Final Day of IllegalCurve.com

Posted by Richard Pollock in Illegal Curve News on December 31, 2009 — 42 Comments

As odd as it feels to write the above title, today is indeed the final day of IllegalCurve.com

The website began as a fun project between a few friends and morphed into quite a time-consuming, yet highly satisfying and fun endeavor  We needed just one look at the way IllegalCurve.com looked on September 4th, 2007–the first day of the site’s existence–to realize how far the site had come.  Hundreds of thousands of hits later, we have collectively decided that the site, while we love every minute of writing and analyzing and providing hockey information to our readers, is just too time consuming a task if it is not considered a full-time job.

The opportunities the site created for us were, and still are, endless.  Through IllegalCurve.com we have met and interviewed some of the most significant players in the hockey world.  Whether it be interviewing Mike Keenan and Vincent Lecavalier in person, or interviewing Eric Duhatschek and Scott Morrison on the radio show, we have been allowed to hear the latest and most in depth hockey information from the most informed members of the hockey world.  Further, we have been able to meet many of the other bloggers and website writers and have an enjoyable and respectful hockey dialogue with them.  Without IllegalCurve.com and your support none of that would have been possible.

While we have the utmost in gratitude for other writers, our guests and interviewees, we owe our biggest thank you to you–the readers.  Without your constant support in the way of website traffic, emails, tweets, phone calls we would not have felt worthy enough to take the chances and strides that we did.  Simply, IllegalCurve.com would not have lasted for thousands of posts and for over two years if not for your support.

While I am writing this post on behalf of the entire staff, I would be remiss if I did not thank the many writers who have contributed to the website along the way.  From the beginning writers on September 4th, 2007, such as Kyle Kosior and Ezra Ginsburg to co-creator Michael Remis, everyone contributed to IllegalCurve.com along the way.  If not for the writings of Ari-Baum Cohen, Drew Mindell, Neil Rockman, Adam Gutkin, Rusty Parra and last, but certainly not least, David Minuk, IllegalCurve.com would have merely been an idea.  A special thanks also goes out to some our new recent contributors Daniel Hogan and Eric Burton.

You see, IllegalCurve.com has been the consummate team effort over the past two years.  In reality, IllegalCurve.com has been the consummate hockey team.  We worked hard together and did it for little else than the love of the game.

Luckily for us, IllegalCurve.com will live on in some form.  The IllegalCurve.com Radio Show–now the Illegal Curve Radio Show–will continue to air every Wednesday night in Winnipeg on 92.9 KICK FM, and online, from the usual 7pm to 9pm Central time.  Additionally, we hope to have our show up in ITunes in the next little while.

With the closing of the website, I wanted to provide the contact information for all of the site’s writers should anybody out there be interested in asking any of our site’s great writers to write for their websites.  I cannot guarantee they will come on board, but I can guarantee that if they do, they will provide you with some great work.

Alas, that brings us to a close.  Again, thank you to all our readers for the tremendous support along the way.  If some readers out there do indeed miss us, I can assure you we will miss writing for you just as much.

For the IC Team.

Signing off,

Richard Pollock

  • tom reese

    You guys did a great job,loved your site,
    thanks from Winconsin

  • Andrea

    Well that’s lousy news to start the new year. Of course, I wish you each all the best and thank you for all the hard work you’ve put in. But I’ll sure miss having all the NHL news links in one place. And your sense of humor, too.

    Jim Dolan throws a lot of money around in NY and is clueless about hockey. Can’t you hit him up for a sponsorship???

    Good luck to you all.

  • robin

    great site, i’ll miss it. good luck in the future

  • Jon

    Sad, but understandable news. This site was a daily stop for me. Great concept and even better execution! Thanks and good luck to the illegalcurve crew.

  • Hbomb

    Thanks for all your hard work and dedication towards improving my hockey education! You certainly accomplished a lot in a short period of time, congratulations and good luck!

  • Dylan

    Well damn now I need to find another site to destroy my workplace productivity.

    Best of luck in the future.

  • pemoco

    Crappy news, but much appreciation for running a great site that will be sorely missed. Best of luck to all of you.

  • http://thesubrosa.com/ zaze

    thanks for everything richard & co. i relied on the morning papers to get me through the day. i have to aggregate my own daily hockey news now? thanks a lot, you hosers. HAH just kidding. best wishes, happy new year guys

  • http://PredsOnTheGlass.com Buddy Oakes

    Y’all will be missed. Best of luck in future projects. Keep tweeting the show reminders. Thanks for all your hard work.

  • http://www.kuklaskorner.com/index.php/mc Mike Chen

    You guys were one of my daily stops and I’ll miss the newspaper round-ups. Best of luck in the future.

  • http://vicsstereolounge.blogspot.com Mark Pargas

    Not the news I wanted to hear today. Illegal Curve will be missed. Made my job easier and raised the level of competition over all. We’ll keep the light on for you and your colleagues should you ever team up again. Good luck.

