The History of Hockey Podcast

The History of Hockey Podcast

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From inception to modern day, these are the stories of legends. This is The History of Hockey Podcast. Join me, Shane Guilfoyle, in my exploration of five millennia of hockey: the greatest game on Earth. Presented by Audible.


105: Of Nightmares (Part II)
Aug 1 • 50 min
Part II takes us through the wild journey of Patrick’s physical confrontation with his father, going overseas, winning Rookie of Year honors, being drafted, and meeting Sophie. Abuse hotline: 1800-422-4453 or childhelp.org Song: “Eyes” - Rogue Wave —————…
104: Of Nightmares (Part I)
Jul 4 • 119 min
In Part I of this harrowing true story, we meet John O’Sullivan, and his son Patrick. John’s failures as a hockey player turn him into a living, breathing nightmare of a hockey parent. He demands perfection from Patrick on the ice at every turn. When John…
103: Women of the Wild West (Part VII)
Jun 7 • 71 min
Today we conclude the Women of the Wild West series. We go deeper on a lot of familiar stories that were glossed over in previous episodes. We revisit the West Coast championship series between the Amazons, Vamps, and Kewpies; and hockey in Calgary,…
102: Women of the Wild West (Part VI)
May 6 • 39 min
We have reached the penultimate episode of the series, and it’s all about downfall. Women’s hockey has hit its zenith, and now we must watch it crumble. We see the Banff Winter Carnival die a slow, agonizing death, and women’s hockey quickly follows.…
101: Women of the Wild West (Part V)
Apr 26 • 73 min
After a break for the 100th episode, and (of course) being a week late releasing this, the Women of the Wild West series has returned! This week our episode involves the Vancouver Amazons almost exclusively. We cover their inaugural appearance at the…
100: The 100th Episode
Apr 7 • 70 min
Holy moly! It’s the 100th episode! It may have taken me nearly five years to get here, but here I am nonetheless! Today, I cover the turbulent history of The History of Hockey Podcast, and I answer listener-submitted questions. Thank you all for all your…
Interview 006: Author Matt Brown
Apr 1 • 87 min
Today I am talking with Matt Brown, a former high school hockey player, who was paralyzed from the neck down at the age of 15. Through goal-setting, guts, a “never quit” motto, and a lot of loving hands a long the way, Matt conquered his new obstacles. He…
Interview 005: Podcaster Alec Ohlensehlen
Mar 31 • 112 min
Alec Ohlensehlen is a retired US Marine, and runs the podcast “Five for Fighting”. AND he’s a massive fan of hockey fights. In my first ever “swap cast”, we learn a whole lot about throwing knuckles. Alec can be found on Twitter @5forfighting and…
099: Women of the Wild West (Part IV)
Mar 16 • 25 min
In this episode we get out our snow shoes, and hike across the Canadian Rockies! We set up shop in Alberta where we learn about teams from Calgary (the Crescents, and the Regents), and Edmonton. We also see the Banff Winter Carnival come into focus, and…
098: Women of the Wild West (Part III)
Mar 15 • 40 min
This week we follow the Patrick family to Vancouver. It is there they build two state-of-the-art arenas in less than a year, and set up the PCHA. However, not to be forgotten is the actual topic of this series: the ladies! The women in the communities of…
097: Women of the Wild West (Part II)
Feb 14 • 29 min
This week, our focus on women’s hockey narrows to British Columbia; specifically, West Kootenay. Here, we meet the near-unbeatable ladies of Rossland, and study the Rossland Winter Carnival. Also, we see the return of the Patrick family, and their immense…
096: Women of the Wild West (Part I)
Jan 27 • 37 min
Today we begin our journey into women’s hockey of the late 19th, and early 20th centuries. This episode centers around team building, and what life was like for the female hockey players in the early 1900s. ————— A member of Big Heads Media Network…
095: The 2019 NHL Awards
Jan 10 • 30 min
Stanley Cup Final talk begins at the 16:49 marker. Previous to that are the winners of every award for the 2018-19 NHL season. ————— A member of Big Heads Media Network Today’s Sponsors: Vintage Ice Hockey Tee Shirts Relive the good old days with Vintage…
094: Golden Granato
Dec 15, 2019 • 52 min
Our talk on women’s hockey continues today as we find ourselves in Japan. It’s here we meet Cammi Granato on the biggest night of her life: the gold medal game of the 1998 Winter Olympics. Her story doesn’t begin here, however; it really begins in 1980.…
Interview 004: Podcaster Steve Niciforo
Nov 11, 2019 • 37 min
Fellow podcaster, Steve Nicaforo, joins me today to talk about his love of hockey, and the pioneer female goaltender, Manon Rheaume. Want to get a hold of Steve? Easy! Website Twitter Steve’s Hockey Twitter YouTube More Shows! And More Websites! ————— A…
093: Like Lightning - The Manon Rheaume Story
Nov 11, 2019 • 80 min
Today, we return to the world of women’s hockey. It’s been nearly two YEARS to the day since the “Queens of the Rink” series released, and I’d say we’re due. Today’s story is about the first female player to lace up skates for an NHL team. Manon Rheaume,…
092: Tales of Old New York
Oct 14, 2019 • 27 min
Tales of the New York Americans, and the New York Rangers. ————— A member of Big Heads Media Network Today’s Sponsors: Vintage Ice Hockey Tee Shirts Relive the good old days with Vintage Ice Hockey! Get 15% OFF your order when you enter the promo code…
091: Do You Believe in Maracles?
