The Staff

Howie Wirtheim – Co-Host of What’s Brewin in Hockey

A lifelong sports fanatic (Proud New York Rangers Season Ticket holder – Long Time New York Yankees Season Ticket holder – US Open Ticket Plan owner) knew he wanted to work in sports since he was in middle school and achieved that goal in 2001 when he was hired to be the Media Relations Coordinator for the New York Islanders (NHL) and New York Dragons (AFL). Spent 3+ seasons with both teams before being laid off during the NHL lockout. Since that time, has taken the opportunity to teach journalism in a Queens HS. Attended Hofstra University during the Jay Wright/Speedy Claxton era. Lives in Long Beach, NY.

Shannon Caulfield-  NHL Writer
Shannon Caulfield is a South Jersey native from Ocean City. She grew up in a hockey household and spends her free time working for and of course lends her firey, unapologetic voice to What’s Brewin’ Sports for all things hockey. She is currently Miss May for the site. Shan is 23 and attending Rowan University as an Athletic Training major. When not participating in all hockey related things, she enjoys reading, listening to music, attending concerts and of course her favorite, spending a ton of time on the beach. Wanna talk puck? email or tweet her @Shannybaby99 and

Mike Dussault- New England Patriots Reporter
Mike Dussault writes about all things New England Patriots. He is a homer. He has a soft spot for hard core Xs and Os. He believes in the Fairbanks-Bullough 3-4 defense, safeties who bring the lumber, low pad level, and touchdown celebrations that last two weeks.  His work has been featured on, Yahoo Sports, and and has been a featured guest on podcasts as well as a Pats panelist at Boston Sports Then and Now’s Blogapalooza.

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Kelsey O’ Donnell- Features Writer
Kelsey O'Donnell
I’m 23 years old from Bayonne, New Jersey.  I’m a senior at New Jersey City University and expecting to graduate May 2011.  I’ll be getting my BA in English with a concentration in journalism.  I grew up an athlete play soccer and basketball for most of my life.  I also grew up an avid sports fan.  My goal for the future is to find my calling in sports media whether it’s writing or broadcasting.
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Jim Hague- Best Selling Author (In Italy)

Hague is a Jersey City native who attended St. Peter’s Prep (Class of 1979) and Marquette University before becoming a sportswriter in 1983, when he took his first professional job with the Morristown Daily Record.
Before signing on with the Daily Record, Hague was the public relations director and public address announcer for the Jersey Indians, a Class AA located in his hometown of Jersey City, in the summer of 1978, where he watched future Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson play on a daily basis.
He remained at the Daily Record through 1985, then had short stints with the North Jersey Advance in Dover and the Woodbridge News-Tribune, both papers that have since closed.
In September 1986, Hague joined the staff of the Hudson Dispatch in Union City, New Jersey. where he remained until that paper’s demise in April, 1991. During his stint at the Hudson Dispatch, eventually becoming one of the paper’s most known sports columnists, Hague won several New Jersey Press Association and North Jersey Press Club awards. Hague also became known for his coverage of the Meadowlands Grand Prix, the Indy car race held in the parking lot of the Meadowlands Sports Complex, and was recognized nationally for his coverage.
In 1991, Hague became the first-ever sports columnist for the Hudson Reporter newspaper chain, where he has also garnered several awards. He remains with the newspaper chain today. He also currently writes a sports column for The Observer of Kearny, where he has written since 2002. Hague is also a stringer for the Associated Press, covering Seton Hallbasketball and New York Red Bulls soccer among his assignments.
During his career, Hague has also worked as the Sports Information Director at St. Peter’s College in Jersey City (1986–1990) and has done several different radio and television appearances.
Hague spent 12 years working for Dorf Feature Services, providing stories for The Star-Ledger of Newark. During his days there, Hague covered the New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets, compiled the information for the Ledger’s High School Football Team of the Century (1999) and covered a variety of sports.
In 2005, Hague’s first book, “Braddock: The Rise of the Cinderella Man,” was published by Chamberlain Brothers, a subsidiary of Penguin Books. The book, written about former heavyweight boxing champion James J. Braddock, was published in England and in Italy and appeared on the best seller list in Italy in August that year.
In 2007, Hague returned to his roots as he returned to the Morristown Daily Record, covering high school football, cross country, indoor track, hockey and golf.
Since 2004, Hague has been the public address announcer for both Rutgers-Newark and New Jersey Institute of Technology sporting events. Hague also writes a weekly Athlete of the Week feature for the Rutgers-Newark athletic website.
He can be contacted at on on twitter @ogsmar

Chris Wassel – Featured NHL Writer and Jack Of All Trades
So the reality is this I am not just a featured NHL writer but I do write a bit about everything else.  It just how it is when you are onThe Program.  I write about all things hockey as well as all things sports. Most have said the summer is my experimental time of year until my first love hockey comes around in the Fall.  That is probably true.  At any rate, you can find me on Twitter @TheProgramBTR.  It will never be dull there.