2009 was the first full year of this site's existence. When the year began, this site was just a tiny niche blog that 99.9% of the hockey world had never heard of. And in just twelve short months, it's become a tiny niche blog that 99.8% of the hockey world has never heard of. I call that progress.
Along the way we introduced Chris Durno to the world, were named "Story of the Year" by Puck Daddy, brought the phrase "Dammit, Pronger" into the hockey lexicon, and were praised by Damien Cox as "prolific" and "local". Oh, and Brian Burke threatened to sue me. Good times all around.
The year featured 150 posts. Some were big hits. Some... not so much. Still, they were all fun to write.
Here's a list of the ten posts that were the most popular over the last twelve months. Have a look if you missed them the first time, want to go back and read them again, or if you're just stuck at work over the New Year and want to waste some company time.
- The NHL's suspension flowchart - Blogging rule of thumb: When Wil Wheaton tweets about you, you've made the big time.
- A review of NHL 10 - This one was especially fun since dozens of angry posters on video game forums didn't realize it was a joke.
- The Maple Leafs secret facebook feed - Fun fact: a Google search for "maple leafs facebook" bring back this page as the top result, ahead of the team's real page.
- Brian Burke mic'd at the draft - This one turned out to be especially popular with Ranger fans.
- The archive of Brian Burke tweets - Although Eklund is now reporting that some of these may not be real.
- Etiquette tips for the Jason Spezza wedding - This was funnier five months ago when people remembered who Jason Spezza was.
- Dany Heatley meets with Kevin Lowe: The secret transcript - Admit it, you can picture Pat Quinn doing that, can't you?
- Fun with Google "Similar Images" - Check out my mad Photoshop skills, yo.
- How to fight when you don't want to fight - Despite being over 20 months old, this one is still popular.
- An open letter to Kyle Wellwood - After Wellwood appeared to criticize the Leafs for giving up on him, I wrote him a polite and thoughtful note to address his concerns.