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The Face-Off Spot with Adam Larson

The Face-Off Spot with Adam Larson

By Adam Larson
Adam and a guest discuss Hockey, hockey culture and much more.
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Episode 60 - Kenny Carroll
This week we welcome on the show Kenny Carroll, we discuss being born into a hockey family. Coming from a small Canadian town. Transitioning from junior to pro and the roll minor league hockey players serving the local communities they live in.
59:03
September 16, 2021
Episode 59 - Dan Morris
This week we welcome to the show from the Starcenter in Plano, Senior General Manager, Dan Morris. Adam and Dan discuss how Dan got his introduction into hockey, local coaching. and much more.
55:13
September 2, 2021
Episode 58 - Andy Healey from SuperDeker
This week we welcome to the show Andy Healey from SuperDeker. We talk about Andy's history with hockey and all about one of the coolest training aids around the SuperDeker. This weeks show is sponsored by Rubes Brews
01:06:03
August 26, 2021
Episode 57 - Jeffery Fink
This week we welcome to the pod Jeffery Fink, from the sensational Whatahockey Podcast. The boys discuss Finks's history growing up with hockey and the Dallas Stars, his show the Whatahockey Podcast, and running a podcast, plus much more. Show Notes: The Whatahockey Podcast Sponsor: Rubes Brews, check them out on instagram and facebook @rubesbrews
01:03:48
August 19, 2021
Live Show - Dallas Warriors vs Fort Worth Patriots
We've live this week for the Dallas Warriors / Fort Worth Patriots Game from Mansfield TX. We interview players from both the Warriors and Patriots teams, as well as have conversations about both non-profit groups during the game.
01:34:28
August 17, 2021
Episode 56 - Josh Steenburg
This week we welcome Josh Steenburg we discuss his hockey beginnings, and much more. This week we're sponsored by Rubes Brews, check them out on instagram and facebook @rubesbrews
58:40
August 12, 2021
Episode 55 - Santi Aragon
This week we welcome to the pod bodybuilder, hockey player, and all-around great guy Santi Aragon
01:06:48
August 5, 2021
Episode 54 - Karl Sanford - Manhattan Project Beer Company
This week, Adam and Rubes head to Manhattan Project Beer Company and welcome Karl Sanford to the podcast. Karl runs Manhattan Project with his wife, Misty, and friend, Jeremy Brodt. The guys begin the episode by running through the company’s origin story. About 10 years ago, Karl and Misty began loving the idea of having a brewery when visiting other ones. They then wanted a custom beer for their wedding, for which they turned to Jeremy to create a unique home brew. As they all became more into home brewing, the trio began entering and winning medals at home brewing contests, resulting in the creation of a business plan to get the company underway. The guys continue the episode by discussing the ins and outs and struggles and successes of Manhattan Project. They look at how constraints can lead to creativity and the importance of letting people reach their objectives in their own way. Karl also mentions that it is imperative to understand why people do what they do at all levels in order to create a successful team. They conclude the episode by discussing the impact that the pandemic had on the company, the process of making beer on a larger scale and getting a new building, and the future of Manhattan Project. Manhattan Project Beer Company This week’s episode is sponsored by Rubes Brews, check them out on Instagram, Facebook @rubesbrews.
01:27:58
July 29, 2021
Episode 53 - Al Secord, Chicago Blackhawks
This week, we welcome former NHLer Al Secord to the podcast. Al fills the pod in on his entire hockey journey, beginning with skating at his grade school and being cut from his first travel team all the way through becoming a first-round draft pick and an NHL all-star.  He discusses going to rookie and training camps and venturing from Boston to Chicago to Toronto to Philadelphia and back to Chicago throughout his tenure in the league. Al also goes over what it was like to suffer an injury in the NHL and how he was able to transition from an NHL player to a pilot for American Airlines after retiring. Adam and Al reminisce on what it was like to grow up as the son of a rink manager, and how the extra ice time that they were able to obtain through this was crucial to their development as hockey players. The guys dive into what it is like to receive guidance from parents and coaches over the course of a hockey career and how a passion for the game as well as determination and a good work ethic are a must to be successful. Adam and Al take a look at the COVID-19 situation and discuss the importance of connection and community within hockey and in general. The episode is concluded by taking a look at the hockey careers of Al’s two sons and what Al is currently doing in the Metroplex hockey community. This week’s episode is sponsored by Rubes Brews, check them out on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @rubesbrews.