Sep 1, 2019 • 17 min
“Buddy” Maracle made his NHL debut in 1931, suiting up for the New York Rangers. Like Willie O’Ree twenty-six years later, Maracle was the first at something…except no one seems to know it. ————— A member of Big Heads Media Network Today’s Sponsors:…
Interview 003: Professor Jeff Gilis
Aug 9, 2019 • 97 min
Jeff Gilis is a professor of nutrition and dietetics at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. Today we tackle athleticism, and eating healthy. ————— A member of Big Heads Media Network Today’s Sponsors: Vintage Ice Hockey Tee Shirts Relive the…
090: The Great Dust-up of 1947
Jul 28, 2019 • 22 min
There’s not much in the way of rough hockey these days. Lucky for us we have a time machine. This week we travel back in time to 1947 to New York City. We munch on some pop corn, and watch the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers beat the ever-loving…
089: The Doraty Game
Jul 14, 2019 • 20 min
A game begins on Monday, April 3, 1933. A game ends on Tuesday, April 4, 1933. Would you believe me if I told you those two dates actually represent the same game? It’s true. The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins were locked in a 2-2 series tie in…
088: The Sons of Slaves Supplemental
Jun 29, 2019 • 61 min
A reading of the appendix of the book “Black Ice” by George and Daril Fosty. The reading covers birthdays of notable players (and the teams they played for), a list of Colored Hockey League champions, and the “Code” of the league. ————— A member of Big…
087: The Sons of Slaves (Part IV)
Jun 23, 2019 • 46 min
The finale of the Colored Hockey League’s story has arrived. In this episode we see the league sputter, and fall. We see black heroes save their community in legal battles against the city of Halifax only to have those they’d saved turn against them. We…
086: The Sons of Slaves (Part III)
Jun 15, 2019 • 49 min
In this episode we cover the expansion of the Colored Hockey League of the Maritimes, the first interracial game of hockey, the invention of the slap-shot, and even the first night game. ————— A member of Big Heads Media Network Today’s Sponsors: Vintage…
085: The Sons of Slaves (Part II)
May 27, 2019 • 39 min
The Colored Hockey League of the Maritimes is back for Part II. We talk about the leaders of the league (the league front office, so to speak), the first puck drop, the freezing-out of the league by the white community, and a whole lot more. ————— A…
084: The Sons of Slaves (Part I)
May 10, 2019 • 49 min
In part one of this new series, we mainly set the stage for the how the black population came to be in Canada. We will learn about “resettled” free blacks who established colonies; runaway American slaves seeking safety in the North via the Underground…
083: A Heart Made for War (Part III)
Apr 21, 2019 • 50 min
Doug Smith has just been released from a potential spot with the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL. He returns home to Boston with the ever-present question, “What now?” on his mind. Well, much like a cat with nine lives, Doug’s hockey dream just can’t be…
082: A Heart Made for War (Part II)
Apr 7, 2019 • 54 min
Doug “The Thug” is BACK! It’s Part II of the series on the man who bashed heads for a living, and for fun. In this episode, we see his time with the Carolina Thunderbirds come to an end with a huge brawl and a ring, before several other opportunities…
081: A Heart Made For War (Part I)
Mar 24, 2019 • 65 min
Doug “The Thug” Smith was always a small kid. He was picked on with regularity, and there was little to be done about it. Then, one day, his dad taught him to box. When high school came, Doug began lifting weights, and honing his fighting skills. By his…
