Our Staff

Cody Flavell (@Cody_625)- Founder: I am a huge fan of all things Pittsburgh sports. Graduate of Baldwin High School in the South Hills. Aside from hockey, I do some writing about the Pirates and Steelers.

Chris Halicke (@chalicke)- Staff: One of LTP’s senior citizens. I have my AA in Liberal Arts. Sports journalism is my crack. Avid hockey player and fan. Also big football and baseball fan. I always think I’m right, even when I’m wrong.

Austin Ulm (@_AustinMatthews)- Staff: I am a freshman at The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. I am a goalie who has played hockey for 6 years now. In my free time I enjoy working on cars, and of course playing hockey. I am a huge Penguins fan and also the Oilers.

Brad Franjione (@Pens_Press)- Staff: My name is Brad Franjione. I’m 21 years old pursuing a math education degree at Duquesne University. I’ve been a Pens fan my whole life and have been playing hockey since I was 10. Phil Kessel is a Stanley Cup champion.

Josh Boulton (@ToughCallBlog)- Staff: Cool. Calm. Canadian. I love hockey and I love talking about it with others. Big on player development, player safety, and donairs.

Matthew Matera (@matty4_matera20)- Staff: Recent graduate of the University of Tampa with a degree in Sports Management. I loved sports ever since I could remember so I knew that’s what I wanted to do with my life. Been lucky enough to work for many great sports organizations including the ESPYS Awards show, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sports Talk Florida, and now writing/editing for GMB Sports. When I’m not writing for GMB or Let’s Talk Pens I’m working for the Bradenton Marauders. I’m a passionate, die-hard Penguins fan, but other than hockey I root for sports teams from New York, where I’m originally from.

Brendan Poe (@goodkdmaattacty)- Graphics: I’m a senior in high school, soon to be graphic design student in college. I’ve been a Penguins fan all my life, living about half an hour from the city. I’ve played hockey since I was 4, primarily as a defenseman and goalie. I like to consider myself a hockey jersey nerd; I own 25 from various teams and leagues. I also write on Thursdays for http://hockeyjerseyconcepts.com, and here’s some of my other design work if you’re interested: https://www.behance.net/BpoeCreative.

Connor Andrews (@connorandrews31) Staff: I am a junior in high school currently. I was born in Pittsburgh, but currently live out of state for hockey. I’m a goalie and started playing when I was 8. I’m a huge Penguins fan as well as a big Ducks fan.

Ryan Pawloski (@RyanPawloski_12) Staff: Hi I’m Ryan P, I’m studying sports journalism at Penn State. I over anything Pittsburgh sports especially the Steelers and Pens. I look forward to chasing my dreams of being a successful sports journalist.

Lexi Waltz (@pgh_hockey_) Staff: I am currently a senior in high school and plan to attend Robert Morris University for Sports Marketing. I’ve played soccer for 13 years and played dek hockey for 6 years. My love for hockey started when I was 9 years old and I’ve been obsessed ever since. Other NHL teams I follow are the Dallas Stars and Toronto Maple Leafs.

Steve Czarnecki (@steczar) Staff: British recent bachelors of law graduate and long timer admirer of prospects and prospect related activities. Unabashed supporter of Scott Wilson for top 6 and #FreePouliot. Lover of tables and Fenwick.

Brendan Labra (@Brendan_Labra) Staff: I am a incoming freshman at Messiah College and will be majoring in communications with a minor in journalism. I have been a major Pens fan for years and have just started writing about them recently. I hope to take these skills to pursue a sports journalism career.

Sam Salas (@JarryEgo) Staff: My name is Sam and I’m a Penguins fan living in Florida. I like dogs and any sports.

Luke Bitikofer (@LB13HKY) Staff: I’m Luke Bitikofer and I am currently a Junior in High School. I lived in Central Pennsylvania until I was 10 and currently live in Central Florida. I’ve been obsessed with hockey pretty much ever since I watched the “Mighty Ducks” movies when I was 7. I have been a Penguins fan ever since I saw my first pro hockey game on TV, the 2008 Winter Classic.


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