A short time ago, I published a review of one of my favorite websites, www.hockeyfights.com. As the review states, I have found this site to be an invaluable resource to my writing, and the perfect destination for all fans of hockey fights. The founder and creator of hockeyfights.com, David Singer was kind enough to take the time to answer a few questions about his experience running this great website.
DV: Tell us a little background information about yourself.
DS: I am originally from New York. I moved back to Long Island a few years ago, and my wife and I have two young sons.
DV: So you’re an Islanders fan, then? As a huge fight fan myself, I grew up watching a few NY Islanders enforcers. My favorites were Ken Baumgartner, Mick “Care to Grapple?” Vukota, Rich Pilon(not a goon per say, but always willing), and…and…yeah that’s it. The Islanders are pretty goon-heavy these days. I love Zenon Konopka. He brings more to the game than just quality scrapping skills. Who are some of your favorites?
DS: I don’t really have any “favorites”. I grew up on Long Island, and as an Islanders fan, but doing this site for so long has sort of taken me out of that. I definitely like a few players, but more because of how I interact with them, than anything they’re doing on the ice, and I’ll root for them wherever they go.
DV: It is clear that running this site has brought you a lot of pleasure. What would you say has been the greatest reward? What are some of the challenges or problems you face running hockeyfights.com?
DS: Connecting with so many hockey fans from all over the world has been the most rewarding aspect of operating the site. The biggest challenges are tech-related as it becomes more popular and traffic grows.
DV: Any exciting new plans for the site in the near future?
DS: Each season I try to add new types of content. I have tons of ideas each season, but can only act on a few over each off-season. I don’t want to make any announcements until anything’s close to complete.
DV: I look forward to seeing what you do next. What kind of hockey experience do you have? Do you still play, coach, or referee?
DS: Nothing but recreational playing. Rec leagues through school and after, and mostly inline (rollerblade).
DV: What type of player were you?
DS: A blind one, as I skated without glasses or contacts. It was good for me to learn to anticipate puck and player movement. Unfortunately my skating couldn’t keep up, so the knowledge did me little good. I was primarily a defenseman, and I don’t think you truly appreciate defensive defense until you’ve attempted it.
DV: What is your most memorable hockey experience?
DS: I would say my most recent in-person fan experience might have been that great Leafs-Islanders playoff series from 2002, where each team won every home game. I went to all of the games at Nassau Coliseum and every game was amazing.
Thanks, Dave. I hope you check out www.hockeyfights.com for yourselves. If you like hockey fights, this site has everything you are looking for and more.