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Pitré: Reflections on the 2022 season, and signing off

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From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

If you are a San Jose Sharks Fan, so maybe you know who I am. For the past year, I’ve been up in the press box and occasionally in training, and I’ve brought you the behind-the-scenes perspective of Quick Bites and other features.

Fear The Fin, all the work I did here, and all the amazing projects I was able to create through it (This Is Hockey Culture, etc.) were more important to me than words can describe, and say goodbye. This chapter in my life is not easy. After almost an entire season with these amazing team and community here at FTF, I’m happy to announce that I’ll be moving to the NHL and NHL.com.

When the inimitable Si Morley (who deserves their own thank you note) flooded the idea to write something personal that contained what it was this year, and what the Fear The Fin and Sharks community meant to me, I could not wait Put a pen on paper.

But when I sat down to write what you’re reading now, I drew blank. It’s not that I had nothing to say – how could I not, after FTF brought me lifelong friends, career opportunities beyond my wildest dreams, and closer to a fan base that gave me an amazing sense of community and belonging? Instead, I had so much To say, I did not know where to start.

As a sports journalist, we tell stories of others for a living, and it is a privilege to trust that. Writing player features with a final set of information and quotes is the easy part. Disassembling part of my journey to share is much harder. How the hell do I put a whole lifetime of experiences leading up to this moment in one sentence?

I can not, is the answer, but to put the impact of joining Fear The Fin into full perspective, I have to start somewhere, and the most important individual is a good place like any other place;

I never intended to fall in love with hockey.

I do not come from a hockey family or a hockey background. I fell head over heels for hockey when I was barely eighteen, all alone, of my own free will, but it was only when I crossed my undergraduate degree and already worked in journalism that I decided to devote 100 percent of my effort to pursuing a career in hockey. Then, just as I was finishing college, I found Fear The Fin … and the rest is history.

The rest is a long but satisfying year that I worked harder than I have ever worked before, full of amazing experiences like sitting in the press box for my first game, which will always go into my head.

It’s hard to describe in words exactly what hockey means to me and to be honest, you probably know exactly how that deep love and appreciation for sports feels because you feel it too.

Hockey brought my life back to me. It gave me community, purpose and passion. It gave me a home, and as much as it can be flawed (and was) at times, I love these sports and culture with everything I have.

Those feelings may be something you can connect to. No matter who we are, or where we come from, we are all bound together through Him. We’re here because the hustle and bustle of the game, the scorching of the ice-slicing parts, the roar of the crowd – it feels like home.

And it is this sense of community through Fear The Fin – all of you in comments, Twitter and more – that has been such a rewarding and basic force this year, and an integral part of what has held me, even as it continues. Had a hard time.

Being one of the youngest in the room (I’m only 23), and sometimes the only woman, in an industry that can be so big and overwhelming, I sometimes felt isolated. But even in those moments of insecurity I knew I belonged here, and that’s because of the community here at Fear The Fin.

And as I leave Fear The Fin and SB Nation for the next step in my career with the NHL and NHL.com, I want to build on that sense of togetherness in the FTF heritage:

We are a community. And as a community, we deserve greater inclusion, accessibility and diversity at every level of the hockey industry, from executive suites to community-based initiatives. We can not change hockey culture for the better if we do not work and advocate change, and it is the undeniable honor and pleasure to do that I did my best to work for this change in this sport daily on behalf of Fear The Fin and now carry it with me to the next chapter in my career.

If at 18 I was told I would be here at 23, I would not believe it. It took a lot of hard work, self-belief and some amazing people (such as C and everyone else on the FTF team) who told me since I was able to make my way through hockey.

I can not say enough good things about the effect of fin fear on me personally and professionally, and I say this in every gram of my being, to all of you:

Thanks.

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