Next TLN Blogger: The Final Five

Steve Dangle
August 29 2014 08:07AM

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TheLeafsNation.com's Next TLN Blogger contest finally has its Final Five!

The response really was overwhelming. We received almost 100 applications to become the newest contributor for this site. Narrowing everything down to just five people was extremely hard. Justin Fisher and I burned the midnight oil earlier this week and we finally have our five. Here they are in their own words...

DAKODA SANNEN

I'm a journalism student at Centennial College. I write with 100% heart and ~51% Corsi. (Against toughs, duh.)  When Jeremy Roenick eliminated the Leafs in overtime in 2004, it caused a fist-fight between my brother and I and we're BOTH Leafs fans. I've been channeling my passion for the Maple Leafs into creativity and writing instead of fist-fighting since then, trying, as Darcy Tucker so successfully did, to 

transform myself into a scorer, or...uh...writer.

STEVE SAYS: Dakoda's experience in design was a big draw. He had one of the better-looking writing samples submitted to us. We liked his "Reimer's last stand" submission and his piece on the future of NHL jerseys. A big reason Dakoda is around for the Final Five is we want to see what else he's got.

SHAWN REIS

My name is Shawn Reis.  I'm a former blogger at the now-defunct Leafs HQ and I currently run my own little blog at hellohockey.blogspot.com.  I love long walks on the beach, writing, and the Leafs.

STEVE SAYS: Shawn had actually been trying to get our attention to write for us for some time. When I read his application, I felt dumb for not listening to him sooner. Shawn included a ridiculously thorough chart about goalies' save percentages, shots per game, and goals against. Another item of his we really enjoyed was his speculation as to who could be the next CEO of MLSE.

ADAM LASKARIS

Born and raised in the heart of Toronto, Adam Laskaris' proudest accomplishments include but are not limited to: scoring four goals in a hockey game while keeping his pants on, running into Nazem Kadri at a movie theatre, and owning a batting glove from a charity softball game owned by none other than former 30-goal scorer David Clarkson. Adam currently attends Queen's University (located mere minutes from the birthplace of Doug Gilmour), where he covers the men's hockey team for the campus newspaper. Adam's ambition is to create more accessible content of various forms for TLN, making it easier than ever for anyone to understand the often confusing, sometimes heart-breaking, never dull roller coaster that comes with following the Toronto Maple Leafs.

STEVE SAYS: Adam's experience really impressed us. He just writes wherever he goes. He also did something throughout his application that was a rarity: He noted some of the things this site lacks and how he would improve the site as a whole. His piece on Leafs defencemen and WOWY stats was very strong, too.

WESLEY TENNESON

The Sabres pumped 8 goals past CuJo during the first Leafs game I remember watching; that was 15 years ago and I've been smitten ever since. Fun fact: I know which team won the cup pretty much every year because of my love of hockey history, new and old. I'm 22 and very seriously considering sports journalism as a career, so this is an amazing opportunity for me. I'm excited to get going and can't wait for you guys to read my posts!

STEVE SAYS: As the story goes, Wesley says he didn't find out about this contest until the day applications were due because he was at a cottage. Still, he sent in two pieces, both of which were intriguing, fun to read, and made us think. His take on the ExtraSkater.com mystery (which is no longer a mystery, of course) and his piece about the Leafs' question marks on the penalty kill kept us interested top to bottom.

DANE NICHOL

Dane likes to dance like nobody is watching, especially when they are. Dane is a die hard hockey fan and a comedian and looks to bring some new, exciting, and mostly hilarious content to The Leafs Nation by combining his two loves. While he was born to entertain and certainly has a silly side he can also look critically upon the game from an analytical standpoint and offer some new insights. Currently he works with the Waterloo Warriors football, men's and women's hockey teams, the Cambridge Winterhawks of the GOJHL, and the Cambridge Lions of the OVFL looking to get whatever announcing experience he can en route to his dream job of becoming a play-by-play commentator in the NHL. 

STEVE SAYS: Dane's NSFW video application literally had us crying with laughter. Tears! Then we checked his writing samples, and as it turns out, the maniac actually knows what he's talking about. We really liked what he had to say about the NHL's often-boring All-Star Game. What else can he do?

And here we go...

