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June 27, 2020
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. GM Rob Blake is after the Kings jumped up into the No. 2 slot. Senators GM Pierre Dorion discusses what holding the Nos. 3 and 5 picks means for his team. And while Alexis Lafreniere seems destined to go No. 1 to a TBD team, Sam Cosentino looks at which players could fall where based on his feel for best fits. We’ll be back in a few weeks following some vacation ahead of (we hope) the start of training camps. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro:  Magic in Threes – Lottery Walk Listen to all our Season 3 music on Spotify. This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: Sportsnet. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
June 24, 2020
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 to talk about how he got into competitive hockey, why the “Merlot Line” worked so well for the Bruins, trash talk, what he learned from playing with Mark Recchi and what he’s up to now. Then Andrea “Dre” Barone, who spent four years in the ECHL and is the first openly gay referee in hockey, joins the show. He talks about why he came out publicly, his work with the NHL’s Kim Davis, stepping away from the game, overcoming challenges and the unintended discrimination he experienced. “There wasn’t anything to hide anymore” by Sonny Sachdeva Why Kurtis Gabriel is the ‘gold standard’ of LGBTQ allies in hockey by David Singh 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: Al Campbell – Take A Ride Listen to all our Season 3 music on Spotify. This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: Global News, MGM. and Sportsnet. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
June 18, 2020
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 rules for safety measures.  Andy Sutton played 13 NHL seasons and is now the president of Wholesale Sports Inc., the parent company of inline hockey brand Alkali, Verbero Hockey and the North American distributor of Tackla. He lives on three acres of land in California with vegetable beds and an array of animals, including alpacas, goats and others. He talks about transitioning out of hockey, equipment improvements, why Minnesota tried to turn him into a forward, memorable experiences with coaches and his famous “Are you an expert?” post-game scrum.   31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: Curtis Fuller Quintet – Love Your Spell Is Everywhere Listen to all our Season 3 music on Spotify. This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman.  Audio Credits: CBC, NBCSN, Sportsnet, WGRZ and WKBW. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
June 17, 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 Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: The Jokers – Sabre Dance Listen to all our Season 3 music on Spotify. This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: Buffalo Sabres. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
June 10, 2020
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 his career and then shares a few stories from his time playing in the North American Hockey League. Lou Nanne is a legend in Minnesota, where he played college hockey and spent his entire NHL career with the Minnesota North Stars as a player, coach and GM. He joins the podcast from Minneapolis to discuss the current social climate in the city and how he hopes to help the community. He also talks about the art of negotiating, some of his best deals (on and off the ice), and the story of how he led the push to get Herb Brooks his job coaching the U.S. Olympic team. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: Hitch Hikers and The Mighty Pope – Mr. Fortune Listen to all our Season 3 music on Spotify. This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: Sportsnet. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
June 4, 2020
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 about his WHL days with the dynastic Kamloops Blazers playing with Shane Doan and Darcy Tucker, lessons learned from coaches he’s incorporated into his own coaching style, teaching sportsmanship, learning to box when he was a teen, if he still hears Sidney Crosby screaming “Iggy” in 2010 and more. Then Senators forward Connor Brown talks about the league taking a strong stance against racism and Anthony Duclair reaching out to teammates to thank them for speaking up. He also discusses his trade to Ottawa, playing in Erie for Robbie Ftorek and alongside Connor McDavid. This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Audio Credits: ABC, CBC, MLB Network and Sportsnet. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
June 3, 2020
“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 to be an ally, how the league can be more culturally and socially diverse, and more. This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
May 28, 2020
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 HNIC rink-side reporter. They discuss what broadcasts could look like when the NHL returns. Everything from music to intermission interviews, how games will be called, production protocols, if officials and players will wear mics, and more. Plus, what they’ve heard from players during the pause about how they consume the game. Uffe Bodin is the editor-in-chief of Hockeysverige. He talks all things Swedish hockey: history, player hierarchy, why the Sedins are more popular in Vancouver than at home, and what the national team means to the nation. He also discusses some of the stories he’s been covering during the pandemic and Sweden’s unique approach to combatting COVID-19. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: Billy & The King Bees – Bango Listen to all our Season 3 music on Spotify. This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: CBC, CBS, NHL newsy, Network and Sportsnet. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
May 27, 2020
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? All of that and more. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: CBC, CPAC and Sportsnet. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
May 20, 2020
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 versus a non-traditional U.S. market, the meaning of toughness, his time in Seattle with the Thunderbirds, and his thoughts on handshakes, scrums and kissing the Cup.  Then Shane Doan joins the show to talk about his career, being drafted, almost playing with Jarome Iginla, fighting to keep the Coyotes in Arizona and the growth of the game in the U.S., meeting Auston Matthews for the first time, how he is as a hockey parent and what’s next in his professional journey. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: Marcos Valle – Summer Samba Listen to all our Season 3 music on Spotify. This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: CBC, Fox Sports Ohio, NBC Sports and Sportsnet 590 The FAN. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
May 13, 2020
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. Scott McFarland is leaving the Maple Leafs, which means there’s an opening on the bench for an assistant coach. And ECHL players are finally getting paid thanks to some strong support. As well, UFC 249 went off over the weekend, what does it mean for the type of experience fans should expect when hockey returns? Then they are joined by three guests. Bernie Nicholls once scored 70 goals for the L.A. Kings, he talks about finding his scoring touch in junior, playing with Marcel Dionne, where he was when Wayne Gretzky got traded to Los Angeles and why he took his hockey stick everywhere he went. Former Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson takes over as president and CEO of the AHL in July. He discusses the messaging the league is sending its owners, if a more regionalized schedule is on the horizon, Dave Andrews’ legacy, digital initiatives and playing junior with Bernie Nicholls. Lastly, Lightning play-by-play man Rick Peckham talks about his broadcast journey, his plans for retirement, being around Gordie Howe, covering John Tortorella and what Dave Andreychuk means to the community in Tampa Bay. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Outro Music: The Budos Band – T.I.B.W.F. This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: Fox Sports SUN, NBC, Sportsnet and The FAN 590. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate. 
May 6, 2020
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 Society (HEROS). Speaking of heroes, Yusuf Ahmed of Conquer COVID-19 talks about how he got involved with the organization, why it’s so important and his love for hockey. And two-time Stanley Cup champ Mike Vernon joins the pod to reminisce about the Battle of Alberta, Patrick Roy’s last game, goalie fights and how the game has changed since he played. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: Shorty Long – Night Fo’ Last Listen to all our Season 3 music on Spotify. This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: 630 CHED, CBC, NBC Sports, Pro-Am Sports Systems, Prime Sports Northwest, Sportsnet, WKBD The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate. 
