If you're born in the Greater Toronto Area, hockey is basically a way of life. It's hard to be from here and not be completely surrounded by it. Though I was never great or had much of a chance to make it anywhere, my love for the game is as big as anyone out there. I still live in the Toronto area to this day and hope to always live here. Besides hockey, I am an avid baseball fan and occasionally enjoy watching basketball. My favorite teams, all being Toronto. It's safe to say that I've had my fair share of heartbreak.
How It All Began...
My first platform was twitter. It started as an account posting just chirps. It built up to almost 60,000 followers pretty quickly. I created the account to tailor the tweets of a typical hockey player. I felt I needed to expand to other social media as well, so I acted on that and used Twitter to build Pucksnaps on Snapchat.
I created Pucksnaps in February of 2015. A lot of people don't know this, but it started as hockey highlights and I gained 2000 followers in just under a day. From that it quickly exploded to 11,000 viewers in a week. That's when I unfortunately experienced my first ban. As you guys know, if you follow me, I have been banned a lot of times. The biggest account I had featured 80,000 daily viewers. I decided that I again wanted to expand to other social media and made an Instagram, currently my favorite platform.
While running my accounts and talking to several people, I came into contact with someone who showed me the website called Teespring. This is the website that I used to sell my clothing off of. I decided to try it out in November of 2014. It has been not only relatively successful, but also a bit of a hobby to run. It taught me that the more work you put into something, the more you can benefit from it. My main goal is to have different designs available for everyone to choose from and enjoy. I strive to have clean designs that people can wear to the rink or look a bit more classy in with a pair of jeans as well, while trying to follow the modern trends of sports at the same time. The ultimate goal of mine would be to go to hockey, walk into the arena and see someone with my shirt on. That would be amazing.
After selling quite a few shirts initially, I had the idea of using all profits before Christmas to give to a charity that I know and have used before. So I bought a few hundred dollars worth of toys and dropped them off. They were delivered to kids in need who's parents cant afford toys that live in my area. It was truly touching knowing I could use this platform to help people in need. I am so thankful to everyone who has purchased my clothing and who continues to support my company. I try and do a lot of little things with my clothing to try and help people in need. I've seen many times over the course of these years how giving someone a tee, sweater or hat can truly make their day a bit better.
Thank You For Reading!
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