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Not only is it a fantastic hockey podcast, it's one of the best podcasts period. Absolutely brilliant.

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This is an amazing podcast. I would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in hockey.


Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman talk to a lot of people around the hockey world, and then they tell listeners all about what they’ve heard and what they think about it. Plus, look for bonus episodes featuring interviews with personalities in the game or famous fans.

Episode Date
Islanders Mix Playoff Intensity With Identity
The third round of the Stanley Cup playoffs is underway! Jeff and Elliotte recap the Islanders-Lightning match-up (9:00) and the Canadiens-Golden Knights series (0:10) to kick off the podcast. They also discuss players who have been given permission to talk to other teams like Dougie Hamilton (19:30), the New York Rangers hiring Gerard Gallant as […]
Jun 15, 2021
The Final Four
The stage is set as Montreal, Tampa Bay, Las Vegas, and the New York Islanders battle it out for the Stanley Cup. Jeff and Elliotte recap the Golden Knights-Avalanche series (00:10), credit Peter DeBoer for the confidence he had in his team after going down two games, and wonder if he gets enough credit for […]
Jun 11, 2021
Scott O’Neil: CEO of the New Jersey Devils & Philadelphia 76ers
Scott O’Neil has held a number of executive positions in North American sports. He joins Jeff and Elliotte to talk about his new book “Be Where Your Feet Are”, finding stillness in your life, preparing for success as well as failure, the process with the 76ers, how his team is building out initiatives that better […]
Jun 09, 2021
Snake Eyes for the Avalanche
Quick carcast to start the week! Jeff and Elliotte recap a pair of divisional match-ups (Avalanche-Golden Knights 2:30 & Jets-Habs 7:30) to kick off the podcast, discuss the gold medal victory by Gerard Gallant and Team Canada at the world hockey championship (19:00), the return of Stanley Cup playoff games on both sides of the […]
Jun 07, 2021
Scheifele Suspension
Mark Scheifele has been suspended four games for his hit on Jake Evans in game 1 of the Canadiens-Jets series. Jeff and Elliotte break down the wide variety of opinions (00:01) they’ve heard the last 24-hours from around the hockey world regarding the hit, what was said in the phone hearing, and if some players […]
Jun 04, 2021
So You Think You’re Stressed … Here’s Steve Dangle!
The Montreal Canadiens force a game 7 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Jeff and Elliotte discuss (25:00) the excitement around the game, fans in the stands in Montreal, and which team has the most to lose. Plus, they are joined by Steve Dangle (42:00) to talk about his frustrations, who he thinks is underperforming, and […]
May 31, 2021
31 Lies
Back by popular demand, it’s the carcast with Jeff riding shotgun! The guys break down game 5 Leafs-Habs and what we could expect as the series heads back to Montreal where we’ll see fans in the stands (3:00). They also wonder if Pittsburgh (10:20) and Florida (24:30) will make any changes this off-season (10:20), preview […]
May 28, 2021
A Stunning Sunday
A pair of recent Stanley Cup winners have been eliminated from the playoffs. Jeff and Elliotte break down what went wrong for Washington (6:40) and St. Louis (16:31) and list off some of their top priorities as they go into the off-season. They also discuss the return of Nikolaj Ehlers (0:00) and the Jets going […]
May 24, 2021
Post-Game Carcast
A late night of hockey means Elliotte joins us from the road. The guys discuss the scary incident that sent John Tavares to the hospital, the events that followed, and the type of response we might see from Toronto in game 2 on Saturday night. They also chat about the return of John Davidson to […]
May 21, 2021
Paul Stastny and Six More, Please
Paul Stastny recently played his 1000th career NHL game. He joins Jeff and Elliotte to talk about (37:30) the milestone, his Hall of Fame father, the evolution of Nikolaj Ehlers, being coached by Paul Maurice, and how to slow down Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.  The guys also recap the first couple days of the […]
May 17, 2021
Sam the Florida Man
Sam Bennett has 15 points in 10 games with the Florida Panthers. He joins Jeff and Elliotte on the podcast (37:00) to talk about the trade that sent him to Florida, when he felt like his role was diminishing with the Flames, why he’s playing so well with the Panthers, the worldly skills of Alexander […]
