To Our Readers, Fans, And Friends: A Hard Goodbye

This goes out to all of our fans and readers over the couple of years that Blackout Dallas has been going strong. To our family members and friends that helped spread the word and encourage us. To my former writers here on the site and the many I have worked with throughout the Fansided and NHL communities. A day has finally fallen upon us that I never wanted to live through and never imagined would happen for quite a long time.

I am reaching out to everyone today to announce that I am stepping down and away from Blackout Dallas. As many of you know, I was the original writer chosen by Fansided, former NHL Director Jeff Bartl, and others to start the networks site to cover the Dallas Stars. I’ve enjoyed it all. The tough times, getting things rolling, adding and losing writers along the way, and the recent rise in attention. I earned my first set of media credentials here, at times voiced strong opinions here, and met many great fans and connections during my time here.

But as often happens in life, things change and we go through changes. At this time I am not sure that my goals for the future and what I want to do moving forward with my writing matches with the network. I do not leave with bad blood towards Fansided or anyone. Just I feel that it is now time for me to move in a new direction and that direction and the corresponding things I want to do line up with what Fansided wants or they need for this site to move in the direction they want. Along with my departure, Andrew Monrreal is also stepping down. I would like to personally and publicly thank him for everything. The hours spent for the site, the ideas contributed, and the many times he picked up some slack on days I couldn’t do everything. It’s been a joy to watch him grow and get to help him continue to grow.

I want to thank Fansided for everything. The chance, the site, and the experience. A big thank you to Bartl for helping bring me along. A huge thank you to Frank Rekas for helping lead the NHL crew of writers and everything he did to help us grow. I know I’m missing so many people, and many of you I will thank personally in the coming weeks. But I don’t plan to sit and stop. For many of you that know me personally, I want a future in sports journalism & writing. A short period of rest and planning will ensue, but keep your eyes open and I will be back into the swing of things in a new way quickly and I hope that many of you continue to follow both me and Blackout Dallas as it moves forward.

You can follow me and Andrew in various ways: Twitter.com/BlackoutDallas & Twitter.com/AndrewMonrreal and you can still email me about anything hockey related at [email protected] Any questions or desires to get a hold of either of us can be directed through those outlets.

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