-About this Site: If you’ve ever wondered what the life of an NHL.com employee is like outside of work, than you’ve come to the right place. Read all about my adventures and misadventures in the Big Apple. From living in my rich, culturally diverse neighborhood — Harlem– to my job with the NHL; The craziest things are always happening to me. So, if you love hockey, or just love the occasional funny story, than chances are, you will enjoy my blog.

About the Author:Profile Deborah “Debs” Francisco is a Team Sites Producer for NHL.com. When she is not watching hockey at work, she is usually playing hockey at Chelsea Piers, coaching hockey at Central Park’s Lasker Rink, or she can be found exploring Harlem, writing fiction, reading the Wall Street Journal, or wishing she was Canadian.

Debs was formerly a staff writing intern for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Her articles regularly appeared in the Penguins game day program, Ice Time, and on PittsburghPenguins.com. She has written for InsideHockey.com, MVN.com and Patrol Magazine’s sports blog, No Crying in Sports. She is a graduate of The King’s College in New York City where she majored in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PP&E) with a concentration in media. As a sophomore, she interned at Madison Square Garden, home of the New York Rangers, in the new media department.

Her love for hockey started at age 12 when her older brothers finally sat down to watch a Colorado Avalanche game with her and patiently taught her the rules of the game. The first NHL game she attended was a heated rivalry tilt between the Avalanche and the Red Wings at the Pepsi Center. Shortly after discovering her love for the game, she became the Los Alamos Monitor’s beat writer for the Hilltoppers’ ice-hockey team from 2002-2005. The Monitor eventually hired her as a freelance sportswriter. She started playing hockey for the first time  in an adult pick-up league in Santa Fe, New Mexico in the summer of 2007. She currently resides in Manhattan’s Upper-Upper West Side — Harlem, baby!

Debs and Stanley

Penguins' head coach Dan Bylsma and Debs Francisco hoist the Stanley Cup at the Penguins' victory parade in June 2009.