May 14, 2021
Shane Wright: U18 World Champ
After winning a gold medal at the U18 World Championships with Team Canada, Shane Wright joins Jeff and Elliotte on the podcast to talk about his experience at the tournament, battling through a few minor illnesses during the tourney and what it means to represent Canada. They also chat about his favourite NHL team, players […]
May 12, 2021
The Muller Report
Kirk Muller played in the NHL for 19 seasons and has been behind the bench since 2011. He joins Jeff and Elliotte on the podcast (42:00) to talk about Montreal’s impressive play in the bubble last season, how to find success as a player in a market like Montreal, his thoughts on Nick Suzuki and […]
May 10, 2021
Backes to the Future
David Backes has played for 3 teams (St. Louis, Boston and Anaheim) during his 15-year NHL career. He joined Jeff and Elliotte on the podcast (52:30) to talk about the celebration that took place on Wednesday night in St. Louis, what it was like to learn from veterans like Bill Guerin, Dallas Drake, Doug Weight […]
May 07, 2021
Bob Hartley: A KHL Champion
He has won a championship in the NHL, AHL, NLA, QMJHL, and now the KHL. Avangard Omsk head coach, Bob Hartley, joins Jeff and Elliotte to talk about winning the Gagarin Cup, how Ilya Kovalchuk has changed since their days together in Atlanta, memories from his time with the Thrashers, if Kovalchuk wants to return […]
May 05, 2021
The Brind’Amour Flex
Rod Brind’Amour is stepping up for his staff in Carolina. Jeff and Elliotte break down (00:10) the contract talks between Canes brass and their head coach, Brind’Amour’s request to see his staff taken care of before he signs his contract and what the market might look like if Brind’Amour was available. They also discuss the […]
May 03, 2021
Nashville’s Roman Empire
Roman Josi of the Nashville Predators joins the podcast for episode #200! He chats with Jeff and Elliotte (53:00) about the conversations amongst his teammates leading up to the trade deadline, what it’s like playing in front of Pekka Rinne, how meditation has helped him on and off the ice, and what he took away […]
Apr 30, 2021
A First-Class Gesture
Players from the Toronto Maple Leafs recently extended a helping hand to their AHL teammates. Jeff and Elliotte discuss Jason Spezza’s leadership in wanting to financially help his Marlies teammates and if we could see him in a managerial role in Toronto a few years from now. They also chat about the playoff race in […]
Apr 26, 2021
If You Give Us The Runway
The Vancouver Canucks played their first game in almost a month. Jeff and Elliotte discuss (00:00) what the victory against the Maple Leafs might mean for the team, the leadership of Bo Horvat, what was said in the locker room during the 2nd intermission, and the impressive play of Braden Holtby. Debra Berman, National Stylist […]
Apr 19, 2021
Trade Deadline Wrap Up
The NHL Trade Deadline ended with a splash. Jeff and Elliotte discuss the trade between the Red Wings and Capitals (00:00), how it was structured, and why certain players (and picks) were in the mix. They also recap — Taylor Hall to Boston (17:30), the Pens picking up Jeff Carter (28:30), all the action from […]
Apr 13, 2021
Almost There
The Vancouver Canucks have re-signed Tanner Pearson. Jeff and Elliotte discuss why contract talks suddenly picked up (2:20), where things stand with Quinn Hughes and Elias Pettersson, why the Canucks might have to play out the regular season even if it means playing into the playoffs, and the general mood around the club as players […]
Apr 09, 2021
Who is Buying, Selling, or Staying ft. Chris Johnston
The Vancouver Canucks have 16 players and 3 coaches on the NHLs COVID-19 protocol list. Jeff and Elliotte provide an update on the situation in the Lower Mainland (00:01) and discuss possible outcomes from this including the potential of a playoff bubble and how it might affect the North Division for the remainder of the […]
Apr 05, 2021
Philadelphia Cheesed
The Flyers have some serious decisions to make over the coming months. Jeff and Elliotte discuss the situation in Philadelphia as the team goes through a difficult stretch (00:02), who might be available for the expansion draft, why Shayne Gostisbehere was waived, and how they might approach the trade deadline. They also chat about the […]
Apr 02, 2021
Peeling Back the Layers
