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)
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 June 2013 08:30
The contest holes this week were Longest Drive on hole #8 for both the handicapped divisions. Gail Clarke in the 20 and above division and Jane Flynn in the 19 and below division drove their balls long and straight, keeping them in the fairway to win their well-deserved prize. Laurie Fox placed her drive 12 feet from the pin on the third hole to win the Closest to the Pin.
Carol Ashton was the first of the season to add her "birdie" to the "Birdie Tree" by scoring a two on the par 3 third hole. Her ball came to rest about twenty feet from the pin. She stroked her uphill putt perfectly for it to fall into the cup. Rose Hansford, keeper of the tree, added Carol's "bird" to one of the branches. Jackie Belanger was the only chip-in and she accomplished this win also with a long putt on hole #5. Her ball was just off the green so she was able to putt a 20-25 foot putt on target to win the competition.
There were five golfers who shot in the 50 and under category. Despite wet conditions the following ladies played well enough to be recognized. Laurie Fox shot a 46, Carol Ashton-47, Val Langbehn and Jan Pano-48 and Denise Doyle-49. Plus Val Langbehn was living large as she won the 50/50 raffle.
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 June 2013 06:57
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Before he heads off to college, though, Nyhan will have a few notable opportunities to represent his hometown. He's been selected to participate in three statewide all-star games.
The first honor this summer will come on Monday, when Nyhan, a catcher and a pitcher, will join the best baseball players in the state for the Maine-New Hampshire All-Star Game, played at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham.
The most high-profile opportunity for him will occur August 3 on Memorial Field in Hanover, when Nyhan will play tight end in the 60th Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl, which pits the best football players of New Hampshire against those from Vermont. Nyhan's appearance in the game will mark the first time that three generations of one family have played in the Shrine game. His father, Chip, was a fullback, and grandfather Daniel Nyhan was a lineman.
For Nyhan, though, it's the least storied event that holds the greatest personal significance.
On June 29, at University of New Hampshire's Crowell Stadium, Nyhan will represent Laconia on the East Team in the 2nd Annual CHaD NH East-West High School All-Star Football Game, an event which benefits the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.
As he prepares for the game, Nyhan's thoughts go back about five years, when his younger brother Griffin started to get sick for reasons that evaded his local doctors. "He didn't eat for like three months," Nyhan recalled. He remembers the feeling of watching his only sibling, who was then in fourth grade, lose pound after pound until he was 30 pounds lighter than before he fell ill.
"Just not knowing what was wrong, it's hard to explain. You always fear the unknown." Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock was finally able to end the mystery, diagnosing Griffin with a rare stomach virus. Griffin has since recovered and is completing his freshman year at LHS.
"It's an extra motivation, a personal game," Nyhan said. "They helped my brother, so I'm going to give back what I've got, fund raise as much as possible." He's been encouraging local businesses to purchase ads in the game handbook. He is also selling coupon books that include a ticket to the game.
Nyhan will have a familiar face on the coaching staff. LHS football coach Craig Kozens will serve as an assistant coach for the CHaD game. Players are nominated by their coaches, then the coaching staff for each side whittles its list of hundreds down to 36. "It's the best talent in the state, the best 72 players in New Hampshire," said Kozens. Team East's head coach will be Bob Camirand, formerly coach of Concord High School.
At Laconia, said Kozens, "He played everywhere for us." Nyhan lined up as outside linebacker, kicker, snapper, quarterback, defensive back and split end. It's as tight end, though, that Nyhan's strengths are best displayed. "He blocks well on the edge, he's got phenomenal hands," said Kozens.
Nyhan has an exciting four years ahead of him, during which he'll continue to play the sports that he loves and will pursue his education. He's currently undeclared, but is considering a major in engineering or physical therapy. He isn't overlooking his unusual opportunities this summer, though.
"It's an honor. I get to represent my city for the cause of helping young kids."
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 June 2013 09:57
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