(July 6, 2016) – Thoughts From The Penalty Box has been quiet for the last couple of months, but there has been a reason behind it. Today, I can finally announce that I have been named the Sports Director for WOWK-TV in Charleston, West Virginia. In addition to helping launch the station's new sports department and running its day-to-day operations, I will be the primary anchor for WOWK sportscasts. Also, starting this football season, I will be the co-host of "Mountaineer Gameday" – the state-wide pregame show for West Virginia Mountaineer Football.

I'm excited to get started in Charleston in the coming days/weeks, and am particularly intrigued by the local sports I'll get to cover and bring to the people of West Virginia, southeastern Ohio and northeastern Kentucky. In addition to WVU athletics, we'll cover all other universities and colleges in the area, high school sports, the Single-A West Virginia Power and more. I've got a lot of plans in place and am really looking forward to getting to know the sports scene of the area.

I will continue to post periodically here on TFTPB, where I'll keep the focus primarily on hockey. I had the opportunity to be in Las Vegas the week the NHL announced the team (all of the locals I spoke to about it were PUMPED), and I'll definitely have more posts on the future of NHL Expansion down the line. I'll also probably post a much-delayed offseason review article hitting on everything from the announcement of Expansion to Free Agency and offseason trades at some point (time permitting). Plus, I'll continue to provide my thoughts on the goings on in the League as the 2016-17 gets underway and progresses.

There isn't going to be a strict posting schedule (and I wouldn't anticipate another "30 Teams in 30 Days" series), but there will be posts. I'm also always up for talking hockey on Twitter, through email or around town or at the local ice rink in Charleston. Side note: to any men's league teams looking to add a hard-working forward for a Sunday night league within a two-hour drive of Charleston, WV (looking at you, Columbus), please email me.

Here's to the next step...