Puck Pursuit

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Puck Pursuit is theScore’s podcast dedicated to hockey. John Matisz hosts illuminating interviews with individuals who made a lasting impact on hockey; people navigating the sport today; and those prepared to shape its future. Guests include players, coaches, instructors, executives, journalists, and more. Each episode features a meaningful conv

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Paul Bissonnette, the former NHL forward and current Spittin' Chiclets co-host, joins the show to discuss a variety of topics, including: - Anton Khudobin's incredible run of success for Dallas - How Bissonnette would fare inside NHL playoff bubble - NHLers showing more personality now than ever before - The rise of Spittin' Chiclets podcast, long-term plans ... and more

Sep 21

40 min

Travis Yost, hockey writer for TSN.ca, joins the show to discuss a variety of Stanley Cup Final-related topics, including: - Stylistic matchup of Tampa vs. Dallas - X-factors for both teams - Conn Smythe front runners - Series predictions ... and more

Sep 18

36 min

Nathan Gerbe, Columbus Blue Jackets forward and a veteran of 400 NHL games, joins the show to discuss a variety of topics, including: - Life inside the "luxury prison" that was the Toronto bubble - The importance of mental toughness inside/outside sport - How two years in Switzerland turned around his career - Why he leans into the "shortest NHL skater ever" label - Respect and admiration for friendly rival Zdeno Chara ... and more

Sep 10

43 min

Gino Reda, longtime television host/anchor at TSN, joins the show to discuss a variety of topics, including: - His start at TSN in 1988 and the Ben Johnson scandal - Best stories involving semi-retired insider Bob McKenzie - How the llama skit on 2015 trade deadline day came to be - Coming-out parties for Pierre-Luc Dubois, Miro Heiskanen - Why Wayne Gretzky has been his favorite athlete to cover ... and more

Aug 17

72 min

Rachel Doerrie, writer, podcast host, and former analyst for the New Jersey Devils, joins the show to discuss a variety of topics, including: - Draft lottery: Lafreniere vs. Byfield, Rangers' smart rebuild - Qualifying round: Biggest surprise, biggest disappointment - Maple Leafs: Next steps for Dubas, giving Tortorella credit - Round of 16: Bruins' hole, Trotz-Isles, Pettersson's impact ... and more

Aug 11

65 min

Bill Hanson, registered psychologist and professor at Concordia University of Edmonton, joins the show to discuss a variety of postseason-related topics, including: - Potential mental health challenges within NHL bubbles - Psychological effects of playing in empty arenas - Importance of sleep to physical and mental health - What it really means to be "mentally tough" ... and more

Jul 29

48 min

Matt Larkin, senior writer for The Hockey News, joins the show to discuss a variety of postseason-related topics, including: - Dress code in bubble, type of hockey to expect - Oilers heavily favored, but don't count out Hawks? - Will Jets-Flames turn into a throwback series? - Why the Canucks shouldn't take the Wild lightly - Predators-Coyotes could be defensive showdown ... and more

Jul 24

47 min

Luke Fox, NHL writer for Sportsnet, joins the show to discuss a variety of postseason-related topics, including: - Thoughts and observations on Phase 3 of NHL plan - Who wins battle of playing styles in TOR vs. CBJ? - Why the Rangers could be a dark horse in restart - Storylines to watch from East round robin games ... and more

Jul 23

43 min

Hockey Hall of Fame goalie Ken Dryden - who's also an author, a lawyer, and, formerly, a politician - joins the show to discuss a variety of topics, including: - Ken's thoughts on COVID-19, NHL's return-to-play plan - Why Scotty Bowman has lived a hockey life like no other - Getting into Bowman's mind for his 2019 book, "Scotty" - Breaking down the case for penalizing all hits to the head - Reaction to his thought-provoking book, "Game Change" ... and more

Jun 29

75 min

Dave Bolland, a former NHL forward who won two Stanley Cups with the Chicago Blackhawks, joins the show to discuss a variety of topics, including: - What he's been up to since retiring last year - Mental toll of being on LTIR to end NHL career - Rivalry with the Sedin twins, Canucks fans - Former teammates Hossa, Byfuglien, Toews - Hanging out with A-list actor Vince Vaughn ... and more

Jun 23

47 min

Scott Wheeler, an NHL draft and prospects writer for The Athletic, joins the show to discuss a variety of draft-related topics, including: - The all-around brilliance of Ottawa 67's forward Marco Rossi - Why the Erie Otters' Jamie Drysdale is the draft's best D-man - The curious case of sharp-shooting Swede Noel Gunler  - Best skating, best hockey sense, best defending in class ... and more