Veteran referee Tim Peel “no longer will be working NHL games now or in the future” according to the NHL after his hot mic incident. Jeff and Elliotte discuss how quickly the league made their decision (00:00), if the punishment was too harsh, the impact the incident could have on the league’s business model as […]
Mar 26, 2021
The State of Women’s Hockey
The National Women’s Hockey League is set to return to play this weekend in Massachusetts to give out the Isobel Cup to one of the four remaining teams. Marisa Ingemi of NBC Sports and Sportsnet joins the podcast to talk about the leagues return to play, the relationship between the NWHL and PWHPA, the NHLs […]
Mar 25, 2021
News & Notes plus Anton Forsberg’s Amazing Odyssey
Jeff joined the Hockey Night in Canada crew for his first in-arena game in over 14 months. He tells Elliotte about his experience in Montreal (00:00) and what surprised him most about being back in an NHL rink. They also break down what they’ve heard from around the league including teams to keep an eye […]
Mar 22, 2021
“Crossroads” With Kaleb Dahlgren
The Buffalo Sabres have parted ways with head coach Ralph Krueger. Jeff and Elliotte discuss why the team made the move (00:01), question if Zoom media availabilities add to the negativity around the club, which players are untouchable going into the trade deadline, and if the new coaching staff can help Rasmus Dahlin get out […]
Mar 19, 2021
Join Elliotte On His Drive Home
Following the Maple Leafs-Senators game on Sunday night, Elliotte called Jeff on his way home from the studio to talk some hockey. Here’s their conversation. Some of the topics that were discussed — Joey Daccord’s memorable night in Ottawa (00:00), the struggles in Toronto (7:30), why Nashville will be the team to watch as the […]
Mar 15, 2021
ESPN And The Future Of The NHL
The NHL has found its (back-to-the-future) broadcast partner in the United States. Jeff and Elliotte discuss why ESPN was the league’s top choice (13:10), what it means for NHL finances and what it’s like when a broadcaster loses its rights. They also break down the Bill Daly and Gary Bettman virtual media conference (2:00), offer […]
Mar 12, 2021
Tom Wilson And A New Era For Women’s Hockey
Tom Wilson is suspended seven games for his hit on Brandon Carlo. Jeff and Elliotte break down the decision (00:00) and wonder if the number of games would have been different if Wilson wasn’t involved. They then chat about Jim Benning’s Canucks press conference (13:00), the continued struggles in Buffalo (18:00) and answer some #Ask31 […]
Mar 08, 2021
Remembering Walter
Jeff and Elliotte remember Canada’s hockey dad, Walter Gretzky, who passed away late Thursday night at the age of 82. They also touch on Calgary’s coaching change with Darryl Sutter taking charge (12:00), Trent Frederic’s sneaky toughness (29:30), the hiring of Sean Burke in Montreal (21:00), Jarmo Kekalainen’s confidence in John Tortorella (36:00), the Leafs’ […]
Mar 05, 2021
Sam Gagner: Taking Over the Marlboros with John Tavares
Detroit Red Wings forward Sam Gagner joins Jeff and Elliotte. They discuss why he and fellow Marlboros alumnus John Tavares wanted to get involved in minor hockey, where he was when Elliotte broke the news on Hockey Night in Canada, if he was surprised by the hockey community’s reaction, the types of changes he’d like […]
Mar 02, 2021
Best Game Ever Last Week
If you didn’t stay up late on Saturday night, you missed an exciting game in San Jose. Jeff and Elliotte discuss the back-and-forth contest between the Blues and Sharks (00:10), Jordan Binnnington’s tantrum and the current state of the St. Louis Blues. They also take your #Ask31 questions throughout the podcast (12:50), talk Nathan MacKinnon (14:20), […]
Mar 01, 2021
The NHL Draft: What’s Best For The Game
The Canadiens have parted way with head coach Claude Julien and assistant Kirk Muller. Jeff and Elliotte discuss the changes in Montreal (00:00) and what we know about interim head coach Dominique Ducharme. The guys also chat about the 2021 NHL Draft (19:30) and if the date should be moved, an interesting moment from the Kings-Blues game (26:00), the situation […]
Feb 26, 2021
It’s Good That You Hate Canada. Plus: Turtleneck Tales.
The turtleneck stole the show! Jeff opens the podcast asking Elliotte about his Hockey Night in Canada fashion choice (00:00), the inspiration behind it and the reaction on social media. They also talk hockey — the pair of games in Lake Tahoe (23:00), Sidney Crosby and Travis Zajac playing in their 1000th games (30:30), the […]
Feb 22, 2021
What’s Going On Off The Ice In Arizona?
