Greg Wyshynski is an award-winning sportswriter and editor who specializes in blending outlandish humor with unique insight. One of the revolutionary voices in the hockey media, he was named one of The Hockey News’s 100 People of Power and Influence last year.
In April 2008, he was hired by Yahoo! Sports to create and edit Puck Daddy, which is currently the most popular hockey blog on the Web (No. 6 overall among all sports blogs, BallHype.com rankings, Jan. 2009) and a daily destination for both casual fans and hockey insiders.
Puck Daddy’s witty, insightful and unpredictable daily takes on hockey have it earned it positive notes in the New York Times, the Washington Times, Newsday, ESPN The Magazine, New York magazine, Men’s Journal and on CBC’s “Hockey Night in Canada”; as well as on SportsIllustrated.com and countless other Web sites.
Wyshynski has also written for AOL Sports, Deadspin and The Fourth Period magazine. David Staples of the Edmonton Journal said of Wyshynski’s work: “He’s the funniest writer in the NHL.”
For nearly a decade, Wyshynski served as an editor for The Connection Newspapers of Northern Virginia, a chain of 16 weekly publications with a combined circulation of over 125,000 households. The Connection publishes in the Washington, D.C. suburbs of Fairfax, Arlington, and Loudoun counties (Va.), as well as the cities of Alexandria (Va.), Mount Vernon (Va.), and Potomac (Md.). He received over 50 Virginia Press Association awards for writing and editing, including four first-place citations for sports column writing and one Best-In-Show nomination for a feature story about female high-school football players.
His book “Glow Pucks & 10-Cent Beer: The 101 Worst Ideas in Sports History” was published in April 2006 by Taylor Trade. This satirical look at sports history garnered rave reviews from the Orlando Sentinel, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and others, while earning its author a slew of media appearances from major-market radio stations to ESPN’s “Cold Pizza.”
Wyshynski appears frequently as a guest commentator for XM Radio; Fan 590 in Toronto and several other weekly radio shows; and ESPN Classic, offering a humorous look at sports history on programs such as “5 Reason You Can’t Blame” and “The Missing Link.” He has appeared on Fox Morning News, National Public Radio, Hockey Night in Canada Radio, Comcast SportsNet and many other networks to discuss issues in sports.
A graduate of the University of Maryland’s College of Journalism and a native of Matawan, NJ, Mr. Wyshynski currently resides in Ashburn, Va., a suburb of Washington, DC. “Hell & Back: A People’s History of the New Jersey Devils,” another book, will be released in 2012.
He is a lifelong New Jersey Devils fan, a fact to which his “NJD FAN” Virginia state license plate can attest.