Four-time Stanley Cup winner Ab McDonald and I at the book launch of Golden Boys: The Top 50 Manitoba Hockey Players of All Time. I miss you buddy.

I guess you could say that things are coming full circle.

I first got into the media business by starting an independent blog called Jets Talk after the Winnipeg Jets first returned to the National Hockey League in 2011.

It wasn’t great. But it was my start in the “business.”

Ten years later, I am now officially returning to independent media. I feel it is the way of the future. In ten years, I’ve certainly grown as a hockey writer and historian.

At the age of 28, I’ve now written seven books about the history of hockey. The greatest of which perhaps being my upcoming biography on Hall of Fame legend Bill Mosienko (famous for his three goals in 21 seconds record that will never be broken).

Mosienko: The Man Who Caught Lightning In A Bottle is slated to be released on October 22nd at bookstores across Canada. (

Over the years, I’ve written for some of the top hockey publications on the planet, including The Hockey NewsNHL.comInternational Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), Bleacher Report, and many more. Through this, I’ve been fortunate enough to earn media credentials at several NHL arenas and have enjoyed watching many games from the press box.

Trying to keep up in the locker room post-game with newest Winnipeg Jets defenseman Brendan Dillon.

My main hockey-related passion has always been the history of the game and hearing the stories of the players that have helped shape it.

Over the past ten years, the relationships I’ve built with former players and their families have been instrumental in getting myself to where I am today. And these relationships will sprinkle throughout the articles you read in this newsletter.

I really hope NHL History with Ty Di Lello will become one of your regular stops to read up on some fascinating stories about the history of hockey and the National Hockey League.

I was very happy to get 91-year-old Bob Chrystal’s stories into a book a few years back. What a life he’s had!
Pekka Rinne sure looks good holding up my first book.😊 He was gracious enough to allow myself to interview him for it.

Writing this inaugural post reminded me of the excitement I had writing my first for Jets Talk. Only this time around, I have a decade of experience, a heck of a lot more contacts in and around the NHL, and I think I’ve even gotten just a tinge better at the ol’ writing game too.

If you subscribe to NHL History with Ty Di Lello, you can expect a story in your email’s inbox every Friday morning.

Biographies, quirky and player-told stories, and much more! I have so many stories just sitting on my laptop waiting to be told from the likes of the oldest player I’ve ever interviewed in Milt Schmidt (who played in the NHL in the 1930s!) to current NHL superstar Nikita Kucherov. So if you’re a fellow hockey historian like myself, I can promise that you won’t be disappointed by what’s to come in this newsletter.

I plan on keeping this newsletter free for the next while as I get my bearings here, so why not subscribe in the meantime and see what this is all about!

Sometime in early 2022, there will be a transition to a cheap ($5 a month) paid subscription model while also ensuring that free subscribers still get an article every two weeks.

Wrapping this introduction up, I’d like to thank you the reader for however long you’ve followed my work. If you’re new, I look forward to showing you my stuff. This is a big leap of faith, but one I am excited to make. I hope you’ll join me on this new journey, and I can’t wait to take you along for what should be an entertaining ride.

John Mayasich (pictured) may have been the top college player ever to never get a shot in the NHL.

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Hockey author and historian Ty Di Lello shares some of the timeless stories that have shaped the sport of hockey.


Ty Di Lello is the author of several hockey books including "Mosienko: The Man Who Caught Lightning In A Bottle". He is an accredited writer with the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).