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Episode 098: New Jersey Devil’s Damon Severson

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In this off-season conversation with New Jersey Devil’s sophomore defenceman Damon Severson, Damon shares:

  • Blocking Ovechkin’s shot that fractured his ankle.
  • His workout routine.
  • What’s the CN gym?
  • Cooking?
  • Practical jokes.
  • Has he touched the Stanley Cup?

Episode 089: Mike Morreale – Staff Writer For The NHL.com

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Today’s guest developed a love for the game of hockey at an earlyOne on one with NHL.com staff writer  . age growing up in New Jersey. Mike shares what it was like going to his first NHL game with his father at MSG; to watch his dad’s Rangers take on Mike’s team the Philadelphia Flyers.

Mike was one of those kids that would do anything to listen to a late night hockey game, including having a small transistor radio tucked inside his pillow to listen to a broadcast. His dreams were to be a star hockey player or a play by play announcer in the NHL, but it would be his ability to write that would land him a career with the NHL.

Mike’s fondest memories include a chance to be Gordie Howe’s personal guide and a close personal connection he has developed with Duncan Keith.

Links: Mike Morreale on Twitter
             Mike at the NHL.com

Episode 079: Bob Baun – Leaf’s Legend

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He scored one of the biggest goals in

In game six of the Stanley Cup Finals vs the Detroit Red Wings Bob suffered the broken leg early in the game, he returned for overtime where he scored the game winning goal which forced game seven in the series which the Leafs won 4 – 0. It was his third of four Stanley Cups that he won with club.

Links: Click here for your chance to win an autographed copy of Bob’s biography Lowering The Boom: The Bobby Baun Story

Episode 073: Johnny Bower – Leaf’s Legend

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Today’s guest is one of the greatest goaltenders of all time. He was Episode 073born in the prairie community of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. At the ripe young age of sixteen he joined the Canadian Army to serve in the second world war.

He returned from the war to play junior in Prince Albert before moving on to the American Hockey League where he played for thirteen seasons winning three Calder Cups.

He had some time playing for the New York Rangers but is most known for his lengthy career with the Toronto Maple Leafs, which he didn’t start until he was thirty-three. He played for the Leafs from 1958 until 1969 winning four Stanley Cups including three in a row (1962, 1963 and 1964).

Links: Johnny Bower stats

Episode 069: Remembering Jean Beliveau

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On today’s episode we pay tribute to the late Mr Jean Beliveau. He Episode 069played in the National Hockey League from 1952 – 1971, all of which were played for the Montreal Canadiens. He played in 1125 games in the NHL, where he amassed 507 goals and 712 assists for a total of 1219 points.

To my knowledge, no name appears on the Stanley Cup more often than Mr Jean Beliveau–18, 10 as a player and 8 as an executive for the Montreal Canadiens. He won 5 of those Stanley Cups on Montreal’s run of 5 straight. He was also the team’s captain from 1961-1971.

His reputation as a leader both on the ice and off the ice, is shared by our guest’s today as they pay tribute to one of the greatest men that the game of hockey has ever seen.

Links: Fred Poulin HabsAddict.com
             Fred Poulin on Twitter
             Fred Anjema from The Slewfoot Hockey Show
             Fred Anjema on Twitter
             Bob Babinski BobBabinski.ca
             Bob Babinski on Twitter
             The Heart Of The Rink Hockey Show on Facebook

Episode 068: Remembering Pat Quinn

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In today’s episode our guest’s Andrew Forbes, Gerry Prystai and 230px-Pat_Quinn_2012Scoop Cooper pay tribute to the late Mr Pat Quinn. From his days as a player where he is famously known for “The hit,” on Bobby Orr, to his playing career finish after breaking his ankle while trying to ride his daughter’s skate board, to his six times of taking the Toronto Maple Leafs into the post-season, to Olympic gold in Salt Lake City.

John Brian Patrick Quinn was born January 29, 1943, and grew up in east Hamilton, Ontario. He died at the Vancouver General Hospital on November 23, 2014.

Links: Scoop Cooper article on the Life of Pat Quinn
              Scoop Cooper on Twitter
              Scoop Cooper Blog
 Andrew Forbes on The Hockey Writer
Andrew Forbes on Twitter


Episode 065: Andrew Forbes – The Hockey Writer

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Andrew Forbes is a gifted young writer for The Hockey Writer’s. Episode 065He’s deeply passionate about the game of hockey. And he’s deeply passionate about the Toronto Maple Leafs.

He graduated from Western University with a Master of Arts in Journalism.

He’s had the opportunity to work as a production assistant for the CBC’s HNIC broadcast both on radio and on TV. In today’s episode Andrew shares what happened during a tense moment between himself and Don Cherry.

