Featured: Episode 126 – Gritty’s Big Week

Episode 126 – Gritty’s Big Week

Lots to talk about on this week’s Sound Of Hockey Podcast, as John, Andy, and Darren break down NHL Outdoors and all the good/bad times that were associated with the picturesque event. The star of the show was predictably Gritty, who gets plenty of airtime devoted to him on this episode. 

There were also a couple major scandals that erupted this week in the NHL. Artemi Panarin is taking a leave of absence from the Rangers after a big accusation out of Russia. Meanwhile, the Arizona Coyotes apparently have a lot of bad stuff happening behind the scenes, as was expertly reported by Katie Strang. The Sound Of Hockey guys fill you in on the details.

The guys give their Three Stars (all players this week!). 

They then move from bits to segments, with segments including Let’s Get Quizzical, Weekly One-Timers, and Tweets of the Week.

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Episode 125 – Goalie Gear Argument Corner

Things get quite feisty in Goalie Gear Corner this week, as John makes asinine claims about the legitimacy of Darren’s selections for the segment. That segment alone is worth the price of admission this week. 

It’s a short and sweet episode of the Sound Of Hockey Podcast, as John, Andy, and Darren rip through a couple of Seattle Kraken and women’s hockey headlines, then cover the… [checks notes]… blockbuster Ryan Dzingel and Alex Galchenyuk trade(s). 

Bits this week include SOH Three Stars. 

Segments include GGC, You Don’t See That Every Day, an impossible Let’s Get Quizzical, and Weekly One-Timers.

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Episode 124 – Second Is the New Third

The latest Sound Of Hockey Podcast is here, and it will bring you some chuckles. 

John and Darren come out with guns ablaze to start this week’s episode, putting Andy to the test as the show’s WHL correspondent. Andy fires back with some top-notch WHL knowledge, which leads to some hearty debate between Andy and John. 

Patrik Laine was benched on Monday by Torts, on which the guys discuss and give cold takes. Covid is running rampant through the NHL, so Darren temporarily becomes a scientist to explain. The guys do a quick rundown of things that have surprised them about this season as some teams reach the quarter pole. Andy gaslights all of us into believing that third place is actually second place. 

Bits this week include Three Stars. 

Segments include Goalie Gear Corner, You Don’t See That Every Day, Weekly One-Timers, and Tweets of the Week. 

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Episode 123 – Segments and Bits – with Tim Ohashi, Head Video Analyst for Seattle Kraken

Oh, this is a fun one!

Tim Ohashi – the Head Video Analyst for the Seattle Kraken – joins Sound Of Hockey this week to teach us some things (there’s a joke there, which you will understand after you listen to the interview). Tim is just an all-around awesome guy, who has a much bigger impact on the team that most people probably realize. You will learn a lot from listening to him in his FIRST EVER PODCAST INTERVIEW! It’s truly one-of-a-kind content that you will only get from Sound Of Hockey.

Also on this episode, lots of chatter about the controversial Kraken/ROOT Sports partnership and the John Forslund hiring. Plus some WHL news from our WHL correspondent, Andy Eide, and a spirited discussion about Tony DeAngelo.

Bits this week include Three Stars. Segments include You Don’t See That Every Day, Weekly One-Timers, and a hostile Tweets of the Week.

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Episode 122 – with Seattle Kraken AGM, Jason Botterill

BIG-TIME GUEST ALERT!

Before you ask, the guys recorded this episode on Monday of this week, so the news of John Forslund’s hiring by the Kraken and ROOT Sports being named as its broadcasting partner had not yet come out. So no, they don’t talk about that, but will talk about it next week. 

What is on this episode, though, is a big-time guest. Yes, Jason Botterill – the former Associate GM of the Penguins, GM of the Sabres, and current Assistant GM of the Kraken – is on the show! With Jason, the guys talk about his hockey career, including his NCAA championship at the University of Michigan and his three gold medals in the WJC, as well as his expectations for the Kraken and his fascinating upbringing. This is a very fun interview with a very successful hockey man. You don’t want to miss this. 