080: Shelter From the Storm of Hatred
Mar 10, 2019 • 61 min
Adolf Hitler has grabbed all the power in Germany he’ll ever need. Rudi Ball, a German Jew superstar hockey player has fled the country in fear of his life. However, this wouldn’t be much of a story if something didn’t drag him back to his homeland. This…
079: The Storm of Hatred
Feb 24, 2019 • 49 min
The Nazi’s meteoric rise to power in Germany was complete in the early 1930s. Their reign of terror started on their own soil with the persecution of Jews, as well as numerous other minorities. This is the story of a man whose skills on the ice saved him…
078: Digital Ice
Feb 10, 2019 • 30 min
This week’s episode is a bit of a left turn from what is normally done around here. This is a look back on some of the most fun hockey games created over the last 30+ years. Link to Blades of Steel article. ————— A member of Big Heads Media Network…
077: International Hockey - The Untied Skates of America
Jan 27, 2019 • 24 min
The year is 1963. The World Ice Hockey Championships are being held in Stockholm, Sweden. The United States of America is looking to win their third international medal since 1960. This is the story of how that hope came crashing down. ————— A member of…
076: International Hockey - The I Olympic Winter Games
Jan 13, 2019 • 29 min
The “International Week of Winter Sports” of 1924 was a celebration of winter sports thrown by the International Olympic Committee. The celebration was in response to complaints that winter sports did not have their own Olympics, or weren’t widely…
075: 2018 NHL Awards
Dec 31, 2018 • 33 min
Yes, friends, this episode is massively overdue! We close out the 2018 calendar year by recapping the winners of all the NHL hardware following the 2017-18 season. We cover everything from the Lady Byng to the Stanley Cup, including how the two final…
Interview 002: Author Gregg Inkpen
Dec 23, 2018 • 63 min
Gregg Inkpen is a native of Long Island, New York. He is the author of the new book “Broph: On and Off the Ice with John Brophy, One of Hockey’s Most Colorful Characters” available on Amazon. ————— A member of Big Heads Media Network Today’s Sponsors:…
074: The 1,000 Goal Man
Dec 16, 2018 • 33 min
Josef Malecek was one of the most gifted all-around athletes in the world, and one of the greatest hockey players of the pre-World War 2 era. But, did he really score 1,000 goals? Yes, he really did. ————— A member of Big Heads Media Network Today’s…
073: Red Light Miller
Dec 9, 2018 • 19 min
In the 1928 Stanley Cup Final, the New York Rangers faced certain doom. Already trailing in the series 1-0, the Broadway Blue Shirts lost their goaltender, Lorne Chabot, to a horrific eye injury. After managing to survive game two, Lester Patrick went…
072: The Death of Charlie Gardiner
Nov 25, 2018 • 41 min
This is the miraculous story of Charlie Gardiner. Tragedy plagued his life until the day he died, but through it all he remained steady. He won two Vezina Trophies, was elected to the First All-Star Team three times, steered the Chicago Black Hawks to…
071: The Fearless Andy Brown
Nov 18, 2018 • 16 min
Today we are talking about Andy Brown who played for the Detroit Red Wings, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Indianapolis Racers (WHA), as well as a slew of minor league hockey teams. While Andy might not be remembered for a lot, he is known for, at least,…
070: The Incomplete History of Early Hockey Fandom
Nov 12, 2018 • 25 min
Have you ever wanted to travel to a different time? Well, today I answer my own question, and take us back to the late 19th/early 20th century to take in a hockey game. What would we see? How similar would the experience be to today’s game? Let’s find…
