This is a fathers day edition of NFFH, and it was a fantastic chat with Bob and Tom Chmielewski. There are some of the normal questions you hear about how they were involved with the rink, but I have a cohost on this one who asks some questions about mutual friends, and the impact that relationships have had on both Bob and Tom, but especially Tom as he made his way through his career. Enjoy this special treat.
Matt Herr has been involved in hockey since he was a young kid. We explored his timeline of involvement within this episode, with promises of a second, more story-filled episode to come! That being said, I did not neglect my duties as a host, and he shares some wonderful tales about hockey, the many rinks he has been to, and even gets into an overseas incident that had him sweating. Enjoy!
Matt Mackey has been in love with hockey since watching his first pro game live. He became involved with the sport as soon as he could, and we talk about how the rink has been one of the most constant things in his life, through all the ups and downs he has experienced. Even today, be it adult league, or cheering on the Capitals, Matt remains involved. Enjoy the many tales he has to share!
Zach Nichols began playing hockey later in his teenage years, and holds on to the dream of playing professional to this day! We talk about his love of the game, and how he has continued to grow it through the years. Enjoy his many tales, including about his stint in Steamboat, and his ensuing travel to Grand Junction to go to school, where he partook in the first year of CMU's team. Enjoy his many stories connected to the game that is a big part of who he is today.
Bobby Cervone grew up in hockey, and has wanted to stay involved with the game as much as he could. That led him to working at a hockey store for a piece of time. We explore his beginnings, all the way through college, and of course, we cover what he is doing today. Enjoy another great episode filled with content that will scratch the itch of every hockey nerd out there.
Jim Stanaway has been a hockey guy his whole life. In this first discussion (Second to come later in the month), we talk about his career path, and some of the decisions that led him down the road he now travels. And he sure does travel. He has gone coast to coast for his company, Goalies INC, training young netminders, and relying on his own history to do so. Enjoy the first episode of two with a real character.
Lute Chell has been a hockey fan for a very long time. He had some playing experience, and shares some stories from his playing time, and of course, we get into his fandom, which has taken off. He was at UND for the '87 National Championship, and tells some tales from there as well. Recently, Lute has been a fan of the Seattle franchise set to take the ice next season. He, amongst others, are leading a new podcast talking about the new team. Enjoy his tales.
Mike Garris grew up a goalie, but he is so much more than the stigma associated with them. Jokes aside, we talk about his introduction to hockey, how he grew to love the game, and he shares stories about how he stays involved to this day. Mike and I were chatting in the Five Hole pro shop, his current work site, and we had an absolute ball of a time. Enjoy the many laughs we share.
John Barr didn’t really dive into hockey until his mid to late twenties, but when he did, it was with everything he had. He now plays three or more times a week, and was a big advocate for bringing the NHL to Seattle. We talk about his efforts to help the city get an NHL club, and of course we mix in some stories of his playing as well. Enjoy the tales of a man who fell in love with the sport, and has since helped grow it on every level.
Courtney Boutelle was introduced to the rink around her middle school years, and immediately fell in love with all aspects. She tells stories from her early days of figure skating, to her transition into hockey, and then we get in to some stories from her time in college. She has always had an affinity for the rink, and in most places she has visited, she partook in one capacity or another. Enjoy her many tales, all that led her back to her hometown, in Cody.
Matt Trust grew up a fan of the game of hockey, but became involved in a larger degree at fourteen. He found a love for writing, and had aspirations of being a beat writer for an NHL squad. We talk about his time in Hershey, from a high schooler, through his internship years, and into a full time position. Matt shares stories from his time with the Bears, to his current position with the Swamp Rabbits. Enjoy!
Tommy and Kristen Mattox join me for a wonderful episode. We talk about Kristen's background with hockey, and the family tie it had. We also explore the sport through Tommy, who had a couple experiences early on in life, but has become a huge fan of the nuts and bolts since moving to Nashville. These two were superstars, they took me in for a couple evenings, and to be able to listen to their stories as to why they love the game so much? It was incredible. Enjoy.