On this episode, John, Andy, and Darren do another round of Sound Of Hockey’s Three Stars, the new segment that launched last week. They also discuss Carter Hart losing his mind, NBCSN going away, and the Pierre-Luc Dubois for Patrik Laine trade. 

Segments include Goalie Gear Corner (covering this mask, these pads, and these pads), Weekly One-Timers, and Tweets of the Week. 

Also, as mentioned at the end of the show, here is the GoFundMe for Kyrell Sopotyk, a Kamloops Blazer who was sadly paralyzed in a snowboarding accident.

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Episode 121 – The Blue Pants Are Heinous – with Ryan Clark

It’s a very fun and mega-sized episode of Sound Of Hockey this week, as the guys welcome Ryan Clark, Seattle Kraken beat writer/national writer for The Athletic. 

It’s a very fun conversation with Ryan, who certainly can tell a tale. He shares about his sports journey, his time in Colorado covering the Avalanche, and his expectations for the Kraken. 

Also on this episode, the guys discuss some of their favorite quirky/fun/interesting things that happened in the first week of NHL hockey and share who they believe are their Three Stars of the Week in a brand new segment.

Other segments this week include Let’s Get Quizzical, You Don’t See That Every Day, Weekly One-Timers, and Tweets of the Week.

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Episode 120 – LET’S PLAY HOCKEY!

The NHL is back! 

Sound Of Hockey is here to bring you fully up to speed in preparation for the wild ride that will be the shortened 56-game NHL season, which is now officially underway. In this episode, John, Andy, and Darren go through each of the four newly-formed divisions to set expectations for which players and teams will be worth watching. 

Also in this episode, the guys give a quick Seattle Kraken update, specifically regarding the recent accident at the team’s under-construction practice facility. And Andy gives a WHL update on the league’s plan for a very short season. 

Segments this week include Goalie Gear Corner (featuring this mask and this mask), Weekly One-Timers, and Tweets of the Week. 

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Episode 119 – One Barrel at a Time

**DISCLAIMER: Sound Of Hockey recorded this episode on the morning of Wednesday, January 6th, before the events that transpired at the United States Capitol. So, the guys don’t comment on that, and this is the reason.**

TEAM USA WON THE WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP! 

The guys record this episode fresh off the high of that momentous victory over Canada, and they have plenty of thoughts and analysis to share from Tuesday’s incredible gold medal game. 

Aside from the WJC, the NHL is just a week away from getting its protracted season under way, so there’s plenty of news to share on that topic as well. Seattle notwithstanding, the Kraken made some big hires this week, which John, Andy, and Darren of course break down on this show. 

Andy gives  a WHL update and an AHL update.

Segments this week include Goalie Gear Corner (covering these pads specifically), a rousing game of Let’s Get Quizzical, and of course Weekly One-Timers and Tweets of the Week.

Oh, and Darren tells one of his classic stories. 

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Episode 118 – Smell Ya Later, 2020

It’s been a terrible year. Come say goodbye to it with the good fellows at Sound Of Hockey, who have been here with you through it all. 

On this week’s Sound Of Hockey, the last of this atrocious year, John, Andy, and Darren chat about some real, actual hockey, as the World Junior Championship is in full swing, and it’s been super fun. 

They also play a game of “Interesting Or Carry On” to review a flurry of recent NHL transactions, as general managers awake from hibernation and close out some last-minute business before training camps start. 

Segments this week include Goalie Gear Corner (featuring this and this), Weekly One-Timers, and Tweets of the Week. Before leaving you for the last time in 2020, the guys share with you each of their favorite guests of the year. 

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Episode 117 – Featuring Lamont Buford, VP Live Entertainment for Seattle Kraken

Wow, big-time episode this week on the Sound Of Hockey Podcast! The guys welcome Lamont Buford, VP of Live Entertainment and Game Presentation for the Seattle Kraken, and his interview is worth the price of admission. 