069: The Montreal Dispute
Nov 4, 2018 • 33 min
In the late 19th century, the Montreal Hockey Club (MHC) was the team to beat, and they were the jewel atop the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association’s (MAAA) crown. MHC won seven of the first eight championships in the Amateur Hockey Association of…
068: Violence
Oct 28, 2018 • 37 min
Fighting. The history; the arguments for, and against it. Knuckle-up, buttercup. ————— A member of Big Heads Media Network Today’s Sponsors: Vintage Ice Hockey Tee Shirts Relive the good old days with Vintage Ice Hockey! Get 15% OFF your order when you…
Interview 001: Author Nicholas Hirshon
Oct 1, 2018 • 100 min
Nick Hirshon is the author of the forthcoming book “We Want Fish Sticks: The Bizarre and Infamous Rebranding of the New York Islanders. The book releases on December 1st, 2018. Get your copy on www.amazon.com, and follow Nick on Twitter @nickhirshon.…
067: Willie O’Ree (Part III) - The Journeyman, and The Message
Sep 15, 2018 • 68 min
In the final episode of our Willie O’Ree series, our hero breaks back into the NHL in 1960. There he has some of his best, and worst, experiences in the league. When his time in the big leagues comes to an end, he finds himself on the west coast of the…
066: Willie O’Ree (Part II) - The Debut, and The Waiting Game
Sep 1, 2018 • 56 min
In Part II of Willie O’Ree’s story, we pick up right where we left off: the hospital. Willie has just received the news that he is blind in his right eye after taking a puck to the face. The doctor imforms Willie that he will never again play the game he…
065: Willie O’Ree (Part I) - The First Stride, and The Last Sight
Aug 11, 2018 • 42 min
Born October 15th, 1935 in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, Willie O’Ree had a typical Canadian childhood in some respects. In other ways, however, Willie was anything but normal. He grew up playing hockey on his backyard rink, and doing all the things…
064: George Faulkner (Part IV) - It’s Never Really Over
Jul 14, 2018 • 49 min
In the fourth, and final, part of the George Faulkner story, we travel with George as he meets a new, and very influential friend, visits Vienna, Austria, stirs up the hockey community at home in a way we never thought possible, plays hockey in the…
063: George Faulkner (Part III) - Newfoundland Hockey
Jul 2, 2018 • 47 min
In part three of George’s story we see the end of his junior career, and the next step in his life. The next step relocates him and his young family to Harbour Grace, Newfoundland where he has the opportunity of a lifetime. There, he’s tasked with…
062: George Faulkner (Part II) - Going Pro
Jun 11, 2018 • 41 min
In part two of our series about Canadian player George Faulkner, we witness George grow as a hockey play, and as a man. He signs his first professional hockey contract, wins champsionships, has incredible seasons, and (thanks to his teammate catchiing a…
061: George Faulkner (Part I) - The Boy From The Exploits
May 21, 2018 • 37 min
This is the story of George Faulkner’s journey through the various ranks of hockey. From pond hockey on the frozen Exploits River to the glamour of international competition, George Faulker saw it all. Almost. In this episode we meet George, see his life…
060: Between the Pipes and Behind the Mask - Teiji Honma
May 6, 2018 • 20 min
Teiji Honma was born in 1911 in Sakata, Yamagata, Japan. As a twenty-five year old, he enrolled at the university in Manchuria. There, he would join the school hockey team. In 1936, he would join the Japanese National Team in Bavaria, Germany for the IV…
059: Cups of Coffee and One Night Stands - Bill McCreary Jr.