April 29, 2020
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 Leafs team, Auston Matthews, missing Drew Doughty and more. Joey Hishon discusses going back to his alma mater in Owen Sound as an assistant coach and GM with the Attack, training Justin Bieber and selecting skills coaches. And John-Michael Liles on COVID-19 in Colorado, online shopping, Cale Makar, Nathan MacKinnon and more. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Ellliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: CBC, CityNews, Global TV, NBC Sports Washington and Sportsnet.  Listen to all our Season music 3 on Spotify and subscribe to the podcast while you’re there. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
April 22, 2020
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 paused, Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews, and what people misunderstood about Dany Heatley. Adam Oates talks hockey superstitions and pet peeves, and his work as a skills coach. And Terry Crisp tells some stories from his decades in the game as a player and coach. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: Clear Light – How Many Days Have Passed Listen to all our Season 3 music on Spotify. This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman.  Audio Credits: CBC, Global, Sportsnet and WBZ Radio. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
April 15, 2020
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 Lindros. Thirty years later, he’s Dr. Donaldson, ER physician and attending doctor at two long-term care homes. He joins Jeff and Elliotte to discuss working on the front lines fighting COVID-19, what the pandemic has taught him about the health care system and his hockey. Nazem Kadri then talks about the NHL response to the coronavirus, what he’s hearing from the Colorado Avalanche, life in isolation and more. And Stu Siegel is the former CEO and owner of the Florida Panthers who now runs HockeyTech and International Scouting Services. Among other things, he discusses player- and puck-tracking technology and the coronavirus’s impact on the NHL’s business. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Credits: The Peanut Butter Conspiracy – I’m A Fool  Listen to all our Season 3 music on Spotify. This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: Los Angeles Kings. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
April 13, 2020
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 the Nylander family and adapting to a different type of media attention. Music Outro: KRAZ – No Sleep (instrumental) Listen to all our Season 3 music on Spotify. This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: NBC Washington 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate. 
April 11, 2020
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 discussing how individuals and the industry are dealing with the pandemic.
April 8, 2020
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 unresolved, prospects, Edmonton’s blue line, his relationship with Connor McDavid and how the Red Wings almost had Sergei Fedorov and Pavel Bure. Hockey Night in Canada’s Craig Simpson on what he’s been doing with no games to call and the excitement and concerns around becoming a grandfather during the pandemic. And Vegas Golden Knights insider and radio analyst Gary Lawless talks about his professional journey to Las Vegas and learning about hockey from the management side. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: Tom McDonald – The Great Compromise (instrumental covered on mountain dulcimer) Listen to all our Season 3 music on Spotify. This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: CBC and OHL. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
April 1, 2020
High-performance psychologist and the 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 No. 1 OHL pick Adam Fantilli is a topic with both of their next guests. First with Sam Cosentino, who talks all things junior hockey and teases his next NHL Drat list, and then with USHL commissioner Tom Garrity, who discusses his league’s progression, European players using it as a transition to Div. I and Fantilli signing with the Chicago Steel.  All of that plus much more. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Music Outro: Tommy James and the Shondells – Sweet Cherry Wine Listen to all our Season 3 music on Spotify. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
March 30, 2020
The former NHL defenceman turned broadcaster has played in over 1000 NHL games and won a Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Gill joined Jeff and Elliotte (on March 11th) 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, and why he turned to broadcasting. Plus, a surprise visit from Providence alumnus, Brian Burke. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: St. John Green – Devil And The Sea Listen to our Season 3 outro music on Spoitfy. This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: NBC, NHL Network, Sportsnet and Universal Pictures. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
March 25, 2020
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. All of that plus more. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Credits: The Haunted – Montreal Blues Listen to all our Season 3 music on Spotify. This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: Caroline Cameron (Twitter), Sportsnet and The FAN 590. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
March 18, 2020
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: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: The Del-Vikings – Come Go With Me Listen to all our Season 3 music on Spotify. This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: CBC, CityNews, ESPN and Sportsnet. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
March 13, 2020
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 former Stars coach Jim Montgomery and talk to Predators colour analyst, Hal Gill, about how the franchise has worked with the community following the tornado in Nashville. That and much more. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: Mute Choir – Shadowboxing We also featured “Fences” and “This House” by Mute Choir from their debut record, Silent Conversation. You can find out more about the band here: https://www.mutechoir.com/ Listen to all our Season 3 music on Spotify. This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: ESPN, MSNBC, NBA TV and NESN. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
March 9, 2020
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 the New York Islanders organization and is now the Anaheim Ducks’ goalie coach. He sits down with Jeff and Elliotte to tell his story in hockey and discuss working with NHL goalies, how the sport can be more inclusive and much more. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Music Outro: Kraz – Carry My Name (Instrumental) You can find the full album here: https://www.krazmusic.com/ Listen to all our Season 3 music on Spotify. Audio Credits: MSG and Versus (NBC) This interview is also on YouTube. Watch it here. Our video producer is Drew Livingstone. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
March 5, 2020
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 in flux due to injuries and personnel changes. Sullivan sits down with Jeff and Elliotte to discuss what makes Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin so great, how they embrace the challenge of stepping up their games when the other is sidelined, keeping his players motivated, how his coaching style has changed over the years and much more. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: Land of Talk – Weight of The Weekend Check out all their upcoming tour dates here: https://landoftalkmusic.com/ Listen to all our Season 3 music on Spotify. This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: Pittsburgh Penguins Radio Network. This episode is also on YouTube. Watch it here. Our video producer is Drew Livingstone. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
March 2, 2020
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 Jeff and Elliotte in Toronto to talk about some of the challenges he faced as a young player, what it’s like to coach in a passionate market, his relationship with Jim Benning, working with his goaltenders, the uniqueness of Quinn Hughes and Elias Pettersson, and his skills at the poker table. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: Rheostatics – Vancouver (instrumental) Listen to their latest album “Here Come The Wolves” here: https://www.rheostatics.ca/ Listen to all our Season music on Spotify. This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman.  The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
February 27, 2020
David Ayres beating the Maple Leafs is the story of the season so far and Elliotte takes listeners behind the scenes of Hockey Night in Canada as the saga unfolded. Jeff geeks out on the history of emergency backup goalies and the guys discuss the EBUG policy in general. They are also joined by Sarah Ayres, who live tweeted her husband’s appearance from the stands and has been caught up in a whirlwind of memorable moments since.  But that’s not all — there was a trade deadline this week, too! And the guys parse through the moves that were made, moves hoped for that didn’t happen (Thornton, Parise, Ladd) and what it all means. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: The Franklin Electric – Who Listen to their latest EP “In Your Heart” here: https://www.thefranklinelectric.com/ Listen to all our Season 3 music on Spotify. This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Ellliotte Friedman. Special thanks to Maria St. Aubin and Jim Whyte for archival support. Audio Credits: CBC, CityNews, Dan Patrick Show, Global National, Sportsnet, St. Louis Blues, The Today Show (NBC) and Toronto Maples Leafs Radio Network. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