Jennifer Boniecki was taken by the rink when she was just a young girl growing up in Chicago. She found herself playing girls hockey, and was always battling with her younger brother to "one-up" each other's accomplishments. Jen won bronze internationally, and her brother won a State Championship. As a squirt... I will let you decide! She shares great stories of family, school, and what she has done to stay in the game of hockey for work. Enjoy!
Paula Trujillo is another guest who was born into the community of the rink. We go over her family dynamics, from mother and father, to her three siblings, and eventually we touch on her kids. It was a phenomenal discussion including memories from Lake Placid at THE game, years developing relationships with the Ice Capades, and how all of that has led to her latest roll. Enjoy the many tales my friend has to share.
Kristen Bowness was born into a hockey family, but had some difficulty in her early years to find the love of the game. When she did, it quickly became a mainstay in her life and work. She shares stories of growing up on the road, chasing all the hockey the family partook in, as well as that transition to finding the love of the game for herself. Kristen is a big family gal, and that comes through in this interview. I hope you enjoy!
Patrick Houlihan got into the hockey scene a little later in his teen years. He quickly progressed through a number of areas in the game, and found himself with a few great stories that he shares about his playing days. From there, we talk about his transition to equipment managing. He has put in countless hours at the rink, between the equipment side, and also a five year stint helping run a program. Enjoy his many tales, and some good philosophy as well.
Darren McCarty grew up with the game of hockey. He learned to love it at a young age, and found the relationships he got from the locker room were some of his best. He talks about family, both from his childhood to current day. He speaks on the brothers he has from his days in Junior B, to playing with the Wings. And we touch on some of his tough times after hockey. It was a true pleasure to hear stories from Darren. I hope you enjoy.
Jenna Janshen got involved with hockey in elementary school. She spent a few years playing the game, then moved into officiating. She talks about her pathway within the rink, the few years she took off for college, and coming back to the game after she graduated. Her journey has taken her to many places, and through it all, she has found a great family within the rink community. Enjoy.
Nicholas Bayruns was born into hockey. He speaks about his childhood moving around the country, and eventually ending up in upstate New York. He loves the game, and shares some of his favorite memories of playing. Things get good when we move to his time in college, where he learned to love the game in a whole new way, as an equipment manager. Enjoy his many great tales.
Craig Blumegold began playing hockey just before he turned 30. He shares stories about how he fell in love with the game so quickly, and how it has become a major part of his life today. Craig has been involved now as a player, ref, and coach, and he has been lucky enough to find himself inside the disabled hockey realm for refereeing. His stories are great, and you can hear in them just how easy it is to love the great game we all do.
Allan Marini is a huge hockey fan, and since finding the podcast, he has become a fan of the trip as well. It was an absolute pleasure discussing some of his favorite memories, most hockey related, others are not. While we talked on many major moments, some of the names and dates may be off a little, but bare with us, because the journey is the destination. Allan talks about time in Hamilton, Toronto, and finally, being in the states. Enjoy!
Kira Ripley has been in the rinks since she was a little girl. Her older brother of two and a half years was a hockey player, so Kira has many memories of being in the car with the whole family heading to his games. She shares a few of those, and we get into when she became a mom of three boys, and the difficulties, and of course the triumphs, of all three in the sport. Kira also tells about some of her best friendships, and how they were forged in the rink. A big thank you to ALL the mom's of hockey. We love you all.
Cathy Lapointe grew up on the East Coast with hockey ever-present in her peripheral. She was enamored by the sport, but didn't fall in love with it until she had two boys who began playing. She shares some stories of camaraderie, on the teams, and in the stands with the other parents as well. We go into what makes hockey so special for her and her kids. A big thank you to all the mom's of hockey.
Doris Donley has played a wonderful games of hockey. Period 1: Falling in love with the sport, and her now husband. Period 2: Learning more about the rules, and watching her son fall in love with the game. Period 3: Finally picking it up herself, and finding different aspects to adore. Overtime: volunteering, and giving back to the game which ended up giving her so much. Enjoy her many tales amidst the game itself, and a big thanks to ALL the mom's of hockey.
