Born in St. Albert, Alberta, Benjamin Massey is a writer with a focus on Canadian soccer and hockey.
Growing up around Edmonton and Sydney, Australia, Ben attended the University of Victoria from 2004 to 2007, mostly learning how brutally unsuited he was to academia and how much money it was possible for a teenager to vaporise in one sitting. It was around then that the short-lived, and entirely unmourned, Edmonton Oilers blog The South-Smythian Rolo-Gator brought Ben to the attention of those who thought one thing the Internet lacked was sarcastic youngsters talking about sports.
In 2010 Ben joined the SB Nation Oilers site Copper & Blue as a contributor and founding a Vancouver Whitecaps-oriented site on the same network, Eighty Six Forever. He left Eighty Six Forever in late 2012 to return to Maple Leaf Forever!, his original site, where he writes about soccer to this day. He also remains an occasional contributor to Copper & Blue on matters requiring especially hate-filled sarcasm.
In the in-between years Ben has contributed number of articles to other websites and publications. These include the Score’s Footy Blog, Goal.com, Canadian Soccer News, Inside Soccer magazine, and Plastic Pitch magazine. He has appeared as a guest on CBC Radio Vancouver and Edmonton’s “Lowdown with Lowetide” on TSN Radio 1260, as well as several podcasts in Canada and the United States. His own podcast, Two Fat Bastards, was co-hosted with Brenton Walters and vividly discussed Canadian soccer issues in the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
Ben’s weaknesses include cheering for unsuccessful soccer teams, catastrophic hockey teams, long walks on the beach, single-malt Scotch, and procrastination. When not pounding out 2,000-word articles on obscure Canadian soccer minutiae Ben lives in greater Vancouver, British Columbia.