Every once in a while, someone comes up with something on-line that makes you wonder why on earth it hadn't existed before. Hockey-Recap.com fits into that category.
The extensive recap-on-a-page is the brainchild of Montreal native Gary Cohen, who looks like he just may have a winner on his hands. Where else can you find out this much about the previous night's games without a single point and click?
The site is an extension of what Cohen's done with The Baseball Cube, which at the moment is a far more evolved version of what the hockey site currently looks like. Here's a look at some of the thinking that went into the baseball version of the site.
In terms of comprehensive on-line resources, hockey has a ways to go to catch some of the other sports, so any time we've got an addition like this, I think we should jump up, support it and, hopefully, watch it grow.
Cohen had attempted a 'Hockey Cube' in the past, a startup that didn't find anywhere near the following of his baseball site. "The Hockey Cube has recently shut down, and there are no plans to continue the other sites," he told Batter's Box in May, 2004. "Hockey was complete, but it was not receiving anywhere near the traffic that The Baseball Cube received. Over the year, it has [become] evident to me that baseball is the most natural partner with the Web, and so all my efforts will be placed on The Baseball Cube."
I agree that might have been true in the past, but the on-line hockey community — and especially the blogosphere — has definitely taken strides forward over the past two years. And while that's not something you can easily quantify, I'd estimate there are from anywhere to five to 10 times as many hockey blogs of note as there were in 2004.