February 24, 2020
He’s been behind an NHL bench for 35 seasons, including 29 consecutive. He also spent five more as a head coach in the AHL, including one while he was still a player. All that after nearly a decade as a pro on the ice. Rick Bowness has seen a lot in hockey. The 65-year-old joins Jeff and Elliotte to discuss his life in the game, including how he’s had to adapt to new generations of stars, coaching the Sedins, his current job as bench boss of the Dallas Stars and how the brotherhood of coaches works together. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: Fade Awaays – Voodoo Girl Listen to more music by Fade Awaays here: https://www.fadeawaays.com/ This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Listen to all our Season music on Spotify. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
February 20, 2020
Jeff and Elliotte discuss the deals that have gone down, and all the deadlines deals that could go down… or not. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca.  Music Outro: Fade Awaays – She Don’t Know Why We also featured “Get Along” and “Kentucky” by Fade Awaays from their debut album, Taste of Life.  Fade Awaays are currently on tour: https://www.fadeawaays.com/ Listen to our Season 3 outro music on Spoitfy. This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: Sportsnet 590 The FAN. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
February 17, 2020
Keith Yandle is a lover of Broadway shows and Reality TV. His ironman streak is impressive, but maybe not as impressive as his room-service streak. He’s got a serious work ethic, but doesn’t take his equipment as seriously as some teammates. And he’d love to get a real good state rivalry going. The Florida Panthers defenceman sits down with Jeff and Elliotte to discuss all of that and more. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: Hembree – Symmetry Lines Listen to our Season 3 outro music on Spoitfy. This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: Fox Sports Arizona, NHL Network and Sportsnet. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
February 13, 2020
Jim Rutherford has done it again — one of the first in on deadline targets. Jeff and Elliotte break down the move for Jason Zucker and discuss what the trade means for Minnesota. They also talk about the conundrum in the Big Apple around goalies and how the Rangers move forward, Paul Maurice’s extension, the Oilers, the Sedins and much more. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: Heaps – Softly Catch Heaps on tour now: https://www.whatisheaps.com/ Listen to our Season 3 outro music on Spoitfy. This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: Fox Sports Midwest, KARE 11, NBC Sports and Sportsnet. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
February 6, 2020
Jeff and Elliotte kick things off by breaking down the Maple Leafs’ late night trade with the Los Angeles Kings. Then they discuss the NHL’s investigation into the Arizona Coyotes tampering with draft-eligible players, what’s next for Dustin Byfuglien and the Jets, and Alex Ovechkin’s chase of Wayne Gretzky’s all-time goal record. They also talk about the Battle of Alberta and look at the Canadian teams ahead of the deadline, including the Pacific-leading Vancouver Canucks. All of that plus much more and… #Ask31. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca Music Outro: Plainview – David James Allen Check out David’s music: http://www.davidjamesallen.ca/ Listen to all our Season 3 music on Spotify. This episode is produced and sound designed by Shoaib Alli, with help from Josh Santos, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: Sportsnet, CBC, NHL.com, Memorial Cup The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
February 3, 2020
He played 1,031 NHL games over 16 years and coached for two more before being inducted in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012. He’s now an analyst for Chicago Blackhawks games and has occasionally called thoroughbred racing for NBC as well. But Eddie Olczyk’s story isn’t all sports, he’s also a family man and a cancer survivor. He talks life in the game and beyond with Jeff and Elliotte. You can find Olczyk’s book Beating the Odds in Hockey and in Life here. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: KRAZ – Stay Still (instrumental) Find more music by KRAZ here: www.krazmusic.com/ Listen to our Season 3 outro music on Spotify. This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: WXON. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
January 30, 2020
Jeff and Elliotte discuss the Battle of Alberta and everything from All-Star Weekend in St. Louis, including tweaks they’d like to see. Then they make an easy segue into discussing the Blues as a strong candidate to repeat, what they need to add to get there and Alex Pietrangelo’s future. Then they are joined by Darcy Tucker. He talks about Hockey Day in Canada, still being so involved in the game, his path to the NHL and when it all started feeling like a job. All of that plus much more and #Ask31.  31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: Mute Choir – Familiar Ways Check out Mute Choir now on tour: https://www.mutechoir.com/ Listen to our Season 3 outro music on Spotify. This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Special thanks to Tom Reid from Media Archives at Sportsnet. Audio Credits: AHL TV, CBC, Leafs TV, Sportsnet and The Score  The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
January 27, 2020
Calgary’s GM sits down with Jeff and Elliotte to discuss all things Flames, including his handling of the Bill Peters situation, Matthew Tkachuk vs. Zack Kassian, what he likes about the team this season and assistant GM Chris Snow’s battle with ALS. This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: Kraz – Recovery (instrumental) Listen to their record here: https://www.krazmusic.com/ Listen to our Season 3 outro music on Spoitfy. Audio Credits: CityNews, Global News and Sportsnet. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
January 23, 2020
Jeff and Elliotte kick things off with the Blackhawks. After 1,000 points, where does Pat Kane fit in the Hawks hierarchy and what will Chicago do following the All-Star break? Then they look around the league at Montreal’s future moves, the big plans in the Big Apple and more, and talk some stick tech. Then guys are then joined by Gary Roberts, noted trainer-to-the-stars, who spearheaded the plan to get McDavid back on the ice in time for the start of the season after he went down at the end of 2018–19. That documentary, Whatever It Takes, airs Friday on Sportsnet following the NHL All-Star Skills Contest. Watch the trailer here.  31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: Hembree – Culture This months feature artist is Hembree. We also featured “Symmetry Lines” and “Right Time” on this episode. Check out more of their music here and their upcoming tour dates: https://www.hembreemusic.com/ Listen to our Season 3 outro music on Spoitfy. This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman.  Audio Credits: CBC, Chicago Blackhawks, NBC Sports Chicago, NESN, PBS, Sportsnet and WTTW. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
January 20, 2020
Ahron Cohen is the President and CEO of the Arizona Coyotes. Elliotte caught up with the 35-year-old at the Ivey Sports Leadership Conference at Western University’s Ivey Business School in London, Ont. Their wide-ranging conversation includes Cohen’s story and offers an inside look at the Coyotes — where they are, where they’re going and how they’re building a culture of winning on and off the ice. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. It is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: Jane’s Party – Arrow (Instrumental) Find more of their music here: http://www.janesparty.com/ Listen to our Season 3 outro music on Spoitfy.  The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
January 16, 2020
Elliotte bounces between reporter and podcaster while he and Jeff break down what happened with Gerard Gallant and the Golden Knights, Ray Shero and the Devils, and the return of the Battle of Alberta. They also discuss goals (sort of) — namely Alex Ovechkin’s run at history, Pekka Rinne’s career first and Brad Marchand’s shootout gaffe. All of that plus much more and #Ask31. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca.  Watch the video feature on Chris and Kelsie Snow that aired on Hockey Night in Canada here. Watch the video feature on Nate Thompson here.  Music Outro: Hologramme – Döner Kebab Listen to all of Hologramme’s music here: https://www.hologramme.mu/ Listen to our Season 3 outro music on Spoitfy. This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Thanks to Jim Whyte and Jessica Eles for archival support. Audio Credits: CBC, Fox Sports Tennessee, MSG, NBC Sports Philadelphia and Sportsnet. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
January 9, 2020