01:02:48
July 22, 2021
Episode 52 - Dallas Warriors / Fort Worth Patriots
This week, we welcome Dale Vogel of the Fort Worth Patriots and Ryan Young of the Dallas Warriors to the podcast. Adam, Dale, and Ryan preview the matchup between the two teams taking place at StarCenter Mansfield on July 31st at 6 pm. The teams are asking for donations to help support Homeless Veterans Services of Dallas. The guys segway into Dale’s hockey origin story, where he explains his start as a bantam in Pittsburgh and connects with Adam as to what it’s like to be a playmaking forward. Dale and Adam also discuss playing against your friends as you get older and playing against NHL alumni teams. Dale finishes up his story by explaining how he joined the Marines following his high school and junior hockey career and tells the story of how he found himself on the Fort Worth Patriots. Next, Ryan describes his beginnings in hockey by explaining how he found out baseball wasn’t his sport, eventually finding himself playing roller hockey. Adam and Ryan also take a look at the impact just playing outdoor hockey can have on one’s desire to pursue the game. The guys then discuss what it’s like to be on both ends of winning and losing seasons and the transition from roller to ice hockey. Ryan concludes his story by explaining how he joined the Army and later ended up on the Dallas Warriors. This week’s episode is sponsored by Rubes Brews, check them out on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @rubesbrews.
01:10:02
July 15, 2021
Episode 50 - We take a look at our first 50 episodes
We've made it to 50 episodes! This week we sit down and look back at the last year and our first 50 episodes. We talk about former guests and events from the past year that guided our show. There have been a ton of folks that have helped get us here and we just wanted to take an entire show to say thanks. This week's episode is sponsored by Rubes Brews. Check them out on Instagram and Facebook @rubesbrews
01:18:12
July 8, 2021
Episode 51 - Jonathan Voyles
This week we welcome Jonathan Voyles to the podcast. Jonathan is a coach and hockey podcaster himself, serving as host of The Chirp Hockey Podcast and creator of the Chirp Hockey brand. He and Adam discuss how his skating career began through figure skating, not transitioning to hockey until the bantam level. Jonathan gives a glimpse into what life on the ice is like in West Texas, as he lives in Odessa and used to be a manager of Music City Mall Ice. The guys then discuss the importance of skating fundamentals and the large impact that your skating ability can have on your overall skill level, both touching on experiences they’ve had while coaching private lessons. Jonathan also describes how he got to know and work with New York Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov when he did offseason workouts in Odessa. The guys continue the episode by giving their thoughts on the NHL playoffs and look at the trials and tribulations of being a fan of an NHL team. Adam and Jonathan then discuss the recent Guns N’ Hoses men’s league tournament that took place in the Metroplex, diving into how the tournament is an excellent display of how tight-knit the hockey community is. The guys conclude the episode by sharing what it’s like to host and operate a podcast, and Jonathan describes the creation and growth of his brand. This week’s episode is sponsored by Rubes Brews, check them out on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @rubesbrews.`
01:12:48
July 1, 2021
Episode 49 - Justin Kuzski
This week, we welcome Justin Kuzski to the podcast. Justin is a former Texas Tech hockey player who began skating at two years old and will soon be coaching in the Brahmas organization. Adam begins the episode by recapping the Rubes Brews vs. Lone Star Warriors game from last week. Justin and Adam then discuss getting onto the ice as a child and learning to skate, the difference between being a coach and a parent, and the toughness of hockey moms. The guys later move on to the importance of off-ice hockey and training, specifically talking about their family-owned roller rinks they had as kids and the impact roller hockey can have on your on-ice performance   Justin and Adam continue the episode by analyzing the growth of youth hockey in Texas and the significance of homing in the fundamentals of the game as a youth hockey player. Justin then dives into what it was like to play hockey at Texas Tech, the process of choosing club college hockey over juniors, and finding hockey in a career full of traveling. The guys conclude the episode by discussing what it’s like to be on both ends of catching a puck to the face, remembering some legendary hockey quotes, and comparing old time hockey to the new style of the game.   This week’s episode is sponsored by Rubes Brews, check them out on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @rubesbrews.
