Dave Dondoneau joined ASN as the national college hockey writer in September 2015.
He’s also a freelance journalist who is based in Honolulu, Hawaii after growing up in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He’s worked on award-winning sports staffs in Grand Forks and Minot, N.D., as well as in Fort Worth, Texas and Tacoma, Wash.
When he’s not writing or spending his weekend evenings listening to college hockey games over the internet, you’ll likely find him trying to break 80 on the golf course, hiking the nearby rainforests or just falling off some sort of board in the ocean. He’s also a diehard Minnesota Vikings fan.
Dubbed “The Honolulu Rink Rat” by ASN hockey readers, Dave worked as an NFL/NBA/Sunday editor at the Tacoma News Tribune and got his start at the Grand Forks Herald covering high school hockey in both North Dakota and Minnesota while he earning his communication degree at the University of North Dakota. He spent seven years as the sports editor in Minot, N.D. before joining the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in 1997 as a design/copy editor and sports features writer.
He is also the former entertainment editor for what was the largest media outlet in Hawaii, The Honolulu Advertiser, before it was sold in 2010. A couple of career highlights he listed were flying with the Blue Angels and being part of the team that covered the Dallas Stars’ Stanley Cup run in 1999. “Every member of the group was given a miniature replica of the Stanley Cup,” Dave said. “But my luck is like the Minnesota Vikings: It shattered when it fell off the shelf during the 6.8 earthquake when I was working in Tacoma in 2001. Wish I still had it."
Dave’s other hobby is giving island tours. Read read more of his work at writingbydd.com. Follow him on Twitter at @DakotaHI