Jeff and Elliotte are back for 2020. They discuss the coaching change in Nashville and what the Predators need to succeed, Connor McDavid’s potential goal of the year, Tampa Bay hitting its stride and what to expect from some high-profile teams as the trade deadline approaches. Then they are joined Theo Fleury to talk about his world junior memories, his Hall of Fame candidacy, mental health, and his new podcast. All of that plus much more, including #Ask31. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: Eamon McGrath – Guts Dates for Eamon’s upcoming tour can be found here: https://eamonmcgrath.ca/ Listen to our Season 3 outro music on Spoitfy. This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Thanks to Jagjit Saran for archival support. Audio Credits: CBC, CHED, Fox Sports Tennessee, NBCSN, Sportsnet 590 The FAN, Sportsnet and WGFX. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
December 19, 2019
With Taylor Hall now in Arizona, Jeff and Elliotte talk about what the deal means for the Coyotes and Devils, but also the impact it could have on the Pacific Division and beyond as teams respond — or not. They also discuss the Nikita Kucherov being benched, The “Svech” goal becoming a regular occurrence, Thomas Chabot, Marc Crawford and answer a few #Ask31 questions. This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Special thanks to Justin Ryan Manatad and Zack Hajas for archival support. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Audio Credits: Arizona Coyotes Radio Network, Fox Sports Arizona, Fox Sports Carolinas, Fox Sports Florida, NBC Sports, NBC Sports Washington, New Jersey Devils, NHL Network, Sportsnet and Sportsnet 650. Music Outro: Music Outro: Jane’s Party ft. Jay McCarrol – I Want It Bad! Find more music by Jane’s Party at http://www.janesparty.com/ The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
December 12, 2019
Jeff and Elliotte discuss coaching changes in Dallas, San Jose and New Jersey, what’s changed in Calgary, news from the Board of Governors meetings, the hottest player in the NHL and much more. Plus, #Ask31. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: Leif Vollebekk – Hot Tear [Secret City Records] Leif is currently on tour promoting his latest record “New Ways”. Full list of concert dates can be found here: https://www.leifvollebekk.com/ Additional music by Jane’s Party – Satellite (instrumental) This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Archival support provided by Maria St. Aubin and Zack Hajas. Audio Credits: CBC, KPIX CBS SF Bay Area, NHL Network and Sportsnet. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
December 5, 2019
Jeff and Elliotte discuss the latest out of New Jersey, teams that might be in on Taylor Hall and which other Devils could be on the market. They also address needs in Arizona and Buffalo, how the Canadiens can capitalize on their schedule, the best team in the NHL and much more. Plus #Ask31. Chris Johnston also joins the show to discuss his Hockey Night in Canada Feature, “ExPat: The Patrik Berglund Story.” Produced by Jeremy McElhanney, it details why Berglund left the NHL in the middle of a $19.25-million contract and how he’s worked his way back onto the ice. You can watch ExPat here. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: Scenic Route to Alaska – Give a Little All the music (instrumentals) heard on this podcast were provided by Scenic Route to Alaska from their record “Tough Luck”. Listen to all their music here: https://www.scenicroutetoalaska.com/ This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: Fox Sports Midwest, NBC Sports and Sportsnet.  The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
November 29, 2019
Jeff’s in Toronto and Elliotte is in Buffalo, but the news never stops. They connect for a quick update on the Bill Peters resignation announced earlier today and what could be next for the NHL, NHLPA and hockey. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca  This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman.  Audio Credits: Sportsnet. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
November 29, 2019
Jeff and Elliotte discuss the latest with the Bill Peters situation, what the NHL can do to avoid these scenarios in the future and if the Flames will bounce back. Plus, the guys recap the Bruins locking up a couple key pieces, the Canadiens’ struggles and how the Jets have been able to stick around in the Central. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: Nic Clay – Are You Man Enough? Listen to more music by Nic Clay here: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/nic-clay/1308922051 This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: Montreal Canadiens Radio Network and Sportsnet. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
November 25, 2019
Jeff and Elliotte talk with with the GM of Seattle’s NHL franchise about his role in the organization, embracing the city’s hockey history, the tech community’s involvement in building the arena, mock drafts, analytics, working with Jerry Bruckheimer and hiring a coach. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: NHL Network, Q13 News and Sportsnet. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
November 21, 2019
Mike Babcock is out and Sheldon Keefe is in for the Maple Leafs. Jeff and Elliotte are joined by former Toronto president and GM Brian Burke to talk about how the day played out, the good side of Babcock, how hard it is to win in Toronto and more. But it’s not all about the Leafs. Jeff and Elliotte also discuss the Garnet Hathaway suspension, what’s next for the Calgary Flames, news from the GM Meetings, are joined by Scottie Upshall from Switzerland and much more. All of that plus #Ask31. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: Fade Awaays – As They Do Find more music by Fade Awaays and upcoming tour dates here: https://www.fadeawaays.com/ This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Thanks to Zack Hajas and Maria St. Aubin for providing archival support for this episode. Audio Credits: Altitude Sports Network, CBC, CityNews, NBC Sports Philadelphia, Sportsnet and WWOR. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
November 14, 2019
Jeff and Elliotte discuss the situation in L.A. between the Kings and Kovalchuk, the best on-the-fly rebuild in the NHL, high-scoring defencemen, the back-up goalie situation in Toronto and much more. They are also joined by Golden Knights winger Mark Stone who talks about reading the game, playing in Vegas, winning the Selke (or not) and what it feels like to get hit by Dustin Byfuglien. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: Altitude Sports, KTNV Channel 13 Las Vegas, Sportsnet and Sportsnet 590 The FAN. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
November 12, 2019
The Hockey Hall of Famer joins Jeff and Elliotte to reflect on his 21 seasons in the NHL, including: his love for Winnipeg, his rookie goal-scoring record, joining forces with Paul Kariya in Colorado, winning the Stanley Cup how agent Don Baizley was so important to his career and much more. Selanne has also written […]
November 7, 2019
Jeff and Elliotte look at a couple of recent disputed goals: Radek Faska scoring with a broken stick and Charlie Coyle having a marker overturned an off-side challenge. They also discuss Zdeno Chara getting to 1,500 games and the respect Habs fans showed him, Boston’s top-heavy offence, the latest on Dustin Byfuglien and L.A. winger […]
October 31, 2019
The news out of Winnipeg is… well, turbulent (sorry). Jeff and Elliotte dive into the work coach Paul Maurice is doing, how Patrik Laine has adapted his game and what the latest Dustin Byfuglien report means for the team. They also look around the NHL and discuss one beauty but potentially illegal goal, the latest […]
October 24, 2019
Jeff and Elliotte discuss Jack Eichel and the Sabres (they’re for real), John Carlson’s run at history, why they’re excited about the Heritage Classic in Regina and what can turn things around in Toronto. That plus much more, including #Ask31.  31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function […]
October 22, 2019
CM Punk is best known as a WWE superstar and MMA fighter. But Phil Brooks is a good, old-fashioned Chicago Blackhawks fan. He discusses the Chicago sports scene, his career in the ring and octagon, and much more in this wide-ranging interview. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by […]
October 17, 2019
Jeff and Elliotte kick off the show by remembering long-time NHLer, coach and all-around great guy Ted Green, who passed away Oct. 8. Then they cover off a number of topics, including: the bad in New Jersey, the good in Anaheim and great play in Nashville and Carolina. Tara Slone also joins the guys to […]
October 14, 2019
The final installment of our 2019 Star Series is the family-men episode. Jeff and Elliotte talk to Couturier, Hertl and Slavin about how their lives changed during the off-season (and hockey, too). Couturier and Hertl both got married and answer the question everyone wants to know: Which NHLer indulged the most at the wedding? Slavin […]
October 10, 2019
Season 3 officially begins with a whopper of an episode. Discussion topics include: Tkachuk vs. Doughty, that’s just plain fun; the (so far) lopsided Neal-Lucic trade; ongoing contract talks for big-name D-men; whether the Penguins should hit the reset button; how the Senators could be setting up to be the stars of the 2020 draft; […]
October 7, 2019
Jeff and Elliotte are joined by three players from Canadian-based teams. Horvat discusses optimism around the Canucks this season, Elias Pettersson’s otherworldly skills and his memories of the Sedins’ final game. Barrie talks about the differences, on and off the ice, between Colorado and Toronto, his influences and the Jerry Curl mullet he wore as […]
October 3, 2019
