHL team. After moving to Portland in 2005, he’s been a dedicated WHL fan ever since. During the 2013 WHL playoffs, he began writing for Cell Phones & Plane Tickets. The Pucklandia Podcast was born to start the 2014 WHL playoffs, & has been fortunate to have great guests.