John Hoven is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers Association and founder/editor of MayorsManor.com – a multi-award winning site, including being named Best Sports Blog in Los Angeles by LA Weekly and Hockey Blog of the Year by Yahoo Sports.
He can also be heard every weekend on NHL Network Radio (Sirius 211, XM 218). West Coast Bias, gives listeners a look at things through a decidedly different point of view and attempts to balance out all the Eastern flavor existing throughout the media. Each episode not only features players, coaches and General Managers, but celebrities talking about their love of sports.
Going back in time, long before MayorsManor and his other current projects, Hoven – aka ‘The Mayor’ – was a featured contributor for several hockey publications in the 1990s. Over the last two decades he’s traveled throughout North America – from junior games in Canada to college games in the U.S., twice to the Winter Olympics (2002 and 2010), the 2004 World Cup of Hockey…and for games in nearly every NHL city, even including a few places that have since lost their team.
As a credentialed sports writer based in Los Angeles, his stories have appeared daily on MayorsManor.com since 2009 and his work has also been featured by ESPN and in The Fourth Period magazine; as well as in print for the LA Newspaper Group. Known for his inside information and interviews, Hoven is also a regular guest on several sports radio shows across North America – talking everything from the prospects to the pros. As the recognized authority on LA Kings prospects, Hoven provides detailed progress reports on the team’s prospects, as listed here.
Through his membership in the Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA) – the recognized leaders among people covering National Hockey League teams – he is eligible to vote on the major NHL awards (i.e. Byng, Calder, Hart, Masterton, Norris and Selke), the All-Star Team and All-Rookie Team.
Additionally, Hoven has covered the NHL Draft, NHL Awards and NHL Stanley Cup Finals. Plus, he’s attended the Super Bowl, NBA Finals, MLB All-Star Game and the 2008 Summer Olympics in China.
Besides his work in baseball and hockey, he’s also written about other athletes and celebrities from the worlds of Mixed Martial Arts, NHRA drag racing, pro wrestling and a wide variety of musical acts.
His first live UFC event was in September 2003. Since then, he’s been cageside for more than 100 live MMA events – including UFC, Bellator, Strikeforce, WEC, World Series of Fighting, IFL, WFA, King of the Cage, and many more. His most recent MMA work for Sherdog, covering all major UFC events, can be found here.
If you ‘ve made it this far down the page and are still dying to know why people call him ‘The Mayor’ – well, the short version of the story is about 15 years ago, a small group of people started calling him that because of his endless contacts; all of varying ages and backgrounds. Wherever they went, Hoven always seemed to know somebody. And it’s from that vast network of connections that he’s still able to cull information and opportunities.