He’s a hell of a hockey writer. He’s an even better person. And the stories about his grandmother are hilarious. But that’s not why Josh Yohe of The Athletic is one of my favorite people in Pittsburgh.
I moved to the ‘Steel City’ in March of 2017 and the Pittsburgh Penguins were in the stretch run of the regular season and by all accounts were primed at a run to win back-to-back Stanley Cup championships. Coming from Dallas, hockey wasn’t exactly my strong suit, and I had questions. Oh, so many questions. What the hell is icing? What’s with all the nicknames? Horny? Really? But to his credit, Josh answered every single one despite, me, being the “outsider” from Dallas coming into this tight knit community.
The more time we spent doing TV shows together, attending Penguins practices and games, Josh continued to answer my questions and make me feel like part of the group and I can’t thank him enough for that.
We had a chance to catch up today and I wanted to go “behind the scenes” of what Josh experiences at NHL arenas if he’s superstitious (he is) and the biggest life lesson he’s learned from his grandmother. Watch til the end, you won’t be disappointed about the story he tells about her.
And he’s not kidding about the things Phil Bourque talks about in their book, “If These Walls Could Talk.” I can attest, it’s a phenomenal read. Plus, it’s not like you don’t have time on your hands these days.
Josh is a hell of a hockey writer. Can grow a seriously mean beard. And just an all-around good dude.