Greg Wyshynski Bio

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.

11 Comments

  1. tom
    April 16, 2009, 12:52 pm   /  Reply

    I called the St. Charles election office to tell them that Richard Chismer was a big dope. They told me he was misquoted and has no intention of prosecting the hockey fan. If you did misquote him then you are the big dope.

  2. October 14, 2009, 12:07 am   /  Reply

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  3. GregsMyBitch
    December 21, 2009, 8:04 am   /  Reply

    Apparently the old saying is true “Those that cant play hockey just write about it”. Greg “WritesShitski” rambles on aimlessly about Don Cherry’s response to “Dr. TheycallmeTatersalad”s attack on Don. Anyone that knows anything about hockey (Greg that excludes you) knows that Cherry is a huge advocate for safety in hockey. That does not mean he wants to see less hitting or less physical play in the sport. There is a huge difference between ‘hard play’ and ‘unsportsman like cheap shots’. But little pussies like Greg that were either chosen last or not at all for team sports cant see that difference so they take their own cheap shots from the safety of their laptop. Greg “fuckshisdaddy” go do something productive and leave the sports to those that have played.

  4. Mark
    February 14, 2010, 10:30 am   /  Reply

    Greg is an idiot. Just read his column (if you dare) about the Canadian Womans Hockey team winning 18-0. It is pathetic. Mercy Rule??? This dolt has obviously never played competitive sports. Probably played in the band and dated his male cousin.

  5. BigRussian
    February 25, 2010, 12:48 am   /  Reply

    Well, Greg is clearly suffering some major imbecile syndrome. Just read his recent article on Canada-Russia 1/4 game. He has no clue about the philosophy and politics of sport. Greg == pathetic (in his own words).

  6. Jeff Pancer
    August 8, 2011, 2:38 pm   /  Reply

    I heard you recently on a Toronto radio station talking about head injuries in the NHL. I think that one possible solution is to have the NHL move to 5 against 5 hockey. There would be more space on the ice and therefore less bodychecking.
    The hockey rinks are the same size as 35 years ago but the players are much bigger. Teams should have 25 players instead of the current 20 so that players will not get too tired. Best Wishes, Jeff Pancer.

  7. Todd Alwood
    October 1, 2011, 9:03 am   /  Reply

    I just read Greg’s article on Yahoo sports about Rocco Grimaldi’s “rant” about women dressing too scantily and men being promiscuous. He pretty much said that Grimaldi was being an imbecile that was spouting religious dogma containing contradictions. Gee, I wonder if it has anything to do with him being a self-admitted lapsed Roman Catholic ( a work righteous religion and not true Christianity)? I’m sure he hasn’t picked up a Bible to do any serious reading or studying in quite some time, if ever. If he had, he wouldn’t make the comment about the beneficial aspects of “religion” being overshadowed by “clunky views on sex and gender” repelling people away from Christianity. What repels people from God is their sinful hearts and desires along with the thought of having to give them up. So Greg is speaking just like the lost soul that he is. Maybe he ought to stick to writing about sports, a subject he might know something about.

  8. Robert
    October 13, 2011, 5:39 am   /  Reply

    The first I have heard of this Wyshynski was this morning when I read a piece he wrote where he actually DEFENDS Philly spectators who were booing an anti-cancer video merely because it had rival players in it. Defending booing an anti-cancer video. This is surely a case where the writer is so close to the material he has forgotten the basic precepts of being an actual human being and has receded back to the depths of neanderthal. It was an indefensible action, yet he seems to think that being a sports fan excuses one of the most heartless actions any group has done in public since the Rodney King riots. I am so very glad Mr. Wyshynski does not belong to any of my circles. We don’t need this kind of one-dimensional thinking in our ranks.

  9. Tellsitasitis
    October 31, 2011, 12:21 pm   /  Reply

    Raffi Torres on Halloween with some make up on and you write about racism? How do you keep your job writing crap for yahoo?

  10. Anya
    January 10, 2012, 11:16 am   /  Reply

    I just read an article that you wrote about some hockey player getting injured while eating pancakes. It is not until the last third of the story where the ‘injury’ is identified.

    Your bio information suggests you are a popular and gifted sports journalist. I must disagree with the part of the statement referring to you as a ‘journalist’ due to your ‘timing’ of the facts in the story that I read. Now, if you were a mystery writer…..well maybe. However, this is not good form for a journalist (even a sports journalist).

    Please bring some class and integrity back to the profession. And send some of your articles to your Jour 101 prof for copy editing. jeeze.

  11. Donald Mckee
    February 16, 2012, 10:21 am   /  Reply

    Wyshynski – Your article re: Montreal fan’s, 2/16/2012.
    After looking around at my fellow hometown fans cheering an intentional and bloody injury to a visiting NHL player, and realizing that I no longer wanted to be a part of that, I turned in my season tickets to NHL Hockey (St. Louis Blues). That was 40 years ago.
    Bloody human bodily assault with a weapon is NOT a sporting. It is a felony. And the law does not accept “passion” as justification. That you do, identifies you as part of the problem. While “classless” is true, it is a gross understatement.
    Donald Mckee

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