How Kevin Steele helped create a new breed of sports journalist
The story of how hockey writer Kevin Steele, whose reporting was instrumental in helping make the National Hockey League a national powerhouse, came to be the subject of an Oscar-winning film.
Story continues below advertisementThe tale is a fascinating one.
In 2007, Steele started a blog for the Calgary Herald called Calgary Hockey.
The Herald was owned by Rogers Communications, which owned Hockey Central, a television network.
Steele was a reporter at the Herald, and he was fired after one article called on him to resign.
In 2008, he moved his site to The Globe and Mail.
In 2012, he and his wife, Jennifer, wrote an article for The Globe that helped to establish the Calgary Sports Hub, an initiative to improve the city’s sports facilities.
In 2017, Steele published the best-selling book, The Sports Hub: An Inside Look at the Hockey Industry’s Greatest Success, which described the relationship between Hockey Central and Rogers Communications.
He wrote a follow-up piece for The Hockey News, titled How Kevin’s Hockey Blog helped build a new generation of sports journalists, and it became a best-seller.
Steele has since been inducted into the Hockey Writers Hall of Fame.
The story is one that I’d love to tell people, said Steele.
But at the end of the day, it’s my job to write the story.
If people want to tell their own stories, I’ll be happy to do that, he said.
I’m not in the business of being a professional writer, he added.
I’m in the game of reporting and writing.
And while I’m glad I’ve been able to help build a national hockey team and be a part of that, I’m proud of the work I’ve done and proud of how far the sport has come.