Olga Chase grew up in What is now the Czech Republic. She is also my mom. I was lucky enough to have her on as a guest, and hear some of her incredible stories, including some about hockey in the 1972 World Championship, and others about life. Many of her younger days were spent under the Communist regime of the Soviet Union and she shares some of those experiences. Enjoy her many tales, and I hope you like this one as much as I did, though I may be biased. A big thank you to ALL the mom's of hockey.
Lori Mitchell became involved with the game of hockey when she was dating her now-husband, Paul. When they moved to Colorado and had kids, they were quickly introduced to the sport, and finally, Lori began playing as well, becoming the fourth in the family to partake. She shares stories of how she fell in love with the game in the many different capacities, and how she found a family in the locker room with the Bobcats. A big thanks to ALL the Mom's of Hockey, and to Lori for her time.
Lori Walsh was introduced to hockey in her later teen years, when she started dating a hockey player. As fate would have it, she married him eventually, and their journey through the hockey world has taken them from Detroit to San Diego, then Knoxville and eventually Colorado. We talk about her favorite memories of the game, and how it has helped shape the family she has now. Enjoy, and many thanks to the Mom's of Hockey...
Lesli Cochran was first introduced to hockey when she was a kid, but didn't truly begin following the sport until she was a mom. Her oldest, Mike, is one of my best friends, and was the hockey player in the family. Lesli talks about putting off hockey as long as they could, and inevitably, giving in and letting Mike play a sport that has shaped his life. We talk about some of her favorite memories, and the impact she has seen the sport have on her son, and the whole family. Enjoy, and thank you to Hockey Mom's everywhere.
Chris Garner grew up in Niagara Falls, Ontario, and watched hockey as a kid, but he didn't find himself playing until his late thirties. We talk about his childhood, growing into a musician, and some fun stories come up about some of the traveling he has been lucky enough to do. Things transition into a more sporty realm when Chris began playing hockey, volleyball, and golf, and we chat about the camaraderie of sport, and how important community is. I hope you enjoy as much as I did.
Taylor Cook was born into hockey. She grew up in a very supportive family, and in her mid-teens, she shifted gears, and became more serious within girls hockey. We talk about her youth days, some of her favorite memories and people she encountered, and then we get into her overseas experience. Taylor has been lucky enough to find a great home now, but there were some interesting times in getting there. Enjoy!
Ed Belfour grew up in Manitoba, and was born into the hockey culture. He tells stories of his youth days, playing on some very competitive and strong teams, and his unlikely happening into being a goalie. We talk about his path to UND, and helping the Sioux capture the National Championship in '87. And of course, we get into his NHL career. Wrapping up, we are able to discuss Belfour Spirits, and his latest endeavor with a family business. Enjoy.
Sawyer Lorenz got involved with hockey in his teenage years. He was a fan first, and talks about how and why he was watching the '07 Finals. We go through his timeline of involvement within the sport, which includes some playing, some scorekeeping, and at every turn, love for the game. He tells stories about his first goals, and shares moments and passion with regards to the Jr. team that called Steamboat home for a few years. Enjoy his tales.
Chris Thorburn grew up in Canada, and was born into the hockey scene. we talk to him about his journey through youth hockey, to juniors, to eventually making it to the NHL. We gather stories along the path, and also take a different direction for a piece of time, exploring autism, and the personal connection it has for Chris. Enjoy his many tales, including some from the Stanley Cup run he went on.
Alex Coffey did have a few years of hockey when he was young, but stopped playing in second grade when he decided to pursue skiing. He was a member of SSWSC, but has always been a huge hockey fan, and for some reason, a Red Wings fan. We forgive him of that, and talk about his life, from early playing days, to soccer and skiing, so coming back to the sport in High School. Enjoy his tales.
