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Dan Kingerski and Matt Gajtka, freezing on the North Side on Friday.

How many Polish guys does it take to cover hockey? At least two! Pittsburgh Hockey Now is pleased to announce former Penguins beat writer Matt Gajtka has joined both the staff and management of PHN.

Matt had covered the Penguins and the NHL since 2015 at DKPittsburghSports.com, holding the role of lead hockey reporter this season, but that’s far from the extent of his puck-heavy background. Prior to that, he served as sports information director for the Robert Morris University varsity men’s hockey team, a gig that brought him back to the region after chasing the hockey dream elsewhere.

After graduating from Marshall University with a broadcast journalism degree in 2007, Matt set up shop in the United States Hockey League for two seasons, working in a media and broadcasting capacity for both the Youngstown Phantoms and Muskegon Lumberjacks. (No, he never met Jock Callander or Dave Michayluk at the latter stop.) He also co-founded City of Champions, an all-around Pittsburgh sports website on the FanSided network, running operations there from 2011-15. On top of all that, Matt has been the voice of the Peters Township varsity boy’s hockey program for the past three seasons, broadcasting home and road games on Facebook Live with help from our friends at Pittsburgh Hockey Digest.

Now, Matt is set to contribute intelligent, in-depth multimedia content in the form of written stories, podcasts and videos as co-owner of PHN.

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“Getting a chance to both continue to cover the Penguins and participate in a true partnership at PHN is a perfect opportunity at this stage of my career,” Gajtka said. “Can’t wait to dig my skates in.”

Clearly no opponent of corny wordplay, Matt will contribute his first story to PHN on Monday, Feb. 5.

Until then, find him on Twitter and Facebook, as well as in this intro video he and I shot Friday on the North Side:

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Pittsburgh Hockey Now owner, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Jason

    February 2, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    Congrats, Matt. I’ve enjoyed your work the last few years and I’m glad to hear that you are staying involved with the Pens.

  2. praveen

    February 3, 2018 at 1:02 am

    Welcome Matt. So you go from one DK to another DK . ha ha.
    I am a subscriber at Dejan’s site. But I have been visting Kingerski’s sites in all its incarnations all this time too. I like kingerski’s different outlook on the team. But I hope you can bring in some of that personal access to the player , their thoughts that we had at Dejan’s site which can complement Kingerski’s views on the games and the team moves. I hope this site grows because I might be done with that other site because I am fed up with their football coverage as I think that DK doesn’t know football as much as the other sports.

    • Dan Kingerski

      February 3, 2018 at 8:00 am

      Thanks for visiting, Matt (and for reminding me of Pittsburgh Postgame, Pittsburgh Hockey Faceoff–changed for the TV show–and now PHH!)

  3. Ed

    February 3, 2018 at 2:40 am

    Wow! So many talented people here! I’m really sorry to say that I had never heard of this site until today. With Matt coming aboard and all the other talented people here, I’ll definitely be visiting here more.

    • Matt Gajtka

      February 3, 2018 at 9:56 am

      Outstanding to have you. I think Dan and I can complement each other very well!

  4. Howlinmac

    February 3, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    I have really enjoyed your Penguin’s coverage at your previous place of employment. I look forward to your contributions here. Your arrival means that I will definitely be spending more time following this site.

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