Jeff and Elliotte discuss Katie Strang’s investigation into the Arizona Coyotes’ alleged business practices and internal workings (00:00) and what they have been hearing. They also touch on Connor McDavid hitting 500 points (18:00), Elliotte’s mystery player (31:20), potential moves in Nashville (35:00), Florida’s strong start (37:00), another PWHPA partnership (42:00) and much more.  Then […]
Feb 19, 2021
Tavares And Gagner: NHL Players And Minor Hockey Owners
John Tavares and Sam Gagner will operate the Toronto Marlboros minor-hockey club. Jeff and Elliotte explain why the pair were interested in the team (00:00), how it will work and why this is good for the Greater Toronto Hockey League. They also discuss the surprising Chicago Blackhawks (19:00), the struggling Predators (23:30), Francesco Aquilini’s tweet supporting his […]
Feb 15, 2021
We Texted WWE Superstar Edge… And Here We Are 
The Royal Rumble champion, Adam Copeland a.k.a. Edge, joins Jeff and Elliotte to chat about his Toronto Maple Leafs fandom, his memorabilia collection, Sidney Crosby’s golden goal in 2010, falling in love with wrestling, returning from rehab and much more.  Music Outro: The Zolas – I Feel The Transition Find more music by The Zolas here […]
Feb 12, 2021
Bye Bye, Burkie
Brian Burke is joining the Pittsburgh Penguins as their President of Hockey Operations. But before he goes, he joins Jeff and Elliotte to chat about why he decided to get back into an executive position, how the deal came together, what he likes about the organization, the message from ownership and much more.  This podcast […]
Feb 10, 2021
When You Mess Up, Fess Up And Dress Up
An offside controversy clouded Carolina’s win over the Blue Jackets Sunday. Jeff and Elliotte break down the situation (00:00), where the league went wrong and discuss if a rule change is needed. They also examine the struggling Canucks (20:30 & 38:00), McDavid and Draisaitl’s ice time (33:00), the injury to Wayne Simmonds (34:00), the talks around […]
Feb 08, 2021
Our COVID Reality
The NHL is reacting quickly to its COVID-19 outbreak. Jeff and Elliotte discuss (00:00) how the virus is impacting teams, protocols being implemented to prevent further spread and what the league might do with so many games to make up. They also check in on Pittsburgh’s GM search (20:00) and talk about Tony DeAngelo’s time […]
Feb 05, 2021
Kevin Bieksa On The Road And Tony DeAngelo On Waivers
This podcast took two hours to record as the news continued to trickle in. Jeff and Elliotte on what they were hearing throughout Sunday (00:30) as the New York Rangers placed Tony DeAngelo on waivers. They also discuss trade requests from Sam Bennett (10:30) and Victor Mete (13:45), the search for a GM in Pittsburgh […]
Feb 01, 2021
Two Shockers: Jim Rutherford And Tim & Sid
After 20 years of entertaining listeners and viewers, Tim & Sid is changing — Sid is moving on. Jeff and Elliotte are joined by Tim Micallef and Sid Seixeiro (19:00) to talk about their long-time friendship and work together. Dating back to their days as interns at Headline Sports, then cutting their chops at TheScore with […]
Jan 29, 2021
Jarmo Kekalainen on the Dubois-Laine Deal
Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen joins Jeff and Elliotte (11:50) to discuss how and when the trade with the Winnipeg Jets came together, why Jack Roslovic was an important piece, the possible misconception about Columbus as an organization and community, and how the club tried to move up in the 2016 draft to select […]
Jan 26, 2021
What Now For Pierre-Luc Dubois?
Correction: The voice at the start of the podcast is Jody Shelley not John Forslund. Our apologies. Pierre-Luc Dubois played five shifts for a total of 3:55 during Columbus’s overtime loss to Tampa Bay Thursday night. Following the game, Jeff and Elliotte take a stab at figuring out the complex situation (00:00) between the Blue […]
Jan 22, 2021
Keith Yandle Scored While We Were Recording
Hockey is back and so is the drama. Jeff and Elliotte discuss the situation in Florida between Keith Yandle and the Panthers (00:00), if Pierre-Luc Dubois will be a Blue Jacket by season’s end (16:30), Jakub Voracek’s post-game comments on Friday (27:30), the impressive Minnesota Wild (49:30) and much more. Music Outro: Ten Kills the […]
Jan 18, 2021
31 Season Previews
The NHL season starts today and Jeff and Elliotte preview it with a thought on each team, a couple things they’ll be keeping their eyes on, Stanley Cup predictions and much more. East Division (00:00) Central Division (27:00) West Division (53:30) North Division (1:14:30) Music Outro: Scenic Route to Alaska – Call Your Friends We also […]
Jan 13, 2021
The NHL Adapts On The Fly, Plus Jordan Subban: Hockey Player And Amplifying Entrepreneur
Some NHL training camps aren’t off to a good start thanks to COVID — the Stars are dealing with an outbreak in their organization and the Blue Jackets have cancelled practice “out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with NHL Covid-19 protocols.” Jeff and Elliotte discuss how the league will handle the positive cases, if we’ll […]
Jan 08, 2021
Reporting to Training Camp
Jeff and Elliotte kick off 2021 with a conversation about how some organizations accept losing, what it takes to create a winning culture and how, sometimes, you have to lose to win. They also discuss what the North Division could mean for the NHL from a revenue standpoint, expectations for a pair of Canadian teams, […]
Jan 05, 2021
Welcome To Our Holiday Party
