About

983608_10100197846342345_95226998_nBased out of Canada’s beautiful East Kootenays, Taylor Rocca is the sports editor for the Cranbrook Daily Townsman and Kimberley Daily Bulletin.

Covering the local sports scene, Taylor’s primary beats include following the Kootenay Ice of the WHL and the Kimberley Dynamiters of the KIJHL.

Prior to his arrival in the Cranbrook/Kimberley area, Taylor spent a year in Kindersley, Sask., working as the sports reporter for Jamac Publishing Ltd. During his time with Jamac Publishing, Taylor produced content for as many as six different community weekly newspapers, including the Eston Press Review, Kerrobert Citizen, Kindersley Clarion, Leader News, Macklin Mirror and West Central Crossroads.

With a focus on the Kindersley Klippers of the SJHL, Taylor also chipped in on Klippers webcasts as a colour analyst throughout the 2013-14 season.

10012987_10100358730758685_1056617821_nTaylor’s love for the game of hockey is no coincidence and can be traced back to his childhood growing up in Calgary. Having started playing the game at a young age and continuing on as both a player and on-ice official through high school, Taylor has continued to add to his hockey resume. A career highlight, Taylor spent the summer of 2012 in Toronto working for The Hockey News as an editorial intern.

In 2010, he worked out of the Western Hockey League head office as the league’s special projects coordinator. In 2012, Taylor took on his first play-by-play gig working to webcast the Kamloops International Bantam Ice Hockey Tournament (KIBIHT). This eventually led to an opportunity to work with the Kamloops Storm Junior Hockey Club as a play-by-play announcer and colour analyst on league webcasts during the 2012-13 season. Additionally, he was part of a two-man host crew that shot, edited and produced a bi-weekly segment on the Storm for Shaw TV Kamloops. Once again, Taylor was a part of the broadcast team for KIBIHT in 2013.

Taylor developed his skills as a student journalist in Kamloops, B.C. with separate stints as copy/web editor and roving editor at The Omega, Thompson Rivers University’s independent student newspaper.

1495360_10100321879249405_2055754772_oDuring his time as a sports journalist, Taylor has interviewed a variety of intriguing athletes and sports officials, including Hockey Hall of Famer Lanny McDonald; former St. Louis Blues forward Mike Danton; two-time Canadian Olympic gold medalist Shannon Szabados; CFL Grey Cup MOP Kory Sheets, USA Hockey executive director Dave Ogrean and numerous other professional and amateur sports figures.

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2 responses to “About

  1. Update required! Congrats on the new job, bud.

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