Sitting right fucking there

That guy right there. He's the CapGeek guy. He's on The Hockey News's list of influential people. Sitting right fucking there.

I can still remember that night, at the Metro Centre here in Halifax. It was some forgettable game for the Halifax Mooseheads and during the first intermission, everyone in the press box was rushing to grab a sandwich before the healthy scratches got there. And one of the scouts at the game, looking down at a beat reporter typing notes into his laptop, dropped that line in absolute amazement. Because he just figured out Matt Wuest's "secret identity".

I had credentials for the Mooseheads for about half a dozen years or so and Matt was there working for the Daily News and then for the Metro for most of them. But that scout's incredulous reaction is a testament to how he went about his work. He was quiet, worked hard and let his work speak for itself. He also never hesitated to help, whether that was a question about Red Wings prospects, NHL contracts or QMJHL players.

CapGeek is what he'll be remembered by and it's through CapGeek that his passion for the sport of hockey becomes clear. After he made the decision to shutter the site, I, like many people I'm sure, had the conversation with some of my more technically inclined friends about being able to fill that void. We looked at it like a project and tried to do a bit of due diligence. The nuances of the NHL's CBA and the different clauses and rules, the daily transactions and calculations with everything from contract bonuses being carried over to the next year to long term injury reserve to buyouts, etc etc. Plus the quality of the information coming in, which was the lynchpin, as the site would be worthless if it wasn't accurate.

And that's the thing, when you look at the amount of work he put into CapGeek and consider that it was his hobby, the thing he did when he wasn't working, that's where the realization of his passion for the sport really hits home. That's the incredible part of it.

Thank you, Matt.


One other thing to add:

Last summer, CapGeek sold their "Armchair GM" shirts with proceeds going to the Canadian Cancer Society. By that point in time, Matt would have been sick, but that wouldn't have been known by practically anyone. Consider donating to the Canadian Cancer Society here.

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