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 218), 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.