NHL Beat Writers

UPDATE: This was originally published on October 3, 2011… since then I’ve kept the Twitter list updated but will probably wait until the season starts to update the spreadsheet. Until then, until these writers on Twitter. /UPDATE:

NHL Beat Writers on Twitter – twitter.com/list/oiler/hockey

If there’s one thing I learned about how the sport of pro hockey is covered, it’s that the guys and girls on the ground with the team every day are invaluable.

They hold a wealth of knowledge that the national writers rely on daily. Without the beat reporters, the national media knows very little.

And this is more so true in hockey than any other professional team sport. That’s why you see so many NHL official team websites running a very news-oriented organization now.

The lack of in-depth coverage by most local newspapers, tv stations, etc left open an opportunity for the official team websites to captivate their local fan base with exclusive access, video, photos and news.

For those that have been successful (see edmontonoilers.com), the team controls the message and the marketing/sales. It’s a win-win.

Back on topic… the best news comes from the beat reporters. So here’s a working document of each team’s coverage.

As mentioned, this is a work in progress, so if you have a suggestion to improve, leave it in the comments!

I also maintain a twitter list that most (or all) of these accounts are aggregated – plus the big national names as well.