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Jonathan Daniel

My father always loved his newspapers.  He would get his copy of the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun Times every single day. Even after opening presents on Christmas morning, he would get dressed and go down the street to the only place open, the White Hen Pantry for his papers.  Before I even learned to read, I would grab the newspaper and thumb through it just so I could be like my dad.  I remember thinking that there must be some very important stories being written everyday; stories my father wouldn't miss.  As I grew older I started to read the paper myself and always started with the sports section.  I grew up reading guys like Bill Jauss, Ben Bentley, Terry Boers, Lester Munson and Rick Telander (before he lost his mind). I always envied these guys for being paid to watch the games we all love and share their thoughts with the whole world.

I started blogging in 2010 after years of shouting at my television and explaining the nuances of hockey to my friends.  In 2012 I took over Blackhawk Up and then moved to this great site in September of that same year.  Now I have the chance to start up a new Blackhawks site for an upstart fans network.  This will be a full time paying job.  In fact, today was my last day at my "real job" at the Greater Chicago Food Depository as I take the next step in pursuing my dream.  I don't think it is right to promote or link the new site here, but just think of a famous chant heard every night at the United Center.  And no, the new site is not named DetroitSucks.com.  Please follow my personal Twitter account to stay up to date.  I will still be covering our favorite team except now it is my job. I will be able to devote all my time and energy to my coverage and am very excited to get started.

I'd like to take this time to thank Travis Hughes for his confidence in giving me the keys to this ship nearly two years ago.  I am sure whoever he pegs as the next warden will do a fantastic job.  A big thank you goes out to all the writers who helped me out; Jen, Mike, Mike, Randy, Spencer, Kristina, and Cody.  I wouldn't be moving on to the chapter in my life and career without the support of my family and friends and especially my amazing girlfriend who has had my back since day one. I love you! But most of all I want to thank all of you, the readers of Second City Hockey.  Thank you for making this site an absolute joy to run everyday.  I am very proud of what was accomplished here and you guys were a big part of that.  I look forward to continuing to interact with all of you this season and many more seasons to come.

Tomorrow will be my last day as the site manager for Second City Hockey.  It is a bittersweet move, for sure, as this place will always hold a special place in my heart.