Jun 18

58 min

Former NHLer Guy Carbonneau (Canadiens, Blues, Stars) and John LeClair (Canadiens, Flyers, Penguins) - who were recently hired to coach in the new 3ICE hockey league - join the show to discuss a variety of topics, including: - What people should expect from 3ICE next summer - How ex-NHLers plan on coaching a 3-on-3 pro team - Carbonneau on Montreal vs. Pittsburgh play-in series - LeClair on why the Legion of Doom was so successful ... and more

Jun 15

43 min

ESPN hockey prospects writer Chris Peters joins the show to discuss a variety of NHL draft-related topics, including: - Full scouting report on top prospect Alexis Lafreniere - Is Quinton Byfield a lock to go second overall? - Tim Stutzle and German hockey's "sweet spot" - Rest of Chris' top-10 prospects for 2020 draft ... and more

Jun 8

57 min

Akil Thomas, L.A. Kings forward prospect and Canadian world junior championship hero, joins the show to discuss a variety of topics, including: - Perspective on George Floyd's death and associated protests - Experiences with racism as a black hockey player - How his life changed after scoring gold medal-winning goal - Starting Zale Apparel clothing line and Soul On Ice podcast - Plans for offseason and next season, when he should turn pro ... and more

Jun 3

39 min

Michael Traikos, national hockey writer for Postmedia, joins the show to discuss a variety of topics, including: - Takeaways from Gary Bettman's press conference - Hurdles ahead in the NHL's return-to-play plan - Are expanded playoff formats a long-term fit? - Early thoughts on qualification-round matchups - Jack Eichel's end-of-season media availability ... and more

May 29

46 min

Riley Cote, a former NHL forward, joins the show to discuss a variety of topics, including: - Using cannabis to heal old injuries - Stigma around psilocybin mushrooms - Daily mindset of an NHL enforcer - Having no regrets about career - Relevance of fighting in 2020 ... and more

May 22

63 min

Brent Sopel, former NHL defenseman, joins the show to discuss a variety of topics, including: - Becoming a dyslexia/dysgraphia advocate - Finding sobriety after retiring from hockey - Changing style of play late in NHL career - Memories from Chicago's 2010 Cup win - Assessment of current Blackhawks team ... and more

May 20

39 min

Wendel Clark, former NHL star forward, joins the show to discuss a variety of topics, including: - Conquer COVID-19 initiative, living in isolation - Being drafted first overall in 1985 NHL Draft - 1993 Leafs playoff run and losing to Gretzky - Current Leafs: Andersen, RIelly, Matthews ... and more

May 14

36 min

Mike Johnson, ex-NHL forward and current analyst for NHL Network, TSN, NBC, and SiriusXM, joins the show to discuss a variety of topics, including: - Going straight from college to Maple Leafs' lineup - Highlights from Toronto's 1998-99 playoff run - Montreal teammate Alexei Kovalev's endearing side - Being coached by Wayne Gretzky in Phoenix - Mindset as a broadcaster, importance of being honest ... and more

May 4

59 min

Travis Yost, a hockey writer for TSN, joins the show to discuss a variety of topics, including: - Return-to-play scenarios for the NHL - Mark Scheifele's Jack Eichel Hart Trophy pick - Alternative awards: Sophomore of the Year - Alternative awards: Best Duo - Alternative awards: Most Improved Player ... and more

May 2

52 min

Todd Woodcroft, former Winnipeg Jets assistant coach and new University of Vermont head coach, joins the show to discuss a variety of topics, including: - Why Todd left the NHL/Jets for NCAA/UVM - Short- and long-term challenges for UVM - Lessons learned from old boss Paul Maurice - What ex-Jet Dustin Byfuglien meant to Winnipeg - Patrik Laine's underrated strength, physicality ... and more

Apr 23

64 min

Sean O'Leary and Josh Wegman of theScore join today's show to compete in a lighthearted game of NHL trivia. Categories include individual awards, Stanley Cup winners, nicknames, and miscellaneous.

Apr 20

47 min

Kyle Raftis, general manager of the OHL's Soo Greyhounds, joins the show to discuss a variety of topics, including: - Junior hockey perspective on COVID-19 crisis - Art of recruiting Americans to northern Ontario - Lessons from six seasons as an OHL GM - Taking over for Kyle Dubas, working with Sheldon Keefe - Developing future NHLers, such as Morgan Frost (Flyers), Rasmus Sandin (Maple Leafs), Barrett Hayton (Coyotes), Conor Timmins (Avalanche) ... and more

Apr 16

59 min

Danny Briere, former star NHL forward and current VP of operations for the ECHL Maine Mainers, joins the show to discuss a variety of topics, including: - Danny's wife Misha working on the COVID-19 frontlines - Danny's interest in the business side of pro hockey - Going to the 2010 Stanley Cup final with the Flyers - Living with teammates Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier - Co-captaining those dominant mid-2000s Sabres teams ... and much more