01:19:48
June 24, 2021
Episode 48 - Boris Vincze
This week we welcome Boris Vincze to the podcast. Boris is currently a coach at multiple StarCenters but began his hockey career in what is now Slovakia. Boris tells Adam what it was like getting into hockey in Europe, beginning with his aunt taking him to public skate to playing throughout school. Boris even discusses how he first wanted to play soccer before learning how to skate. Boris and Adam later take a deep dive into what it’s like being a hockey coach. They discuss their coaching philosophies, how to connect and help develop younger players, and the importance of tailoring your coaching style to specific age groups. Boris recaps his experience of heading to Rochester, NY, to achieve his level 5 USA Hockey coaching certification. The guys further the conversation by discussing egos and humbleness in hockey, being competitive even as a coach, remaining true to yourself in the hockey world, and living a sustainable lifestyle inside the rink. This week’s episode is sponsored by Rubes Brews, check them out on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @rubesbrews.
01:13:08
June 17, 2021
Griffin Franko
This week, we welcome Griffin Franko to the podcast. Adam, Rubes, and Griffin begin the episode by looking at the brand-new Face-Off Hop Double IPA from Rubes Brews. The guys then look at Griffin’s hockey career, beginning with his transition from wrestling to hockey in elementary school to his ACHA career at the University of Pittsburgh. Griffin also discusses the high talent level of youth hockey in Philadelphia and the northeast, playing against NHLers and their family members, and the life-long friendships that his youth hockey career has given him. Adam, Rubes, and Griffin also look at the current state of the NHL playoffs and talk about their predictions for the rest of the season.   The guys then move on to Griffin’s golf and caddying career, and what it’s like to caddy for famous athletes. They also discuss their living situations, looking at what it’s like to move to Texas from another state and how many people live their entire lives in the Lone Star State. The guys conclude the episode by recognizing the importance of the coach-player relationship and how crucial it is for youth hockey players to have a coach that wants the best for them.   This week’s episode is sponsored by Rubes Brews, check them out on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @rubesbrews.
01:16:20
June 10, 2021
Cal Mees
This week, we welcome the legendary Cal Mees to the podcast. Adam, Rubes, and Cal dive into Cal’s 55-year hockey career, starting with his introduction to hockey to how he now plays in at least 300 men’s league games every year. Cal discusses with the guys how he is able to keep playing by continuing to love the game and keeping a positive attitude towards the sport. The guys look at how Cal began his hockey career in Texas in Duncanville, his creation of his own hockey apparel company, and how he was able to recover from a recent accident to get back to playing the game. Adam, Rubes, and Cal also touch on issues with drop-in hockey, the glory of pond hockey, and how important it is to maintain a respectful and positive relationship with teammates.   The trio continues the episode by discussing Cal’s attempts at setting new world records in the world of hockey. Cal was able to set the world record for most consecutive ice hockey games played by an individual when he played in 29 consecutive games at the Parks Mall in Arlington. This took place during a 24-hour hockey tournament. In another 24-hour span, Cal was able to play a game at every position on the ice, including goalie, as well as participate as a referee, coach, and scorekeeper.   This week’s episode is sponsored by Rubes Brews, check them out on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @rubesbrews.
01:20:04
June 3, 2021
Episode 45 - Eddie Mcgovern
This week, we welcome former Arizona State hockey player turned police officer Eddie McGovern to the podcast. Eddie, Adam, and Rubes discuss Eddie’s hockey roots in Arizona, starting with getting into hockey back at three years old. The guys look into the perfect age to start hockey, the significance of learning to skate prior to playing organized hockey as a kid, and the importance of maintaining a love for the game. Eddie discusses being a multisport athlete while playing youth hockey, touching on how crucial it is to make sure youth hockey players are able to stay in shape during the offseason. The guys then dive into the Arizona hockey market, and Eddie discusses how he has seen the game grow in his home state over the years.   Eddie later discusses how he wound up at Arizona State University and what the transition from ACHA to NCAA hockey was like. Looking beyond their previous hockey endeavors, the guys explore the importance of having a college degree or a fall-back plan in case hockey doesn’t become a full-time career. The guys conclude the episode by explaining how they continue to keep in touch with hockey buddies from the past, and Rubes gives an insight to the parenting side of hockey.   This week’s episode is sponsored by Rubes Brews, check them out on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @rubesbrews.
