In this episode of ICE Breaker, Mack is joined by former first and second overall picks in the Western Hockey League Draft Matt Savoie and Conor Geekie. Conor is currently suiting up for the MJHL's Virden Oil Capitals and Matt is playing for the AJHL's Sherwood Park Crusaders. Both players talk about making the jump to a full-time spot in the WHL this season as well as how great it is to be back playing hockey!
In this episode, Mack is joined by former Canadian Women's National Team Head Coach Mel Davidson. Mel spent time as the head coach, assistant coach, general manager, and head scout of the Canadian Women's National Team while with Hockey Canada. During her time she won 4 Olympic Gold Medals and 5 World Championships. Mel talks about the Olympics and how far women's hockey has come over the last 30 years. She talks about what she is doing now with Own the Podium as well as what she is doing with the Winnipeg ICE of the Western Hockey League.
In this episode, Mack is joined by former Dallas Stars Head Coach and current St. Louis Blues Assistant Coach Jim Montgomery or 'Monty' as he's known by. Monty talks about his lengthy playing career after being undrafted. He talks about the perseverance it takes and how if you don't get drafted it's still the beginning of a long road. He then goes into his coaching career and how it started along with the highs and lows that go with it.
In this episode, Mack is joined by Central Scouting ranked players Connor McClennon, Owen Pederson, and Ben Zloty ahead of the 2020 NHL Draft that takes place next week. They players chat about their mindset leading into the draft and some advice they have received prior to the day. Later in the episode, Mack is joined by Mitch Peacock, the play-by-play announcer for the Winnipeg ICE who had the chance to watch all three of these players all year long. Mitch chats about the players on-ice talent but also the young men they are off the ice.
In this episode, Mack is joined by Winnipeg ICE Scout Ryan Guenter. Prior to joining the ICE, Ryan was a long-time scout for the Victoria Royals organization including two years as the team's Head Scout. Ryan also has his master's degree in sports psychology that he uses to help develop and talk to young athletes who are working their way to the next level. Tune in for some in-depth conversation about what it takes to move onto the next level.
In today's episode, Mack is joined by former Hockey Canada Head Scout and current Vegas Golden Knights scout, Brad McEwen. Brad chats about picking world junior teams and winning championships with Team Canada. Before Brad was with Hockey Canada, he worked in the Western Hockey League for many years where he won the leagues award for WHL Executive of the Year.
In today's episode, Brian Munz from TSN joins the show. Brian covers the Jets and does colour commentary on the radio. Mack and Brian chat about his start in the SJHL and then his move up to the WHL where he covered the Prince Albert Raiders for 5 seasons and now he covers the NHL in Winnipeg.
In this special episode 16, Mack is joined by the first head coach and general manager in Winnipeg Freeze franchise history to talk about the team and position. He shares how excited he is and what an opportunity it will be for him to embark on this challenge. We are also joined by the head coach and general manager of the Winnipeg Blues, Taras McEwen. They talk rivalry before the puck drops and what two Winnipeg teams means for the MJHL.
In today's episode, Winnipeg ICE defenseman and Dallas Stars Prospect Dawson Barteaux joins the show. Dawson opens up about his summer and the challenging times he has gone through. Mack also asks Dawson about his draft day and how he handled the pressure of the unknown during the day... it might have involved a little bit of golf. Dawson also chats about how he found out he was being signed by the Dallas Stars ahead of the 2019-20 WHL season.
In episode 14 of ICE Breaker, Mack is joined by Western Hockey League linesman, Bradley Parker. Mack and Brad chat about what it's like to be an official and how the transition from playing to officiating took place. Brad talks about being an official and what his goals are moving forward as well as what it's like being on the ice in sold-out arenas and long overtime playoff games.
In today's episode, Sportsnet's Ken Wiebe joins the show and chat about the ways journalism has changed over the years pre COVID-19. Mack also gets into the challenges that COVID-19 has brought to the journalism field. Ken talks about how accommodating the NHL and other major sports leagues have been to the media in these unprecedented times. Listen to see what Ken misses the most about the "old ways" of doing things.
We head inside the NHL's Bubble as Winnipeg ICE Captain and Vegas Golden Knights prospect Peyton Krebs joins the show from Edmonton. Peyton is in the bubble with the Golden Knights and although he has yet to play he is on the ice with the team every day. We chat about what is going on inside the bubble, how he passes time and what he enjoys most about living the NHL lifestyle.
