Vancouver Canucks reporter Jason Botchford: A tribute to a great man

VANCOUVER, BC MARCH 12: (EDITORS NOTE: This image has been altered at the request of the Vancouver Canucks.) Members of the Vancouver Canucks (L-R) - Front Row - Jacob Markstrom #25, Ian Clark, Goaltending Coach, Manny Malhotra, Assistant Coach, Newell Brown, Assistant Coach, Jonathan Wall, Senior Director, Hockey Operations & Analytics, Chris Gear, Vice President and General Counsel, Trent Carroll, Chief Operating Officer, Francesco Aquilini, Chairman, Jim Benning, General Manager, John Weisbrod, Assistant General Manager, Stan Smyl, Senior Advisor to General Manager and Director Player Development, Travis Green, Head Coach, Nolan Baumgartner, Assistant Coach and Thatcher Demko #35. (L-R) - Second Row - Ben Brown, Director, Media Relations and Team Operations, Dave Zarn, Assistant Athletic Trainer, Jon Sanderson, Head Athletic Trainer, Jay Beagle #83, Elias Pettersson #40, Brock Boeser #6, Loui Eriksson #21, Alexander Edler #23, Christopher Tanev #8, Brandon Sutter #20, Bo Horvat #53, Antoine Roussel #26, Pat ONeill, Equipment Manager, Brian Hamilton, Assistant Equipment Manager, Mac Stewart, Equipment Assistant, Mike Brown, Senior Manager Team Services. (L-R) - Third Row - Darryl Seward, Video Coach, Glenn Carnegie, Skill Coach, Graeme Poole, Rehabilitation Therapist, Alex Biega #55, Markus Granlund #60, Ryan Spooner #15, Ben Hutton #27, Derrick Pouliot #5, Sven Baertschi #47, Troy Stecher #51, Tyler Motte #64, Nick Addey-Jibb, Athletic Trainer, Bryan Marshall, Strength and Development Coach, Roger Takahashi, Strength and Conditioning Coach. (L-R) Fourth Row - Tim Schaller #59, Guillaume Brisebois #56, Nikolay Goldobin #77, Adam Gaudette #88, Jake Virtanen #18, Josh Leivo #17, Tanner Pearson #70, Ashton Sautner #29 and Luke Schenn #2 pose for their official team photo at Rogers Arena on March 12, 2019 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
VANCOUVER, BC MARCH 12: (EDITORS NOTE: This image has been altered at the request of the Vancouver Canucks.) Members of the Vancouver Canucks (L-R) - Front Row - Jacob Markstrom #25, Ian Clark, Goaltending Coach, Manny Malhotra, Assistant Coach, Newell Brown, Assistant Coach, Jonathan Wall, Senior Director, Hockey Operations & Analytics, Chris Gear, Vice President and General Counsel, Trent Carroll, Chief Operating Officer, Francesco Aquilini, Chairman, Jim Benning, General Manager, John Weisbrod, Assistant General Manager, Stan Smyl, Senior Advisor to General Manager and Director Player Development, Travis Green, Head Coach, Nolan Baumgartner, Assistant Coach and Thatcher Demko #35. (L-R) - Second Row - Ben Brown, Director, Media Relations and Team Operations, Dave Zarn, Assistant Athletic Trainer, Jon Sanderson, Head Athletic Trainer, Jay Beagle #83, Elias Pettersson #40, Brock Boeser #6, Loui Eriksson #21, Alexander Edler #23, Christopher Tanev #8, Brandon Sutter #20, Bo Horvat #53, Antoine Roussel #26, Pat ONeill, Equipment Manager, Brian Hamilton, Assistant Equipment Manager, Mac Stewart, Equipment Assistant, Mike Brown, Senior Manager Team Services. (L-R) - Third Row - Darryl Seward, Video Coach, Glenn Carnegie, Skill Coach, Graeme Poole, Rehabilitation Therapist, Alex Biega #55, Markus Granlund #60, Ryan Spooner #15, Ben Hutton #27, Derrick Pouliot #5, Sven Baertschi #47, Troy Stecher #51, Tyler Motte #64, Nick Addey-Jibb, Athletic Trainer, Bryan Marshall, Strength and Development Coach, Roger Takahashi, Strength and Conditioning Coach. (L-R) Fourth Row - Tim Schaller #59, Guillaume Brisebois #56, Nikolay Goldobin #77, Adam Gaudette #88, Jake Virtanen #18, Josh Leivo #17, Tanner Pearson #70, Ashton Sautner #29 and Luke Schenn #2 pose for their official team photo at Rogers Arena on March 12, 2019 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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Ben Steiner: Contributor

Botchford meant a lot to me. Especially as an up and coming member of the sports media community. When I was 10 years old I did a Canucks “reporter for a day” experience and that was the first time I met Jason.

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Even to a 10-year-old he was welcoming, mentor-like and took me seriously despite my age.

Years went by before I would see him again. I am sure he forgot about me at that time, but his first impression stuck with me. When I started to take writing more seriously I reached out to him again, and he was insanely helpful. He helped edit some of my work, told me how to improve and began to teach me to write in his style.

This winter I was covering the Vancouver Warriors of the National Lacrosse League, and was lucky enough to share the seat in Rogers Arena press box with one of the best. Throughout my coverage, I even tried writing using his “Athletties” style; GIFing key events and highlighting game snippets.

I will miss his mentorship, personality, as well as his hardworking ethic and no shortcut attitude. Jason made me a better writer and a better person. It will be weird being around the stadium knowing he’s not there yelling, but he will always be there in my thoughts.

Matthew Zator: Contributor

After reading all the stories about Jason Botchford and how he interacted with bloggers/podcasters, I regret not starting my journey earlier. I wish I could have interacted with him and picked his brain.

His legacy will live on with the provies/athletties and his many great articles. I always looked forward to reading them. He was a central media figure in Canucks Twitter, Hockey Twitter, Vancouver and Canada, as well as a passionate fan. If I become even a quarter of what he was, I will be happy.