As 2020 comes to a close (thank goodness), Jeff and Elliotte host their first 31 Thoughts holiday party with friends from the Sportsnet hockey department. David Amber on his 15-year-old skates, an update on hunting season from Louie DeBrusk, Tara Slone reminisces about a sauna experience in Thunder Bay, Christine Simpson shares a story about […]
Dec 24, 2020
Let’s Make A Deal : The NHL And (Our Interview Guest) Anthony Duclair
Mark your calendars! The NHL season begins January 13 with a 56-game regular season that concludes May 8. Jeff and Elliotte discuss all the details, including unlimited goalies at training camp, possible locations for teams and more. The guys also chat with newly signed Florida Panther Anthony Duclair about why he chose not to have […]
Dec 21, 2020
Tyler Seguin: All Business
Tyler Seguin has had a busy off-season rehabbing a torn labrum in Dallas. But while on the couch, he’s found time to build out his lifestyle brand, NINE ONE and do a photo shoot for his new favourite fragrance.  Seguin joins the guys to discuss why he’s decided to focus on off-ice business interests, how his […]
Dec 15, 2020
The NHL Inches Closer To A Return
The league and the NHLPA are getting their pucks in a row for a return. Jeff and Elliotte discuss the long-term effects of the CBA, possible target dates, division realignment and ads on helmets. They are also joined by newly hired Florida Panthers goaltending consultant François Allaire, who talks about his role, how it came […]
Dec 12, 2020
Rick Vaive: On Hockey And Life
“Catch 22: My Battles, in Hockey and in Life” is a new book by Rick Vaive with Scott Morrison.  Rick joins Jeff and Elliotte to talk about his new book, the Birmingham Bulls, playing with Bill Derlago, being the first Leaf to score 50 goals, Harold Ballard as an owner, coaches he enjoyed playing for, […]
Dec 04, 2020
What We Could See During The 2021 Season That We’ve Never Seen Before
Jeff and Elliotte offer some updates on the NHL’s return, where the owners stand at the moment, salary deferrals and possible tweaks to the 2021 season like taxi squads, ads on jerseys, expanded playoffs and a shortened training camp/pre-season.  RIP Fred Sasakamoose This podcast is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by […]
Nov 27, 2020
Mark Guy: From The Hockey Industry To The Auto Industry
Mark Guy has been an NHL agent with Newport Sports Management for more than 20 years. He’s represented big names like Steven Stamkos, Alex Pieterangelo, Bo Horvat, Travis Konecny, Tom Wilson, and the Subban and Strome brothers. But now he’s getting out.  Mark joins Jeff and Elliotte to talk about why he decided to leave the […]
Nov 27, 2020
Quick Check In
Talks around the 2021 NHL season are heating up. Jeff and Elliotte break down what they’ve heard regarding start and end dates, fans in the stands, sponsorship and the negotiation between the league and its players. This episode is dedicated to the late Erin Paul. Our condolences to her family and friends. This podcast is […]
Nov 13, 2020
Stan Bowman: A Change In Approach, Not A Change In Direction
The Chicago Blackhawks GM joins Jeff and Elliotte for a wide-ranging discussion. They talk about being transparent with the fanbase, building from within rather than through free agency, playing youth over veterans, how management approached the Jonathan Toews comments, the challenges he faces as a GM during the pandemic and much more. Letter to their […]
Oct 23, 2020
Adam Oates: Get The Toys Off The Ice
The Hockey Hall of Famer and skills coach joins Jeff and Elliotte to talk about the types of drills that frustrate him and what coaches should focus on when designing practices before offering some creative pointers. They also discuss coaching during the pandemic, some of the challenges around travel and the approach he has when […]
Oct 21, 2020
Jamie Bozzo: Managing Players’ Careers
Sports Professional Management Inc. represents some big names in hockey, including William Nylander, Johnny Gaudreau, Torey Krug and Brandon Saad, and has a total value of active contracts that exceeds $222 million. Jamie Bozzo handles client relationships for SPM, dealing with players and their families on all kinds of specialized scenarios. She joins Jeff and […]
Oct 19, 2020
There Was Alcohol Involved
After the longest NHL season ever, a few drinks are deserved all around as Jeff and Elliotte run down the past week in the NHL. Vegas landed the biggest free-agency fish in Alex Pietrangelo (00:01), to the displeasure of some Golden Knights players and their agents. The Canucks added Nate Schmidt (28:30), but only after […]
Oct 13, 2020
Emptying Out The Notebook
Jeff and Elliotte look at all 31 teams and discuss what their goals should be for the off-season (Atlantic – 34:15; Metropolitan – 47:30; Central – 1:05:30; Pacific – 1:17:45). But before doing that, they kick things off with a Word Association built specifically to challenge Elliotte, discuss Tampa’s tough road to the Stanley Cup […]
Oct 02, 2020
Hart vs. Lindsay
While the Stanley Cup Final rages, Jeff and Elliotte look off the ice, starting with Word Association. The Awards have been, well, awarded. Leon Draisatl locked up the Art Ross in March and then won the Hart Trophy in September. But the Ted Lindsay means more (18:00). In Ottawa, veterans are leaving, what does it […]
Sep 25, 2020
Peter Laviolette And Moves Being Made Around The NHL
The tradition continues with Word Association before Jeff and Elliotte dive into the latest news (there’s a lot) and speak with new Capitals coach Peter Laviolette. In coaching news, Rick Bowness is getting all the love thanks to getting a shot at the Cup with the Stars, the Flames removed the interim tag from Geoff […]
Sep 17, 2020
So, You Lost. What Now?