01:01:49
May 20, 2021
Episode 44 - David Speer
This week, we welcome men’s league goaltender David Speer to the podcast. David and Adam discuss David’s journeyman hockey career, beginning in Colorado Springs followed by a stint at Cushing Academy to men’s league in the DFW area. The guys look at multiple aspects of the hockey world, including David playing on three men’s league teams, the importance of goaltenders in the world of adult hockey, and how adult hockey is as much about the camaraderie of the team as it is about winning the championship. Looking back at their time spent playing the game, Adam and David discuss their experiences playing in youth hockey tournaments around the country, the high skill levels of prep schools in northern states, and the evolution of the goaltending position over time. The guys later examine the balance between playing hockey too much and not playing hockey at all, as they remember when they each took a hiatus from hockey years ago before getting back into the game. David and Adam draw the episode to a close by looking at the Tom Wilson incident and situation and the role of the enforcer on hockey teams in today’s game. This week’s episode is sponsored by Rubes Brews, check them out on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @rubesbrews.
01:01:42
May 6, 2021
The Rundown 5/3/2021
The guys are back for another episode of the Face-Off Spot Podcast Rundown! This week, Owen and Adam discuss: -Ryan Miller has decided to retire after 18 NHL seasons, racking up 391 wins in 795 games with a 2.64 goals-against average and .914 save percentage. Owen and Adam look at his incredible career and what Miller meant to both the NHL and USA Hockey. -Cole Caufield, 15th overall pick in the 2019 NHL draft, made his debut and scored his first NHL goal for the Montreal Canadiens this week. The guys look at Caufield’s incredible skill level and how they feel Caufield will fare in the NHL. The Seattle Kraken completed the NHL’s $650 million expansion fee on Friday to officially become the league’s 32nd franchise. Owen and Adam discuss the Kraken fanbase and if the team will be able to recreate the success that Vegas had in its first season.  The NHL signed a new broadcast rights deal with Turner Sports, resulting in NHL games now being on Turner Network channels such as TNT and TBS. The guys talk about the end of the NHL on NBC and the impact that having Stanley Cup Final games on cable channels will have on fans. -The Islanders are the most recent team to clinch a spot in this season’s playoffs. Owen and Adam discuss the season the Isles are having and include their predictions for who will win each division in the playoffs. This episode is sponsored by Rubes Brews - check them out on instagram and facebook at @rubesbrews
33:26
May 3, 2021
The Face-Off Spot Rundown - 4/26/2021
Introducing a new segment of the podcast: The Face-Off Spot Rundown. In this weekly episodic, Owen Roche will be joined by Adam Larson and other guests to discuss some of the biggest topics from around the hockey world over the past week. This week, Owen and Adam recap: -Spencer Knight, 13th overall draft pick of the Florida Panthers in 2019 and Team USA goaltender at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, earned his first NHL win in his first career start over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Owen and Adam look at Florida’s goaltending depth and the future of the position for the team. -Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens entered the NHL’s concussion protocol after an injury suffered earlier in the week which will result in him missing at least a week of playing time. The guys discuss Price’s career and how this injury could impact Montreal’s playoff chances. -Patrick Marleau played in his 1,768th career game this week, passing Gordie Howe for the most career NHL games played. Owen and Adam discuss Marleau’s longevity and the true significance of this record. -The OHL has cancelled its season as COVID cases continue to increase in Ontario . The guys discuss how this could impact the OHL’s players and NHL teams in the upcoming draft. -The Colorado Avalanche were recently forced to postpone three games due to positive COVID tests among the squad. Owen and Adam look at how the NHL has handled COVID protocols so far this season and what the situation may look like come playoff time. -The Sabres and Devils became the first two teams to be mathematically eliminated from playoff contention this season. Owen discusses what the current 10-year playoff drought has been like for a Sabres fan and what the Sabres’ future may hold.
36:59
April 26, 2021
Episode 43 - Garrett Jensen
This week, we welcome to the pod the founder of Texas Hockey Apparel, Garrett Jensen. Garrett and Adam discuss building a new brand, specifically in the realm of the hockey community in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Garrett recently created Texas Hockey Apparel during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic and has been able to successfully grow his brand to the point that it is now an official sponsor of the ECHL’s Allen Americans. The boys talk about the first time they met each other at the Lone Star Warriors tournament this past March and how they both were able to use that as an opportunity to grow their brand outside of Texas. Garrett continues to discuss his brand by explaining the design process for Texas Hockey Apparel merchandise, from the initial ideas to getting the sketches down on paper to releasing products. Adam and Garrett later dive into the relationships that playing hockey and the hockey community can create, playing music in a band, and the current state of adult league hockey in the DFW area. They wind down the episode by talking through the future of their brands and how it feels to look back on all the work they’ve put into them thus far. This week’s episode is sponsored by Rubes Brews, check them out on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @rubesbrews.