With Lamont Buford, the guys discuss his rise from “Puck Head” with the AHL’s Hershey Bears to where he is today, planning the in-game fan experience for the Seattle Kraken. He also humors John, Andy, and Darren with some mascot and goal song discussion and shares his opinions on some tried-and-true game presentation gimmicks.

Also on this episode, the guys consider the huge news from earlier in the week that the NHL is officially returning to play on January 13th and what that means for Seattle. 

Plus, a WHL Update, Goalie Gear Corner, Weekly One-Timers, and Tweets of the Week.

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Episode 116 – Goalie Gear Controversy, Featuring Lisa Dillman of The Athletic

The Sound Of Hockey Podcast welcomes a fantastic guest this week in the great Lisa Dillman, Senior Writer covering the Los Angeles Kings for The Athletic. Lisa previously worked at the Los Angeles Times for 23 years, so she has stories for days.

With Lisa, the guys discuss the Kings’ plans for the Seattle Kraken Expansion Draft, their deep prospect pool, and how long the team might stink. Great interview.

Also in this episode, John, Andy, and Darren discuss some of the travel woes that have been experienced by teams trying to get into the World Junior Championship bubble and consider some of the rosters that have been released.

Segments this week include a controversial Goalie Gear Corner, You Don’t See That Every Day, and Weekly One-Timers. Also, Let’s Get Quizzical makes its triumphant return from a long hiatus. 

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Episode 115 – Local Man Talks About Weather

The Sound Of Hockey Podcast is here for a short but sweet episode this week. 

First, John, Andy, and Darren discuss the latest on the NHL’s return to play plan, which is suddenly gaining momentum after appearing to be stalled just last week. 

WHL Correspondent, Andy Eide, then gives a WHL Update on the Portland Winterhawks and that league’s plans for this season. While on the topic of Junior Hockey, the guys talk about the challenges that the World Junior Championship is currently facing. 

Segments include a WJC-focused Goalie Gear Corner, a Vegas- and college-hockey focused Weekly One-Timers, and Tweets of the Week.

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Episode 114 – Diving Into the Expansion Draft

This week, the Sound Of Hockey Podcast goes deep into the world of the Seattle Kraken Expansion Draft. 

As you may have seen on soundofhockey.com, John, Andy, and Darren (with help from Josh and Jim) have been taking deep dives into NHL teams to try to understand which players each one may expose in the 2021 Expansion Draft. On the podcast, the guys have a hearty discussion about the teams covered so far and whether or not some of the bigger names out there may actually be feasible for the Kraken in their Expansion Draft. There are definitely some interesting nuggets, and a fair dose of #Minnutiae. 

Also on this week’s episode, the guys do a Mailbag segment to answer listener questions. 

They then move onto You Don’t See That Every Day (view the clips they discuss hereand here), Weekly One-Timers, and finally Tweets of the Week.

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Episode 113 – Super Thankful – Featuring Conner Roulette of Seattle Thunderbirds

HAPPY THANKSGIVING from the Sound Of Hockey Podcast!

The Sound Of Hockey Podcast guys are back with another great episode and a great guest, seventeen-year-old Conner Roulette of the Seattle Thunderbirds. Conner was recently listed as an “A” prospect on NHL Central Scouting’s list for the 2021 Entry Draft and has an interesting story to tell. With Conner, the guys talk about his clever goal song, his experience as an indigenous player in the hockey community, and much more.

Also in this episode, John, Andy, and Darren discuss the latest NHL news – signings, rumors, return to play, etc. – and they chat about whether or not Connor McDavid’s new house should be getting as much scrutiny as it has been receiving online. Oh, and Adam Gaudette kicked his new wife in the head (by accident). 

Goalie Gear Corner is special this week, as the guys break down Darren’s new goalie mask! See photos below, or watch the video that Darren made here.

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Episode 112 – With Derek Ryan of the Calgary Flames! 

BIG-TIME GUEST ALERT! 