Sady Tobin was involved with the rink from a young age, as her brother played hockey and was three years older. She didn't start playing until she was a teenager, and loved the sport. We talk about her days in youth hockey, then her time at prep school playing both hockey and soccer. Her tales she shares include some post-college days, when she became involved with RMHS. Enjoy.
Ian Anderson spent most of his youth days in Steamboat. He started playing hockey at a young age, and fell in love with the sport because of a former Avalanche superstar. He shares that story, and many others along his career. We played many seasons on the same team, so it was a great experience to sit down with an old friend, catch up, and share some war stories. Enjoy.
Ellen Tully grew up around the rink. She was the youngest in a hockey family, and though she did not ever play organized hockey herself, she fell in love with the game. That love and passion has stuck with her as she has traversed the hockey landscape, and the journey has led her to being the first female owner of a professional hockey team. We talk about the Bobcats, who enter their first season of play this fall, and we also touch on some of her stories leading up to ownership. Enjoy.
Gary Whiteley became involved in the game of hockey in his early twenties. He fell in love with the game, and wishes now that he had gotten involved at an earlier age. He tells stories about how he fell in love with it, some of his favorite stories of learning to play the game, and then, inevitably, we talk about his goaltending. He has played standing hockey, and some sledge hockey. Enjoy his many tales.
Bob Joyce was born into the hockey world. His father was a player himself, and Bob quickly found a love for the game. We talk about his early days, and some of his favorite memories from growing up in Winnipeg. We touch on family, the impact they had on him, and continue to have on him, including his mother. Enjoy the many tales he shares, including some from his National Championship run in '87, and his legacy he has helped shape at his most recent school.
Martin Peters was first introduced to the game of hockey with a family name that many know, the Gretzky's. He met Keith and Walter, and shares that brief story. His life took him away from the sport for a few years, but he has since returned, and in a big way in the UK. We talk about his renewed love of the game from the perspective of a father, and also talk at length about the whole Sheffield program. Enjoy.
Zack Slezak began playing hockey shortly after he could walk. He shares stories about growing up in the Chicago area, falling in love with the sport and the community surrounding it, then moving to Tampa. Now in Florida, a non-traditional hockey market, he has continued to find himself happening in to great stories, and great experiences. Enjoy.
Jacquelin Zimmerman began figure skating in her youth days, as she was exploring the many sports available to her at the time. She fell in love with skating, and progressed through the ranks. She talks about some of her favorite memories from her youth, under a few different coaches. We also get into the community aspect of the sport, and how lucky she was to find some camaraderie in a sport that is not always boasting that. Enjoy.
Connor Lyons began playing roller hockey, and a few years later got into the realm of ice hockey. His journey has taken him all around the world, playing and coaching. We talk about some of his favorite stories of playing, and get into some strength coach stories as well. Enjoy the many tales he brings to the table in this episode.
Jordan Mackenzie began playing roller hockey, and has been able to stay involved with the rink since he was eight. He now is participating with the Lightning street teams, and shares some of his stories, from his time biking to the local roller rink, to his first experiences with ice hockey. Enjoy the tales of a guy who has a real passion for giving back to the communities he lives in.
Ryan Cronin grew up in upstate New York, and was introduced to the hockey world by his grandpa at just three or four. He was fixated on the game when they went, even as such a young age, and his passion stuck with him. We go into stories from some of his more formative relationships in the game, including a high school player five years his senior, and his high school coach. Enjoy.
Nick Strid began skating around eight years old. He began skating on figure skates for the first few months, then quickly transitioned into hockey. His love for the game developed fast, and even now, he understands that he wants to be involved in some capacity as long as he can. Enjoy his tales from youth days, through high school, and even into some college club.
On this unique episode of NFFH, I am joined by a couple guys working for the Tampa Bay Lightning in their outreach programs: Aaron and Jordan. They are able to talk about the great programs that they are lucky to be a part of, and there is a small piece of their backgrounds mixed in as well, including how Jordan is a roller hockey guy. Enjoy this one, a glimpse into at least one organizations efforts to expand the game.
