Pete Spitler

Pete Spitler


For the last six years, I've worked as a sports reporter for a large regional newspaper covering both prep and college sports at Southern Illinois University. I've also created my own summer series called "On the Job" where I take a turn at different sports-related occupations (I.E. groundskeeper, lifeguard, football coach, etc.)

I've been fortunate enough to win five awards in my career (Best Breaking News Story twice, Best Sports Story twice and First Place in the 2008 Associated Press Editor's Association Editorial Excellence contest in the Division B Sports News category.

I played 10 years of inline hockey, including five years with Southern Illinois University, with a career college goaltending record of 64-38-10, good enough for second all-time in wins with the Salukis. I still hold the school record in single-game saves with 58.

But my life isn't all about statistics. I'm a fan of the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers and was fortunate to be in attendance at Game 4 in 1997 to see the Wings win the Stanley Cup for the first time in 42 years. To this day, that is the greatest thing I've ever been involved in as a spectator.

For those of you who took the time to read this space, I say thank you. At heart, we're all sports fans who crave every shred of info about our favorite teams - some just show it more than others (in a good way).

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