Apr 22, 2018 • 24 min
Bill McCreary Jr. played a mere twelve games in the National Hockey League. However, in only his second game, he would perform a routine body check that would go down in history. This check would spark one of the biggest myths in the history of the sport.…
058: Attila Ambrus (Part IV) The Houdini, The Hunted, The Legend
Mar 26, 2018 • 87 min
Attila is back for the finale of his story. When we left Attila, he was incarcerated. During his time behind bars he learned the authorities had planned to charge him with, not only robbery, but attempted murder as well. Attila wasn’t going to take this…
057: Attila Ambrus (Part III) The Fallen, The Captive, The Star
Mar 11, 2018 • 33 min
Attila Ambrus has been captured attempting to flee Hungary after a bank robbery went bad. Upon arriving back in Budapest, Attila sees his star rise as the media is clamouring to meet The Whiskey Robber. After countless interviews with every news outlet…
056: Attila Ambrus (Part II) The Bandit, The Untouchable, The Heartbroken
Feb 27, 2018 • 171 min
Attila’s journey continues in Part II. We see his smuggling career come to a sudden end, but it is quickly replaced by something far more dangerous (and rewarding). Attila’s love life experiences all the ups-and-downs of a high school teenager, and the…
055: Attila Ambrus (Part I) The Pauper, The Goalie, The Smuggler
Jan 29, 2018 • 61 min
Attila Ambrus was born into abject poverty in Fitód, Romania in 1967. Communism was the law of the land into his twenties. When he was 21 years old, Attila fled Romania to neighboring Hungary, and shortly after his arrival, communism fell. With capitalism…
054: Skating for the Mob
Dec 17, 2017 • 28 min
What happens when the world’s greatest hockey league locks-out its players, and the season is cancelled? Well, one thing that happens is we see the rise of minor league hockey. And, from one of its leagues, we see the incredible story of the Danbury…
053: Queens of the Rink (Part II)
Nov 12, 2017 • 48 min
In part two of the Preston Rivulettes story, we pick up where we left off with the team losing the national championship. The Rivulettes didn’t let the defeat dissuade them from their ultimate goal of being the best women’s team in Canada. They went right…
052: Queens of the Rink (Part I)
Oct 30, 2017 • 34 min
“Queens of the Rink” is a two part story that follows one of the greatest women’s hockey team in history, the Preston Rivulettes. After needing something to do in the winter, the girls of the Rivulettes softball team decided to start a hockey team. After…
051: The Mashup
Oct 15, 2017 • 61 min
The finale of the “Trophies and Awards” series is here at long last. It’s called “The Mash-Up” and it feels so good to finally put this to rest. I began the trophy episodes over a year ago and, at times, I thought I’d quit and never make it. I’m very glad…
050: King Clancy Memorial Trophy
Oct 1, 2017 • 39 min
Francis Michael Clancy was a winner at all levels of hockey. He won Stanley Cups as a player, a Calder Cup as a coach in the AHL, and even coached in the big time. His rise to greatness wasn’t without its problems however. In honor of the man nicknamed…
049: Frank J. Selke Trophy
Sep 24, 2017 • 35 min
Frank J. Selke was a hockey lifer in just about the truest sense of the term, managing teams since the age of 14. After a fruitful career that saw him get his name on the Stanley Cup nine times, he was honored with a trophy of his very own. The Frank J.…
048: Jack Adams Award
Sep 17, 2017 • 39 min
The Jack Adams Award is the honor given to the NHL’s best coach of the regular season. We see coaches whose team dominates an entire season; coaches who squeak out a win; and coaches who do nothing less than save an entire season from peril for a…
047: Ted Lindsay Award
Sep 10, 2017 • 35 min
The Ted Lindsay Award is an MVP award given annually by the NHLPA. The recipient is deemed the “most outstanding player” of the regular season. Like all awards so far, the Lindsay has a past; not so long ago, it was called the “Lester B. Pearson” award.…
046: The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy
Sep 3, 2017 • 63 min
Bill Masterton’s path to the NHL may have been unconventional, but he deserved to be there. He was a member of the inaugural roster of the Minnesota North Stars, and he wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. About halfway through the 1967-68 season,…
045: Conn Smythe Trophy
Aug 27, 2017 • 47 min
Conn Smythe bought one of the only remaining two founding franchises of the National Hockey League. He changed their name to the Maple Leafs, and built them a palace they’d call home until almost the turn of the next century. For his contributions to the…