Dusty Henning began playing when he was a youngin. He regales me with some of his best memories of his youth days, before we get into his long list of pro hockey. The man has played a lot of different places, and struggled to find good management in his early days, running into a few situations of teams that folded before the year was done. Enjoy this one, it's entertaining.
Colter Pritchard began playing hockey in his early teens, after first getting introduced to skating at three. He quickly became a goaltender, and loved it. His hockey journey took him from AK to the lower 48 for juniors, then to Utah for college. We talk about the journey, the different people who impacted him along the way, and we touch on his future plans. Enjoy.
Ricky Gnatowsky was not born into hockey, at all. He happened into the rink life, after REAL LIFE, and he has since fallen in love with the community. We go into stories from his early days when he was still learning the ropes of the pro shop, to his time now as a manager of the Brandon facility. Oh ya, and he raps. Oh ya (again) and WE rap. So there's that...
Glen Metropolit grew up in Toronto. We sat down today over some coffee, and he shared some stories from his youth playing days, moving from ball hockey in to the ice rink, and eventually, finding the game could take him many places. He talks about his transition from high school hockey to Junior B, then moving from Junior B right into pros. Enjoy the tales he shares, all leading him to developing the "Metro Method".
Amber Niland was born to be a hockey player. She started playing when she was around five, and has been engaging in different aspects of the community of the rink since. She talks about playing, then her transition into women's hockey in the state, and eventually, she found her way into coaching. Enjoy her many tales!
Jake Oakley was introduced to hockey at a younger age, but at first, he was not a fan of skating. He would attend games with his father and sister, and loved the atmosphere, falling in love with the many aspects of the sport. Later on in life, he found himself presented with the chance to be a part of a great organization, in the Steel Kings. Enjoy his many tales.
Liz Stewart always seemed to fancy hockey. She was not involved in the game in her childhood, but around her teen years, finally found her way to the rink. She shares her stories of why she loves the game, and we get into a tough subject as well: mental health. She is currently working to become a sports psychologist, and we go into some details about her dissertation. You guessed it, it's on hockey. Enjoy
Graig O'Brien was able to explore the community of the pond as a kid, as well as deck hockey. He was then introduced to the game later on as a dad, and has fallen in love with the community of the game, both from the parenting standpoint, and from that of someone now playing in the beer leagues. Enjoy his many tales.
Seth Kushner was introduced to hockey as a fan of the Tampa Bay Lightning. He was able to grow his love of the game after working with some of the players, and getting a closer look at some of the inner workings of the organization. Enjoy his tales of transition from radio days to podcasts, and the many great guests he has had on.
Kyle was at rinks from a young age, watching hockey, but didn't begin playing till he was ten. We get into details about his youth hockey days, and eventually his tales from junior hockey, until his injuries forced him out of the game. Enjoy!
I am joined by a few awesome guys from the Taranaki Masters Games in New Zealand, and we are able to talk about inline, and how it is growing in the country. Each guy gets a few minutes to tell his own story as well. Enjoy this one. It is a little bit of a tough one, listening-wise, as we were on a zoom call, and my internet was barely holding up. But even with that, you can tell how much they love the game.
Jamie Goldsmith began skating on Beaver Lake, and played boys hokey for a few years before making the shift to girls around twelve or thirteen. Enjoy her many stories from playing time, to her coaching days! We also get a few good laughs about how we connected, which can be fun in and of itself.
Ernie Hartlieb was born into the hockey community. His father was a big fan and player of the game, and being in Michigan, it was an easy sell. He remembers falling in love with the game right from his first pair of skates. Enjoy his tales, as we work through his timeline inside the rink, and tell some fun stories along the way.
Tom McLean got a later start in hockey. He was already in his early twenties when he began playing, and being in Florida in the 90's, he was first introduced to the roller rink. We talk about some of his storyline, how he eventually became involved in ice hockey, and of course, we explore what he is doing now with his podcast and Facebook group, "The Parking Lot". Enjoy!