Apr 13

49 min

Todd Humphrey, senior vice president of digital and fan experience for the still-to-named Seattle NHL franchise, joins the show to discuss a variety of topics, including: - How COVID-19 is affecting Todd's job and the Seattle organization - Appropriate time to unveil the team's logo, name, and colors - How Seattle plans on revolutionizing sports fan experience - Working alongside GM Ron Francis, owner Jerry Bruckheimer - Junior and minor pro playing career, how Todd ended up in Seattle ... and more

Apr 7

55 min

Sean Tierney, the man behind ChartingHockey.ca and the director of hockey analytics for the OHL's Hamilton Bulldogs, joins the show to discuss a variety of topics, including: - Simulating the rest of the NHL season using mathematical models - Playoff pushes for the Canucks, Rangers, and Blue Jackets - Hellebuyck and the Vezina, Matthews and the Rocket Richard - Duties and challenges for a junior-level hockey analytics director ... and more

Mar 26

51 min

Jonathan Willis, staff writer for The Athletic, joins this week's show to discuss a variety of topics, including: - Latest on the NHL and COVID-19 - Potential return to play scenarios - Leon Draisaitl's Hart Trophy case - The case against using plus-minus ... and more

Mar 24

47 min

Todd Radom, a longtime graphic designer in the sports industry, joins this week's show to discuss a variety of branding-related topics, including: - Taking sports team logo from rough idea to finished product - Influence of nostalgia on sports branding and merchandise - Name, logo, and color ideas for Seattle's NHL franchise - General do's and don'ts of sports logo and uniform design - Islanders' 'Fisherman'; Sabres' 'Buffalo Slug'; Mighty Ducks' 'Wild Wing' ... and more

Mar 17

49 min

David Carle, head coach of the University of Denver men's hockey team, joins this week's show to discuss a variety of topics, including: - How the Denver Pioneers men's team is handling the coronavirus threat - Having his playing career cut short at 18 due to a heart condition - Getting the coaching itch, finding a way to climb the ladder quickly - Latest on mentor and ex-Dallas Stars coach Jim Montgomery - Denver stars Bobby Brink (Flyers), Ian Mitchell (Blackhawks) ... and more

Mar 12

45 min

YouTube hockey sensation Andrew 'Nasher' Telfer joins this week's show to discuss a variety of topics, including: - Typical day in the life of a hockey YouTuber - How he built his channel to 400,000 subscribers - Growth of esports, Tik Tok, other platforms - How he became an official Bauer athlete - Blue Jackets' rollercoaster 2019-20 season ... and more

Mar 4

39 min

Josh Smith, founder of ScoutingTheRefs.com, joins this week's show to discuss a variety of topics, including: - David Ayres and emergency backups - Regular season vs. playoff officiating - Should Chara get special treatment? - Kane ripping Department of Player Safety - Most obvious changes to NHL rulebook ... and more

Feb 28

46 min

Mike Knuble, ex-NHL forward and current assistant coach of the Red Wings' AHL team, joins this week's show to discuss a variety of topics, including: - Transitioning from being NHL player to being AHL coach - Old pal Alex Ovechkin chasing Wayne Gretzky's record - Development of prospects Filip Zadina, Moritz Seider - Working under former Wings teammate Steve Yzerman ... and more

Feb 18

49 min

Curt Fraser, former NHL player/coach and head coach of the KHL's Kunlun Red Star, joins this week's show to discuss a variety of topics, including: - Coronavirus' affect on KHL season - Growth of hockey and NHL in China - Coaching alongside Alexei Kovalev - Memories of a young Ilya Kovalchuk ... and more

Feb 11

54 min

Scout Mark Edwards, founder of HockeyProspect.com, joins this week's show to discuss a variety of draft-related topics, including: - Wayne Simmonds and HockeyProspect.com's origin story - Mark's scouting philosophies and 3-to-9 grading scale - First overall in the 2020 NHL draft: Lafreniere or Byfield - Stutzle, Perfetti, Askarov, and other high-end prospects ... and more

Feb 5

48 min

Former NHL forward Daniel Carcillo joins this week's show to discuss a variety of topics, including: - Treating anxiety/depression with psychedelics - Ex-teammate Steve Montador's last days - The neurodegenerative disease called CTE - Hockey's recent coaching abuse scandal ... and more

Jan 31

47 min

Former NHL goalie and Vegas Golden Knights TV analyst Mike MeKenna joins this week's show to discuss a variety of topics, including: - That one time the team bus caught on fire - If we should be labelling goalies "weird" - The lost art of the poke check - Golden Knights' recent coaching change - Watching Marc-Andre Fleury up close ... and more