01:00:24
April 22, 2021
Episode 42 - Golden Kolache
This week we welcome, from the Lone Star Warriors, Jason Kolodize, or as most know him Golden Kolache. We discuss the Anaheim ducks, Lone Star Warriors hockey, we talk about taking breaks from hockey, and depression support from teammates.   This week's episode is sponsored by Rubes Brews, check them out on Instagram and Facebook @rubesbrews
01:01:59
April 16, 2021
Episode 41 - Ryan Raya
This week we take the show on the road down to the Live Music Capital of Texas, Austin. Adam and Ryan talk to Ryan Raya owner of Chaparral Ice.   Our show is sponsored by Rubes Brews, check them out on Facebook and Instagram at @rubesbrews
01:05:59
April 13, 2021
Episode 40 - Stars Alumni Game Post Game Edition
We're back to finish the live event with the Dallas Stars and Fort Worth Barracudas, we talk to some of the participants from the event. Several Barracudas, some former NHL'ers and former Dallas Stars, as they took part in a great cause.
33:41
April 1, 2021
Episode 39 - Live from Dallas Stars Alumni Game for Officer Michael Penton
We're live again from the Dallas Stars Alumni v.s. Fort Worth Barracudas charity game benefiting Officer Michael Penton. We interview several local hockey personalities and chat throughout the game about all manner of things. This week's episode is sponsored by Rubes Brews. Check them out on facebook and instagram.
02:01:35
April 1, 2021
Episode 38 - Cudacast
This week we dive in to the world of the Fort Worth Barracudas. We also have some show updates and some big news! As always we're sponsored by Rubes Brews. Check them out on instagram and facebook @rubesbrews 
01:06:25
March 18, 2021
Episode 37 - Live from Lonestar Warriors Classic Bonus Episode
Our live show from the Lonestar Warriors Classic at Allen Community Ice Rink in Allen, TX.   Sponsored by Rubes Brews
02:27:50
March 17, 2021
Episode 36 - Live from United Heroes League Charity Hockey Game
This week we bring you our broadcast of the United Heroes League Charity Hockey game in Farmers Branch. We meet members of both teams and discuss events around the teams and the Dallas Fort Worth Community, and have a great time watching some hockey. As always we're sponsored by Rubes Brews, check them out on instagram and facebook.
02:19:06
March 11, 2021
Episode 35 - Owen Roche
This week we welcome TCU Goaltender Owen Roche.   As always we are sponsored by Rubes Brews.
58:46
March 4, 2021
Episode 34 - Andrew Palmer
This week we welcome on the pod Andrew Palmer. We talk to DFW's favorite local ice skate sharpener about the community around hockey, his introduction to hockey and much more.   We are sponsored as always by Rubes Brews, Check out their new brew - Crazy Cousin Eddie's Winter Ale. Check them out on instagram and facebook.
01:04:26
February 25, 2021
Episode 33 - Russ Lusk
This week we welcome on the pod Russ Lusk. We talk about growing up in California and playing hockey, disabled vets hockey groups in DFW, The Vancouver Canucks and some hot ass chips.   We are sponsored as always by Rubes Brews, Check out their new brew - Crazy Cousin Eddie's Winter Ale. Check them out on instagram and facebook.
01:14:15
February 11, 2021
Episode 32 - NHL Roundtable
This week we bring in our crew and discuss the early NHL season, Dallas Stars, our families with the occasional note about our local adult leagues. After all, all roads lead to men's league.   We are sponsored as always by Rubes Brews, Check out their new brew - Crazy Cousin Eddie's Winter Ale. Check them out on instagram and facebook.
01:09:28
February 4, 2021
Episode 31 - Lucas Reid
This week we welcome Lucas Reid. We discuss the growth of youth hockey in DFW. His early days of playing. And the great start the Stars have had early in this shortened season.   We are sponsored as always by Rubes Brews, Check out their new brew - Crazy Cousin Eddie's Winter Ale. Check them out on instagram and facebook.