This is a fun episode that features Spokane, Washington’s own Derek Ryan! The Calgary Flames center has had a fascinating journey to get to the NHL, and his story will leave you feeling inspired to keep grinding to achieve your dreams. 

Also on this episode, plenty of discussion about some of the latest content at SoundOfHockey.com, including John’s idea about a low-price ticket lottery and Andy’s Reverse Retro Jersey Awards. The guys shed some more light on those topics and rip on the Detroit Red Wings for their very poor entry into the Reverse Retro pool. 

Segments this week include Goalie Gear Corner, Weekly One-Timers, and Tweets of the Week.

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Episode 111 – WITH HUGE SOUND OF HOCKEY NEWS! 

Ladies and gentlemen, Sound Of Hockey has an enormous announcement to make. NHLtoSeattle_com has been re-branded to SoundOfHockey.com, and the guys could not be more excited to share it with you! Give this episode a listen to get an understanding for the vision of the brand moving forward. 

And don’t worry, we do have a full episode for you here, with all the usual shenanigans. There’s a Seattle Kraken update, a WHL update, and some jersey talk.

Segments include Goalie Gear Corner, You Don’t See That Every Day, Weekly One-Timers, and Tweets of the Week. 

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Episode 110 – Featuring Andrew Allen, Pro Goalie Scout for Seattle Kraken

On this week’s Sound of Hockey, the guys welcome another great guest from the Seattle Kraken in Andrew Allen.

Andrew is the pro scout that’s focusing on goaltending for the new franchise, and he has tons of fascinating insight to share on the position. He also played in the AHL and ECHL as a netminder, and has served as the head goalie coach for the Buffalo Sabres and the Japanese National Team. Andrew has some fantastic stories to share. Oh, and Darren manages to get him to participate in Goalie Gear Corner.

Good chatter amongst John, Andy, and Darren this week as well, particularly in the segments, which include You Don’t See That Every Day, Weekly One-Timers, and Tweets of the Week.

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Episode 109 – Featuring the Seattle Kraken Braintrust – Namita Nandakumar and Dani Chu

Big-time guests on Sound of Hockey this week, as not one but two brilliant minds from the Seattle Kraken’s analytics department join the show for a fun and informative chat. Namita Nandakumar and Dani Chu bring tons of deep data-driven knowledge to the team and to the episode. You won’t want to miss this!

Also in this episode, the guys share some thoughts on the retirement of Doc Emrick, and John shares his story of meeting the broadcasting legend. Plus, some discussion of the latest free agent signings and trades in the NHL, and updates on various leagues returning to play.

Segments this week include Goalie Gear CornerYou Don’t See That Every Day, and Tweets of the Week.

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Episode 108 – Interesting or Carry On?

 

Whoa! That was a big week around the NHL.

With the NHL Draft and the opening of free agency, the Sound Of Hockey guys have a lot to cover in a short time this week, so they follow-up last week’s introduction to “Interesting or Carry On?” with an extended version of the fledgling segment this week.

Together, John, Andy, and Darren give a quick run-down of all 31 teams and their recent moves, deciding along the way which clubs deserve a little more attention.

Other segments this week include Weekly One-Timers and Tweets of the Week.

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Episode 107 – With BEST FRIEND OF THE POD, Chris Peters + Matthew Rempe of the Seattle Thunderbirds

 

NHL DRAFT DAY IS UPON US!

 

Sound of Hockey is here to get you fully prepared for the NHL Draft, which will take place virtually on the evening of Tuesday, 10/6. Even if you get to this after the Draft, though, it should hold up pretty well, as you will learn about the guys that get selected.

 

The best way that Andy, John, and Darren know how to help bring you up to speed is to welcome back their best friend and ESPN prospect/draft guru, Chris Peters. Chris once again dazzles with his unmatched wealth of knowledge, and will leave you feeling like an expert.

 

On this episode, the guys also welcome Matthew Rempe, a 6’8″ prospect from the Seattle Thunderbirds who has a solid shot at getting selected. Matthew brings some serious bulletin board material in his interview.