Jan 21

63 min

Sportsnet senior writer Chris Johnston joins this week's show to discuss a variety of topics, including: - Grind of being a 24/7 journalist - Strangest story he's ever covered - Maple Leafs' Stanley Cup hopes - Trade deadline buyers/sellers ... and more

Jan 14

58 min

Kori Cheverie, the trailblazing Ryerson University men's hockey coach, joins this week's show to discuss a variety of coaching-related topics, including: - Introduction to hockey as Nova Scotia kid - Making history at U Sports men's level - Benefits of diversifying coaching staffs - State of coaching, personal goals in 2020 ... and more

Jan 8

53 min

*Note: This episode was recorded before Jeremy Roenick's 'unacceptable' remarks and subsequent suspension* NBC Sports president Sam Flood joins this week's show to discuss a variety of broadcasting-related topics, including:- - Origins of the Inside The Glass analyst role - What some people have wrong about Pierre McGuire - 2020 Winter Classic, dream future outdoor-game site - What hockey broadcasts might look like in 2030 ... and more

Dec 2019

35 min

Sportlogiq CEO and former Olympic figure skater Craig Buntin joins this week's show to discuss a variety of topics, including: - Transitioning from figure skating to business - Sportlogiq founding story and Mark Cuban - Player/puck tracking and hockey analytics - Practical applications of Sportlogiq data ... and more

Dec 2019

47 min

NBC analyst and former NHLer Patrick Sharp joins this week's show to discuss a variety of decade-closing topics, including: - 2009-10 Blackhawks, team of the decade - Passing of the torch between Crosby, McDavid - Uniqueness of ex-teammate Dustin Byfuglien - Price, other goalies who defined the 2010s ... and more

Dec 2019

35 min

Canadian Hockey League president Dan MacKenzie joins this week's show to discuss a variety of junior hockey topics, including: - Why MacKenzie left the NBA for the CHL - Lessons from David Stern and Adam Silver - CHL's role in helping shape hockey culture - Player compensation, class-action lawsuits ... and more

Dec 2019

50 min

Brock McGillis, the first openly gay pro hockey player, joins the show to discuss a variety of timely topics, including: - Is a Me Too-type movement taking shape in hockey? - Hockey workplace culture vs. real-world workplace culture - When will we see the first openly gay NHLer? - What life's been like since coming out in 2016 ... and more

Nov 2019

54 min

Former NHLer and NBC analyst Eddie Olczyk joins the show to discuss a variety of topics, including: - Getting traded in 1990 during his son's birth - Being a Hockey Fights Cancer ambassador - Connections to Chicago, identifying as a Hawk - Feeling cathartic, deciding to write a book ... and more

Nov 2019

32 min

Arizona Coyotes GM John Chayka joins the show to discuss a variety of topics, including: - Signing extension with Arizona, sticking to the plan - Rick Tocchet's pedigree as an NHL head coach - Upcoming Ivey Sports Leadership Conference - Advice to those with ambitions as big as his ... and more

Nov 2019

28 min

Former NHL forward Nail Yakupov joins the show to discuss a wide range of topics: - Failing to meet lofty first-overall expectations - Why Ralph Krueger is such a good NHL coach - Pavel Datsyuk's unrivalled competitive streak - Evolution of the Kontinental Hockey League ... and more

Nov 2019

58 min

Ex-NHL defenseman Bryan Berard joins the show to discuss a wide range of topics: - Playing in the NHL with one working eye - Growing up with goalie Brian Boucher - Testing positive for steroids, owning it - Being betrayed by his financial adviser ... and more

Oct 2019

50 min

Longtime hockey executive and lawyer Trevor Whiffen joins the show to discuss a wide range of topics: - Scotty Bowman and the NHL Coaches' Association - Brian Burke and the PrimeTime conference - Don Cherry and the Mississauga IceDogs - Hunter brothers and the London Knights ... and more

Oct 2019

39 min

Ex-NHL tough guy Stu Grimson joins the show to discuss a wide range of topics: - Stu's new book, "The Grim Reaper" - Beginnings as a professional hockey fighter - Hiding injuries from teammates, opponents - Living in fear of future health problems - Modern fighting and the appeal of Tom Wilson ... and more

Oct 2019

37 min

Ex-NHL winger Mike Cammalleri joins the show to discuss a wide range of topics: - Motivations behind CBD-infused sports drink - Origins of BioSteel, a popular supplements co. - Why 5'9" forwards can thrive in today's NHL - Story behind mid-game trade from MTL to CGY - Playing with Giordano, Iginla, Kopitar, McDavid ... and more

Oct 2019

47 min

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