About me

 

From prison walls to Amish barns, Rwandan hills and Amazonian jungles, to murder trials and the Stanley Cup final — my career in journalism has been blessed with a wild range of opportunities.

After studying English Lit and Education at Queen's University, I received a Masters degree in journalism at Carleton University. Carleton led to stints with the CBC, The Canadian Press and the Toronto Star, before I became a senior writer at Sportsnet magazine.

Since it launched in September 2011, the magazine has taken me on journeys to Haiti and through the Arctic, with stops at a few baseball diamonds and hockey rinks along the way. With the guidance and help of Sportsnet magazine's remarkble editors and production team, I've won gold at the National Magazine Awards for the sports writing and have been a finalist eight times across a range of categories. 

My time with Sportsnet has also led to exciting new opportunities in storytelling—including television features and non-fiction book publishing. Sportsnet's production of Home and Really Far Away: The Boys from Whale Cove was a finalist for Best Sports Program at the Canadian Screen Awards.

The Crazy Game, a memoir by former NHL goalie Clint Malarchuk, which I co-wrote, was published in the fall of 2014 by HarperCollins Canada and is a national bestseller. I also worked with Blue Jays broadcaster Buck Martinez on his bestselling book Change Up, which was published by HarperCollins Canada in spring 2016. 

Quinn: The Life of a Hockey Legend, a biography of the late Pat Quinn, was published by Viking Canada in fall 2015. It was longlisted for the 2017 RBC Taylor Price for literary non-fiction, and is a national bestseller. 

This site is a small collection of the stories I've had the privilege to share. Please contact me if you're interested in reading more. 

 
 
 
 

Change Up

Buck Martinez has been in and around professional baseball for nearly fifty years as a player, manager and broadcaster. Currently the play-by-play announcer for the Toronto Blue Jays, Martinez has witnessed enormous change in the game he loves, as it has morphed from a grassroots pastime to big business. Not all of the change has been for the better, and today’s fans struggle to connect to their on-the-field heroes as loyalty to club and player wavers and free agency constantly changes the face of every team’s roster.

In Change Up, Martinez offers his unique insights into how Major League Baseball might reconnect with its fanbase, how the clubs might train and prepare their players for their time in “The Show,” and how players might approach the sport in a time of sagging fan interest. Martinez isn’t shy with his opinions, whether they be on pitch count, how to develop players through the minor-league system, and even if there should be a minor-league system at all. Always entertaining, ever insightful, Martinez shares brilliant insights and inside pitches about summer’s favourite game.

-from the book jacket of Change Up by Buck Martinez with Dan Robson, published by HarperCollins Canada, March 2016.