 

Plenty of NHL transactions to discuss this week as well.

 

Segments include Weekly One-Timers and Tweets of the Week.

 

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Episode 106 – The Corey Perry Hat Trick – Featuring Seth Jarvis and Gage Goncalves

 

The Tampa Bay Lightning are your Stanley Cup Champions, and the guys from Sound Of Hockey have a lot of opinions about it.

 

On this week’s episode, John, Andy, and Darren dig deep into what it took for Tampa Bay to reach the promised land, before turning their attention to the upcoming NHL Draft. To do so, they welcome Seth Jarvis of the Portland Winterhawks and Gage Goncalves of the Everett Silvertips, two players expecting to hear their names called by an NHL team in October. Both interviews are fun, quick listens that give you a good idea of what it’s like to wait for your opportunity to get drafted in the midst of a pandemic.

 

Also in this episode, the guys discuss their takeaways from the event that was the Stanley Cup Final, as well as recent transactions in the NHL.

 

Segments this week include You Don’t See That Every Day, Weekly One-Timers, and Tweets of the Week.

 

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Episode 105 – Expired… Expired… Expired… FEATURING LINDA COHN!

 

WHOA! This is a BIG episode!

 

Not only is this one of the longest episodes Sound Of Hockey has ever done, it also features one of the biggest-named guests the guys have ever welcomed in ESPN’s Linda Cohn. With Linda, the guys discuss everything from her upbringing as a goalie to her favorite TV commercial from the NHL playoffs. Tons of fun to be had in this interview. You will NOT want to miss this one.

 

Also in this episode, John, Andy, and Darren break down the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final, give a couple of Seattle/Palm Springs updates, and discuss some other random NHL topics like the league’s very uncertain plans for the 2020-2021 season.

 

Segments this week include You Don’t See That Every Day, Goalie Gear Corner, Weekly One-Timers, and Tweets of the Week.

 

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Episode 104 – The Stanley Cup Final Is Nigh

 

The Dallas Stars are your Western Conference champions, because… well… it’s 2020, and of course they are! Meanwhile, the Islanders kept themselves alive with a double-overtime victory over the Lightning on Tuesday, and Sound of Hockey is here to give you the full rundown of everything that’s happening in the playoff bubble.

 

Lots of fun chatter on this week’s episode, as John, Andy, and Darren discuss some of the storylines associated with the Stars’ impressive run and do a postmortem on the recently departed Vegas Golden Knights. Also, more discussion about the impending goalie carousel that should start spinning in the NHL very soon.

 

Next, the guys discuss trades, signings, and NHL awards, before moving into Weekly One-Timers and Tweets of the Week.

 

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Episode 103 – It’s Getting Smoky Out There

 

It happened again… Darren has experienced more travel woes – this time wildfire related – and he is back to share about it in “Storytime with Darren” to start the show.

 

Tons of goalie talk in this episode, as John, Andy, and Darren consider the offseason implications on Seattle, especially after that landscape has dramatically changed during these playoffs. Read this article that John wrote to bring yourself up to speed.

 

Also, some talk about the NHL awards that have been announced, and a WHL Update from our WHL Correspondent, Andy Eide.

 

Segments this week include Goalie Gear Corner featuring this and this, Let’s Get Quizzical, Weekly One-Timers, and Tweets of the Week.

 

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Episode 102 – Run Through A Wall with Jonny Greco, Seattle Kraken’s VP of Live Entertainment

 

Whoa!

 

Get ready for a HIGH ENERGY interview with Jonny Greco, the newly hired SVP, Live Entertainment and Game Presentation for the Seattle Kraken. Jonny famously led the in-game productions for the Vegas Golden Knights in their magical inaugural season and beyond, and he also previously worked for the WWE, Columbus Blue Jackets, New York Rangers, and many others. So, he has stories to share. You’ll also get a look at how his wheels are starting to turn as he imagines how things will look when the Kraken take the ice in 2021.

 

You DON’T want to miss this interview with Jonny Greco.