Links: The Hockey Writers
Andrew on The Hockey Writers
Andrew Forbes on Twitter
Andrew’s review of The Metro Prystai Story

Episode 063: Val Fonteyne – From Wetaskiwin, Alberta To The NHL

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Today’s guest grew up in the prairie town of Wetaskiwin, Alberta. Episode 063He had a very successful junior career with the Medicine Hat Tigers and eventually went on to play in the NHL. Before making his jump to the NHL he ended up playing senior hockey, which back in his day there wasn’t a whole of difference between senior hockey and the National Hockey League.

The pay check back then wasn’t all that big, in fact the starting salary for an NHL player was $7000 per year. Players definitely didn’t play the game for the money, they played the game because they loved it.

He began his NHL career with the Detroit Red Wings back in 1959 and finished his NHL career with the Pittsburgh Penguins and wrapped up his professional hockey career with the WHA’s Edmonton Oilers at the age of 41.

Links: Val’s Hockey Stats
             The Metro Prystai Story

Episode 058: Andra Kelly – Wife Of NHL Legend Red Kelly

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While the game of hockey is largely a male dominant sport, have you ever stopped to wonder what life must be like for the wife of an NHL player? Today’s guest knows very well what that is all about.

She is the wife of NHL legend Mr. Red Kelly.

She traveled the world is an that accomplished figure skater before eloping with Red in 1959.  She used to skate for the Hollywood Ice Review.

It was a lengthy courtship. In fact, prior to their marriage, Andra went overseas for more than a year and left her engagement ring with her father along with instructions to “Give it back to Red,” while she was gone.

Andra shares what it was like living in L.A., during Red’s short time there as head coach and her more than Fifty-five incredible years that her and Red have spent together.

Links: Red Kelly Episode 002
             Red Kelly Episode 003
             The Metro Prystai Story

Episode 055: Metro Prystai – NHL Legend

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One of the greatest experiences I’ve ever had was getting to meet Episode 055Metro Prystai. In my endeavour to do an audio history of the Melville Millionaires, I was introduced to “Marvellous Metro,” that was his nickname when he played hockey for the Moose Jaw Canucks.

At the time, I didn’t have a clue who Metro Prystai was. All of that changed as I got to interview Metro and eventually write his biography. One of Metro’s old team mates was hockey hall of famer Bert Olmstead. Bert corrected me one time when I suggested to him that Metro was one of the top junior player’s of his day; Bert said “No, he wasn’t one of the top, he was the top.”

In today’s episode, you will hear the first and fifth chapters from the audiobook biography of the late Metro Prystai. Which includes

which saw the Detroit Red Wings sweep their opponents in the playoffs. That was coincidentally the first time an octopus was thrown onto the ice in Detroit. Eight straight wins – eight tentacles.

You’ll also hear hear about the many run-ins that a young Metro Prystai would have with the gangsters of Chicago. I encourage you to get the rest of the audiobook version. It’s available as a “pay-what-you-want,” version. No donation is too small. Accept this opportunity to get to know one of the greatest guys who has ever played the game.

Links: The Metro Prystai Story

Episode 054: Damon Severson – From The Prairies To The NHL

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How many young boys or girls who lace up the blades, dream of Episode 053-2some day playing in the National Hockey League? For a young man from Melville, Saskatchewan, that dream has become a reality.

Born in Brandon, Manitoba, and raised in Melville, Saskatchewan, Damon developed a love for the game of hockey at an early age. In today’s episode

Links:  Damon’s New Jersey Devil’s Profile
              The Metro Prystai Story

Episode 052: Paul Bruno – The Creator of NHL Real Time Scoring

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Today’s guest is no stranger to the game of hockey. In the year 1991Episode 052 he approached the Toronto Maples Leafs about an innovative idea. The idea was to track key game events such as face-offs won or lost, blocked shots, giveaways and more. The Leafs liked the idea and it wasn’t long before the NHL adopted the idea which is now known as NHL Real Time Scoring.

Paul is also a writer for The Hockey Writer’s website (see link below) and

Part of his work for the Society led him and colleagues Jim Amodeo and Greg Oliver to an interview with the oldest living Toronto Maple Leaf – Wally Stanowski (you can see the video interviews below).

Links: Interview with Wally Stanowski
             The Hockey Writers website
             The Society for International Hockey Research
             Paul on Twitter
             The Metro Prystai Story


THOTR051: Bob Babinski – Rogers Hometown Hockey

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Today’s guest on The Heart Of The Rink Hockey hales from Episode 051Montreal. From an early age he developed a love for the game of hockey and a love for the Montreal Canadiens.

He would learn to play the game of hockey on the outdoor rinks of Quebec City with his brothers. He also developed a love for radio which lead him to a job in Campbellton, New Brunswick. It would eventually lead him to a job with the CBC.

Today he’s a freelance TV producer where he produces content for Hockey Day in Canada and for Rogers Hometown Hockey with Ron Maclean.

