Welcome to Puck It Up! A hockey editorial blog made by fans for fans.

Puck It Up! was created so that the hockey community can come together and share their opinions and thoughts about certain games, teams, and players in a fun environment. This is for fans to write about their favorite teams and contribute as they please. We ask that when writing for our blog you are respectful and considerate of your audience.

Meet The Team:


Vanessa Kuri, 20

Creator & Contributor

  • Hometown: Chicago, IL
  • Team(s) I Cheer For: Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Montréal Canadiens
  • Three Facts About Me:
    1. I walked on burning coals and didn’t burn my feet. (Thanks Anthony Robbins!!!)
    2. Spanish is my first language.
    3. I am majoring in business and minoring in marketing to pursue a career in sports marketing!



Alyssa O’Brenski, 22

Editor & Contributor

  • Hometown: LaGrange, IL
  • Team I Cheer For: Chicago Blackhawks (but the Montréal Canadiens have a special place in my heart)
  • Three Facts About Me:
    1. I’m a multi-genre music enthusiast.
    2. I can quote practically any given Friends episode.
    3. Donuts are my trigger food.



Juliana Nikac, 18

 Featured Contributor

  • Hometown: Poughkeepsie, NY
  • Teams I Cheer For: New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs (truthfully don’t dislike any team except the Flyers)
  • Three Facts About Me:
    1. I’m a double major in Journalism and Public Relations at Quinnipiac University.
    2. I was born in Florida.
    3. Tyler Seguin smiled at me.


Processed with VSCO with e5 presetElham Mohamud, 19

Featured Contributor

  • Hometown: Minnesota
  • Team I Cheer For: Chicago Blackhawks
  • Three Facts About Me:
    1. I was born and raised in Chicago (that’s where the Hawks come in) but moved to MN.
    2. I’m really bad at picking favorites in teams.
    3. I’m obsessed with brunch, Instagram, and coffee shops.