Hi there, my names Randall Ritchey and I just wanted to drop by and give a little introduction, as I will be joining Myles as a writer here on Editor-In-Leaf.
I’m 21 years old and grew up in a small town outside of St. Louis, Missouri. That’s right folks, I’m a good ole’ American boy. But good news, though I grew up a fan of my beloved St. Louis Blues, I have also joined the what is known as Leaf Nation! That’s right, my love for the Leafs is right up there with the Blues.
Over the years, my knowledge of the game has grown, I have absorbed information by the page full. Force feeding myself information on players, organizations and leagues.
It was that way I learned of the Toronto Maple Leafs. I knew about them, but never really followed them up until the 2006-2007 season. Watching guys like Mats Sundin, Darcy Tucker, and in the minimal games he played, Kyle Wellwood. A great leader, a point producing agitator and what seemed to be an up-and-coming offensive force really started my liking of the Leafs.
In doing so, I started focusing more on them, sadly, I realized I that my love for the Blues and the love for the Leafs had a lot in common. Both teams were ‘up-and-coming’, with some great leaders but just couldn’t get over the hump. Sadly, to this day, that is still the case with both of these teams.
Looking back to the 90’s with guys like Wendel Clark, Doug Gilmour, and obviously Sundin, I was able to join a fan base who had such a rich history of great players, and my following became to grow.
Now, my favorite player has to be Clarke MacArthur. He has skill, grit, and thinks the game well. He’s a fun player to watch and as much as I didn’t like the Blues NOT going after him, I was quite pleased when he inked a deal with Toronto.
Four years ago, I started writing for various websites, mostly for the Blues. I joined a few that were general NHL sites in which I could throw in a few Leaf blogs. The last two years, I’ve been writing for a Blues site called the Bluenote Zone. As co-founder, it was my baby, and still is, but now I look for a chance to broaden my writing to more than just Blues fans.
I know what it takes to keep a successful blog running, so I hope add that element to help keep Editor-In-Leaf moving right along. Interaction with the readers via feedback, and helping get the news out to all of which would like to read. I would like to thank Frank Rekas for the opportunity to join and help add some knowledge to the blog.