58:47
January 28, 2021
Episode 30 - Cosmo Clarke
This week we welcome Dallas coaching staple Cosmo Clarke. We discuss Cosmo's early professional career, coaching and teaching the love of hockey.   We are sponsored as always by Rubes Brews, Check out their new brew - Crazy Cousin Eddie's Winter Ale. Check them out on instagram and facebook.
01:01:02
January 21, 2021
Episode 29 - Kelly Clymer
This week we welcome Dallas hockey staple Kelly Clymer, we discuss early hockey in the south and various aspects of coaching. Kelly is also involved with various aspects of USA Hockey.   We are sponsored this week by Rubes Brews, check them out on Facebook and Instagram.
01:34:11
January 7, 2021
Episode 28 - Marcus Ortiz
This week we welcome member of the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs and native Texan Marcus Ortiz. We discuss the current NHL plans for opening the 2020-2021 Season, The current situation of other professional leagues in the United States during the Pandemic. We also discuss Marcus entrepreneurial focus Texas Hockey Apparel, and their focus on helping the hockey community.   Check out their website, and support the local hockey community - Texas Hockey Co.   As always our show is sponsored by Rubes Brews. Check out their latest selection Klingtoberfest - This semi-hoppy Oktoberfest is coppery-brown, rich, caramelly and perfectly brewed to enjoy during the fall weather! Brewed with weyermann caramunich II grains, german perle and hersbrucker hops, it is the perfect beer for Dallas Stars fans to drink during the offseason! Check them out on Facebook.
01:09:17
December 10, 2020
Episode 27 - Skyler Skendrovic and Joe Weisbruch
This week we welcome onto the show Joe and Skyler, both are on Adam's Operations Team at the Ice Rink. We discuss both of their paths to hockey at a young age, competitive youth hockey in Texas in the late 90's early 2000's. We discuss what it's like to work in the Alaskan wilderness, among other things. Matt Taylor finally makes it back to the studio for a quick chat about the tech side of the podcast and some new features.
55:20
December 3, 2020
Episode 26 - Mark Laue
On the show this week we welcome Mark Laue. We discuss how the hockey community has migrated south from Dallas in recent years. We talk about Mark's work with local youth leagues and promoting the sport in the area.   Looking to get into skateboarding? Check out Mark's Action Park GP - http://actionparkgp.com/   This week's episode is sponsored by Rubes Brews. Check out the new Klingtoberfest. It goes great with Shrimp Tacos.   Stay up to date with the latest episode on our website faceoffspotpodcast.com.   Help us keep creating the The Face-off Spot - patreon.com/thefaceoffspot    
01:13:32
November 19, 2020
Episode 25 - Matt Houk
This week we welcome local artist Matt Houk and discuss the curious world of goalie helmet designs. Continue the goalie roundtable and discuss local hockey community.  We also hit on Matt's vintage toy business Empire Toys This week's episode is sponsored by Rubes Brews. Check out the new Klingtoberfest. Stay up to date with the latest episode on our website faceoffspotpodcast.com. Help us keep creating the The Face-off Spot - patreon.com/thefaceoffspot
01:19:00
November 12, 2020
Episode 24 - Sly Naud
This week we welcome former pro Sly Naud. We discuss Sly's career in the QMJHL and getting drafted by the Buffalo Sabres, playing in the IHL, CHL among others. Sly played for several teams during his career most notably Tulsa Oilers, New Mexico Scorpions, and even a 2 game stint with the Houston Aeros. We talk about life as a pro in the 90's with a few stories about teammates, coaching, and championships in his early days, and the community around tulsa pro hockey. Stay up to date with the latest episode on our website faceoffspotpodcast.com. Help us keep creating the The Face-off Spot - patreon.com/thefaceoffspot    
01:04:59
November 5, 2020
Episode 23 - Josh Messick
This week we welcome Fort Worth Barracudas goaltender Josh Messick, talk a little Barracudas hockey, we learn how Josh was introduced to ice hockey. We discuss growing up playing hockey Dallas/Fort Worth at various levels of play and the interesting world of goalies.   Thanks to Rubes Brew for continuing sponsorship of the faceoff spot. Check out the new Klingtoberfest! https://www.facebook.com/rubesbrews/    