 

Also in this episode, John, Andy, and Darren have a genuine conversation about what happened last week in the world of sports, and what it meant for the NHL to take a step back to focus on social issues facing our society. Plus, plenty of playoff talk, goalie talk, and playoff goalie talk.

 

Segments this week include Goalie Gear Corner, Weekly One-Timers, and Tweets of the Week.

 

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EPISODE 101 – Playoff… Additions? Featuring Sports Geek Founder, Sean Callanan

 

It’s a meaty episode this week, with lots of laughs and some sports business knowledge to be had.

 

On this episode, John and Darren have a discussion with the founder of Sports Geek, Sean Callanan, who becomes the first Australian to appear on Sound of Hockey. The discussion is an enlightening one, which gives you a better understanding of the landscape in an increasingly digital sports world. They also discuss how changes from COVID times will impact the sports world long-term, and much of the conversation is geared toward the Seattle Kraken.

 

Also in this episode, plenty of discussion from John, Andy, and Darren on the Mike Milbury fiasco from last week, plus some chatter about the Washington Capitals moving on from coach Todd Reirden.

 

Segments this week include Goalie Gear Corner, Bad Boys, Let’s Get Quizzical, Weekly One-Timers, and Tweets of the Week. Wow, that’s a lot of segments.

 

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EPISODE 100 – Featuring Lance Lopes, Employee Number 1 for Seattle Kraken

 

A milestone episode for the guys calls for a very special guest!

 

This week, Sound of Hockey welcomes Lance Lopes, Executive Vice President and General Counsel for the Seattle Kraken. Lance was technically the very first employee hired by the Oak View Group in Seattle to make Climate Pledge Arena a reality, and as such was one of the most influential people in bringing the 32nd NHL franchise to life. Lance shares some fantastic behind-the-scenes stories about the arena processes and the triumphant 2018 season ticket drive. This is a very interesting interview.

 

Segments this week include Bad Boys, Weekly One-Timers, and Tweets of the Week.

 

Also in this episode, you will hear some solid NHL Bubble chatter from John, Andy, and Darren, and some good ribbing of Mike Milbury for an atrocious tweet.

 

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EPISODE 99 – CONFIRMED – Featuring Everett Fitzhugh

 

When you least expect it, an awesome guest slides into this week’s episode, as Everett Fitzhugh – recently named the Seattle Kraken’s first broadcaster – joins the guys for a very fun conversation that you won’t want to miss. In case you missed Everett’s story this past week, he has quickly risen through the ranks from the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones, and now will fulfill his dream of working for an NHL franchise. He has been making national headlines as the only black play-by-play announcer in professional hockey, and his passion and enthusiasm will definitely brighten your day. Give him a listen!

 

Also on the show this week, Darren argues that Phase 2 of the Draft Lottery was rigged (it wasn’t), and John and Andy give some of their highlights from the Qualifying Round inside the NHL’s bubble. Together, the guys also look ahead to the first round of the actual Playoffs, which are now under way.

 

Segments this week include Re: Torts, Weekly One-Timers, and Tweets of the Week.

 

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EPISODE 98 – FEATURING TOD LEIWEKE, SEATTLE KRAKEN CEO

 

MAJOR GUEST ALERT!!

 

It’s a BIG-TIME episode this week, as the guys welcome Mr. Tod Leiweke, CEO of the Seattle Kraken. You will hear from a side of Tod in this interview that you likely have not heard before, as he truly lets his passion and fandom for the sport of hockey shine through in this very fun conversation. Of course John, Andy, and Darren ask about the arduous process of naming the 32nd NHL franchise with Tod, but they also take a trip down memory lane that you won’t want to miss. This is an all-timer.

 

Also in this episode, plenty of discussion about some of the early outcomes and controversies from the Qualifying Rounds, some disagreements between John and Darren, and a very solid Re: Torts.

 

Other segments this week include Goalie Gear Corner, Bad Boys, Weekly One-Timers, and Tweets of the Week.

 

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