De Brennan: My Story – Colorado Hockey Now

I’m sorry it’s a bit late. I’m sure you’re all wondering who I am and part of my story. Well, let’s start with what you already know, my name is Brennan Vogt and I’m from this great state of Colorado. I went to Colorado State University (CSU), got a bachelor’s degree in history, and fell into the sportswriting industry. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have a wonderful three year old son together.

Now for the stuff you all don’t know. After college, I spent ten years bouncing around call centers doing tech support. So that guy telling you to reset your TV box… that was me. For ten long years. When we found out we were pregnant, I started looking for a part-time job and moved into banking. I became a cashier for a local bank near my home. In November 2020, there was an incident between my manager and me that forced me to make a decision for the health of my family. I quit my job and called my wife to tell her. I honestly think she was happier than me.

The next thing I did was really hard to do, I became a stay-at-home dad to a six month old. During the days I was doing all the normal dad stuff, but my wife saw that I always wanted more. I always wanted to be a sports journalist, but I never knew where to start. I saw that the Denver Nose Bleeds were looking for a writer, so I asked if I could do it for them. Christian Bolle graciously let me write for him at the start of the 2021-22 Avalanche season. I started going to boot camp and getting to know all the other writers. I tapped into their brains as much as possible, gaining invaluable advice. Shortly after, the Eurolanche fan group needed a Facebook administrator. I volunteered to gain more experience.

Towards the end of the season, I wanted even more experience. I messaged the editor (we didn’t know each other) of the Full Press Hockey site. CC Hawkley told me that the best way to gain experience was to do an internship, which he was more than willing to offer me. He helped me improve my writing over the summer and gain the self-confidence I needed. More importantly, it gave me another platform to write and publish my articles.

Good $20 bonus!

During the summer, the Avalanche would slowly return to do their informal skates. I figured nobody covered it, so why not me? At the beginning of September, I was sitting at one of the practices with my son and received a message from Adrian Dater. He was asking me if I had a job and then wanted to meet for coffee. How could I deny the great Adrian Dater? We met over coffee and he started offering me a job at Colorado Hockey Now. It’s been a hectic few weeks, but I’ve become an accredited writer…writing under Adrian Dater. Every day I have to pinch myself a little that HE offered me a job. Let’s face it, I grew up reading this man in the newspaper every day.

I can’t thank you enough for the opportunity I had, especially Dater himself. I can sit next to him at games and watch how the master works. It’s all just a big dream.

In my free time, I love to play ice hockey. I’ve been playing football since 2014 and captained my recreational team for six seasons. I play defense, I’m not that good but I try there.

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