A New Reign Begins at Hockey Wilderness

Kicking off the new reign in style, with a picture of Happy Nino and Sad Ryan O'Reilly. - Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Joe and Tony welcome you to a new era of Hockey Wilderness.

Hello Wilderness! We'd like to extend our greetings to you for the first time as Managing Editors of Hockey Wilderness.

If you've hung out around here before, chances are you know who we are. But just in case you don't look at those headlines, or this is your first time here, we're Joe and Tony. Joeny or Toe, if you want to call us one name. We've written here for quite a while, so chances are you've seen our work. Hopefully you've liked it. If not, we're hoping you like the work of the rest of our staff. And if not, well, we appreciate you coming back, anyway. You're nothing if not loyal.

We don't have any pictures of the two of us together yet, but to give you a reasonable approximation:

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We'll let you decide who's who.

So, as you should have read yesterday, Emilie has stepped down from the Managing Editor position here at Hockey Wilderness, due to personal reasons. We're very glad to have worked with Emilie, and extend our hopes that she is able to accomplish the things she needs to do, and see the people she needs to see. We're sorry to see her go.

At the same time, we are thrilled to have this opportunity. Hockey Wilderness is something we're both very passionate about, and this postseason has given the fanbase (and us) a taste of viewing a team that's on the rise. We've been transitioning into this role since shortly before the playoffs, and if this most recent run is any indication, the next few years are going to be very exciting for both the Minnesota Wild and Hockey Wilderness.

You might see that the website is being shaken up in terms of personnel, and start to wonder if the site is going to change fundamentally. Not to worry- Hockey Wilderness is still going to have a lot of what you love. Emilie has set the pieces in place to keep this thing going full speed ahead. She took control of a successful blog with the groundwork laid by Bryan and Nathan and made it even better. We know what you're accustomed to, and we know what you've come to love and enjoy.

We're still going to have our Wilderness Walks. We're still going to have our GameThreads with a massive amount of GIFs, mostly provided by Aaron (@The_Noogie). We still have a strong group of writers that will continue to break down all aspects of the Wild- the prospects, the stats, the games, the trades and FA signings, the shrine to Nino Niederreiter that Tony is building in his house, and hopefully, a Stanley Cup run very soon. We will continue to keep you well-informed about your favorite hockey team, all while giving you entertaining, thought-provoking content as often as possible.

That said, there are going to be some changes here. It's very early in this, so it may take a while for us to know every way we'll impact this site. You'll learn some of that along with us.

One thing that we're very excited about is The Hockey Wilderness Podcast, which we've gotten off the ground in the last two months (with a lot of help from Emilie), and we're very pleased with the results so far. This is absolutely a priority for us, and we will continue to grow it by doing the podcast weekly over the offseason. Also, we're going to get it on iTunes eventually. We promise. And Tony will stop typing super loud.

Another thing that we want to do is build strong relationships with our fellow SBN blogs. The series against Chicago was amazing. The commenters that came in were very classy, and we were classy back to them. It was great stuff, and we want to see Hockey Wilderness as an environment where every game day, with every fan base, we'll see that respect between blogs and communities.

But it's not just about us. Like we mentioned earlier, we've got a very expansive and talented base of writers, and we'll be working very hard over the offseason giving you coverage throughout the summer, from player grades, to trade targets, to the draft, to previewing and covering free agency, to prospect development camp, and then training camp. For a team that's looking to take the next step, we're willing to wager this will be an eventful offseason.

Nor is it just about the Hockey Wilderness staff. Without you, we're not much of a community. We want to thank everyone for being a reader of the site, whether you just started reading for the playoff run, or you've been here for years. It's important to get your feedback and thoughts out there, so we really want to take the time and encourage everyone to register and join in on the conversation. Commenting, discussing, and creating FanPosts are the best way for you to further build the Hockey Wilderness community, and fostering an even better community helps everyone enjoy their HW experience more.

That's all we've got for now- We can't wait for what lies ahead of us, and we hope you feel the same way.

You'll be hearing from us all throughout the summer on Hockey Wilderness, but in the meantime, please take a moment to follow us on Twitter at : @TonyWiseau@JoeBou15@HockeyWildernes; and @HWildernessCast.

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