Dangerous Hockey’s scuffle with “Mainstream Journalists”


Let me start by saying what a wonderful article Jerry Plantz wrote about “Is hockey the most Dangerous sport?”  Naturally, I was flattered as I “ASSUMED” he used my as his inspiration.  So I reached out.  Only to get the response below (rest assured, being a world class blogger, we talked and ironed out our differences and are now fast friends)

> From: rocque@dadadamedia.com
> Subject: dangeroushockey.com
> Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2011 21:02:14 -0500
> To: jerryplantz@msn.com
>
> Hi,
>
> I’d like to thank you for using my blog as inspiration for your story. I have no problem that I wasn’t interviewed or even contacted for permission. I feel it’s a free world with the internet out there. Do you mind if I post your article on my site?
>
> Regards,
>
> Rocque Trem
> President, Dangeroushockey.com
Begin forwarded message:
From: Jerry Plantz <jerryplantz@msn.com>
Date: February 21, 2011 10:49:35 AM EST
To: <rocque@dadadamedia.com>
Subject: RE: dangeroushockey.com
Rocque, 

In all my years as in broadcast and print journalism, as a television executive news producer, publisher, and reporter, I have never been accused of knowingly using someone else’s work, material, ideas, etc. for my own. If I do cite others work I give them attribution or credit which is a  journalists ethical obligation.
As for you inspiring me to write my column and for interviewing you – let me say unequivocally that I never heard of you or your website until this very hour. Google “hockey violence” and you get over 5 million sources alone. Only last Saturday, Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette wrote  “It is time to KO hockey fights.”  Were you his inspiration?
A quick check on your web site does merit applause for you efforts to end hockey violence.
Having said all this I do give you permission to reprint my column and that you acknowledge where it came from.
I am a native Pittsburgher (Yes,  we will always hate Cleveland- greastest rivalry in sports) A journalism graduate of Duquesne University and a journalist, a published author and a communicator for more than 50 years. I reside in Lee’s Summit, Mo.

Great guy, hope to get him on Google’s “World’s greatest hockey blog.”
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About hockeyrocque

It will happen. Cleveland will win a Stanley Cup before any other major sport's trophy. While we admit we are not hockey bloggers that take themselves seriously, we do expect that ESPN hockey coverage needs challenged. It's time people take hockey seriously, and it ain't happening here. Great hockey, stats, scores, highlights. Um no. LOL
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