Recorded in front of a live studio audience at Sportsnet Grill, Jeff and Elliotte preview the Eastern and Western Conferences, give a couple of their predictions and take questions from the audience. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by the GMC Sierra Trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. […]
September 28, 2019
Jeff and Elliotte have a co-host this week, super Blackhawks fan Phil Brooks (a.k.a., CM Punk) of WWE and MMA fame. Together they take turns talking to the Hawks stars. DeBrincat discusses having to prove himself at every level and his deadly release. Kane talks about being part of an older team, but not being […]
September 24, 2019
Jeff and Elliotte go down east to join in on the QMJHL Sea Dogs’ 15th anniversary celebrations with a live pod. The guys discuss the NHL getting younger and changing so quickly as well as junior hockey’s importance in Canada. They are also joined by Sea Dogs President and GM Trevor Georgie, top 2020 NHL Draft prospect […]
September 21, 2019
Jeff and Elliotte’s player blitz continues with a trio of defencemen from the Central Division. Klingberg talks about his high shots from the point, the importance of winning the Norris and how good Miro Heiskanen is. Makar opens up about being thrown into the fire at the end of the season, Joe Sakic and what […]
September 16, 2019
Jeff and Elliotte’s NHL Media Tour interviews continue with the two greatest players of their generation. Ovechkin discusses becoming a father, how “goalies are liars” when it comes to his visor and breaking Wayne Gretzky’s all-time goals record. Crosby talks about being idolized by current players, his thoughts on Evgeni Malkin trade rumours and being […]
September 14, 2019
Jeff and Elliotte are back with more from the NHL’s Media Tour in Chicago. Among the topics discussed are: Krug’s career as an undersized defenceman, Eichel’s expectations for the Sabres, Barzal’s thoughts on people not taking the Islanders seriously last season and much more.  Plus, Jeff and Elliotte go over some news and notes from around […]
September 9, 2019
In the first installment of our Star Series segments, Jeff and Elliotte sit down with Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nikolaj Ehlers in Chicago as part of the NHL Media Tour. They discuss a number of items, including: The Rangers’ rebuild, what RNH would like to see from the Oilers and what Ehlers thinks when […]
August 22, 2019
Steve Mayer is the NHL's Chief Content Officer, in charge of everything from the look and feel of awards shows to programming to future media ventures.Mayer sits down with Jeff and Elliotte for a candid conversation about the past, present and future of the NHL as an off-ice entertainment entity.This episode is produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman.31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by the GMC Sierra Denali, complete with the World's-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC -- we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca.Audio Credits: SportsnetMusic Outro: Omega - Petroleum Lampa [Qualiton]The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
August 8, 2019
He's the Head of the NHL's Player Safety Department, a former big-time enforcer and a Princeton graduate. Parros joins Jeff and Elliotte to reminisce about his senior thesis and playing days, discuss the ins-and-outs of his current role and answer questions like: "Will cowbells ever become a suspendable offence?" 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by the GMC Sierra Denali, complete with the World's-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC -- we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: Sampling of "Once in a Lifetime" by Talking Heads -- Instrumental master by Brain Eno and lyrics by David Byrne [Sire Records] This episode was produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: CBC, Comcast Sportsnet, Fox Sports, NBC, NHL, NHL Network and Sportsnet. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
July 25, 2019
The Florida Panthers coach stops by to talk about his team's off-season moves, how the Cats stack up against the Cup-winning teams he led in Chicago, why so many of his old Hartford Whalers teammates have moved behind the bench and more. [summer tip: listen right till the end of the podcast] 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by the GMC Sierra Denali, complete with the World's-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC -- we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. This episode was produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: Sportsnet. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
July 12, 2019
Jeff and Elliotte tie a bow on the season by running down all the top news of the past few weeks. Topics include: Sebastian Aho's offer sheet, the latest on Mitch Marner, what Michael Ferland means to Vancouver's roster, why Florida is now a power in the East, how Kevin Labanc betting on himself has rankled some around the NHL, why the Metro Division is going to be fun, Taylor Hall's future, what the league can learn from Kawhi Leonard's move to L.A. and much more. Then, Nazem Kadri joins the pod to discuss his time in Toronto, why he refused a trade to the Calgary Flames and his new digs in Colorado. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by the GMC Sierra Denali, complete with the World's-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC - we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Instrumental music provided by Jane's Party (http://www.janesparty.com) from their LP "Casual Island" which is available now wherever you get your music. Outro Music by Riley, Kate and Alexa (aka ARK) - Summer Song This episode was produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: Montreal Canadiens, Sportsnet 590 The FAN and Sportsnet 650. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
June 27, 2019
Roberto Luongo retires and it impacts the Canucks' cap?! That's the question many fans were frantically asking themselves. Between that, talks with Tyler Myers and the smart - if risky - pick of Vasili Podkolzin at the draft, Vancouver has been at the centre of lots of big news ... and it's not even July 1 yet. Jeff and Elliotte discuss that as well as the salary cap, which RFA not named Mitch is the most interesting, how the Hurricanes are handling Sebastien Aho, Artemi Panarin, Corey Perry and Joe Pavelski. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by the GMC Sierra Denali, complete with the World's-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC - we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: Jordan Klassen - Virtuous Circle Check out the video for "Virtuous Circle" here: http://www.jordanklassenmusic.com/ This episode was produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
June 24, 2019
Day 1 of the 2019 NHL Draft was a relatively ho-hum affair, but that all changed on Day 2. Chis Johnston joins Elliotte in Vancouver to discuss the P.K. Subban and Patrick Marleau trades and their ramifications around the league, as well as the latest on Mitch Marner, Matt Duchene, Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky. Elliotte also talks with Devils GM Ray Shero on his team's massive weekend netting Subban, and Sam Cosentino breaks down the winners and losers from a picks perspective. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by the GMC Sierra Denali, complete with the World's-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC - we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic and hosted by Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: NHL Network, Prince Albert Raiders, Sportsnet 650 (Vancouver), Sportsnet, Sportsnet 590 the FAN and Toronto Maple Leafs. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
June 15, 2019
From the first-overall pick last June to the final whistle of the Stanley Cup Final, the 2018-19 NHL season was one of big events, big moves and big news. This special episode of the Tape to Tape podcast relives it all. Subscribe to Tape to Tape for free at Sportsnet.ca/Podcasts. The Season in Sound was produced and mixed by Amil Delic. Associate producer Maria St. Aubin gathered the lion's share of the clips. John Grigg and Rory Boylen provided storytelling support. A big thanks to all the outlets we sourced audio from. Special thanks to all the personnel in the Sportsnet Media Operations department as well as the editors across the Sportsnet Radio Network who helped obtain material for this project. A big thanks to all the outlets we sourced audio from. Audio Credits: 97.1 The Fan, Altitude Sports, APTN, AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh, CBC Ottawa, CBS Miami, CityNews, Columbus Blue Jackets Radio, Dan Patrick Show, FAN 650 (Vancouver), FAN 960 (Calgary), Fox Sports Arizona, Fox Sports Carolinas, Fox Sports Midwest, Fox Sports North, Fox Sports Ohio, Fox Sports Southwest, Fox Sports SUN, Fox Sports West, Hockey Hall of Fame, Interscope (Snoop Dogg), Jets TV, KING 5 Seattle, KMOX, KUFX, Los Angeles Kings, MSG, NBC Sports, NBC Sports California, NBC Sports Chicago, NBC Sports Philadelphia, NBC Sports Washington, NESN, NHL Network, Postmedia Network, Prime Ticket, Rogers Hometown Hockey, Sportsnet, Sportsnet 590 The FAN, Steve Dangle, Toronto Maple Leafs, WBNS-FM, WBZ, Westwood One, WFED and WFLA. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by the GMC Sierra Denali, complete with the World's-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC- we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca.. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