Craig Morton was another NFFH'er born into hockey. His father was a big hockey guy in Detroit, and Craig had an older brother that was already a player as well. He grew up in the midwest, and shares stories of his youth days, including a couple bad injuries. His transition from player to coach was a quick one, and we explore the different involvements with the game that he has had. Enjoy.
Warren Hewett began playing hockey in his mid to late teens. He started in the roller arena, before moving over to ice within a year or two. There was an overlap of a few years, when he was doing both, but eventually injuries forced him into ice in a full time capacity. Enjoy his many stories from his local rinks, to some European tours he partook in.
Bryan Smith began playing hockey a little later in life, but was able to catch up quick. We talk about his journey through his playing days, through his short stint as a seasonal employee enjoying the best of summers and winters in Colorado. He then goes into great detail, and shares some fantastic stories, about Rocky Mtn. Hockey schools. Enjoy his many tales of travel and hockey, and how he has been lucky enough to surround himself with great people and minds.
Brent Pearson began skating from the age of two. He was born into a family of hockey players and figure skaters, as his mom was on the ice at high levels of figure, and his father was a hockey guy. It was easy enough to fall in love with the game, and we explore some of his favorite memories of his competitive days, some fro his time in senior AAA, playing with his brother, and of course we get into how hockey has remained a centerpiece to his life through all his travel. Enjoy.
Kam Fink began playing roller hockey, and within a few years had transitioned to ice. We step through his journey, including a couple tough years in Peewee, all the way through his college days. Like all of us, Covid has impacted his playing nowadays, but he is anxiously awaiting returning to the rink, and soon enough getting involved in coaching. Enjoy his many stories.
Kaitlyn Shrode started skating around six years old. She is the younger of the Shrode sisters, and tells many stories of growing up in the hockey household she did. Her tales span youth time spent in Craig, to her time spent on the front range, then Chicago, and eventually, how she found her way back into the hockey life in Naples, Florida, of all places. Enjoy!
Taylor Shrode began playing hockey when she was ten. She fell in love with the game a few years later when she started traveling for a team on the Front Range of Colorado. She talks about her trip through the rest of U19, then into her college career as well. Enjoy the many tales she has about her hockey!
Bobby Davis began playing hockey around nine or ten. He shares tales from a young age of the impact his mom and dad had on him, not just on the ice, but in life. He was well travelled in the game by the time he graduated high school, and has found himself plugged in to the community of the rink at every juncture of his life. Enjoy the many stories he shares about what exactly makes this community one of his most important to this day.
Nicco Cardarelli began playing hockey early in his childhood. He gathered rather quickly that it would not lead him to the NHL as a player, but he accepted this, and found a love of the game amidst the camaraderie with teammates, and eventual lifelong friends. His passion took over again in his mid-twenties, when he decided to get into broadcasting, and he shares stories from his many experiences that have since unfolded, including Parasport.tv, a company he began. Enjoy!
Kyle Hayton began playing hockey when he was seven. He found more of a pssion for the game around twelve, and pursued his dreams of playing professionally. His journey took him through many stops, and we explore stories from most. Enjoy the tales of a tendy who, dare I say it, seemed to have his stuff together.
In the first ever State of Hockey Address, Mike Cochran returns to the show, as we talk about what the first one hundred episodes have done. There is a recap, touching on some of the favorite episodes, and there is an update to the trip itself. The boys end with a little NHL hockey talk as well. Enjoy, and thank you for your support through the first 100. The promise is alive, that each episode we strive to be better!
Sheldon Randell grew up in Newfoundland, and was started skating at a very early age. His dad was a big influencer in his hockey, and he shares some fantastic stories about the many car rides he had to take, playing in a town an hour away from his home. He goes on to tell of his personal growth in terms of loving the game, and how he loves it more now than he did as a kid. Enjoy!
Paul Podkulski became involved with hockey as a fan as a young child. He grew up in upstate New York, but because of family, he was a Flyers fan. We go through his fandom, and how he eventually found himself working for a company that has the NHL as a client. Paul also shares some stories about Florida hockey players. Enjoy his many tales, and details.
