The SuperFan

The SuperFan is a collection of my work that explores the relationship between hockey fans, information and communication technology (ICTs) and new media.

Recent Blog Posts

Preventing goals might be a problem next season for the Oilers
Posted
It should come as no surprise that one of the Oilers biggest issues in the 2017/18 regular season were the number of goals against. Now a lot of the damage was done when the Oilers were on the penalty kill, as the club finished 27th in the league, and allowed one of the highest rates of … C...
Published at The SuperFan
CBC Edmonton News (TV): Re-cap of the draft weekend, Oilers mismanagement of the cap and the free agency period
Posted
CBC Edmonton News (TV): Re-cap of the draft weekend, Oilers mismanagement of the cap and the free agency period
I joined host Sandra Batson on the CBC Edmonton News for my weekly segment to discuss all things Oilers. Clip is here and starts at the 17:15 mark: CBC Edmonton News (2018, June 28) Topics we covered: The Oilers draft weekend, and their latest crop of prospects including Evan Bouchard, Ryan McLeo...
Published at The SuperFan
CBC Edmonton News (TV): Re-cap of the NHL Awards, draft weekend and recent signings
Posted
I joined Emily Fitzpatrick on the CBC Edmonton News to discuss all things Oilers. Clip is here and starts at the 16:30 mark: CBC Edmonton News (2018, June 21) Topics we covered: Re-cap of the NHL Awards in Vegas and the biggest winners (McDavid, Hall) and loser (Chiarelli). If you haven’t a...
Published at The SuperFan
Decision-making in hockey
Posted
One of the more interesting things for me is the “business” side of hockey, and how NHL franchises operate. I say business side pretty loosely here, considering that professional leagues don’t exactly follow standard business rules and operate more as a cartel. Teams are obviously in compet...
Published at The SuperFan
CBC Edmonton News (TV): Previewing game five between Vegas and Washington and discussing the latest Oilers trade rumors
Posted
I joined Adrienne Pan on the CBC Edmonton News to discuss the Stanley Cup finals and recent Oilers news. Clip is here and starts at the 16:55 mark: CBC Edmonton News (2018, June 7) Topics we covered: Re-cap of game four of the Stanley Cup Finals Strengths and weaknesses of Vegas and Washington, a...
Published at The SuperFan
CBC Edmonton News (TV): Stanley Cup finals analysis, Chiarelli’s recent comments about Oilers off-season strategy
Posted
CBC Edmonton News (TV): Stanley Cup finals analysis, Chiarelli’s recent comments about Oilers off-season strategy
I joined Adrienne Pan on the CBC Edmonton News to discuss the Stanley Cup finals and recent Oilers news. Clip is here and starts at the 17:45 mark: CBC Edmonton News (2018, June 1) Topics we covered: Re-cap of game two between Vegas and Washington, and what areas the Capitals improved on. How the...
Published at The SuperFan
Looking into the Ducks penalty kill under Trent Yawney
Posted
Looking into the Ducks penalty kill under Trent Yawney
After posting some very dreadful penalty kill numbers in 2017/18, it was pretty much guaranteed that the Edmonton Oilers were going to make some changes to the coaching staff. The club managed to make some tactical adjustments late in the season to improve their penalty kill but it was too late. ...
Published at The SuperFan
CBC Edmonton News (TV): Discussing the Oilers’ changes behind the bench and the Vegas-Washington final
Posted
CBC Edmonton News (TV): Discussing the Oilers’ changes behind the bench and the Vegas-Washington final
I joined Min Dhariwal on the CBC Edmonton News to discuss the playoffs and the upcoming changes behind the Oilers bench. Clip is here and starts at the 14:10 mark: CBC Edmonton News (2018, May 24) Topics we covered: The upcoming addition of Glen Gulutzan and Trent Yawney to the coaching staff and...
Published at The SuperFan
Discussing the Jets and previewing game seven between Winnipeg and Nashville on the CBC Edmonton News (TV)
Posted
I joined Alicia Asquith on the CBC Edmonton News to discuss the playoffs and preview game seven between Winnipeg and Nashville. Clip is here and starts at the 17:30 mark: CBC Edmonton News (2018, May 10) Topics we covered: The Jets draft/development history, an area of the game that the Oilers st...
Published at The SuperFan
Losing the long-term perspective
Posted
Losing the long-term perspective
Peter Chiarelli is in a position of weakness this off-season. Having missed the playoffs, there’s going to be a lot of pressure for the Oilers to make the necessary adjustments to ensure that what happened last season doesn’t happen again in 2018/2019. Pressure will be felt from the fans and spon...
Published at The SuperFan