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Friends of McGill Hockey Podcast Channel

Friends of McGill Hockey Podcast Channel

By Friends of McGill Hockey
This podcast was created to connect the McGill hockey alumni community by sharing career updates, life lessons, and stories.

We will be hosting two separate podcasts: the "Captain's Meeting" which will consist of a panel of guests hosted by Ken Tyler and the "Leadership Line Change" which will consist of 1 on 1 interviews hosted by David Urquhart.
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A conversation with Allan Walsh
Allan reminisces and recounts with host Ken Tyler, the experiences, events, mentors and methods, benefits and beliefs from his journeys from Montréal and McGill to today.
April 26, 2021
Leadership Line Change with Francois Olivier
Bio: Francois has been the president and CEO of TC Transcontinental since 2008. Francois skated for McGill from 1985 to 1988 before graduating with a science degree in agriculture. Prior to thathe played junior for St. Jean and Verdun and was a draft pick for the Boston Bruins. His former coach, Ken Tyler, described him as “a very responsible up and down winger with good speed and puck skills. He was a terrific teammate and very popular and respected in the dressing room.” Prior to joining TC Transcontinental, François worked as General Manager of Canada Packers. He is a graduate of the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School. He also serves on the boards of directors of CAE, The Conference Board of Canada, the Flexible Packaging Association and the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation, in addition to actively supporting Portage. In this regard, in 2018, the non-profit organization paid tribute to him as a distinguished Québec business leader on the occasion of the Soirée des Grands Philanthropes. Furthermore, Francois and his brother Martin recently contributed to create The Francois and Martin Olivier Athletics Award, that provides scholarships for francophone members of the McGill’s men's hockey program. Show notes: Favourite time at McGill: Team building on the trip to Czechoslovakia Book recommendations: Good to Great – Jim Collins Leave No Doubt – Mike Babcock Quote: Believe in yourself. Having your mind in the right place and having your head down and working hard can bring you a lot of success. Advice: Find people that you trust. Invest in surrounding yourself with the right people. Find mentors to give yourself a sounding board. Avoid isolating yourself. Early in your career keep an open mind to new experiences before choosing your true passion. There are many paths that lead you to where you need to go. Trust in “les bonnes etoiles” Mentors: Mentors make you think or ask you questions that make you reflect. Got a lot of peer mentorship from the McGill Hockey team. Conversely, when you get to be a mentor for younger people, often the mentor gets as much out of relationship as the mentee. Leadership: The followers take the values of the leader. When choosing your team/staff, first find out if their values match the organization. He looks for humility and tries not to be blurred by the talent. “Any organization will only attain it’s maximum potential by unlocking the potential of each an every individual. Then, if they work together, the potential is multiplied by ‘x’. My job as a leader is to create the environment where everybody can unlock their full potential.” Resiliency: You have to believe in yourself no matter what people say. If you feel deep down that you are doing the right thing, then you will come out of whatever slump you are in. In tough moments, don’t isolate yourself. Being resilient is much easier when people are supporting you and giving you advice. Pressure: Prepare and work hard. Do the things other people aren’t willing to do. This will help you deal with pressure. When you are able to stay balanced in mind and body, you can go to bed at the end of the day and say “I did everything I could today”. At that point you can disconnect yourself and reset. Mastery: When you’re young, mastery is a lot in the eye of what other people say. As you get older, you realize that mastery is internal to you. You feel it when you are at the right place and you have done the right thing. Sometimes you feel like you are close, but you can always do better. When you are close to it, you should take the moments to enjoy it.
March 9, 2021
FMH Captains Meeting: Playing professional hockey in Europe
Welcome to the Friends of McGill Captains Meeting Hockey podcast Today we have the great opportunity to share a conversation with McGill hockey players who have made their way in professional hockey by crossing the great divide over to Europe. Yann Turcotte, Ryan McKiernan And Matthieu Pompeii are all having successful careers in professional hockey since leaving McGill. At McGill they lead the team to the illustrious heights of the Queens Cup and also the Canadian Championship. They talk about their journey to McGill, thru McGill and into professional hockey in far-away lands. The most delightful part of our conversation was when the boys were sharing their favourite stories off the ice not on! I had a smile on my face the whole way through until our coach Liam Heelis was asked questions by the threesome when his answers evoked a great deal of respect for our coach as he discusses his approach to working with his student/athletes in the very difficult Covid Crisis situation. There was lots of laughter and lots of banter lets listen in...