044: James Norris Memorial Trophy
Aug 19, 2017 • 11 min
First, James E. Norris became a millionaire in the grain industry. Then, he saved professional hockey in Detroit. Then, he transformed his team into one of the lasting jewels of the league. For that, The James Norris Memorial Trophy is part of his legacy.…
043: Art Ross Trophy
Aug 12, 2017 • 18 min
The Art Ross Trophy was donated to the NHL by its namesake, Art Ross. The trophy serves as the award for the regular season scoring champion. Whomever has the most points (goals+assists) at the end of the regular schedule, walks away with the hardware.…
042: Calder Memorial Trophy
Aug 5, 2017 • 20 min
The Calder Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the top rookie in the National Hockey League. It takes its name from the first NHL president, Frank Calder, who served from the league’s inception, until his death in 1943. ————— Today’s Sponsors: Vintage…
041: The Vezina Trophy
Jul 29, 2017 • 22 min
The Vezina Trophy has been the award given to the top goaltender in the game for nearly a century. Though the exact definition of “top goaltender” has changed a few times throughout the trophy’s history, one thing is for sure: this award isn’t given…
040: The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy
Jul 22, 2017 • 19 min
The Lady Byng was donated to the NHL in the 1920s by Ottawa Senators’ super-fan, Marie Evelyn Byng. It was, and is, awarded to the player who displayed the highest level of gentlemanly play, while still showing a superb level of talent. ————— Today’s…
039: The Hart Memorial Trophy
Jul 15, 2017 • 17 min
The Hart Memorial Trophy is given to the player crowned MVP of the regular season. ————— Today’s Sponsors: Vintage Ice Hockey Tee Shirts Relive the good old days with Vintage Ice Hockey! Get 15% OFF your order when you enter the promo code HISTORY15 at…
038: The Presidents’ Trophy
Jul 8, 2017 • 8 min
Today we have a bit of a newer trophy on our hands. The Presidents’ Trophy made it’s debut in the mid-1980s. It serves as the award given to the team who has the most points at the end of regular season play. Does a Preseidents’ Trophy guarantee any sort…
037: The Clarence S. Campbell Bowl
Jul 1, 2017 • 14 min
Today I cover the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl. Constructed in 1878, but not brought into the NHL until 1968, the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl has a mysterious past. However, since its introduction into the National Hockey League, everyone has been able to keep…
036: The Prince of Wales Trophy
Jun 21, 2017 • 15 min
With the Stanley Cup episodes behind us at long last, we can get to the other trophies in the bunch. This time it’s The Prince of Wales Trophy. The Prince of Wales Trophy has served numerous purposes, and numerous masters during its nearly one hundred…
035: The Stanley Cup (Part VI) 1994-2016
Mar 7, 2017 • 240 min
Part 6 of the Stanley Cup takes us from the Rangers’ win in 1994 to the Penguins’ win in 2016. We see numerous teams capable of dynasties, but none quite gets there. Through the tumultuous 1990s that sees several teams relocate, and the NHL expand to…
034: The Stanley Cup (Part V) 1968-1993
Mar 1, 2017 • 214 min
The Trophies and Awards series continues with the stories of the Stanley Cup champions from 1968-1993. In Part V, we explore the next twenty-five years of those who made it to the top of mountain. We see the rise-and-fall of the last dynasties,…
033: The Stanley Cup (Part IV) 1943-1967
Feb 28, 2017 • 142 min
The unfortunately (and incorrectly) named “Original Six” era is upon us. For twenty-five seasons teams from only six cities battle it out for hockey supremacy. We see triumph, tragedy, and everything in between. ————- Today’s Sponsors: Audible Get a FREE…
032: The Stanley Cup (Part III) 1927-1942
Feb 21, 2017 • 109 min
Part III of the Stanley Cup series sees the demise of rival leagues. This is gives the NHL sole possession of the Cup, and it has remained as such ever since. This time period sees expansion, contraction, and the final result of a six team NHL. ————-…
031: The Stanley Cup (Part II) 1915-1926
Feb 14, 2017 • 50 min
The Challenge Cup Era has ended, and more rules are put in place to ensure only the best teams play for the Stanley Cup. In Part II of the series we cover what is sometimes called the “World’s Series Era” of Cup champs. From a cornucopia of hockey leagues…
030: The Stanley Cup (Part I) Challenge Era
Feb 7, 2017 • 52 min
This is the story of the Stanley Cup. From 1893 to World War I, the Cup existed in what was known as the “Challenge Cup” era. The Cup saw many champions, but even more challengers. ————- Today’s Sponsors: Audible Get a FREE audiobook by following the…