Jeff and Elliotte take a look at the off-seasons for the four teams that lost in Round 2 of the playoffs. Will the Bruins add scoring? What will they do with their blue line? Did the Flyers run out of gas? Will Jake Virtanen be back in Vancouver? Why is Colorado the team to watch? […]
Sep 11, 2020
A Lot Going On
The sports world stopped last week with many teams choosing not to play in protest of racial inequality. Jeff and Elliotte discuss how August 26th played out from the NHL’s perspective, the players coming together the following day in unity, the impact of the Hockey Diversity Alliance and the emotional message Ryan Reaves shared with the Hockey Night in […]
Aug 31, 2020
Dale Hawerchuk Through The Eyes Of His Sons
Eric and Ben Hawerchuk join Jeff and Elliotte to reminisce about their late father, Dale. They discuss the impact he had on them, his family and the game of hockey, and discuss the work he did off the ice to help others through his charity, Hawerchuk Strong, which continues to raise awareness and support for causes important to Dale and his family. Visit https://hawerchukstrong.com/ to […]
Aug 20, 2020
Brendan Morrison
The former NHLer talks quarantine beards, playing with Daniel and Henrik Sedin, favourite West Coast Express memory, his connection to Happy Gilmore and shares a couple of contract dispute stories about two well-known general managers. This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: […]
Aug 17, 2020
Where Do The Maple Leafs Go From Here?
Jeff and Elliotte kick things off with a post-mortem on the Maple Leafs. What roster changes could be made? Are there trade talks around Mitch Marner? Will Frederik Andersen be extended? Is there room for Joe Thornton on the team and Bruce Boudreau behind the bench?  They then share their thoughts on how to make […]
Aug 13, 2020
Ben Cooper
He is the head coach of the Herning Blue Fox in Denmark, was the video coach for the gold-medal winning Canadian men’s team at the 2010 Vancouver Games and in the NHL with the Canucks and Panthers. Cooper joins Jeff and Elliotte to talk about his time with the Olympic team, what he learned from Mike […]
Aug 02, 2020
Pre-Playoff Beard Edition
Jeff and Elliotte break down the John Chayka situation in Arizona and discuss Mike Babcock finding a new role in college hockey, their thoughts on the pre-season and the public’s reaction to the beard. Then they are joined by two guests. Bruce Boudreau talks about some of his favourite rinks growing up in Toronto, early […]
Jul 30, 2020
Building the NHL’s Bubbles
Jeff and Elliotte start the show talking about how important Seattle is to the NHL, what makes the Kraken different from other expansion franchises and what a flat cap will mean for Season 1. Then Steve Mayer, the NHL’s Chief Content Officer, is back on the pod to discuss NHL bubbles. The three talk arena […]
Jul 25, 2020
The Best McDavid Yet?
Jeff and Elliotte kick things off discussing a number of topics: the situation surrounding Taylor Hall and the Coyotes, questions ahead of teams arriving in Toronto and Edmonton, if the playoffs will give us the best version of Connor McDavid yet, Sean Day signing with the Lightning, Alex Kovalev coaching in the KHL and are joined […]
Jul 22, 2020
We’re Back!
