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Meet Mike and Jason, Your New PHT Writers

Oct 17, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

Welcome to PHT, eh?

Who are you guys?

Mike Halford and Jason Brough.

Where are you from?

For the last four years we’ve been at The Province newspaper in Vancouver running the Orland Kurtenblog.

Never heard of it.

Oh. Um, remember those pictures of the Blackhawks in a limo with their shirts off?


We published those.

And now you have a job with NBC?

Well, that’s not all we did. We also had a radio show in Vancouver. The show was on pretty late at night though. Half of it was just us playing old jazz records.

So…you’re Canadian?



It’s cool, we’re fairly well versed in Americana, so we can speak to everyone. Just might need to brush up on certain things. Is George Clinton still the prime minister of the United States?

What should readers expect from you?

Our approach is fairly simple — we’re two guys who love hockey and having a laugh, and we try to reflect that in our work. We hope the readers will not only enjoy this approach, but also get in on the fun. Please comment, and comment often. For example, “Great blog!” Or, “I never thought about it that way! You make a very compelling point!” Or, “Leafs suck!”

Will Joe and James still be writing for PHT?

Of course they will. Not only do they know their hockey, they know where the office bathroom key is kept.

Do you have a favorite NHL team?

Well, we’re from Vancouver…

Great, you’re Canucks fans.

Yes, and we know that means 1) Most of you will already hate us, but not before 2) We come up with a series of elaborate conspiracies explaining why that is.

What do you have planned?

To make Pro Hockey Talk the go-to site for NHL insight and analysis. In addition to covering all the major news of the day, we’ll do our best to provide unique opinions and amusing takes on all things hockey. You might agree with us, you might not. You might have a chuckle, you might not. The most important thing is that you click on the advertising, which you’ll find on the sidebar.

So will you just be writing?

Glad you asked. No, we’ll also be producing some video, including interviews with NBC analysts like Pierre McGuire, Mike Milbury, Ed Olcyzk and Jeremy Roenick. Be sure to watch…as the videos will also have advertising.

Anything else?

Yes, please don’t ask us about the riot.

Forgot about that. That must’ve been embarrassing.


  1. sknut - Oct 17, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Welcome aboard!

    • analexander - Oct 17, 2011 at 5:50 PM

      Nice to see that the artists formerly known as the Kurtenblog have made it big. Interviews with the like of Mike Milbury and Jeremy Roenick. Sounds fancy. But who’s gonna look out for the little guy, the working joe, Johnny Lunchpail? Any chance of a 1 on 1 (2 on 1!) NBC exclusive with the only person who has never forgetten about the little guy? Ralph Rantignago!

  2. Exiled1 - Oct 17, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    If you can,please try to keep the Roenick & Milbury sightings to a minimum. Milbury is useless and Roenick jumps around the screen like a Golden Retreiver puppy.

    BTW George Clinton is the Minister of Funk (the whole funk & nothing but the funk.)

  3. ruddigervancity - Oct 17, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Hi guys….I was waving as you guys were leaving the Province, but you must not have seen me. And then I stopped by your place over the weekend and was knocking and knocking, and I heard the TV on and some whispering and what-not, but you must not have heard me or whatever LOL…, after a few hours of refreshing your old twitter account and then a bunch of google searches and then going through the logging-in process to get a username, I found you and I can get you my comment. So just wanted to stop in to your new digs and say MORE CAT PICTURES PLS!!!!1!!1one!!

  4. babar61 - Oct 17, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    Welcome eh

  5. Nowhere Man - Oct 17, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Glad to see you guys land on your feet and in ‘merica no less!

    Please remember your roots and keep it funny.

  6. angleofdarkness - Oct 17, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    But what would the cats think about this? WHAT WOULD THE CATS THINK.

  7. mjohnw - Oct 17, 2011 at 2:33 PM

    Awesome I found my favourite bloggers! Congrats on the new job boys! Go Canucks Go!

  8. 3girlrhumba - Oct 17, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    I’m happy for you guys, but I was hoping you’d stay in the Vancouver market… on the bright side I’ll never have to listen to Team 1040 ever again.

  9. imleftcoast - Oct 17, 2011 at 3:08 PM

    Now that you’re here will see more than one reason season Canuck game on NBC? Shouldn’t there be at least one question in here about the Bruins? It’s funny that Canuck fans still hate the Blackhawks more than any other team and even after the 4-3 series blowout.

  10. swizzler16 - Oct 17, 2011 at 6:32 PM

    After a lengthy battle with poor writing, the Kurtenblog gets a massive promotion!

    /moves out of mom’s basement


  11. cheekier1 - Oct 17, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    So sorry to see you guys leave The Province, — one of the only reasons to read it! So glad, however, to see that you’ve landed relatively comfortably! I’ll be looking forward to my daily laughs! Congrats!

  12. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Oct 17, 2011 at 7:13 PM

    First day on the job and you 2 have written all but one of the posts today. Killin’ it already. Too bad you’re a fan of Leafs bashing, but luckily I’m an equal fan of Canucks bashing so we should get along just fine

  13. E. Spencer Kyte - Oct 17, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    I hate you both!

    What I really mean is that I miss you already and am so pumped to see you move on to bigger and better, if only because I aspire to leave The Province one day too… hopefully it won’t take me four years.

    I will miss the talks about Milhouse before I come on the air though… Nielson never talks about Milhouse.

  14. whatswellydoing - Oct 17, 2011 at 10:48 PM

    Wait, did you guys actually move down to the states?

  15. wombat2thereturn - Oct 18, 2011 at 2:49 AM

    so it’s goodbye to the sticks and hello shiny new corner office on 5th avenue.

    glad to see you in the bigs now.

    meanwhile, can we please:

    (i) see lots of catz

    (ii) find the Old Shopping cart Lady

    (iii) keep on wondering what welly’s thinking now

    i will miss the “quality” province news stories about lingerie and student hotties at the bottom of your blog pages tho.

  16. hibackhand - Oct 18, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    ah, there you are… Life had no meaning for a while…

    Leafs suck!

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