029: Montreal AAA Hockey Club
Feb 5, 2017 • 8 min
This bonus episode serves as a precursor to all the Stanley Cup champions who have vied for the Cup for more than a century. This is the story of Montreal AAA, the very first Stanley Cup champions. ————- Today’s Sponsors: Audible Get a FREE audiobook by…
028: The NHL Awards
Feb 3, 2017 • 20 min
A quick history of the NHL awards presented annually. ————- Today’s Sponsors: Audible Get a FREE audiobook by following the link. Sign up for a free 30-day trial membership, download your free book, and keep it forever; even if you cancel your membership!…
027: International Hockey - The Games of the VII Olympiad
Feb 1, 2017 • 29 min
This is a new, sporadically occurring series all about international hockey. This episode focuses on the gold medal-winning team Canada in the first-ever appearance of ice hockey in the olympics. ————- Today’s Sponsors: Audible Get a FREE audiobook by…
026: Cups of Coffee and One Night Stands - Reg Bentley
Jan 27, 2017 • 8 min
This is a new series called “Cups of Coffee and One Night Stands”. It’s all about the players who made brief appearances in the NHL. This is the story of Chicago Black Hawk, Reg Bentley. ————- Today’s Sponsors: Audible Get a FREE audiobook by following…
025: Between the Pipes and Behind the Mask - Linda Cohn
Jan 24, 2017 • 7 min
Linda Cohn is an ESPN sports analyst. She is a former star goaltender, and hockey fanatic. In this new series, “Between the Pipes and Behind the Mask” I explore hockey goaltenders of all shapes, sizes, genders, and whatever other form they may come in.…
024: The Death of Alcide Laurin
Dec 24, 2016 • 20 min
Depending on whom you ask about the death of Joseph “Alcide” Laurin, you’ll get a different answer. Some say his death was purely an accident. Others say he was murdered. While it’s impossible for us to get the answer so long after his passing, we can…
023: One Good Comeback Deserves Another
Dec 20, 2016 • 16 min
Call it a comeback. Call it a collapse. Either way, it makes history. ————- Today’s Sponsors: Audible Get a FREE audiobook by following the link. Sign up for a free 30-day trial membership, download your free book, and keep it forever; even if you cancel…
022: Ned and the Reds
Dec 15, 2016 • 25 min
Alexander Mogilny was one hell of a high-profile player; especially when he defected from behind the Iron Curtain. However, Mogilny wasn’t the first to do what he did. This is the story about the guy who did it first…way back in 1974. Vaclav Nedomansky…
021: The Great Expansion
Dec 12, 2016 • 39 min
In this episode we look at the expansion of the NHL and how it took over North America. At the end, we take a fun detour and look at what the league *might* have been, had different paths been taken. ————— A member of Big Heads Media Network Today’s…
020: The Winding Road to the NHL (Part IV)
Dec 9, 2016 • 46 min
In the final installment of The Winding Road to the NHL series, we cover the NHA (00:53-27:23), PCHA (27:29-39:41), and the WCHL (39:47-End). Leagues go to war with one another, and we even see owners within the same league try to take each other down.…
019: The Winding Road to the NHL (Part III)
Dec 6, 2016 • 40 min
The show returns with another episode about the events that lead to the birth of the NHL. This time we will cover five leagues: IPHL (1:41-13:40), ECAHA (13:47-25:52), TPHL (28:58-30-:33), OPHL (30:39-36:37), and CHA (36:43-End). ————— A member of Big…
018: The Winding Road to the NHL (Part II)
Dec 3, 2016 • 45 min
Our journey toward the NHL continues this week, and it’s one full of deception, double-crosses, league-jumping, and even death. We begin with the Western Pennsylvania Hockey League (00:00-23:18), move on to the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association…
017: The Winding Road to the NHL (Part I)
Nov 30, 2016 • 83 min
The path to the NHL is a long one, much came before it. Today we begin a new series which, ultimately, will lead us to the creation of today’s best league. In this first episode we cover the Montreal Winter Carnival Ice Hockey Tournaments (00:00-35:23),…
016: The Cup Challenges That Weren’t
Nov 25, 2016 • 36 min
When the Stanley Cup was donated to the hockey world in 1892, it entered what was known as The Challenge Era. Teams would come, and teams would go over the years, and all are well documented…but what about the teams that were denied a chance to compete?…
015: The Defector
Nov 18, 2016 • 21 min
What would you do to save your life? This is the story of what one man did to save his. ————- Today’s Sponsors: Audible Get a FREE audiobook by following the link. Sign up for a free 30-day trial membership, download your free book, and keep it forever;…