Jeff and Elliotte get back into their home studios for a marathon episode covering all sorts of topics after a couple of podcast-free weeks. They discuss the new NHL CBA, the negotiation process, what a flat cap will mean for teams across the league and recent COVID-19 comments by Jonathan Toews. Then they shift to […]
Jul 16, 2020
Draft Lottery Special
No placeholders here. Jeff and Elliotte take it late into the night following the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery, breaking down what it means for the league that there is no winner yet and which teams are riding high or wishing for different results. Then, they are joined by three guests. Find out how happy L.A. […]
Jun 27, 2020
Rainbow Stripes
The pod kicks off with Week 2 of listener-submitted Word Association for Elliotte, who also has an update on New Jersey’s coaching search. He and Jeff discuss the CHL lawsuit, if the culture within major junior hockey has improved and the financial implications of the case and COVID-19 for the league.  Dan Paille joins the podcast […]
Jun 24, 2020
How To Best Set Up An NHL Bubble
Zachary Binney, PhD is an epidemiologist and Assistant Professor of Quantitative Theory and Methods at Oxford College of Emory University. He joins Jeff and Elliotte to discuss what the NHL should look for when setting up bubbles, areas of concern, saliva test versus swab tests, when fans will return to sporting events and if leagues should change […]
Jun 18, 2020
Less than a month after ownership publicly supported Jason Botterill, the Sabres GM is out. So are his assistants, the AHL coaches and more than half the club’s scouting staff. Jeff and Elliotte discuss what happened, why so many changes and where the team goes from here. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC […]
Jun 17, 2020
“What It’s Like To Skate In Our Boots”
Jeff and Elliotte kick things off with word association, take some #Ask31 questions and finish it off with a surprise. Then, they are joined by two guests.  Cincinnati Cyclones assistant coach Jason Payne talks about his lengthy hockey journey, his thoughts on what can be done to see more diversity behind the bench, racism he experienced during […]
Jun 10, 2020
Jarome Iginla and Connor Brown
The future Hall-of-Famer joins Jeff and Elliotte to discuss protests in the U.S. following the death of George Floyd, the types of conversations he and his wife are having with their kids, his experiences with injustice growing up, and his thoughts on NHL players using their voices to call out systemic racism. They also talk […]
Jun 04, 2020
“A Long Way To Go With Uncomfortable Conversations”
“This moment has to lead to action,” says Kim Davis, the NHL’s executive vice president for social impact, growth initiatives and legislative affairs. She joins Jeff and Elliotte for a wide-ranging discussion that couldn’t be more timely. They discuss player activism and the role of social media, what it means to leverage your privilege as an ally, how the […]
Jun 03, 2020
How The NHL Will Look On TV When Play Resumes
Word association kicks things off (there’s a theme) before Jeff and Elliotte address the backlash against Carolina’s Jordan Martinook and Tampa’s Alex Killorn, whose teams voted against the 24-team return-to-play format. Then they dive into some #Ask31 questions and are joined by three guests. Sherali Najak is a long-time Hockey Night in Canada producer and Kyle Bukauskas is an […]
May 28, 2020
BREAKING: Plans are in place. More details to come.
On a news-heavy episode, Gary Bettman outlines plans for the Stanley Cup Playoffs and Draft Lottery, but things remain in flux. Jeff and Elliotte discuss. How does the U.S.-Canada border impact things? Will there be exhibition games? What about expanded rosters and timelines for more information from the league? Who wins the Art Ross Trophy? […]
May 27, 2020
Hockey In The USA
Jeff and Elliotte discuss Matt Duchene’s comments about a return to play, potential playoff formats, possible hub cities, the draft, the lawsuit against the CHL, and play a little word association. Then they are joined by two guests. Nate Thompson talks about staying mentally strong and surrounding himself with people who support him, playing in Canada […]
May 20, 2020
The Future Of The AHL
Jeff and Elliotte kick things off discussing something of a newsy week. Leagues are planning their return or beginning to trickle back, but where is the NHL in all of this? Free agency will happen at some point, and Canucks director of amateur scouting Judd Brackett might be the most sought-after name on the market. […]
May 13, 2020
Superstars, Heroics, Goalie Fights and More
Jeff and Elliotte kick things off with the return of Word Association, discuss the latest on plans to get back on the ice and the draft, and Jaroslav Halak’s one-year extension with the Bruins. Then are joined by three guests. Brenden Dillon talks about the evolution of his career, playing alongside superstars like Joe Thornton and Alex Ovechkin and his involvement with the Hockey Education Reaching Out […]
May 06, 2020
Taking Justin Bieber To School