Links: Bob Babinski’s Website
             Bob Babinski on Twitter
             Rogers Hometown Hockey
             The Metro Prystai Story

Episode 050: Millionaire Memories – With Brian Propp

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Before turning pro today’s guest began his junior career close to his Episode 050home town of Neudorf by playing for the Junior A Melville Millionaires of the SJHL. He had an outstanding season for the Millionaire’s recording 75 goals and 92 assists in just 67 games. In that same season he was named league Rookie of the year and the league’s Most Valuable Player.

He finished his junior career playing on the talent ladened Brandon Wheat Kings, and in his final year with the Wheaties he had 94 goals and 100 assists in 71 games.

Brian Propp had a very successful career in the NHL recording 1003 points in 1016 games.

Links: The Metro Prystai Story

Episode 049: Archie Henderson – Size Matters

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Due to his size, you might say that today’s guest was almost Episode 049“Forced” to take on the role as “Protector” or “Enforcer.” In fact, in one of his first fights against someone much older and experienced than himself, in just one punch he knocked out most of the teeth of his opponent and also knocked him out cold.

In his first year out of junior while playing for the IHL’s Port Huron Flags, Archie recorded 16 goals and 16 assists in 71 games and a total of 419 minutes in penalties.

In his first NHL game while playing for the Washington Capitals against the Philadelphia Flyers, his never back down attitude was a contributing factor in Washington accomplished something that they had never done against the Flyer’s – WIN!

He has a ton of great stories that I know you’re going to love.

Link: The Metro Prystai Story

Episode 047: Dennis Polonich – Tenacious And Determined

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At a towering five and a half feet tall, you might find it difficult to Episode 047think that today’s guest was a force to be reckoned with. Born and raised in Foam Lake, Saskatchewan, he made his way to the Flin Flon Bombers of the Western Canadian Hockey League.

During his two seasons with the Bombers he made a name for himself which got the attention of Detroit Red Wing’s scouts which led him to be drafted 118 overall by the Red Wings in the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft.

His tenacity and his dogged determination made him a valuable player on the Detroit Red Wings.

Link: The Metro Prystai Story

Episode 045: Warren Skorodenski – The Man Behind The Mask

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Of all the positions you can play in hockey, in my opinion, Episode 045goaltender’s have got to be the coolest. They rarely leave the ice during the game (that is unless your the backup) and they get to add some flair to their mask’s.

 (check out the link below).

In today’s episode Warren shares some amazing hockey stories including one of the biggest brawls ever in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, Stampede Wrestling and the story about a teammate’s dog ending up in the freezer.

Links: The Mask’s Of Warren Skorodenski
Warren’s email is: w.skorodenski@gmail.com
The Metro Prystai Story

Episode 043: Morris Lukowich – Gordie Howe And Other Great Memories

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Today’s guest grew up in the small prairie community of Speers, Episode 043Saskatchewan. He had his first taste of playing on an indoor ice surface in the town of Hafford, Saskatchewan, about 10 miles away.

A chance meeting with one of his early hockey idols, Gordie Howe, really lit a spark in Morris. He began praying for the opportunity to someday play with Gordie “And by the way God if you could through in Bobby Hull too, I’d really appreciate it.” His prayers were answered as he had the opportunity to play with both of them before his playing days were done.

In today’s episode

and some of his fondest memories of playing the greatest game on earth. He also shares the thrill of watching his daughter sing before a crowd of twenty-thousand at the Calgary Stampede.

Links: Morris Lukowich Scoring
             The Metro Prystai Story

Contact The Howe Family: Gordie Howe, ℅ Texas Trailer Corral, 12207 HWY 87, Lubbock TX 79423

Episode 042: Mike Augello – Hi, It’s Mike In Buffalo

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It wasn’t easy for today’s guest to cheer for his hometown Buffalo Episode 042Sabres. Once known as a force to be reckoned with, the Sabres had fallen on hard times and brought in the legendary  Scotty Bowman to try and turn things around. Unfortunately, that didnt help and our guest’s brother convinced Mike to turn his attention to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

It didn’t take him long to fall in love with the Leafs. He would analyze each of the Leaf’s games methodically and would phone in to the radio stations to talk part in the “after-hours” conversations. That’s where he became known as “Mike in Buffalo.” He took his passion and understanding of the game into the world of journalism.

Links: HockeyBuzz.com
Mike Augello on Twitter
The Metro Prystai Story

Episode 040: Pat Elynuik – First NHL Shift Was Against Wayne Gretzky

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Today’s guest on The Heart Of The Rink Hockey Show grew up in Episode 040the farming community of Foam Lake, Saskatchewan. Just like many prairie kids, he developed his skills on the pond at the family farm.

From Foam Lake he went on to play hockey at Notre Dame before moving on to play hockey with the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL where he won a Memorial Cup in 1985. In his last year with the Raider’s he scored 51 goals and 62 assists for a total of 113 points in just 64 games.

He got drafted by the Winnipeg Jets and in his first game for the Jets,

Another interesting fact about Pat is that he scored his NHL goal playing in Toronto on Hockey Night In Canada.

Links: Pat Elynuik Hockey Development
             The Metro Prystai Story