Four years ago, I arrived in Nashville to begin my college career at Vanderbilt University. I also joined Penalty Box Radio to give myself the chance to cover both NHL hockey and some college hockey.
Now, three Predators seasons, numerous playoff games, one NHL All Star Game and one Vanderbilt degree later, I’m saying goodbye to Penalty Box Radio. While it’s never easy to leave something that’s been such an amazing part of my life for the last few years, I’m very excited to share what’s coming next in a few days.
Through Penalty Box Radio, I’ve had the honor of telling Nashville’s hockey story, whether it’s through features and game stories about the Predators or broadcasting local college hockey games. I’m extremely proud of how this site has grown over the last few years and how much it has promoted the growth of hockey in Tennessee.
I’m also proud of how welcoming and inclusive this site has been, and how it has championed women’s hockey and women in hockey media. Seeing people from all different backgrounds come together over the love of hockey is something truly remarkable.
There’s a few people I must thank. First, a massive thank you to Justin Bradford for taking a chance on me four years ago and giving me the opportunity to pursue my passions. I have learned so much while working for you, and your mentorship has meant everything to me. I never would have gotten the chance to be a credentialed media member for an NHL team at such a young age if it weren’t for you. I will always be grateful.
Next, a big thanks to my co-managing editor, Michael Gallagher, for being a great friend, co-host, and colleague on press row. I’m glad I got to know you in my first year in the press box, and I know Penalty Box Radio remains in great hands with you on board. Hopefully we can celebrate another Yankees title together this October.
To everyone I’ve gotten to know in the press box (Jeremy Gover, Kris Martel, Robby Stanley, Joe Rexrode, Adam Vingan, John Glennon, Teresa Walker, Chase McCabe, Joe Dubin, Kayla Anderson, just to name a few), thanks for welcoming me to the club with open arms. I was pretty intimidated walking into that locker room at just 19 years old, but you always made me feel welcome, and I can’t thank you enough for that.
To the rest of the Penalty Box Radio crew, thanks for being so awesome to work with over the last four years. I always enjoyed coming together at the SECHC Tournament or at intermission during Predators games. You’re all so incredibly talented, and I can’t wait to see what you do in the future.
Finally, to the fans that have read the articles, listened to the podcasts and interacted with me on Twitter, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your support and your enthusiasm has meant the world to me, and I’m so thankful for all of you. It’s hard to believe that anyone would be interested in hearing anything I have to say about sports, so thank you so much to each and every one of you.
It’s been a great four years, Penalty Box Radio. Thanks for everything.
I may not be here on this site anymore, but I won’t be going far. Stay tuned, y’all.