Once again I want to thank everybody who applied. It was extremely difficult to narrow it down at all, let alone pick just five people for the final. There were a lot of really capable writers, artists, podcasters, and video bloggers in who applied and will undoubtedly make me look like a moron one day and I look forward to that day! A few very unique applicants were reached out to individually, too. We'll see what happens!

Now as for the five folks you read about above, they'll be writing a lot in the coming days and weeks. We're going to make each of them create five - yes FIVE - posts each about a variety of topics. Some of the topics will be news-related and others will be freestyle. I know I can't wait to see what they've got and I hope you're all jacked, too!

Here they are! Send them a follow and let the games begin!

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Steve Dangle has a YouTube channel with over 3 million views and is the co-host of the Steve Dangle Podcast on iTunes and SoundCloud. Steve has also worked for CBC, the NHL Network, Leafs TV, Nike, the KHL, and most of all, the Toronto Zoo. stevedangle.com
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#1 theterminathan
August 29 2014, 08:30AM
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Very excited to see their work. I'm sure it'll be competitive and hard to choose a winner. Best of luck guys!

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#2 Oilcruzer
August 29 2014, 02:29PM
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Enjoyed this immensely.

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#3 Dakoda Sannen
August 29 2014, 04:07PM
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Get real nerds. None of you stands a chance against me. I've been writing about the Leafs since the rest of you were still in diapers.

Mark this down in your palm pilots. I WILL be the next TLN Blogger.

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#4 CMpuck
August 29 2014, 04:41PM
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Dakoda Sannen wrote:

Get real nerds. None of you stands a chance against me. I've been writing about the Leafs since the rest of you were still in diapers.

Mark this down in your palm pilots. I WILL be the next TLN Blogger.

More of this please

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#5 WesternDP
August 29 2014, 09:18PM
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Notice the similarities in the attitude, language, word use and sentence structure:

"When Jeremy Roenick eliminated the Leafs in overtime in 2004, it caused a fist-fight between my brother and I and we're BOTH Leafs fans."

"Mark this down in your palm pilots. I WILL be the next TLN Blogger."

"Nice try, Tool, er,.Troll. Everybody Knows how high I am on Valiev."

"Wow, not one but TWO impostors. I'M the real WesternDP you nerds. Cut the crap"

"Get real nerds. None of you stands a chance against me. I've been writing about the Leafs since the rest of you were still in diapers." Notice also the similar style...the way all the letters of a word within a sentence are capitalized for emphasis:

"I WILL be the next TLN Blogger."

"Wow, not one but TWO impostors."

It's almost like a fingerprint.

It leads me to believe that Dakoda Sannen is one of the people that likes to impersonate others.

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August 29 2014, 09:25PM
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WesternDP wrote:

Notice the similarities in the attitude, language, word use and sentence structure:

"When Jeremy Roenick eliminated the Leafs in overtime in 2004, it caused a fist-fight between my brother and I and we're BOTH Leafs fans."

"Mark this down in your palm pilots. I WILL be the next TLN Blogger."

"Nice try, Tool, er,.Troll. Everybody Knows how high I am on Valiev."

"Wow, not one but TWO impostors. I'M the real WesternDP you nerds. Cut the crap"

"Get real nerds. None of you stands a chance against me. I've been writing about the Leafs since the rest of you were still in diapers." Notice also the similar style...the way all the letters of a word within a sentence are capitalized for emphasis:

"I WILL be the next TLN Blogger."

"Wow, not one but TWO impostors."

It's almost like a fingerprint.

It leads me to believe that Dakoda Sannen is one of the people that likes to impersonate others.

I guess my imposter didn't see my earlier post about me leaving for a three day weekend, nor did the moderator notice, above comment not mine.

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#7 Big Steve
August 30 2014, 10:42AM
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WesternDP wrote:

I guess my imposter didn't see my earlier post about me leaving for a three day weekend, nor did the moderator notice, above comment not mine.

Hilarious.

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#8 Maximum Taco
September 02 2014, 09:18AM
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@CMpuck

More of this please indeed.

Let's go full reality TV trash talk on this. If someone could mention that they came here to win and not make friends it would go a long way.

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#9 Jarome
September 03 2014, 10:41AM
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a bunch of journalism students apply for a position that does not involve any connections or interviews or any actual journalism I get a feeling this is the start to a bad joke

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#10 ShawnR
September 06 2014, 12:51AM
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I came here to win, not to make friends.

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