Published DateLACONIA — Nicholas Goss wanted to be a sports writer ever since he was old enough to think about a career.
And now, just 23 and only a year out of college he is the NHL lead writer for Bleacher Report, the fast growing digital sports media network which last year was acquired by CNN after the network dumped long-time partner Sports Illustrated in favor of B/R.
''I really am living the dream. I thought I'd have to spend years covering high school and college sports teams before working at this level,'' says Goss, a 2012 graduate of Suffolk University whose first big assignment for B/R was the third game of the Stanley Cup finals in 2011 when the Bruins blitzed the Vancouver Canucks 8-1.
''It was great getting to cover the Bruins and their Stanley Cup that year. It was just perfect timing,'' says Goss, who also worked at the Boston Globe as an intern for seven months in 2011, covering the town of Needham and for Boston Globe West and doing breaking stories for the Globe's Metro section.
The Greater Boston area is very familiar to Goss, whose family lived in Quincy, just south of Boston, until moving to Laconia in 2000.
''We used to stay at Holiday Bay during the summers and my parents liked the Lakes Region so much that we moved there,'' says Goss, who recalls playing basketball in the Lou Athanas League at Pleasant Street and Laconia Middle School for many years. He also played soccer at Laconia High School and was on the track team for a year.
After graduating from Laconia High School in 2008, Goss went to Keene State University for a year before transferring to Suffolk University, located in the heart of Boston.
He served two internships with B/R and has been with them since September of 2010. He currently works out of his apartment in Watertown, where in late April the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects engaged in a shootout with police.
Goss said the suspects went past his apartment building during a police chase and tossed one of their explosive devices into the street right in front of the building.
He has been a credentialed reporter for the Stanley Cup playoffs and finals for the past three years and his commentary is featured prominently on the B/R website. His most recent piece looked at defensive breakdowns by the Bruins in Game 4 which was won 6-5 by the Chicago Blackhawks in overtime.
Goss says he gets to cover the Bruins live about a dozen times a year and says that he is very comfortable with the on-line nature of his work versus that of a traditional news room.
''We're looking to provide more on-line content and are happy with what we're seeing,'' says Goss, who says that he is amused by reader comments which call him ''a homer'' for the Kings or the Bruins.
''I cover the whole NHL so at one time or another I've been called a 'homer' for just about every team,'' says Goss.
His writing at Bleacher Report has been featured on the sports pages of CBSSports.com, SeattlePi, Chron.com, Philly.com, LA Times, NHL.com, Forbes.com, CNN.com and USA Today. He has also made appearances on CNN World Sport, ESPN Radio and CBS Radio.
B/R's contributors publish upwards of 1,000 original daily articles. The network specializes in generating content about trending news topics, with an emphasis on delivering opinion-oriented analysis and multimedia programming via varied content formats and mobile technologies.
Goss says that he was fortunate to land such a good sports writing job right out of college and offers some advice to those who would try to emulate his success.
''Look for every opportunity and go the extra mile to make yourself stand out. I served two internships and did a lot of assignments on my own to show what I was capable of doing. There's a market out there for quality work and that's what you have to strive for,'' says Goss.
Laconia High School graduate Nick Goss, now the lead NHL writer for Bleacher Report, interviews Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins. (Courtesy photo)