February 16, 2021
Leadership Line Change with Derek Prohar
Bio: From Avonlea, Saskatchewan, Prohar graduated from Notre Dame College as valedictorian and male athlete of the year before joining McGill in 1994. While at McGill, Prohar earned a degree in economics and political science, played one season at defensive back in football (1994) and four years of hockey (1994-1998). With the hockey team, he wore No. 4 and suited up for 132 career contests, playing both up front and on the blueline, winning the Dick Pound award for proficiency & leadership in his last year. After graduating, he enlisted in the Canadian military, climbing the ranks to Commanding Officer and Chief of Staff for the 3rd Battalion of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry before retiring after 21 years of service. In his time with the Canadian Forces, Prohar deployed to Afghanistan four times. Notably, he earned a Medal of Military Valour while attached to U.S. Special Forces, as well as a Meritorious Service Medal for work with the Afghanistan National Army. He currently resides in the Edmonton area with his wife Jody and two children, Owen and Emily, and works for the City of Leduc as the City Manager. Show Notes: Favorite time at McGill: Europe trips Favorite book: For Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway Also recommends anything by Kurt Vonnegut Favorite quote: Luctor et Emergo” - Struggle and Emerge Advice for first year at McGill: Don’t eat the pasta at Peel Pub Don’t take yourself so seriously. University is about personal growth, the relationships you make, learning to communicate, making friends and learning to overcome adversity when things don’t go your way. Leadership: The leader should consider his/her role in “Shared hardship” or “shared experiences”. The higher you get in an organization, the easier it is to not share in the hardships of the people actually doing the job. Make sure that as you rise in the ranks you stay in touch with the people that are doing the work. Understand not just the job they do, but who they are. Teaching leadership: “You gotta walk the walk”. You have to be out there doing it and you have to show that you are willing to what you are asking other people to do. Transferable lessons learned from sport: “Sometimes the easy answer, isn’t the right answer”. It might not make a difference to take shortcuts in the short run, but in the long run it might make the difference between getting the puck out or your equipment malfunctioning in battle. You need resiliency, which means doing the right things, regardless of what is happening all around you. In high pressure situations: Trust your training. Maintain a clear mind. Be resilient. Trust the people around you. Drill. Practice. Execute. Mentorship: It’s important to take examples of bad mentors and note the things that you don’t want to do in your life. You can learn just as much from poor leaders as the good ones. Habits: Sleep hygiene and exercise. Getting a good night rest makes you a better person for the rest of the day. Mastery: The ability to impart knowledge upon someone else. The ability to teach someone a skill that you know or have.
February 9, 2021
FMH Captains Meeting: From legacy to legacy - McGill hockey players now with the Habs!!
Patrick Delisle-Houde, Daniel Jacob and Shauna Denis are fervently contributing to the Montreal Canadiens legacy after building the McGill legacy as leaders in the McGill varsity hockey programs. Listen to their reflections, revelations and remarkable contributions to McGill, the Habs and Montreal!
January 22, 2021
Leadership Line Change with Luke Madill
In the second episode of the "Leadership Line Change" podcast, host David Urquhart speaks with Luke Madill to discuss his experiences relating to leadership and how to deal with pressure. Bio: A native of Kirkland, Quebec, Luke played for McGill from 2003 to 2007, acting as assistant captain from 2005-07. He graduated from McGill with a degree in Kinesiology and went on to get and education degree and a master’s degree in sport psychology from the University of New Brunswick. While there, he won the U Sports national championship as an assistant coach as well as a U Sports silver medal as a player. Luke has continued his winning ways as a teacher, hockey coach, and mental performance coach at St Andrews College. He has also worked as the Mental Performance Coach for Hockey Canada’s where he was part of the 2018 gold medal winning U-18 team at the Hlinka Tournament. Luke currently resides in Stouffville, Ontario with his wife Christine and twin daughters Abbie and Marlie. As a player, Luke was part of the country’s best PK while skating alongside linemate and friend PA Paquet at McGill. This accomplishment however, pales in comparison to the fact that his wife Christine set the CIS record for goals in a season. Book recommendations: Legacy by James Kerr The Cubs Way by Tom Verducci The Barcelona Way by Damian Hughes The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle Living with a SEAL by Jesse Itzler Chop Wood, Carry Water by Joshua Metcalfe Pound the Stone by Joshua Metcalfe Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek The Captain Class by Sam Walker Favourite Quotes: “People won’t always remember what you said or what you did but they will always remember the way you made them feel” “He who angers you, conquers you” Advice for students: 1. Choose things you actually want to learn. 