Mr. Always Write’s Monthly Writing Recap: January 2021

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What have you been up to, to ensure a productive start to 2021? I’m happy with the workload I managed and the writing I was able to publish throughout January. It’s important for us to all take some time to reflect along the way and I appreciate you being here to help me do so.

Welcome to 2021!

I’m sure I wasn’t the only one looking forward to kicking off a new year. Regardless of the plethora of reasons as to why this reset was so necessary for all, it’s now on each of us to make the best of what lies ahead.

I hope you had a great start to your new year. Whether that meant you dove into an endeavour you were looking forward to getting underway or you’ve continued to develop a project that was already on the go, just keep working to find fulfilment and accomplishment will follow.

To make things a little more interesting with this month’s writing recap, keep an eye out for a 🥉, 🥈, or 🥇. I’ll put those beside select pieces, indicating my three favourites from the month. Let me know if you would have selected the same ones, on Twitter and in the comments below.

With that said, here’s what I was up to all month — as far as my writing is concerned, anyway.

World Juniors Blowouts & Why It’s Never Wrong to Run Up the Score

Published: January 3, 2021

With the calibre of talent on display at the World Junior Championship every year, it should come as no surprise that 2020’s preliminary round included a total of 139 goals scored. That average of 6.95 goals per through 20 games might not evoke the same type of discussion if the results were 4-3 or 5-2. However, there’s a reason why the age-old debate surrounding high-scoring games resurfaced early this year.

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Mr. Always Write’s Monthly Writing Recap: December 2020

Published: January 5, 2021

Looking to kick off 2021 the right way, I’m here to make good on my commitment to hold myself (and my writing) to an even higher level of accountability with a recap of all I did to end last year with success.

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2021 World Juniors Final: Team Canada & Team USA’s Most Important Players

Published: January 5, 2021

After the 2021 World Junior Championship Semifinals saw Canada dominate Russia 5-0 and the USA bypass Finland 4-3, the two powerhouse nations are set to meet in the gold medal game. With these countries already considered amongst the favourites, it makes sense that the tournament’s stats see their respective rosters lead the way in all major categories. Both have game-breaker type players being looked upon to lift their side to a higher podium finish.

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🥉 Blackhawks Not Wrong Sending Dach to 2021 World Juniors

Published: January 8, 2021

With the 2021 World Junior Championship now complete, the hockey world has shifted its attention to the start of the upcoming 2020-21 NHL season. As many who participated in the junior tournament look forward to joining their pro team, the Chicago Blackhawks are faced with answering skeptics after allowing a now-injured Kirby Dach to represent his country.

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Toronto Maple Leafs: 4 Important Takeaways From Scrimmage

Published: January 11, 2021

Beyond the comfort of their scrimmage bringing some sense of normalcy to a Saturday night, the Toronto Maple Leafs knew this was an important showcase of what their 2020-21 season has in store.

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Best Blackhawks Goalie of All-Time: Esposito, Hall, or Crawford?

Published: January 11, 2021

While the Chicago Blackhawks have had over 85 goalies dress for their franchise, a select few stand out amongst the rest as the best that ever played the position.

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4 Bold Blackhawks Predictions for the 2020-21 Season

Published: January 13, 2021

Storylines have been aplenty for the Chicago Blackhawks this offseason. Unfortunately, with departures and injuries plaguing their locker room, most updates have been less than optimistic. As the Blackhawks prepare to enter what will undoubtedly be a challenging season, to say the least, their rebuilding roster hopes to create narratives of its own. And I tend to think some may be more positive than we’ve been led to believe.

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🥈 Complete Guide to Custom Twitter Hashtags for the 2020-21 NHL Season

Published: January 13, 2021

If you’re anything like me, you love to take advantage of the NHL’s custom Twitter hashtags whenever possible. Yet, you might not always know them all offhand. Well, now you will.

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Blackhawks News & Rumours: Toews, Dach, Kubalik, Subban & More

Published: January 15, 2021

While most hockey fans are overjoyed with the 2020-21 season now underway, Chicago Blackhawks supporters are still searching for positive storylines to follow. Of all the news to come out of Chicago this past offseason, not much of it was good. And that theme holds steady, even as the schedule unfolds.

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2020-21 NHL Season Predictions: Standings, Awards, & the Stanley Cup

Published: January 15, 2021

With the 2020-21 NHL season upon us, there’s no better time to put some predictions to paper so we can see how good my guesses end up being by its conclusion.

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🥇 Blackhawks Need Taxi Squad to Drive Better Results in Net

Published: January 16, 2021

After an 0-2 start to the 2020-21 campaign, in which the Chicago Blackhawks’ top-two goalie tandem allowed 10 goals collectively, it’s time to try something new. In our latest edition of news and rumours, I didn’t hesitate to call out Malcolm Subban for a failed first game and declare that it was Collin Delia’s chance to take over. At this point, they should waste no time moving on to the next in line.

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Toronto Maple Leafs Face Easy Starting Goalie Decision

Published: January 18, 2021

We’re into yet another season where expectations are high for the Toronto Maple Leafs. So, starting with a record of 1-1 was not ideal, while seeing that dip to 1-2 could seem disastrous. Of course, there’s plenty of hockey left to play, but that wouldn’t have been ideal.

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Grading Lankinen’s Debut Performance With the Blackhawks

Published: January 21, 2021

After an 0-3 start to their 2020-21 season, in which the Chicago Blackhawks allowed five goals against per game, it was only a matter of time until we witnessed Kevin Lankinen‘s first NHL start. And it came as the Blackhawks looked to close out their trip to Florida better than it began.

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Blackhawks Banter: Would You Rather… Edition

Published: January 22, 2021

With the way these Chicago Blackhawks have begun their 2020-21 campaign, we haven’t struggled for things to banter about on our live show. We knew they’d struggle but did anyone really expect it to be this bad, this early? Through their first handful of games, Chicago has looked disjointed, clumsy, and sluggish. Whether it gets any better will rely on those who lead the way.

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Blackhawks Unlikely to Call Up Former Fan Favourite Darling

Published: January 26, 2021

To say that Scott Darling has had a rollercoaster ride of a career would not do his journey justice. After playing in more leagues than most realize exist, his perseverance finally paid off when he cracked the Chicago Blackhawks’ roster in 2014-15. While he’s since moved on through a handful of other organizations, Darling has now found his way back to the franchise that saw him achieve his greatest success to date.

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Blackhawks Star of the Week: Lankinen

Published: January 28, 2021

We all witnessed that less than stellar start to the Chicago Blackhawks’ 2020-21 season, so it was hard to imagine how much further they’d fall. Luckily, we haven’t yet had to. They looked like a completely different team through their second week of the play. Whether due to roster revisions or advantageous matchups, the obvious constant throughout those three games was the performance of rookie goaltender Kevin Lankinen.

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What’s In Store Through February?

While I hope to continue the positive momentum my writing gained through January, you might see my focus shared across avenues throughout February.

It’s not that I won’t be writing. I simply have a goal to be a little more balanced with my output, so my marketing services are progressing along the way.

Nevertheless, no matter what I have on my agenda, writing is a constant go-to for me these days. And for all the right reasons. So, please do expect to see more of it and thank you in advance for any pieces you choose to read.

Here’s to a successful February and hoping that you are delving into all the things you love to do most, all month long.

Shaun 💬

Freelance thinker, marketer, and writer. Oxford comma enthusiast. Spider-Man supporter. Hockey fan, with two favourite teams. #ProgressYourPresence

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