01:06:45
October 29, 2020
Episode 22 - Wes Mason
This week we welcome former pro Wes Mason. We discuss playing adult league and staying in shape, after a professional career. We dive into Wes' introduction into hockey in Canada from Junior B into the OHL and beyond as well as much more.   Thanks to Rubes Brew for continuing sponsorship of the faceoff spot. Check out the new Klingtoberfest! https://www.facebook.com/rubesbrews/    
01:01:32
October 22, 2020
Episode 21 - The Rubio Brothers
On this week's episode we welcome John Rubio. We discuss John's introduction to hockey and being a parent of a young hockey player. We get into a little post Guns and Hoses tournament talk, and give some shoutouts to Odessa and Tulsa hockey communities.   Thanks to Rubes Brew for continuing sponsorship of the faceoff spot. Check out the new Klingtoberfest! https://www.instagram.com/rubesbrews/
01:06:17
October 15, 2020
Episode 20 - Mark Riepe & Corby Antropik (again)
This week we talk to Mark Riepe, along with Corby Antropik. We discuss working in the AHL as an equipment manager, among other things. We also get an update from Numan Arango from deep within the MLB Bubble.   Thanks to Rubes Brew for continuing sponsorship of the faceoff spot. Check out the new Klingtoberfest! https://www.instagram.com/rubesbrews/
01:04:39
October 8, 2020
Episode 19 - Megan Purcell, Head Coach Fort Worth Barracudas
This week we talk to Megan Purcell, the new head coach of the Ft. Worth Barracudas. We discuss how she got started with hockey and her path to coaching competitive hockey.   Thanks to Rubes Brew for continuing sponsorship of the faceoff spot. Check out the new Klingtoberfest! https://www.instagram.com/rubesbrews/
01:01:14
October 1, 2020
Episode 18 - Rick Mitchell and Brad Buckland, Guns and Hoses Foundation
This week we welcome Brad Buckland from the Dallas Stars Tournaments group and Officer Rick Mitchell from Guns and Hoses Foundation. We discuss cowboy hats and hear about Rick's experience with hockey growing up as well as the Guns and Hoses Foundation and the annual hockey tournament in DFW.   Guns and Hoses Foundation Dallas Stars Tournaments   Be sure to check out all of the new stuff coming out this fall from Rubes Brews, check them out at https://www.instagram.com/rubesbrews/
01:01:57
September 24, 2020
Episode 17 - Robin and Kristin Mullen
This week we welcome special guests Robin and Kristen Mullen, owners of the Ft. Worth Barracudas. We talk about Robin's history with hockey and building a new hockey team in DFW. We're also super excited to announce our partnership with the Ft. Wroth Barracudas, we will have all kind of new things to share in the coming months, and we're really excited to be a part of their family.   Be sure to check out all of the new stuff coming out this fall from Rubes Brews, check them out at https://www.instagram.com/rubesbrews/
01:01:23
September 17, 2020
Episode 16 - DJ Graham
This week we welcome DJ Graham. We discuss Working in the rink industry as well as coaching and private instruction. Thanks to our sponsor Rubes Brews, check them out at https://www.instagram.com/rubesbrews/
01:16:04
September 3, 2020
Episode 15 - Michael Tothe, Tournament Director Charles Schwab Challenge
This week we welcome Michael Tothe. We discuss getting back into adult hockey, youth hockey, mountain biking, and the current NHL playoffs Thanks to our sponsor Rubes Brews, check them out at https://www.instagram.com/rubesbrews/
01:12:11
August 27, 2020
Episode 14 - NHL All-Star, Garry Unger
This week we welcome NHL All-Star and iron man, Gary Unger. We discuss his playing career, what it actually takes to be an iron man in the NHL, as well as coaching, after his playing career was finished.   Thanks to our sponsor Rubes Brews, check them out at https://www.instagram.com/rubesbrews/
01:43:00
August 20, 2020
Episode 13 - 2020 NHL Playoffs w/ Corby Antropik
This week Corby is back and we're talking all about the NHL playoffs. Thanks to our sponsor Rubes Brews, check them out at https://www.instagram.com/rubesbrews/
01:01:57
August 13, 2020
Episode 12 - Adam Larson, w/ guest host Jimmy Atkinson
