Found August 04, 2012 on The Rangers Tribune:
PLAYERS: Marv Albert
TEAMS: New York Rangers

So as you've all seen, we've went through a bit of a recruitment process here on The Rangers Tribune to bulk up the staff for the 2012-13 season. That process is finally complete as I've went through all of the applications and made final decisions on which writers would be most beneficial to the direction I am looking to take this blog for the future, and trust me, I picked some pretty talented individuals. 

I'd first like to say thank you to everyone who showed interest and complimented the blog; it was heart-warming to see how many of you actually wanted to be a part of the blog in a larger capacity and I appreciate the time and effort put into all of the applications that were submitted. 

But I limited myself to only selecting three from the hefty bunch, and I wanted to briefly introduce them all to you since their work will be appearing on the site as soon as late August. First, let me say that each writer has a different style of conveying their thoughts and opinions, and each writer holds a unique talent in that way. I am a big believer that diversity makes for the most complete and well-rounded team, and that's what I've put together for The Rangers Tribune. 

Anyway, below you'll find each writer's name, a little background information, a description of their writing style as well as what they will look to add to RT. 

(All listed information was submitted by the writer themselves.)

Marc Weissman: I have been a Ranger fan for 42 years. I vividly recall as a mere 4 year old reading Ranger yearbooks in my older brother's bedroom. He was a HUGE NYR fan, played street hockey goalie incessantly, and had Eddie Giacomin posters strewn about his bedroom walls. His obsession was quite infectious, to say the least. Since I didn't quite understand the game itself at that point, he and I would sit around and joke about players names on the NYR All-Time Roster like Kannegeiser or Aitkenhead. But, of course, eventually that evolved into actually watching Rangers hockey on Ch. 9 in NY (away games) and listening to Marv Albert and Sal "Red Light" Messina on the radio for games played at MSG...even while I took a shower. And ever since my uncle took me to my 1st game at MSG against the KC Scouts in '75, I've never looked back...

My goal is to make people smile while they read, either by focusing on the positive amidst what may be dire circumstances, or by inserting puns and/or hopefully clever plays on words that make you say "Hmmm" even while a negative or harsh criticism is being leveled. I think that softens the blow and gives it a more well-thought-out feel like you said, vs. someone blindly going off on an emotionally-charged, irrational tirade. You might also have noticed - even in this very paragraph - how I love to be VERY descriptive.

As for what I can bring to the blog beyond a unique writing style, I would say that it will be an unbridled passion for our Blueshirts mixed in with straight-forward objectivity. 

Follow Marc on Twitter - @mgweissman

Alex Klein: I am a Junior from the University of Pennsylvania studying Real Estate policy/finance. I was born into a hockey family, who also had a obsession with the Blueshirts. I laced up skates on my uncle's pond for the first time at 2, and never looked back. My second birthday gift was a mini hockey net, stick, and ball which I did not put down for years.  I went on to play hockey at the highest youth level, playing for the national championships at the age of 14, winning 3 state championships, 1 regional, and being selected to the national all-star team during the "hockey night in Boston showcase" at 16.

At the ripe age of 2, I "watched" the Rangers win a Stanley Cup, and have not missed a beat since. My whole family knows the team in an out, but from the perspective of actual hockey players, not just fans. I treat this team like a 5th class at college, knowing their players, pipeline, salary cap, and styles of play beyond the realm of what would be deemed normal. The team has just become a religion in my house.

My style of writing will be direct, and to the point, but highly controversial.  I like to talk about topics that I know will stir conversation. But whatever position I take, I always back up what I am saying. I also like to use stats in Ranger conversation. I cannot wait to finally share my ideas with the Blueshirt faithful on the most viewed Ranger blog on record. I hope to bring controversial side to the team, because that what fans love to read about. I also hope to bring my different perspectives to the team whether that be from a previous players view, fan view, or management view. 

Follow Alex on Twitter - @kleinale1992

John Schlichting: I am an avid fan and former season ticket holder (sec. 335 baby!). Life, or I should say kids, took over and I gave them up when it became impossible to go to games on a regular basis (not to mention the cost - all this before it was okay to sell your tickets online, not that there was much of an online back then). Been a fan since I can remember to be honest. Games were always on in my house, earliest recollection is listening to the radio with my brothers to the '75 playoff loss to the frickin' Islanders. I grew up on the Island surrounded by Islander fans, played street hockey every day after school. The '79 playoff upset of the Islanders was amazing. ahh...JD's knee...smh. Now I live in NJ and surrounded by Devils' fans (moved the day after game 7 vs. Devils in 94)...well its pretty mixed to be honest.

My attention to detail(s) will show. I am by nature an info junkie/news hound. I always need to be plugged in to as many sources as possible and will always strive to have my facts straight. I will certainly emphasize the kids/prospects on the team. I think this is one of the best times to be a Ranger fan because of the transformation over the last 5 or so years to an organization that actually develops its talent. "WE DON'T TRADE KIDS!" - best thing I've heard from Slats since he got here. I look forward to sharing the excitement I get from learning about players in our system and what they may bring to the big club as we continue to build what should be a perennial power in the NHL. I have a poster of Gordie Clarke on my basement wall in fact (kidding, I'm not that bad). Seriously though, we got some great kids in the pipeline and I look forward to sharing their progress as the season moves along. 

Follow John on Twitter - @NYR1579

And, of course, you all remember Michael Spinner, who joined The Rangers Tribune as a writer last season to cover various NHL-related topics. He'll be contributing in different ways this coming season as well. You can follow Mike on Twitter at @MichalSpinner

All of this information will be available on the blog in a designated location once "Rangers Tribune 2013" has launched - a project that I will be revealing in the coming week that I promise is very exciting. Don't think I'm sitting around doing nothing this summer, because there's A LOT of behind-the-scenes work going on right now that will make Rangers Tribune untouchable, starting with the very writers you read about above.

Trust me.

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