Coachella Valley Firebirds Insider





For the inaugural season of Coachella Valley Firebirds' hockey in 2022-23, I had the pleasure of serving as "Firebirds Insider." The 32nd team of the American Hockey League, and minor league affiliate of the NHL's Seattle Kraken, the Firebirds made their debut in the desert's new, state-of-the-art Acrisure Arena in late '22, and represent the first-ever full-time pro sports franchise in the Palm Springs' area.


My work for the team includes hosting the monthly "Fire & Ice Podcast," and penning two articles per month over the course of the maiden season.


Come the 2023-24 sophomore season, the team again hired me as their "Insider," producing one article and two episiodes of "Fire & Ice" per month.


The podcast was featured in The Desert Sun newspaper; please click here to read the piece.


To listen to "Fire & Ice" please visit the host site here.


To read my "Firebirds Insider" feature articles, please visit the CV Firebirds home page, or click on the individual articles below:


Coachella Valley Firebirds Insider articles for 2023-24, second season


Firebirds vs. Ontario Playoff Preview


Firebirds vs. Calgary Playoff Preview


Firebirds Poised for Playoffs


Firebirds Flying Toward Finish Line


Off-Ice/On-Book with Dan Bylsma


2024 Midseason Report


The Guy Behind the Curtain: 'Birds' video coach, Erik Elenz


Chris Driedger: Behind the Mask


The 'Birds are Back (and stacked)!




Coachella Valley Firebirds Insider articles for 2022-23 inaugrual season


Bears best 'Birds in Game 7


Firebirds fight off elimination; force deciding Game 7 in Calder Cup Finals


Calder Cup Championship Finals Preview -- Firebirds vs. Bears


Fourth Round Playoff Preview -- Firebirds vs. Milwaukee


Third Round Playoff Preview -- Firebirds vs. Calgary


Second Round Playoff Preview -- Firebirds vs. Colorado


First Round Playoff Preview


Firebirds flying toward Finish Line


Profile of broadcaster Grant Fuhr


What's in a Firebirds' (Nick) Name?


Firebirds' goaltending coach Colin Zulianello is All Class


Firebirds' Deep-Season Report, with head coach Dan Bylsma


Berger Foundation Iceplex


The Debut of Acrisure Arena


Firebirds Flying on Ideal Ice -- Profile of Ice Plant Manager, RJ Schultz


Reign Disdan -- Firebirds and Ontario begin "Ice 10 Showdown" Rivalry


Doors of Opportunity -- Profile of Andrew Poturalski


Brains and Brawn -- Profile of John Hayden








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