June 5, 2019
Update podcast! Jeff and Elliotte discuss Philadelphia making a move for Kevin Hayes, what this means for the Flyers, and Florida, Chicago and Nashville add to their coaching staffs. Plus, the guys give their thoughts on Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by the GMC Sierra Denali, complete with the World's-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC - we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. This episode is produced by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. [Special thanks to Steven Coyle for technical support] The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
June 4, 2019
Mid-way through a sneaky-good Stanley Cup Final Jeff and Elliotte discuss what it all means for the city of St. Louis and the Blues franchise. Then they get into off-ice news with a discussion of Toronto's potential salary situation and which Leafs centre has been floated as a trade candidate, the latest on Erik Karlsson, Vancouver as the off-season's most intriguing team, video review, the cap floor and more. All of that plus Word Association, 3+1 and #Ask31. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by the GMC Sierra Denali, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC - we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: New Swears - Rolling Stone (Dine Alone Records) New Swears release their LP "Night Mirror" on June 13: https://newswears.bandcamp.com/ Audio Credits: NHL Network and Sportsnet The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
May 30, 2019
Dave Andrews has been running the second-best hockey league in the world for a quarter century. Now, he's stepping down as Commissioner of the American Hockey League. He joins Jeff and Elliotte to spin some yarns, discuss how the league has changed over the years, its relationship with the NHL and what advice he has for the AHL's next commish. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by the GMC Sierra Denali, complete with the World's-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC- we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. This episode was produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: American Hockey League The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
May 23, 2019
Jeff and Elliotte re-group for a quickie episode on the heels of the Senators hiring D.J. Smith from the Maple Leafs to be their head coach and Toronto filling its vacant bench spot with Paul McFarland from Florida. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by the GMC Sierra Denali, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: Business of Dreams - Keep The Blues Away Check out their latest album “Ripe For Anarchy” here: https://businessofdreams.bandcamp.com This episode is produced and sound engineered by Shoaib Alli, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: Sportsnet, Ottawa Senators The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
May 23, 2019
What's next for the Sharks? Why the Blues story are so amazing. The biggest battle of the Stanley Cup Final. And the Oilers, John Davidson, and off-season rules changes. All of that, plus Scott Morrison on the 30th anniversary of the Calgary Flames' 1989 Cup win and #Ask31. You can find Scott Morrison's Big Read on the 1989 Flames here: www.sportsnet.ca/flames89 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by the GMC Sierra Denali, complete with the World's-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC - we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: Business of Dreams - Keep The Blues Away Check out their latest album "Ripe For Anarchy" here: https://businessofdreams.bandcamp.com This episode is produced and sound engineered by Shoaib Alli, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: CBC, Sportsnet, KMOX, Calgary Flames. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
May 16, 2019
The Sabres' new head coach has spent more time with a big-time soccer club than he has with a big-time hockey club. But Ralph Krueger is less of a risk than many might think. Jeff and Elliotte discuss Buffalo's hire, the final four in both the NHL and the AHL, offer updates on Ottawa and Seattle, and debut a new game. All of that plus #Ask31. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by the GMC Sierra Denali, complete with the World's-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC -- we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: Mounties - Flags of Convenience Check out their latest album "Heavy Meta" here: http://mountiesband.com/ This episode was produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: Buffalo Sabres, NBC Sports, NHL Network and Sportsnet. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
May 10, 2019
Jeff and Elliotte discuss Ken Holland's hiring: Why he wanted to get back into the game, his contract, the Oilers' goaltending and whether they can contend for the playoffs next season. They also off their thoughts on Colorado's season, Ben Bishop's phenomenal playoffs, some off-season trade targets, why Carolina will be a tough out and more. All of that plus #Ask31. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by the GMC Sierra Denali, complete with the World's-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC - we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: Close Talker - Half Past Nine Catch Close Talker on tour this summer and find more of their music here: http://closetalker.ca/ This episode was produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: Altitude Sports and Entertainment, Colorado Avalanche, Edmonton Oilers, KMOX 1120 AM, NBC (Jeopardy!), NHL Network, Sportsnet. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
May 2, 2019
There's no doubt that GM Jim Rutherford doesn't like to stand pat, especially after being swept in Round 1. But could the Penguins really be looking at trading Evgeni Malkin? Jeff and Elliotte dive into that possibility, plus the latest out of Leaf Nation, the GM search in Edmonton, P.K. Subban's future and much more. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by the GMC Sierra Denali, complete with the World's-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC -- we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: Joe Bass - Part Timer Check out more of their music and upcoming shows here: http://www.joebass.ca/ This episode was produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: ESPN, KMOX, NBCSN, Pittsburgh Penguins, Sportsnet and The FAN 590. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
April 22, 2019
He's a lover, fighter, hockey player and now a member of the media. Paul Bissonnette joins Jeff and Elliotte in-studio to discuss his transition into media, memories from his playing career, toughest/funniest players around the league and finding the Fountain of Youth at Wayne Gretzky's house. [ - This episode contains expletive language - ] 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by the GMC Sierra Denali, complete with the World's-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC - we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: Ten Kills The Pack - You Just Want to Feel Whole Again Check out more music by Ten Kills The Pack here: www.tenkillsthepack.com This episode was produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: Arizona Coyotes, Golf Yankee Yankee Whiskey, Fox Sports Network, NHL Network, MSG and Sportsnet. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
April 18, 2019
The Columbus Blue Jackets sweep the Presidents' Trophy winning Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Is it the biggest upset in professional hockey history? Is this good for the NHL? What do the Lightning do this off-season? Jeff and Elliotte unpack all this and more from the series that caught all of us off guard. They also discuss how the Pittsburgh Penguins can bounce back after getting swept by the Islanders, the hiring of Alain Vigneault and Todd McLellan, and Nazem Kadri's suspension. Plus, they preview their interview with Paul Bissonnette (dropping next week) and take your #ASK31 questions. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by the GMC Sierra Denali, complete with the World's-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC- we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: Ten Kills The Pack - Barcelona Check out more music by Ten Kills The Pack here: www.tenkillsthepack.com This episode was produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: Arizona Coyotes, Barstool Sports, NHL Network, Sportsnet and WBNS-FM. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
April 15, 2019
Whether you're putting together an NHL team or a fantasy squad- or in Jason Farris' case, writing a book- constructing a roster is a fascinating exercise. The author, former Dallas Stars Executive VP and self-described hockey nerd, joins Jeff and Elliotte to discuss the making of "It Takes 23 To Win" which details the building of 24 historical teams by a group that includes four Hockey Hall of Famers and 12 Stanley Cup winners. The trio also discuss Farris' first book, "Behind The Moves" considered by many in the hockey industry a must-read for anyone who wants to better understand how NHL GMs tick. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by the GMC Sierra Denali, complete with the World's-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC- we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: Adam Baldwin - Salvation Listen to "No Rest for the Wicked" by Adam Baldwin here: www.adambaldwin.ca This episode was produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
