When I first started The New York Rangers Blog back in 2007, it was out of my love for the Rangers. I wanted to create a one-stop shop for Blueshirt fans to get their Rangers fix. Updates, stats, rumors and more in one easy to find spot. There was nothing similar available and I felt Rangers fans deserved a blog with the same dedication and commitment they had.
Along the way, I learned a lot about social media and how to use it to promote the blog and make the experience on the site more enjoyable. A passion for making a career out of it began to build. I wanted to make a living doing this for a professional sports franchise.
So, a year and half ago I began applying to local teams for a position on their social media department.
And finally last month, after lots of rejection I was finally approached by a franchise about possibly running their social media team. A couple of interviews later I was offered the job as the Director of New Media.
Now comes the apology part. One of the stipulations the team made before hiring me was that I had to shut the blog down because of the conflict of interest. What conflict of interest you say? Well, the job is with the New York Islanders.
I'll give you a second to let that sink in. Yes, the creator of The New York Rangers Blog, is in fact now an employee of the rival Islanders (sorry not allowed to call them Fishsticks anymore).
There's nothing else I can really say other than I hope you can forgive me. Sometimes life takes you in a weird direction. I hope you all understand that my family comes before the blog and the financial stability this job offers is something I couldn't turn down.
I have informed Adam, James and Neill about my decision and they felt the best thing would be shut the blog down. And regretfully, I agree.
I know last year I said I was closing up shop, only to return a month later. But this time, unless I get fired, it will sadly be permanent.
This blog has been my life the last five years and without you, the greatest fans in the world, none of this would be possible. So, before I signout for the last time, I just wanted to thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
Oh, and one last thing, Let's Go Rangers!!!!!!
@TheNYRBlog Crossed a line, there, this morning, Bud. Hope your balls itch.
@TheNYRBlog I was about 5min away from unfollowing u...and sending u a hate message...
After reading the entire post and experiencing a whole range of emotions, I realized today is April 1st. Nice job.
Blown away by heart felt good bye post from Adam, James and Neill. A must read. Tear in my eye: http://www.nyrangersblog.com/2013-articles/april/april-fools.html
@TheNYRBlog if this post is still standing tomorrow (as in NOT on April Fools Day) I'll congratulate you.
@TheNYRBlog April fools??
@TheNYRBlog ugh, so sad to hear, it was always a great read! but congrats on the new job!!
@TheNYRBlog that was fucked up
@TheNYRBlog congrats on the job well deserved. Your blog will be missed. Isles are lucky to have you
@TheNYRBlog - Sorry to hear (as a new fan, your site was VERY helpful) but I would have made the same choice. All the best with your job!
OH SNAP!! That ain't right.... I'm not gonna lie, you had me for a second.... Cruel. Were already a very vulnerable fanbase man, c'mon dude LOL
@TheNYRBlog best of luck Kevin!
@TheNYRBlog Best of luck !
@TheNYRBlog April Fools joke, right?
My husband & I have been back a forth all morning about how this has to be a joke, and if it was real couldn't the blog just be turned over? We'll take it! ;) haha but seriously this is a great April Fools joke.
@TheNYRBlog I'm really grappling w/whether this is an April Fool's joke but regardless, I'll always wish u the best, Kev & thx for all u do!
@TheNYRBlog please tell me people are not actually this gullible!
Kevin, common, please tell us this is a joke! Rangers are drowning and now you are leaving - bad timing :-(....I really hope you are joking...but if not - good luck man!
@TheNYRBlog its been a pleasure reading the blog for the last couple of years. Hope everything works out for you with the isles. Good luck.
@TheNYRBlog wow. The blog was the only thing the helped me get through the lockout. Congrats man!
@TheNYRBlog you should have started a crazy April fools trade rumor instead bro lol
@TheNYRBlog I'm calling April Fools on this...
@TheNYRBlog good luck.
@TheNYRBlog thanks for all the great stuff! I'll miss it! Good luck with the Isles.
@TheNYRBlog congratulations man. That's fantastic news! You're presence will certainly be missed.
@kristina_feld Pop Tarts for everyone!
@KevinDeLury That confirms it then...LOL! Go ahead, change your avatar to Denis Potvin raising the Cup. I dare ya. I triple dog dare ya!