NHL Writers Visit ECHL Cities During Lockout

ECHL.com Note – The story written by Jay Greenberg is available at Hockey Continues To Survive In Johnstown

By Mike Mastovich
The Tribune-Democrat

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – The November 23 edition of The Hockey News took special interest in Johnstown.

But that hasn’t been out of the ordinary this year. With the NHL lockout, columnists and beat writers who usually cover the big boys have branched out to check out life in the minors.

The ECHL’s Johnstown Chiefs have been accommodating, as several representatives of major media publications have visited the Cambria County War Memorial Arena.

But back to The Hockey News.

Jay Greenberg, a Johnstown native and THN columnist, spotlighted the city and its resilient professional hockey history. The article included color action photos of Chiefs David Currie, Ian Manzano and David Bowman.

Greenberg also detailed how his return to his hometown rekindled memories that helped him temporarily put thoughts of the NHL lockout out of mind.

“It takes me six hours by car to go 45 years back to Johnstown, where I fell in love with the game at nine, a mental age I recommend adopting by those both bitterly damaging and swearing off the game,” wrote Greenberg, also a New York Post sportswriter who graduated from Westmont Hilltop High School. “The people who run the NHL have picked up their toys and gone home. Fortunately, I could go back to the place where the Hanson brothers brought their bleepin’ toys.”

Greenberg attended the Johnstown Chiefs’ home game against Pee Dee on Oct. 30. A night earlier, Mike Zeisberger, who covers the Toronto Maple Leafs for The Toronto Sun, covered a Chiefs game, also against Pee Dee, for an upcoming feature.