My name is Harrison Lee, and I’m one of the new writers joining Arctic Ice Hockey’s authoring staff. Many of you may know me from Twitter under the handle, @HLLivingLoco. You’re also likely familiar with my adoration of the Jets, Jets memorabilia, and Winnipeg’s dominance on the fancy stats charts. I was also brought on because I’m a Tobias Enstrom Truther. Just don’t tell anyone else I said that.
As you’ve no doubt guessed, I’m not actually from Winnipeg. I’m a Baltimoreon, born and bred. For a brief time, I used to root for the Atlanta Thrashers. They were entertainingly terrible, but flashed some impressive offensive output. Everything was a muddle of goal-scoring, opposition highlight reel plays, and the oppressive air of finality around the flagging franchise. Once the Thrashers relocated to Winnipeg, I generally stopped paying attention to the team, save for a few articles here and there.
About four years later, I decided to see how the Jets were doing at the start of the season. That happened to be the start of the 2014-15 season, one we all have fond memories of as being Winnipeg’s first re-acquaintance with the playoffs. I’m not sure why I latched on that particular year, but I’ve not loosened my grip since. Watching the Thrashers core evolve into the beating heart of Winnipeg’s current crop of standout talents has been a revelation, one I’m happy to report is all good news.
Time has certainly changed the Jets, from the plucky, upstart roster just exiting its draft day infancy into the monolithic leviathan that skates before us today. I’ll be covering the Jets are they continue to evolve into what could become the closest thing to a dynasty the NHL has seen in some time. The pieces are there to build a perennial Cup contender for seasons to come. Whether or not the Jets bring the glory to the ‘Peg will be a journey I’m happy to take with you.
Aside from the Jets, my primary hobby is game-worn hockey jersey collecting. I’ve got several jerseys from Winnipeg prospects and current players, from Wheeler, Trouba and Hellebuyck, to Roslovic, Green and Evingson. I love picking up prospect jerseys and have learned much about the advancement of prospect modeling as a result, honing my attention on high-ceiling defensemen. My hobby has ironically coincided with my deepening interest in advanced statistical analysis in hockey. Funny how life works...
With the introductions out of the way, I’m looking forward to providing you with bad sports opinions and tactical analysis to gnaw on during your lunch break. May the odds ever be in Winnipeg’s favor and Go Jets Go!