Jonny Lazarus is a content creator, podcast host, and on-air NHL Analyst. He’s a happy-go-lucky guy who is passionate about growing the game of hockey and making it more fun for everyone.
At his core, he’s a content creator who’s passionate about hockey. He’s mashed these two passions together to make a name for himself.
During the 2022 NHL season and playoffs—as well as after Vegas won the cup—he became an instrumental component of the NHL Network’s coverage.
Jonny also creates content for Bleacher Report. You may have seen his “Skating a Lap with an NHL Player” videos, which are both entertaining and insightful. Jonny is expanding his content creation to impact hockey positively.
Listen in for some great takeaways about taking your passions and creating a rewarding career out of them, despite any adversity you may face.
You will want to hear this episode if you are interested in…
- Learn more about Jonny Lazarus and his career [2:53]
- The first thing Jonny bought after losing everything in a fire [5:26]
- What working with the NHL means to Jonny [9:08]
- Jonny shares what the shoutout to Cale Makar meant to him [13:57]
- What it was like to party with the Vegas Knights and the Stanley Cup [15:57]
- Jonny’s advice for student-athletes interested in professional hockey [20:23]
- What hockey has taught Jonny that he carries with him today [23:40]
- Who Jonny looks up to in the hockey media space [26:00]
- What Jonny wishes young hockey players knew about the journey [28:13]
- What Jonny did today that put him in the right mindset for success [33:02]
Jonny’s advice for student-athletes interested in professional hockey
Jonny’s biggest piece of advice? Don’t be lazy. When you have free time after practice, take advantage of what’s around you. Jonny was part of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee so he could meet people outside of hockey. That led to an internship with the Erie Otters where he learned a lot about working in the game of hockey (outside of playing).
He also emphasizes that you need to be able to set yourself up for life after college. You never know what can come from networking and a simple conversation. After the draft in Nashville, Jonny ran into Aaron Cooney, the manager of the media department for the Otters. Aaron gave him an internship and allowed him to do a talk show with the Otters, giving him experience interviewing hockey players.
Ultimately, he points out that it’s not about who you know but it’s about who knows you. Find a way to build relationships because you never know where they’ll lead. Make sure you’re making an impression on people. It’s how Jonny got a job at Bleacher Report. Someone called Fresh Tape Media asking for up-and-coming hockey personalities and they gave Bleacher Report Jonny’s name.
What hockey has taught Jonny that he carries with him today
There are many times that a coach will tell you that you aren’t good enough and you’ll get cut from a team. That’s just how it is. You have to prove yourself. The only way you fail is to stop.
When Jonny was living in Texas, he was ready to quit hockey. His friends were having the time of their lives and he was on the rink all day, every day. It challenged him to see what he was made of. You have to persevere and understand that the lows are never as low as they seem and the highs are never as high as they seem. It’s all about your mindset. Good thoughts make good things happen.
What Jonny wishes young hockey players knew about the journey
Every athlete needs to have something that takes their mind off the game. Jonny points out that everyone’s journey is different. There’s a lot of pressure for kids to be on the ice all the time. Jonny didn’t touch his skates until he was 16.
Jonny knows many amazing players who got so burned out that they never played again. Jonny wasn’t always surrounded by hockey, and no child should be. Jonny would encourage young players to spend time with their friends on and off the ice.
Listen to the whole episode to hear about Jonny’s experience working with the NHL and what it was like to party with the Vegas Knights after they won the Stanley Cup.
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Jonny Lazarus is a happy-go-lucky guy that is passionate about growing the game of hockey and making it more fun for everyone. He currently does a ton of different things around the game, whether it’s hosting for the NHL, creating content for Bleacher Report, or doing Color Commentary for College Hockey, he is always looking for new ways to connect fans to their favorite players.
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