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Laker Hockey Blog: One Year Later

It was one year at the end of August that we decided to start the experiment that has been the Laker Hockey Blog. If you remember one of our earliest post, this webpage was started as a way to have a consistent source for Lake Superior State University Hockey news, seeing as the local media largely does not cover the Lakers on either side of the St. Marys.

And after looking through some of the stats, and seeing some of the traffic on our Facebook page, I’d say it was worth it. We’ve managed to reach three continents with consistent numbers! (a look at that a little later). It hasn’t been without it’s stresses, as some black hats have thought it would be funny to mess with the site on occasion, or worrying about content, but the pros outweigh the cons.

Now, onto some stats. Note: Depending on where I look at our stats, some numbers are different, but I will be going with the ones I saw first.

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Total Posts & Words:

2017 & 2018 both had 47 posts for a total of 94 total posts.

Articles written in 2017 had a total of 23,793 total words with 506 average words per article.

2018 posts have a total of 21,006 words, with 447 average words per article.

Unique Visitors and Views:

Over the website’s first year, we’ve seen a total of 1,895 total unique readers. This is outrageous to me!

Those viewers have also accounted for 5,329 total views.

Best Single Day:

10/05/2017 was the best day for Laker Hockey Blog, where we had 175 visitors, the most so far. This came a day after the first series preview was posted, but if I remember correctly, the big hit was the interview Mike did with Mike York, the then new assistant coach and former NHLer.

Top 3 Posts:

Home Page

Annual Blue vs Gold Game Showcases Laker Talent

Rumor: Nenadal Out at Lake State

Top Referrals:

Search Engines (778)

Facebook (518)

Twitter (149)

Known Search Terms:

(Now this one is kind of fun. It seems to be a list of some of the known terms that were used on search engines in order to get to the blog. My personal favorite is the final search term:)

amazon (22)

hockey blog (2)

minnesota hockey blog (1)

darrin madeley(1)

keith aldridge – hockey (1)

matt brunetau(1)

where did hockey coach rich metro go (1)

Countries Reached (more than 10 viewers)

USA: 4311

Canada 771

Japan 84

Latvia 47

Sweden 29

UK 15

Germany 15

Ireland 14

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This last category I am extremely proud of. The last few seasons have seen an increase of international students & players wearing the blue & gold, and that has allowed the Laker Hockey Blog to reach audiences on three continents: North America, Europe and Asia. I never expected this to happen.

Thank you to everyone who visits this site, especially the regulars. We hope to keep bringing you quality content over the next year, and hopefully some new types of features. So please like and share our posts on Facebook, follow and Retweet us on Twitter so we can reach that broader audience.

I’ve also just added a button on the sidebar that will allow you to email us, so if you have any questions, comments, concerns or ideas, you can use any of the above ways to contact us, including email. Heck, if you’re coming in from out of town and want some ideas as to what to do or where to eat that’s not covered here, hit us up. We’d love to hear from you.

From all of us here at Laker Hockey Blog, thank you very much for what I’ll call a successful year. The new season is just on the horizon, and there has been a lot of changes this offseason. Whether that proves to be good for the boys in blue have yet to be seen, but we will be in the trenches covering all (well, most) of the action.

 

Thank you!

Welcome Back Students

We here at Laker Hockey Blog would like to welcome all students back to the Sault for the 2018 school year. May both your exams and hangovers be short.

But moreso, the new school year also signals a new hockey season! Yes, a new season is just around the corner, just over a month away as of the writing of this post. For those of us that run the site, however, that means a yearly update.

Yearly update? That’s right, we are roundabout the one year mark here on LHB. I’m hoping to do a little post with some stats on this sometime this week, but before that, the aforementioned updates.

Since nothing updates manually around here, the following cleanup needs to occur:

Roster Update

Schedule

…Yeah, that’s about it for right now. Good news though! The Roster has been updated, as of 8/27. If any changes are announced, we will be sure to update it.

As for the schedule, I will be working on that throughout the week, as there isn’t exactly an easy or reliable way to cheese the system, so it will have to be manually typed out. Not hard, just time consuming. Another post will announce the update.

Now, a note for the future: I was really hoping to get some quality content lined up for over the summer, and get some more of the pages filled out, and getting the site looking a bit more professional…and as you can see, I kind of failed at that. Hell, if it wasn’t for Mike, we wouldn’t have had any content at all, so kudos to him. But moving forward, I hope we can really start to realize my dream for this site, as a one-stop shop for all things Laker Hockey, but I suppose that bridge will be crossed when we get there, eh?

But until then, please help us out by spreading the word. Like our Facebook page, share the page, share our posts. Like us and retweet us on Twitter. I hate begging, but in order to grow the site, it’s something that we’ll need. 

Thank you all for sticking with us for the last year, and hopefully you’ll be with us for many more. Go Blue!

News: Ruggerio Cleared by NCAA

The NCAA has officially cleared Sophomore transfer defenseman Steven Ruggerio to play this weekend against the Michigan Tech Huskies. 

The bad news of is that the team bus left Sault Saints Marie before this news broke. But I would expect to see him in the lineup this weekend, one way or another.

Lukenda departs Lake Superior, joins Kemptville of CCHL

Cooper Lukenda prepares for the 2017 Blue vs White game (Brittany Litchard/LakerHockeyBlog)

Lake Superior State goaltender Cooper Lukenda has left the Laker hockey team to pursue junior hockey.  The sophomore from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario has joined the Kempville 73’s of the Central Canada Hockey League. 

Lukenda came to Lake Superior via Shattuck-St. Mary’s prep school in Faribault, Minnesota.  In his final season at Shattuck, Lukenda posted a 2.79 goals against average and a .897 save percentage in 33 games.

In his time with the Lakers, Lukenda did not play in any games, save for intrasquad exhibitions.  He dressed for the home games against Northern Michigan and Michigan Tech earlier this season.

Because he left for a junior team, he is still eligible to play hockey at the NCAA level.

Current Lakers Ian Johnston and Anthony Nellis came to Lake Superior via the CCHL.  Johnston played for the Brockville Braves, while Nellis starred for the Pembroke Lumber Kings.