  • http://my.thescore.com/hockeyordie/ Jonathan Willis

    Sorry to hear that; you guys had a great run. All the best and I hope to see your names popping up elsewhere.

  • Flyerfan52

    You’ll be missed. Since I heard about your site about a year ago, I’ve kept it book-marked & returned 1 or more times daily. Best of luck & thankyou!

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  • http://kuklaskorner.com Paul Kukla

    Sorry to hear the news, I know you had a very loyal following.

    Best to all of you whatever the future may hold.

  • http://www.lighthousehockey.com Dominik

    Wow, really sorry to hear this. You guys were great, and a fantastic example of what could be done with a team of contributors.

    Best of luck and farewell.

  • http://www.ongoalanalysis.com Frozen Pill

    Will miss the site and good analysis, sharp writing. Best of luck in all things endeavored, boys! Hockey on.

  • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com goon

    Richard, I am bummed out, I logged on today to find out my favorite blog is shutting down. I do like radio show as well.

  • http://www.hockeywilderness.com Buddha

    Say it ain’t so!

    You guys can’t really be shutting it down? Is it April 1st? Someone tell me it’s April 1st.

    You guys will most certainly be missed.

  • http://www.crashthecrease.com Anthony Curatolo

    This is horrible news. I mean, you guy’s were amazing. It was great coming on board daily and seeing all the news, and all the blogs you all picked up to publish, etc.

    You guys had such an amazing following, and the radio show was really good (which is something I am glad has stayed around, hoping you guys don’t shut that down).

    Who won the Team Canada contest? I lost internet last night mid-way through the show.

    Best of luck to all of you in the future. Happy New Year (as un-happy as this news is)

    ac

  • Nancy S

    Sorry to hear the news-I can only imagine the time it takes to run a site as good as yours; it will be a big loss for us readers.
    Thanks and good luck to you all—

  • Jonathan S

    Sad news indeed.

    I thank you for all the information you have provided and your hardwork.

  • http://www.tipsforhockey.com Eric L.

    Thank you for the years of great service. The thing I liked best was that it was a great resource for other posts. I will miss the one resource for finding other people’s opinions. Best of luck to all of you.

  • http://thefunhl.blogspot.com Cameron

    You guys will be missed. All the best with your future endeavours.

  • John B

    This is sad news. Thank you for putting the work in for this long. Cheers!

  • Jeffe

    You were my three times a day surf stop. Thanks I’ll miss you.

  • http://www.litterboxcats.com/ Whale4ever

    My sincere thanks for the terrific work and consistently giving me and The Litter Box some second-to-none facetime. You’ll be missed! All the best for a fantastic future to all of you.

  • Dan

    RIP Illegal Curve. I’ll miss the updates in my RSS feeds :(

    Thanks for all the hard work and good luck!

  • http://sports.ru Andrew

    thanks for your job from Russia.

  • Baz

    Thanks for the years of great articles and info. Hope to see you guys back in some sort of other incarnation.

  • Bryan / Mtl.

    Good luck to Richard and the group in their future endeavers and i already miss you. Thanks for all your hard work.

  • http://danieljhogan.com/home Daniel Hogan

    Thanks for giving me the chance to write for you guys, I really appreciate it–I had a lot of fun.

  • Grant

    Richard, Kyle and all you guys, this blog was a great source of poignant analysis, humor and information by the ton. Best of luck!

  • http://www.hotdoghockey.com Steven Ratson

    Sad news but you guys did a wonderful job. If any of you would like to comitt to a once per week E-Take on http://www.hotdoghockey.com please get in touch!

    Best of luck!

  • Wesley

    Well, I hate to take you guys off my daily website routine. You kept my fantasy team hot and me up to date on everything in the NHL. I know all my friends will miss it. You were the best all-encompassing hockey blog around. All the best from a dual citizen from Boston living in CT. Wish I could know how you guys felt about one of the best hockey games I have ever watched last night from Saskatoon. Canada will get their revenge in the Olympics! Go Canada Go!

  • Elizabeth

    Due to the holidays I’ve been out of my normal routine, which includes reading this blog every day. I’m so disappointed!! I appreciate all the hard work each of you put into the blog & wish you the best. I will definitely miss Illegal Curve.

  • Joel

    Sorry to hear this. You guys were one of the best hockey blogs around. Best of luck

  • http://www.stayclassy.net Burgundy

    Guys, although this is bad news, congrats on a great run. Thanks for everything you’ve brought to the online hockey community. This site will be sorely missed. Best of luck in the future to all of you.

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  • http://thescrappyoctopus.blogspot.com Natalie

    You will most definitely be missed. Thanks for all the great information you put out there.

  • tommy

    ok, its been 3 weeks now, change your minds yet?

  • http://www.dobox.com/ Bruce

    You guys were one of my daily stops and I’ll miss the newspaper round-ups. Best of luck in the future.