Hockey Nuts and Bolts was born out of finding the nuances of playing hockey, managing rinks and fandom.
I moved to Sarasota, Fla., in 2011, for a job, thus not only uprooting my life from Hagerstown, Md., but my hockey life, too. I tried the Washington Capitals as much as I can from afar, but it’s not the same not being able to attend home games at the Verizon Center. I threw my support behind the Tampa Bay Lightning while I was down there and grew an appreciation for the franchise and thankful I could watch NHL hockey easily.
At the same time, playing beer league hockey and the nuances of finding and repairing gear in Florida frustrated me. You’ll see a lot of conversation about best practices for managing rinks and leagues, finding and repairing gear and hockey in general.
In 2015 the blog evolved to cast a wider net as I moved to Frostburg, Md., for a new job. l will still chime in about Florida hockey from time to time but it’s more of a general hockey blog now.
Who am I? Let’s bust out the third-person.
Charles Schelle is a journalist specializing in online coverage and production. He has covered retail, tourism, sports business stories on IMG Academy and the Nathan Benderson World Aquatic Center, government, arts, real estate and more.
He won numerous awards from the Maryland Delaware District of Columbia Press Association and Florida Press Club for his reporting and multimedia skills, as well as a top honor from Suburban Newspapers of America for his feature on competitive air guitar.
Charles now is a public relations specialist and communications writer for Frostburg State University. This blog is not affiliated or endorsed by the university. He most recently covered business for The Bradenton (Fla.) Herald, a McClatchy Co. property. He also reported for Patch.com under AOL’s ownership, Baltimore Sun Media Group, The Gazette, The Journal in Martinsburg, W.Va., and Erie (Pa.) Times-News.
Charles is a 2006 graduate of Ball State University with a bachelor’s degree in magazine journalism and a minor in telecommunications.
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