This week we mix up the show with special guest host Jimmy Atkinson. Jimmy turns the tables and interviews Adam, they discuss the role of an ice rink operations manager, Adam's introduction to hockey, and issues with the ice. Thanks to our sponsor Rubes Brews, check them out at https://www.instagram.com/rubesbrews/
01:02:20
August 6, 2020
Episode 11 - Milt Highfill
This week we welcome friend of the show, and Mansfield Starcenter Hockey Programs Director Milt Highfill. We discuss hockey, coaching philosophies, the current  downward spiral of the "Event Staff" team, and are welcomed by Podcast producer extraordinaire Steve Casio and a ton more.   Check out Steve's Podcasting Company - Podcast Mansfield - https://podcastmansfield.wordpress.com/   Thanks to our sponsor Rubes Brews, check them out at https://www.instagram.com/rubesbrews/
59:49
July 30, 2020
Episode 10 - Bryan Lee
This week we welcome Children's Health Starcenter General Manager Bryan Lee (Adam's boss) we talk about his history with hockey and how he got to mansfield, various topics on running an ice rink in texas.   We also get a future promise of snacks in the studio.   Thanks to our sponsor Rubes Brews, check them out at https://www.instagram.com/rubesbrews/
01:01:09
July 23, 2020
Episode 9 -Brandon Klement
This week we talk to the Assistant Ice Chief at Sochi Olympics Brandon Klement. We discuss starting his own rink service company and what it takes to work in the rink industry Complete Ice Arena Services - https://www.completeicearenaservices.com/ Thanks to our sponsor Rubes Brews, check them out at https://www.instagram.com/rubesbrews/
01:03:39
July 9, 2020
Episode 8 - Wayne Johns
This week we welcome new Ft. Worth Barracudas captain, Wayne Johns, we talk; growing up playing hockey, the new Barracudas season and playing competitive hockey in the DFW area. Ft Worth Barracudas - https://ftworthbarracudas.com/ Thanks to our sponsor Rubes Brews, check them out at https://www.instagram.com/rubesbrews/
01:08:57
July 2, 2020
Episode 7 - Father's Day Special, Jon Larson
This week we welcome my father, Jon Larson to the pod. This we discuss how Jon got started playing hockey way back when, family, coaching, coaching philosophy, and thoughts on growing up in ice rink industry. Shout out to Grandma Larson! She's the best. Thanks to our sponsor Rubes Brews, check them out at https://www.instagram.com/rubesbrews/
01:06:51
June 25, 2020
Episode 6 - Corby Antropik & Numan Arango, They're back!
Numan and Corby are back, together this time. This week we discuss the NHL Playoffs, we also discuss the origin of the best bromance in DFW adult hockey, plus much more.  Thanks to our sponsor Rubes Brews, check them out at https://www.instagram.com/rubesbrews/
01:13:54
June 18, 2020
Episode 5 - Jimmy Atkinson
This week we welcome Jimmy Atkinson to the pod and discuss a little history of hockey in California, the importance of playing outdoors and teaching hockey to your children, as well as Jimmy's own podcast Opportunity Zones, and much more. Opportunity Zones podcast - https://opportunitydb.com/podcast/ Thanks to our sponsor Rubes Brews, check them out at https://www.instagram.com/rubesbrews/  
01:09:36
June 11, 2020
Episode 4 - Matt Taylor
This week we welcome Matt Taylor to the pod and discuss the history the ice rink in Mansfield, adult hockey and running teams, NHL return to play and COVID-19 as well as goals for the podcast and some ideas for the coming months, among other things.  Thanks to our sponsor Rubes Brews, check them out at https://www.instagram.com/rubesbrews/
01:00:50
June 4, 2020
Episode 3 - Chris Rubio
This week we welcome our new show sponsor Chris Rubio from Rubes Brews. We discuss: - History of Rubes Brews - NHL's plan to return to play - Staying in "shape" during lockout - Vision for Rubes Brews and The Face-Off Spot Thank you to Rubes Brews for sponsoring check them out at https://www.instagram.com/rubesbrews/
59:12
May 28, 2020
Episode 2 - Numan Arango
Numan Arango comes on the pod to talk everything hockey. Topics include: - The "COVID" Cup - Glory days of the CHL - Player and puck tracking - New Professional 3v3 league - Stanley Cup Traditions - Helping beginners love the game
01:09:20
May 21, 2020
Episode 1 - Corby Antropik
Corby Antropik comes on the pod to talk everything hockey.
01:05:37
May 14, 2020