Twitter Handle: @BarryRozner
Credentials: Sports columnist for the Arlington Heights (Ill.) Daily Herald; Fill-in, part-time radio host on WSCR-AM
What Makes Him Worth It
The Daily Herald may be the third newspaper in the Chicago area behind the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times, but Rozner does not have to take a backseat to anyone when it comes to hockey knowledge or insight.
He loves hockey, has been covering it for decade and he has built up plenty of respect in the locker room. He grew up in Chicago loving the Blackhawks, but he is a thoroughly professional writer who tells the truth about the team. He does not let his childhood passion color his thoughts.
He is not afraid to to tell the truth about the Blackhawks, but you get a bonus when you follow Rozner because of his hate of all things Vancouver. He has called out the "goons" and "felons" that he believes have populated that organization for years. As a result, the supersensitive Canucks fans have become his followers so that he could respond to his trash talking. It's worth the price of admission.
Rozner loves to tell stories about himself. While that may sound obnoxious and conceited, it is not. He does not tell stories that promote his brand. Instead, he reveals the most embarrassing incidents that he has lived. Rozner's tale of a horrific bathroom accident that occurred while he was on the golf course is revolting upon first hearing it, but it is a testament to his honesty and refusal to put himself in the best possible light.