Turning Over The Keys

The time has come.

In a weird and awkwardly timed mid-season announcement, I’m officially retiring from the Admirals Roundtable, and I’m handing over the keys of the franchise to Daniel Lavender.

The Roundtable and the Short Shifts blog before it were my babies. But then something happened…My wife and I became parents of a real baby this past summer. And now, I am finding it increasingly more difficult to devote the time to writing. I don’t want to half-ass it. You deserve better than that.

The time has come to fully pass the Admirals Roundtable torch to Daniel — a guy who bleeds Admirals blue, white, and black. His dedication to the cause will allow the Roundtable to continue to be the best place for Admirals and Predators fans (and I suppose any hockey fan, for that matter) to go for news and analysis about the team. Anyone can read a box score and put it into words. Daniel will continue to go beyond the box score.

As for me, you’ll probably still see me at games periodically. I’m still going to do the game ops stuff on weeknights, and as much as I loathe the twitter, I think I’m still going to participate in that (@RyanAdmirals). I hope to periodically have interesting things to say. And I’ll continue to comment on this site. But at this point…it’s time to walk away from the writing, remember the good times, and thank all of you for reading over the years.

That last one is huge. Sincerely, thank you for your support of these labors of love.  Thanks for playing along when we’ve been goofy (Mountain Fury….Beef-A-Roo….”under there”…dumb nicknames…).  Thanks for sharing your opinions in the comments section.  And thank you for sharing these hockey seasons with me.  The Short Shifts blog started in the fall of 2008.  It’s been a great run.  Thank you for reading, and thank you some more.

And I hope you will continue to support Daniel and this site as we press on with this season of Admirals hockey.


6 thoughts on “Turning Over The Keys”

  1. Good luck to you and your wife with the new baby Ryan and thank you for providing a place for reprobates like me to follow along and make comments about the Admirals. Now get back to work heating that bottle… ;)

  2. Congratulations Ryan on the new family and best of luck in the future. Knowing you, I’m guessing you will still get the itch and chime in from time-to-time. Thanks for “overachieving” with your Admirals efforts over the years!

  3. Congrats on the fam, Ryan! We thought we were losing you on the game ops after last season… It appeared you and Meg were training a possilbe replacement host… Glad to hear that’s not the case!!! Speaking of which, what was the deal with that guy last season?

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