2. Be present: Play each day, and don’t worry so much about the future, because if you play each day, and like what you learn, everything else will take care of itself. Advice for graduating students entering the workforce: Get involved, do everything possible, meet people (go to socials, etc), help people. It’s easier to ask people for help when you have great relationships. Leadership: Advice for making difficult decisions: “Shrink it”. Have “Anchors” for refocusing and resetting. Defining mastery: A passion: for wanting to do something better, for taking pride in what you know, but also having the humility to realize that there’s so many people out there that probably know more, and that there’s so much more to learn that you can constantly be excited by learning more and bring that into your daily teaching of it. Staying passionate in what you are doing. Follow Luke on Twitter @Lukemadilly or email
December 1, 2020
FMH Captains Meeting: "Names on the Cup" with Mathieu Darche, Jamie Kompon, and Mike Babcock
Ken Tyler hosts three McGill Hockey Captains who have experienced the ultimate in the hockey world. 1999-00 Captain Mathieu Darche, 1988-89 Captain Jamie Kompon and 1986-87 Captain Mike Babcock, have raised the Stanley Cup in jubilation over their heads.  They are the most recent of 16 McGillians to have their names engraved forever on the trophy. Their stories and their passion for hockey and for McGill is both captivating and motivating!!! Send us your feedback to
November 15, 2020
Leadership Line Change with Martin Raymond
In the first episode of the "Leadership Line Change" podcast, host David Urquhart speaks with Martin Raymond to discuss his experiences relating to leadership and how to deal with pressure.  Bio: Marty is currently working as the Assistant GM of the Gatineau Olympiques and coaching for the Programme Sports-Études at De Mortagne hockey academy in Boucherville. His coaching experience includes stints as assistant coach with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Ottawa Senators and Hamilton Bulldogs in addition to time spent as head coach of the Drummondville Voltigeurs. Internationally, Marty has worked with Hockey Canada on the coaching staff for gold medal teams at the U20 and U18 World Championships. Notably, Marty scored over 70 points in two separate seasons while playing for McGill from 1987 to 1992, a career that earned him an induction to the McGill Sports Hall of Fame in 2011. Following his playing career, he guided the McGill hockey program as the head coach from 1995 to 2009, leading the team to the Queen’s Cup championship in 2008. Marty holds a bachelor of education and masters in sport psychology from McGill. In this episode: Book recommendation -  “Wherever you go, there you are” by Jon Kabat-Zinn Leadership notes - Leading from the front, leading from the side, leading from behind - Good teamwork starts with you as the leader. Leaders need to create an atmosphere that’s fun but that atmosphere must also include discipline. - "Trying to hit the bullseye"' As a leader, you need to be in the middle of the target, you can’t be too hard or too soft or too emotional, you need to be in the middle of the target and not fall too far out to the extremes Pressure situations - Understand that “The score takes care of itself” (Bill Walsh), don’t be focused on the outcome because the process will take care of itself Overcoming setbacks - Stay in the moment, follow your heart, and do the right thing. If you get out of the moment, find ways to kick back in. Things such meditation, relaxation, and breathing techniques can help with this. Prepare for the crunch before it happens. Train the mind to focus on the right things. You can reach Marty at Send us your feedback to
November 2, 2020
Captains Meeting with Ken Tyler and Liam Heelis
Meet the coach! Ken Tyler converses with McGill University second year Head Coach of Men’s Varsity Hockey Liam Heelis. Send us your feedback to
October 21, 2020
FMH Podcast Trailer
Welcome to the Friends of McGill Hockey podcast channel. Our goal is to connect the McGill hockey community through interviews and stories. The idea for this podcast channel stemmed from speaking with alumni that want to get a better idea about what their former teammates are doing now. On this channel, we will be hosting two separate shows with two completely different formats: Format 1: Panel Interviews Ken Tyler will be hosting a show called the "Captain's Meeting" that will feature a panel of guests as well as Q & A with current McGill Head Coach Liam Heelis.  Format 2: One on One Interviews David Urquhart will be hosting a show called "Leadership Line Change" that will feature 1 on 1 interviews lasting approximately 30 minutes asking a similar list of questions to guests on each show. The questions will focus on their experiences relating to leadership, mentorship, habits, and their keys to success. We are planning to publish two episodes each month, one each of the “Captains Meeting” and the “Leadership Line Change”. We will start our first show by getting to know our coach, Liam Heelis. Stay tuned for our first shows which will go online in the coming weeks. You can find us on apple podcasts, the FMH Facebook group and on twitter @fmhalumni . Send us your feedback to
October 16, 2020