From the Founders: Changes

By September 15, 2017Other News

It seems that every year the season creeps up on us quicker than it did the year before. March 2018 will see us celebrate our fifth anniversary at BGSUHockey.com, something that doesn’t seem quite possible as I type this. Thank you to all of our friends, fans and readers for helping make this site what it is. We certainly wouldn’t be here without you and your support.

Farewell to a Friend

The reason I’m writing to you all today is to make a truly bittersweet announcement. Kevin Gordon, Feature Writer for BGSUHockey.com, has decided to fully embrace the retired life and will be stepping away from covering the BGSU Hockey Team.

Drew and I were incredibly blessed that Kevin agreed to come on board two years ago after he decided to leave the Sentinel-Tribune. He’s given a great narrative to Falcon hockey for 30+ years, and his void will undoubtedly be felt not only in Bowling Green but across college hockey as well. We are nothing but thankful for “Gordo’s” time not only with us, but his tireless dedication to the Falcon hockey community over these past three decades. Please make sure you go say “hi” and “thank you” when you see Kevin around the rink this year as you welcome him back to the stands.

Life Happens

I’d also like to take a few moments to explain why you’ll see less of me around the rink, too. When I moved to Dayton almost four years ago, I seemingly thought I could continue to photograph the team full-time even though I lived 140 miles south. I enjoy driving, and I enjoy Falcon hockey, but life has seemingly “happened.” I got married last June, bought a house, and my wife Sarah and I are planning on starting a family soon. While I am not stepping away completely, I will certainly be around the rink much less than I have been in the past 8 years. This wasn’t an easy decision to make, but I will still be around for a handful of games here and there. Photography is more than a hobby for me; it’s almost therapeutic. But even without me at the Slater Family Ice Arena, Jessi Renner will still be covering the team through photographs. Her work is outstanding and I wouldn’t be able to cut down my time without her skills, abilities, and commitment to covering the team.

Going Forward

What this will mean for the site is that the in-depth coverage that you’ve come to expect from us will see some trimming. We have full-time jobs that make free time a premium. We will continue to provide game day coverage, and the occasional mid-week feature is in the planning phase. As well, we will be limiting our travel this year to “home and home” weekends, although I could decide on a long road trip on a random weekend if I feel up to it. We’ve logged over 26,000 miles, bringing you coverage from all but one WCHA rink (maybe one day we’ll scratch Anchorage off the list too).

As always, we want to thank you all for your enduring support over the past four seasons. We can’t wait to see what the 2017-2018 campaign brings, and we’re proud to continue being your “go to” site for Falcon hockey.

Todd (and Drew)

Todd Pavlack

About Todd Pavlack

Todd is the founder and photographer for BGSUHockey.com As a graduate of BGSU with a Bachelors of Science in Technology (VCT) and a M.Ed. (Career and Technology Education), Todd has been an avid Falcon sports fan for over 10 years. He has been shooting photos since his junior high school years, and continues pursuing his passion for sports photos by shooting any number of Falcon sports, with a special love for hockey. Todd can be reached on Twitter @BGHockeyPhotos or by e-mail at Todd@bgsuhockey.com.

  • Eddie Powers

    Thanks to all….site and stories have been greatly appreciated..well done boys!! Eddie

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