On a special edition of the pod, I am joined by two figure skaters to tell some great stories. Alex and Michelle Aiken chat about their respective time growing up within the figure skating world, and they touch on histories that include a combined 13 national championship appearances, with five medals. They also talk about their transitions into the coaching world, and just what the community of the rink has meant to them. Enjoy.
Dajon Mingo began his journey in the rink on figure skates. He participated in that capacity from 5-7, then found himself in hockey. He talks about his journey from his time in the youth leagues of Michigan, through his junior career, and into his pro days. He tells stories along the way, and it was a great chat with another good hockey guy. Enjoy.
Laura Belluccia was a figure skater in her younger days when she grew up near Tampa. She got into a few of her favorite memories from her younger time, but our conversation quickly led to her current tales. We talked about the ideas of rink, community, and what those things can do for everyone who participates. Enjoy our chat!
Kevin Gintoli began playing around nine, and it was my pleasure to talk to him. Our conversation spanned his days playing competitively at the youth level, through his time in the beer leagues, where all roads lead. More importantly to both of us, we were able to touch on the factor of family. He was the fourth of four siblings I have had the pleasure of interviewing, and we went into what family means to him. Enjoy.
Jimi Drinkall began playing hockey in his twenties, after attending a professional game in his local rink. He loved the physical side of the game, and found himself a home with the Ice tigers within the first year or so of trying the sport. Enjoy his many tales from starting to play, to the adversity he faced with only six members of a squad, all the way to rebuilding an organization into one of inclusivity. Jimi was a great first interview from across the pond.
Garrett Gintoli was born in to the hockey life. He talks about his first experiences within the rink, and gets in to his other timeline impacts. This one went a little off the rails, but was a fantastic interview with yet ANOTHER member of Clan Gintoli. Enjoy the latest installment.
Michele Gintoli began playing at the same time as two of her brothers, and quickly was drawn in to love the game of hockey. She talks about her storyline, which includes girls teams in her youth days, and coaching more recently. She also continues playing on a woman's team. Enjoy the many tales she slings around, as the second Gintoli to captivate the NFFH audience this week.
Peter Gintoli began playing when he was four. His family all jumped in to the sport, and the four kids playing was the first introduction that mom and dad had to the hockey scene. Things progressed from it being something fun, to the realization that he could take it somewhere, and Peter did. He talks about his lengthy career including time in High School, Juniors, College, Semi-pro, and also we dive into his time on Team USA. Enjoy his many stories.
Paul Novak was born and raised in Germany. His father was a sports fanatic, and Paul, along with his older brother Joe, both followed suit. Paul grew up in the rink community, and played hockey for years. His journey has taken him all around the world, for work, and he tells tales from each point along the way. That includes his time in Korea, organizing the Kimchi Cup. Enjoy his rich history of travel, and hockey.
Matt Schoepflin was another guest born into hockey. His father played, and had a love of the game, and it bled over to Matt. He grew up in Colorado, played most of his youth hockey there, then ended up at a boarding school, and then played four years of college. He went on to coach, and has great stories he shares from all those avenues he has explored within the rink community. Enjoy.
Katie Mandigo was born into hockey. She was skating from a very young age, and found a passion for the game she knew she wanted to pursue as far as it would take her. She told me stories about growing up around the rink at Middlebury, where her father coaches the women's team, including one about some puck snowmen... I hope you enjoy her many tales as much as I did!
Kush Sidhu grew up playing hockey in Montreal. He moved stateside, and continued to grow his love for the game, eventually finding himself working with Northeastern as a goalie, then a goalie coach for the girls side of things. He has many tales from his playing days, and even more from the coaching standpoint. Enjoy his many stories.
Alexis Pearson never played organized hockey. While she grew up in Minnesota, and skated in her early days, she never found herself in organized forms of the sport we love. Her father did, however, find the passion within his little girl when she was almost twelve. Alexis talks about knowing, from her early teens, that she wanted to partake in the sport at its highest level, in the capacity of broadcasting. Enjoy her tales of the path she has made for herself to this point, and the success she has already found.