After overseeing a renaissance in Chicago, John McDonough is out as Blackhawks president, so who could take his place? Jeff and Elliotte discuss that, plans for the NHL’s return to play and more before getting to a trio of guests. Jake Muzzin talks about signing long-term in Toronto, being a veteran on a young Maple […]
Apr 29, 2020
Planning For The Future
Jeff and Elliotte discuss a whole bunch of things, including the NHL Draft, the 2020-21 AHL season, the 2021 Memorial Cup, Kris Versteeg’s career, Dustin Byfuglien and a new hire by the Senators.  Then they are joined by a trio of guests. Jason Spezza discusses how the Maple Leafs were playing when the season was […]
Apr 22, 2020
From The Blue Line To The Front Line
The show begins with Jeff and Elliotte talking to Edmonton Oilers Assistant GM Keith Gretzky about the life of Colby Cave. Colby Cave Memorial Fund Then they are joined by Craig Donaldson. For three straight years, he led the Oshawa Generals in defencemen scoring, culminating in a Memorial Cup in 1990 alongside a 17-year-old Eric […]
Apr 15, 2020
Brooks Laich
The former NHLer and current co-owner of Open Gym joins Jeff and Elliotte for a conversation about the importance of physical health during the pandemic. He also talks about his friendship with Alex Ovechkin and their battles during international tournaments, how his grandfather tried out for almost Maple Leafs and almost made it, his interesting connection to […]
Apr 13, 2020
Introducing Sports On Pause
Listen to Sports On Pause at https://sprtsnt.ca/3e7nTAZ or search and subscribe in your podcatcher. COVID-19 is impacting the world unlike anything we’ve seen in 100 years, and sports has not escaped its effects. The newest podcast from Sportsnet features hosts Richard Deitsch and Donnovan Bennett in conversation with athletes and executives, health professionals and journalists […]
Apr 11, 2020
How The Red Wings Almost Had Sergei Fedorov And Pavel Bure
Jeff and Elliotte talk about life at home during physical isolation, the potential of the NHL season resuming in low-population sites and what other leagues are proposing to get back in action. They’re also joined by a trio of guests. Oilers GM Ken Holland discusses planning for an off-season with the regular season and playoffs […]
Apr 08, 2020
High Performers… Off And On The Ice
High-performance psychologist and host of the podcast Finding Mastery, Michael Gervais, joins the show to discuss mental fitness and coping with these challenging times. Jeff and Elliotte also highlight hockey companies helping with the pandemic, what players are saying in their video meet ups and the best team to not win a cup in the 2010s. Presumptive […]
Apr 01, 2020
Hal Gill
The former NHL defenceman turned broadcaster has played in over 1,000 NHL games and won a Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Gill joined Jeff and Elliotte (on March 11) to talk about his defensive style of play, being mentally strong, playing with Sidney Crosby, celebrating with Mario Lemieux after they won the Stanley Cup, […]
Mar 30, 2020
What NHL GMs Are Talking About
Jeff and Elliotte discuss a recent conference call between the NHL’s GMs and what came of it. They also talk about players who might have gone home to Europe and the cancellations of the CHL playoffs and Memorial Cup.  Plus, Caroline Cameron and Louie DeBrusk with the latest on their ukulele lessons and Peloton sessions. […]
Mar 25, 2020
Welcome To Our New World
Jeff and Elliotte are at home, but they’re talking… and listening. The guys debut a new game (courtesy a fan) and then discuss escrow, a late-start season format, their favourite games and answer #ASK31 questions. Plus, ECHL commissioner Ryan Crelin on cancelling a season and how his league is trying to help its players.  31 Thoughts: […]
Mar 18, 2020
What Happened? What Now? What’s Next?
Every major team sport has suspended play. Jeff and Elliotte discuss the craziest day of the professional careers, what it was like to be on the air as news was breaking and why this could be a good opportunity for the NHL to get creative — Elliotte has an idea. They also discuss Elliotte’s conversation with […]
Mar 13, 2020
Sudarshan “Sudsie” Maharaj
You may not know his name, but you know his work and should know his story. Sudarshan Maharaj moved to Canada from Trinidad when he was six and fell in love with hockey. He became a goalie, eventually winning a national championship with York University and playing pro in Sweden. Maharaj spent eight seasons with […]
Mar 09, 2020
Mike Sullivan
The Pittsburgh Penguins’ head coach has seen a lot through his 12 seasons as a pro player and 14 more on coaching staffs in the AHL and NHL. For the past five he’s led a team with two of the greatest players in league history, winning two Stanley Cups and working with a roster regularly […]
Mar 05, 2020
Travis Green
The Vancouver Canucks head coach was a first-round draft pick of the New York Islanders in 1989 and spent 14 seasons in the NHL with five teams. After his playing days he turned to coaching, rising through the ranks before being hired in 2017 as the bench boss in his home province. Travis Green joined […]
Mar 02, 2020