Mack is joined by Rod Pedersen, the host of the Rod Pedersen Show which covers all sports Monday to Friday on Facebook Live and Game + Network on TV. They chat about the NHL restart, MLB restart, NBA restart, and much more. Rod offers his opinions on the return to play protocols and what might happen with the CFL.
HOCKEY IS BACK! In today's episode, Mack sits down with Murat Ates who covers the Winnipeg Jets for The Athletic. They talk about the NHL's return to play, what has changed for media professionals such as Murat and the Jets vs Flames. Murat tells us what it's going to take for the Jets to make a deep playoff run this year and who the difference-maker in the series needs to be. Hint, he is the front runner for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's best goaltender.
In today's episode, Western Hockey League Champion, World Junior Champion, and Stanley Cup Champion Madison Bowey joins the show and talks about his journey to the NHL. He opens up about being inside the Capitals room during their run to the Stanley Cup and what it felt like to finally beat the Penguins. Madison grew up and played in the Winnipeg Minor Hockey System.
In this episode, AJ and Mack talk about the week that was and draft the top six songs that are most associated with sports. Then Gary Lawless (Vegas Golden Knights Insider) and Andrew "Hustler" Paterson join the show and relive the old days of Huster & Lawless. Gary and Hustler talk about how their careers got started, some of the things that got them in trouble along the way, and a whole lot more. Also find out about their fights on air and what took place during and after to keep these two long time friends, buddies in the end.
In today's episode, Mack is joined by guest co-host AJ Leite and they recap the week of sports that was before Mack chats with the Head on ice instructor from Jets Hockey Development, Dave Cameron. Dave talks about his journey to where he is now and about the new offseason that started a little bit early. Dave gives his thoughts on the NHL return to play and what the players he works with have been doing during this time of uncertainty. Dave also talks about how important individual development is and where the future of hockey development is heading.
We are joined by the Director of Sports at 680 CJOB, Kelly Moore. Kelly began his broadcasting career in the late 70's with the Kamloops Blazers who went onto 3 Memorial Cups and then became the voice of the Winnipeg Jets 1.0 and then the Manitoba Moose for 10 seasons. Kelly talks about the early days, what he has seen change in the game and some of the best players he has ever seen play the game of hockey. Listen in for an in-depth conversation with one of the best voices in the sport.
We are joined by Calvin Pickard who plays for the Detroit Red Wings (NHL) and Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL). Calvin grew up and played in the Winnipeg Minor Hockey system before becoming the starting goaltender for the Seattle Thunderbirds in the WHL at just 16 years old. He was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2nd round of the 2010 NHL Draft. We talk about his first start, his path to the NHL, his WHL days and much more in this in depth interview with the man behind the mask.
We are joined by the host of Hockey Night in Canada's After Hours, Scott Oake who talks about his journey to Hockey Night in Canada and After Hours from his humble beginnings in the '70s. He got his job completely bi-accident and the rest is history. We recount his favourite memories over the years and what he enjoys most about his work as a sportscaster. We also chat about the Bruce Oake Recovery Centre that is being built in Winnipeg, MB in honour of his late son Bruce who lost his battle with addiction.
We are pleased to be joined by former Manitoba Moose Captain who recently retired from professional hockey, Peter Stoykewych. Peter is a Winnipeg born player who played in the Winnipeg Minor Hockey system and then moved on to the Winnipeg Blues of the MJHL and eventually found himself as the captain of the Manitoba Moose. Hear what he says about having the opportunity to play at home and when he found out he was going to be the captain of the team he grew up watching!
We are joined by Florida Panthers goaltender Chris Driedger who chats about the NHL return to play format and what he is looking forward tot he most. He also opens up about his path to the NHL and how it always wasn't in one direction. The former Calgary Hitmen and Tri-City American talks about his time in the Western Hockey League as well and how it helped shape him into the person and player he is today.
We are joined by Vegas Golden Knights first round selection from the 2019 NHL Draft, Peyton Krebs and 2020 NHL Central Scouting ranked forward Connor McClennon. The guys open up about their off season routine whether it be golfing, working, playing video games and everything in-between.