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 week on NHL Network Radio (Sirius 211, XM 91), where he gives listeners a decidedly different point of view and attempts to balance out all the Eastern flavor existing throughout the media. Check out some West Coast Bias here.
Hoven – aka ‘The Mayor’ – has 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. Over that time, he has become the recognized authority on LA Kings prospects, providing detailed progress reports on the team’s prospects, as listed here.
Besides his work in hockey, he has also written about other athletes and celebrities from the worlds of Major League Baseball, NHRA drag racing, pro wrestling and a wide variety of musical acts, as well as attended the Super Bowl, NBA Finals, and the 2008 Summer Olympics in China. Hoven’s extensive work in the world of Mixed Martial Arts grew from his first live UFC event in September 2003, to being 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, several people from his inner circle started calling him that because wherever they went, Hoven always seemed to know somebody. It quickly caught on; and it’s from that vast network of contacts that he’s still able to cull information and opportunities.
About Our Other Writers
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Andy Tonge is a goalie at heart, having been one since the age of seven. His love for the sport began when he started watching games with his dad a few years before lacing up his first pair of skates when he was five. As the first senior writer for MayorsManor, he provided daily coverage of the Kings AHL affiliate when they were in Manchester for two years, up to and including their 2015 Calder Cup Championship. Along the way, he also has provided coverage at the NHL Draft, written for The Hockey News, and been a guest on several podcasts. For some reason, Andrei Loktionov is his spirit animal.
Cody Warner provides readers with ongoing coverage of the Kings’ AHL affiliate. A native of Ontario, Calif., Cody laced up his skates for the first time at the age of eight years old and never looked back. His on-ice career includes over 15 years of playing both club ice and roller hockey, a season of junior hockey, coaching and officiating the game, as well. The cyclical nature of hockey and relative shortage of stoppages is what attracts him to the game most.
Dan Arel is a published author, full-time journalist, and father of two who covers the San Diego Gulls. He is also a youth hockey coach and can frequently found lacing up his stakes for adult pickup games at the San Diego Ice Arena.
Sheng Peng was a pudgy, unpopular seven year old when he finally got into something hip: Wayne Gretzky and those fresh silver and black Kings unis. Still a bit pudgy but hopefully a little more popular, Sheng now writes for MayorsManor and Jewels from the Crown.
Brittany Patko is a journalism student at Cal State University Fullerton with a strong passion for hockey, which has been growing since she was eight years old. Her parents are ardent Kings fans, despite living in Orange County. She loves the aggressiveness of the game and the passion of the fanbases throughout the NHL and Canadian junior leagues.