Bill Mandigo grew up playing hockey, and had a great head start, as his father was a player himself. We delve into a few of his stories from his time spent playing, but things ramp up when the conversation shifts to coaching. His stories span time spent at a number of different schools, before he finally landed at Middlebury. His coaching has spanned decades, and his tales are just as impressive as the number. Enjoy.
Bill Beaney Grew up in Lake Placid. He was skating from the age of two or three, and forged a love of the game in one of the most prolific sporting communities in America. He tells tales of his competitive playing days, including a four year stint at UNH. Our conversation also heads into his robust coaching career, and the many connections and relationships he has made through his time as a bench boss. Enjoy.
Jessi Pierce became fascinated with hockey, and the rink, at a young age. She grew up a fan, but became more heavily involved her senior year of high school, when she was the statistician for her high school team. We go in to the tales of her time in college, running around between her 18 internships, then head through her path that lead her back to Minnesota, and eventually in to her job with the NHL. Enjoy.
Matt Billman got introduced to hockey in the roller rink, and found an immediate love for the game. He quickly realized he was destined for the ice, after an encounter with an olympic sized rink, and his story was only just beginning. We discuss his time as a competitive player, through his college years, his stint working for the UFC, some coaching, and of course we tie it all together with the beer leagues. Enjoy.
Brandon Enroth had his addiction to hockey begin when he started watching the game. He talks about going to his first Capitals game with his dad, and the love of the sport that was born from it. He played some roller and street hockey as a kid, and began ice in high school. His tales span his years as a fan, to those playing competitively, and of course, his journey to the beer league. Enjoy.
Harry Gehring began skating early in life, and played organized hockey starting around five. He spent most of his childhood in Minnesota, headed to St. Louis for college, and found himself in DC eventually. His tales span his years from the competition of youth, to the beer league mentality as an adult. Enjoy.
Rugge Preto started playing hockey when he was an early teen. He grew up in Argentina, and talks about his experiences that lead to him falling in love with the game, and eventually taking it to the highest level he could in his home country. He has great tales of travel to Canada to represent his country, then again to Germany for the World Cup. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. (Please forgive the audio, as the internet connection was poor.)
Heather Lorden got involved in the skating world at a very young age. She was instantly drawn to the rink, and quickly moved through the figure skating ladder. Her journey includes stops in Steamboat, where she began, CSU, where she came upon some realizations of times since past, and finds itself currently on the lakes of Wisconsin. Enjoy her many tales.
Patrick Spengler got involved in hockey as little later on than most, but found a passion for the community. He speaks on his love of improvement, personally challenging himself to get better each time on the ice. He also dives into the camaraderie of the rink, an spect that hits home for so many folks who are a part of it. Enjoy.
Sara Mortel was born into hockey and the rink. She loved the game right away, and has been in many different capacities, but most prominently was a player and coach. She tells many stories that span her playing years, then dives into coaching, both her own, and some of her idols including her father. Enjoy the many tales she has to share.
Meghan Koupal got involved with hockey a little later in life, but had a good basis of sport through her youth, playing both soccer and basketball in high school. She transitioned to a full-time soccer player in college, then finally began skating competitively when she returned to Colorado after graduation. She tells stories of her early days in an intro to hockey class, and her quick movement into coed leagues, and eventually touches on her time with the Chix with Sticks in Steamboat. Enjoy.
Jake Berube has been playing hockey in one form or another since early childhood. He began with roller hockey, transitioned to ice hockey, and off the mic we talked about one of his more recent endeavors, ball hockey. His tales include days spent in house league, his first foray into travel teams, then his eventual junior experience and college. Enjoy.
Brendan Selby began playing when he was four or five years old. While he is a younger guest on the pod, he has a history of playing, and now, has coached for multiple years. Enjoy the tales he shares from his playing days, to talk on those he idolized professionally, and then of course, we hear some of his favorite stories involving the game.