Hello, I'd Like to Introduce Myself, My Name is...

Hey, everyone. I'm Angie, and I'll be one of your Islanders writers for this offseason and beyond. 

I'm really excited to be a part of the TCL Isles staff, and I hope everyone enjoys what I have to bring to the table. Here are some things about me before we begin...

I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, and lived there until I was 19 years old. From there, I moved to the Buffalo area, where I currently reside. 

Even in Sabres country, I've managed to represent the blue and orange. I've made it to multiple Isles-Sabres games and worn my Moulson and Tavares shirts on the streets of Buffalo with impunity (mainly because people here don't harbor as much hatred for the Isles as, say, the Senators). I've followed this team for seven full seasons, and I don't think I'm about to change my colors now. 

I also want to transition at some point from blogging, which I've been doing since age 16, into a career in journalism. I've been writing creatively since the age of five (and still enjoy doing so) and I've known for years that no matter what, I want to make a living and a career off of it. I've still got a ways to go, but I'm halfway to my Bachelor's degree and ready to keep it moving. (I'm also the lead writer for another Isles site, Arbour Day, hosted on the Aerys Sports network.)

As you've probably noticed, my experience as a fan has been relatively short compared to some (or probably most) of my fellow writers here on the Isles edition. It's been long enough, though, to realize that this organization has a lot of its work cut out for itself. I've seen one good season -- 2006-07, when Ted Nolan coached the club to its first post-lockout playoff berth -- and I've seen some bad games, seasons and decisions. A few too many to name, in fact.

With that being said, I still enjoy watching this team grow and develop on the ice, as I see some really good things happening. Now is a time for realism, for sure. We all know the situation regarding the Isles' future. But for now, we're still on the Island, so... why not make the most of it?

You'll definitely get more of my opinions about this and other things as the summer stretches on, but for now, I'll leave it at that. It's great to be a part of TCL, and I'm looking forward to getting comfortable here!

Until next time.