April 10, 2019
Jeff and Elliotte set up shop at the NHL Draft Lottery to talk to some of the GMs on site and discuss the latest news around the league. They kick things off with Florida's hiring of Joel Quenneville and what it means for the Panthers, look at coaching vacancies in Buffalo, L.A., Philadelphia and Edmonton, and address other league-wide news. Then Panthers President of Hockey Ops, Dale Tallon, sits down to discuss Florida's future; Sabres GM Jason Botterill talks about his head-coaching search, Jeff Skinner's status and more; and Canucks GM Jim Benning gets into everything Vancouver. After that, the guys are joined by Devils GM Ray Shero and President Hugh Weber after winning the No. 1 pick to discuss what it means for the club and the whole lottery process. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by the GMC Sierra Denali, complete with the World's-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC - we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: Dead Horse Beats - Home Days New album "Inglaterra" out May 24th by Dead Horse Beats: www.deadhorsebeats.com This episode was produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: Buffalo Sabres, LA Kings, News 8 WROC, Sportsnet and WPLG Local 10. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
April 6, 2019
With Edmonton failing to clinch the playoffs (again), Connor McDavid didn't hold back: "I'm not happy about it. It's going to be a long summer." Did the Oilers' GMs search just become a little more complicated? The CWHL has folded, leaving the NWHL as the lone women's pro league in North America. But the intrigue continues around the future of the women's game. Will CWHL players head south of the border? What's next for the NWHL? Will the NHL start a league of its own? And when will any of those scenarios come to pass? Jeff and Elliotte discuss those topics and much more, and answer #Ask31 questions. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by the GMC Sierra Denali, complete with the World's-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC - we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: Telekinesis - Cut the Quick Telekinesis is currently on tour promoting his latest album, Effluxion: http://telekinesismusic.com/ This episode was produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: CBC, Edmonton Oilers and Sportsnet. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
April 1, 2019
The New York Rangers forward is the eldest of three hockey-playing brothers, two of whom are in the NHL now with the youngest about to debut in the AHL. Strome discusses all kinds of things, including playing with and against Connor McDavid, emceeing John Tavares's wedding, dressing-room gossip and why things have worked out so well for brother Dylan in Chicago. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by the GMC Sierra Denali, complete with the World's-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC - we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: Stan Simon - The Desert Line Listen to more music by Stan Simon here: www.stansimonmusic.com This episode was produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: Cogeco TV, MSG Network, Sportsnet, WEPN, WFAN, WRHU and Versus. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
March 28, 2019
As the season winds down, Jeff and Elliotte take stock of a number of items from around the NHL, including a topic that garnered a lot of feedback for Elliotte this week - the Oilers' search for a GM and the possibility of Mike Gillis filling the position. Would he be a good fit? That discussion plus: debating the Lightning's second-best player; Ilya Kovalchuk's situation, candidates for Ottawa's President of Hockey Ops, Zdeno Chara back for at least one more season and #Ask31. Then, Vincent Trocheck joins Elliotte to talk about returning from a brutal injury, his draft year, his picks for awards this season and more. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by the GMC Sierra Denali, complete with the World's-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC - we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: Wintersleep - Forest Fire Catch Wintersleep on their cross Canada tour now: http:/www.wintersleep.com Their latest LP "In The Land Of" comes out this Friday, March 29th via Dine Alone Records This episode was produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: Fox Sports Florida, NHL Network and Sportsnet. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
March 21, 2019
With losses piling up and the goals against ballooning recently, Jeff and Elliotte take a look at what's been going on with the Maple Leafs. Why the downturn? Do they have the roster to win? And are the coach and GM butting heads? The guys also discuss the Canucks' rebuild, whether to be patient or not with the Sabres, NHLPA player poll results and more. They also debut a new segment and answer some #Ask31 questions. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by the GMC Sierra Denali, complete with the World's-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC - we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: Titus Calderbank - Sole Confidant Check out more music by Titus Calderbank here: www.tituscalderbank.com (New music coming May 10th) This episode was produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: FOX Sports Carolinas, NHL Network, Sportsnet, The FAN 590 and Toronto Maple Leafs. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
March 15, 2019
Jeff and Elliotte are at the Sportsnet Grill in downtown Toronto for the podcast's first live event. They start the evening as always by covering all the latest news around the NHL - and then a whole bunch of people just start . . . popping by. First it's Mikhail Grabovski, who spins some yarns, talks about his hockey challenge with Jeff and how he's staying in the game. Then his former Maple Leafs GM, Brian Burke, and teammate, Colby Armstrong, join the show for something of a reunion. Long-time broadcast executive John Shannon is next up. He discusses the future of hockey on TV and lets listeners into his world of owning an extensive collection of game programs. Caroline Cameron then takes the stage to reflect on her career going from intern to national host, as well as what it's like working alongside noted contrarian Doug MacLean. Finally, Jeff and Elliotte answer some #Ask31 questions from the crowd with . . . Doug MacLean. The former NHL GM and coach also reminisces about his big break, coaching Steve Yzerman and more. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by the GMC Sierra Denali, complete with the World's-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC - we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: Skye Wallace - Coal in Your Window Check out her upcoming tour dates here: www.skyewallace.com This episode is produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Thanks to Ryan Fabro and Annie Lewis for coordinating the event, and Steven Coyle for the technical support. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
March 8, 2019
Jeff and Elliotte are joined by Cassie Campbell-Pascall to talk about her life in the game, including being on the Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee and the state of women's pro hockey in North America. Jeff and Elliotte also discuss news from around the NHL - Guy Boucher out, the Oilers GM search, and more - and the GM Meetings, including ideas around speed of play and supplementary discipline. As well, they pay tribute to pay tribute to three men from the hockey world who died within days of each other over the past week: Ted Lindsay, David Kelly and Colton Kuepfer. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by the GMC Sierra Denali, complete with the World's-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC - we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. This episode was produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. [Special thanks to Kirt Berry from SN Features, Jeff Azzopardi of Sportsnet and Maria St. Aubin from The FAN 590 for their assistance on this podcast] Audio Credits: NESN, NHL Network, Sportsnet and The FAN 590. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
February 28, 2019
Jeff and Elliotte have a had a few days to gather their thoughts and talk to their contacts following the 2019 NHL Trade Deadline, and they drop the knowledge. Then they get to a slew of #Ask31 deadline questions covering topics like deals that fell through, sneaky winners, names who didn't move that were surprising and much more. Columbus head coach John Tortorella joins the pod to discuss the all-in Blue Jackets, how GMs and coaches work together at the deadline, off-ice distractions, mixing in new players and taking phone calls during press conferences. (There's also a special announcement about the pod, so stick around to the end.) 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by the GMC Sierra Denali, complete with the World's-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC -- we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: Grizfolk - Spoonful Check out more of their music and upcoming concert dates here: www.grizfolk.com This episode was produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: Fox Sports Ohio, Philadelphia Flyers, Sportsnet 650 and Sportsnet. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
February 21, 2019