014: It’s Chile Down Here
Nov 15, 2016 • 13 min
Today we take a trip to the bottom of the world in search of a litte-known hockey tournament. ————- Today’s Sponsors: Audible Get a FREE audiobook by following the link. Sign up for a free 30-day trial membership, download your free book, and keep it…
013: Ice Polo
Nov 12, 2016 • 12 min
Today’s episode tracks the rise and inevitable demise of the sport of ice polo, and how it fed into ice hockey. ————- Today’s Sponsors: Audible Get a FREE audiobook by following the link. Sign up for a free 30-day trial membership, download your free…
012: Russia Rising - Ilya Kovalchuk
Nov 6, 2016 • 18 min
Ilya Kovalchuk made NHL history in his draft year becoming the first Russian drafted first overall. He went on to dominate the league for years, but could never quite his team’s over the hump. That all changed when he returned home. ————- Today’s…
011: Toronto Native Sons
Nov 3, 2016 • 21 min
The Toronto Native Sons were a junior hockey club from Toronto, Ontario in the 1930s. Plagued by constant roster turnover, and poor play, they never quite climbed the proverbial mountain. ————- Today’s Sponsors: Audible Get a FREE audiobook by following…
010: Yak-42 Flight 9633
Nov 1, 2016 • 35 min
September 7th, 2011. This is the heartbreaking story of the final moments in the lives of the Lokomotiv hockey club. ————- Today’s Sponsors: Audible Get a FREE audiobook by following the link. Sign up for a free 30-day trial membership, download your free…
009: Walter Bush
Oct 27, 2016 • 16 min
Walter Bush was one of the most influential and loved men in the history of United States hockey. Listen to his story from his beginnings in St. Louis Park, Minnesota to his rise through every rank of hockey to the very top. Walter has been elected to…
008: The Evolution of Equipment
Jul 26, 2016 • 48 min
In this episode, we explore hockey equipment and its growth into the modern equipment we know today. This episode is a first for the podcast as the topic was listener-submitted. Marco, of London, England, I thank you for your support and idea for this…
007: The Claimants
Feb 25, 2016 • 73 min
This episode covers the stories of eight North American towns which lay claim to being the birthplace of hockey. As we’ll see, some claims are on solid footing, while others are very shaky. ————- Today’s Sponsors: Audible Get a FREE audiobook by following…
006: When Puchkov Comes to Shove
Jan 22, 2016 • 17 min
Before there was Vladislav Tretiak, there was Nikolai Puchkov. ————- Today’s Sponsors: Audible Get a FREE audiobook by following the link. Sign up for a free 30-day trial membership, download your free book, and keep it forever; even if you cancel your…
005: The Incomplete History of Inline Hockey
Nov 21, 2015 • 20 min
Today we’re talking inline hockey: where it came from, where it went, and what it was like playing as a kid. ————— Today’s Sponsors: Audible Get a FREE audiobook by following the link. Sign up for a free 30-day trial membership, download your free book,…
004: From Russia With Love - A Soviet Hockey Primer
Oct 19, 2015 • 15 min
Today we talk about the origins of the Soviet hockey program, the man who built everything, then lost it all. Today’s Sponsors: www.audibletrial.com/hockey Listen: Spotify Podbean YouTube Tune In Stitcher Google Play Social/Contact: Twitter Instagram…
003: A Night at the Movies - The Truth Behind “Miracle”
Sep 18, 2015 • 44 min
Today we talk about one of the greatest hockey films of all time. No, not Slap Shot, sorry…but I’ll get to that one too. This is about the 2004 Disney film “Miracle”. The film chronicles the real life tale of Team USA in their completely improbably run to…
002: The Great Outdoors
Aug 30, 2015 • 23 min
Before the Stadium Series, before the Winter Classic, and before the Heritage Classic, the world was witness to an outdoor game the likes of which no one had ever seen before. This is the story of an NHL outdoor game played all the way back in 1991. —————…
001: The Miracle on Manchester
Jul 15, 2015 • 36 min
In the first episode of the podcast, we cover one of the greatest playoff stories in history: the opening round series of the 1982 playoffs between the Los Angeles Kings, and the Edmonton Oilers. If there is a lesson to be learned here, kids, it’s don’t…
000: Introduction
Jun 1, 2015 • 8 min
Hello there! Yeah, you! Here is an introduction about myself, and my new podcast. ————— Today’s Sponsors: Audible Get a FREE audiobook by following the link. Sign up for a free 30-day trial membership, download your free book, and keep it forever; even if…