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 games, teams, and players in a fun environment. This is for fans to write about their favorite teams and contribute as they please.

Meet The Team:


Vanessa Kuri, 20

Creator &  Featured Contributor

  • Hometown: Chicago, IL
  • Team(s) I Cheer For: Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Montréal Canadiens
  • Three Facts About Me:
    –  I walked on burning coals and didn’t burn my feet. (Thanks Anthony Robbins!!!)
    – Spanish is my first language.
    – 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:
    – I’m a multi-genre music enthusiast.
    – I can quote practically any given Friends episode.
    – Donuts are my trigger food.


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Elham Mohamud, 19

Featured Contributor & Social Media Personnel

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


Fatima Shabbir, 20

Featured Contributor & Social Media Personnel

  • Hometown: Vancouver, BC
  • Team I Cheer For: Vancouver Canucks (and every/any team Jonathan Toews is on)
  • Three Facts About Me:
    – I’ve seen six different teams in three different cities during a one week span.
    – I believe Twitter is by far the best social media platform, please @ me about it.
    – I was born in Dallas and now live there, but was raised Vancouver.

kaylaKayla Lupoli-Nolan, 22

Featured Contributor & Graphic Designer

  • Hometown: Long Island, NY
  • Team(s) I Cheer For: New York Rangers, San Jose Sharks, Florida Jagr’s
  • Three Facts About Me:
    – I’m pretty sure I have an addiction to coffee.
    – I’m a living meme.
    – One time I met Steve Dangle and we talked poutine and politics.

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Featured Contributor & Photographer 

  • Hometown: Tucson, Arizona
  • Team(s) I cheer for: Chicago Blackhawks, Arizona Coyotes, and Boston Bruins
  • Three Facts About Me:
    – I’m a Tucson Roadrunners season ticket holder
    – I follow most other sports especially baseball
    – I’m also very interested in beauty and fashion


Ruchi Patel, 23

Featured Contributor

  • Hometown: South Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Team(s) I cheer for: Chicago Blackhawks, Washington Capitals
  • Three facts about me:
    – I love football (the jets) just as much as I love hockey
    – My favorite artist is Frank Ocean
    – I have a weakness for Taco Bell and donuts