Jeff and Elliotte run through the entire league ahead of the 2019 NHL Trade Deadline. Highlights include: the Senators, Islanders, Mike Hoffman, the Stanley Cup champs, the Columbus conundrum, stars in Dallas, Wayne Simmonds, Winnipeg, the hottest team in the league, the Leafs, rumours out west and at least 19 more discussion points. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by the GMC Sierra Denali, complete with the World's-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: Sam Weber - I'll Let You Know (feat. Terra Lightfoot) Find more music by Sam Weber here (plus concert dates): www.samweber.me Listen to Terra Lightfoot's music here: www.terralightfoot.com This episode was produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: AM 970, Buffalo Sabres, Sportsnet 650 and WFAN. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
February 14, 2019
In a jam-packed episode, Jeff and Elliotte identify the players in the market as we head into the trade deadline stretch drive. They also discuss Matt Duchene and Mark Stone, Jeff Skinner and Jason Pominville, Lou Lamoriello's secretive Islanders, the Wild and even the Maple Leafs. Vegas Golden Knights defenceman Nate Schmidt then joins the podcast to talk through his PED suspension, how he plans on working with the NHL and NHLPA on drug policy and more. All of that, plus the latest on the Blues, Blackhawks, Jets and some #Ask31 questions and answers. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by the GMC Sierra Denali, complete with the World's-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC - we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: Jambori Jambora - Watib Listen to their latest record here: www.jamborijambora.bandcamp.com/album/jambori-jambora This episode was produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. [Thanks to Mike Szczesny on added production assistance and Steven Coyle on technical support] Audio Credits: KABC 790, KTAR, MSG, NBC Sports Washington, NHL Network, Red Bull, Sportsnet, WBNS, WBZ and WQAM. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
February 11, 2019
Peter Forsberg and Claude Lemieux combined to win six Stanley Cups, including one as Avalanche teammates in 1996. They join Jeff and Elliotte to announce that they are teaming up again, this time with 4sports & Entertainment, an integrated sports-marketing agency and event-management company. Lemieux has been with 4sports for years and is its President, Hockey North America; Forsberg is its latest investor. But this episode isn't all about business. They also discuss the game now versus when they were playing, the style differences today between North America and Europe, the pair's glory days and much more. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by the GMC Sierra Denali, complete with the World's-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: CBC, ESPN, EuroSport, Fox Sports, NHL Network and WKBD-TV. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
February 7, 2019
Jeff and Elliotte break down what the Auston Matthews contract means for the Maple Leafs, Mitch Marner and the NHL. They also look around the league at all the young stars looking for new deals this summer and discuss the possibility of RFA offer sheets. The guys also check in on the Jets, Flames, Avalanche, Hurricanes, Senators and the Taylor Hall trade rumours, and get to some #Ask31 questions and answers. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by the GMC Sierra Denali, complete with the World's-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC -- we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: Monster Truck - The Howlin' Concert dates available here: www.ilovemonstertruck.com This episode was produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: SiriusXM NHL Network Radio and Sportsnet. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
January 31, 2019
Jeff and Elliotte talk Jake Muzzin and what's next for Toronto, what's up with Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky in Columbus, check-in on Ottawa regarding Mark Stone and Matt Duchene, wrap up the All-Star Game and opine on format changes for the skills competition. Then, they are joined by Rikard Gronborg, the head coach of Sweden's men's national team. They discuss the differences between the game and the players in North America and Sweden, positionless hockey and if he's bound for the NHL. All that, plus answering listener #Ask31 questions. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by the GMC Sierra Denali, complete with the World's-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC -- we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: brussels sprouts intl - ekki a leio Find BSI's music here: www.brusselssproutsintl.bandcamp.com This episode is produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: Maple Leafs Radio Network, NESN, The Fan 590, Toronto Maple Leafs, Sportsnet and Steve Dangle. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
January 28, 2019
He played more than 1,100 NHL games, scored 440 goals and 952 points, and registered 2,972 penalty minutes. Tocchet was a quintessential power forward during his playing days and is now head coach of the Arizona Coyotes. He joins Jeff and Elliotte in studio to discuss his career, how the game has changed since the 1980s, his use of analytics, poker and much more. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by the GMC Sierra Denali, complete with the World's-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC -- we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. This episode was produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic. [Special thanks to Richard Lochhead from SN Media Operations] Audio Credits: ABC Sports, Arizona Coyotes, CBC, CBS KDKA-TV, Fox Sports, NBC Sports Philadelphia and Sportsnet. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
January 24, 2019
The coach is gone, the GM is gone and playoff hopes are fading. On the heels of Peter Chiarelli's dismissal from the Oilers, Jeff and Elliotte break down what has been happening on and off the ice in Edmonton, from signing a goalie one day and dismissing your GM the next, to leadership from ownership, to what can be done to salvage things this season and beyond. And, oh yeah, there are other teams in the NHL, too. They also discuss the Auston Matthews contract situation in Toronto and the latest on Matt Duchene and Mark Stone in Ottawa. Plus, answers to your #Ask31 questions. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by the GMC Sierra Denali, complete with the World's-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Music Outro: Jane's Party - Straight From The Heart Their new album "Casual Island" is out February 15th: www.janesparty.com This episode is produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: 630 CHED, Audiam, CBC, Edmonton Oilers, Sportsnet 650 and Sportsnet. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
January 21, 2019
At 29, he's the NHL's youngest general manager -- and didn't come by the job in anything approaching the traditional way. Jeff and Elliotte sit down with John Chayka to discuss his road to the Arizona Coyotes, how he values analytics, the moves he's made, evaluating players from different leagues, the GM that has helped him the most and much more. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by the GMC Sierra Denali, complete with the World's-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC -- we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. [Special thanks to Richard Lochhead from Media Operations] Audio Credit: Arizona Coyotes, NBC Sports Chicago, NHL Network and Sportsnet. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
January 17, 2019
Five weeks out from the trade deadline and moves are already starting to happen. Jeff and Elliotte discuss what the Oilers will do and who is making the final calls in Edmonton, where the Senators are with their pending UFAs, controversy in Colorado and the hottest commodity in the NHL. All of that plus #Ask31 and more. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by the GMC Sierra Denali, complete with the World's-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC -- we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Outro Music: Ariel Posen - Fade Find Ariel's debut solo record here: www.arielposen.com This episode is produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: CBC and Sportsnet. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
January 14, 2019
Ryan Johansen is in studio to discuss his feud with Ryan Kesler, his contract dispute with Columbus, when he knew he had arrived as a player, coach Peter Laviolette and much more. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by the GMC Terrain. GMC -- we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. [Special thanks to Tom Reid from Media Operations] Audio Credits: 97.1 The Fan, Fox Sports, NBCSN, Predators Radio Network, Sportsnet, The Tennessean and Versus. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
January 10, 2019
Ten days into 2019 and there's so much to discuss. The Oilers' struggles, the Penguins' surge, the Sharks' tenuous UFA situation and the Canucks' young talent. Plus, which teams will kick-off the trade season and which players will be on the move. All of that, an #Ask31 segment and more. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by the GMC Terrain. GMC -- we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Music Outro: The Kents - From The Start Check out their music here: www.thekentsband.com Audio Credits: CBC, KUFX, Sportsnet and WWE. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
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