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The Hockey Think Tank Podcast

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The Hockey Think Tank Podcast

The Hockey Think Tank Podcast

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The Hockey Think Tank Podcast brings incredible stories, interviews, and great perspective from some of the top hockey minds in the game. Hosted by Topher Scott & Jeff LoVecchio, our podcast will educate and inspire all those that love the game! For all the players, coaches, and hockey parents out there...make this your Go-To show on your way to the rink!

Latest Episodes

Episode 134 - Cole Bardreau

On this episode of the Hockey Think Tank podcast, we bring on one of my favorite players that I've had the opportunity to coach in Cole Bardreau. Cole's story is one of major ups and downs throughout his career, and it culminated last year getting his first NHL call up with the New York Islanders and scoring his first career goal on a penalty shot. Cole played for the USA NTDP, then came to Cornell where I coached him. While there, he was asked to play for the US World Junior team where he won a gold medal. The next weekend...his world almost fell apart. He got hit from behind into the boards and broke his neck, very close to paralyzing him. He missed the rest of the season, but worked his tail off to get back. After his senior year on sheer grit and determination he signed an NHL contract, but not until four years later did he receive his first call up to the NHL. The resiliency is such an incredible story. Now, even as an NHL player, he has started a company "Bardreau Mentoring Group" where he aims to mentor young hockey players as a professional player himself. This is such an awesome initiative...visit bardreaumentoringgroup.com to find out more. On top of our title sponsor in GELSTX (gelstx.com) we have a new sponsor in icehockeysystems.com as well! At the beginning of every episode, we will talk about a drill on their website and on this episode we chose the 3v3 Gates of Buffalo! Thank you to all of our listeners who continue to support our podcast, you are going to love this one with Cole Bardreau!

90 min6 d ago
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Episode 134 - Cole Bardreau

Episode 133 - Katie Strang

On this episode of the Hockey Think Tank podcast, we bring on Katie Strang, a fantastic hockey and investigative reporter for The Athletic. Katie is a prominent figure in hockey journalism, and we spend most of this podcast talking about a story she has written extensively on regarding a youth hockey coach's history with sexual abuse of youth hockey players. Katie wrote her first article on this subject in February which brought to the public the scandal of this coach's misconducts, along with how people in hockey leadership failed to handle the situation. This is a podcast that contains language about sexual abuse, so disclaimer for any families that typically listen to our podcast with their kids. While a tough subject to speak on, we believe that this episode will provide some positive change.

78 min1 w ago
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Episode 133 - Katie Strang

Episode 132 - Hockey Memories & NiceRink Giveaway!

On this episode of the Hockey Think Tank podcast, Jeff and Topher go through their greatest hockey memories. From skating on the backyard rink at their Grandma and Grandpa's house, to their first college and professional games, to overtime winners, to favorite off-ice memories with their teammates...this episode has a lot of heart and is full of fun. And speaking of backyard rinks... We bring onto the podcast for the second half Jim and Tyler Stoller of NiceRink, a top backyard rink company in North America. Jim and Tyler answer all of your listener questions submitted to social media about the best ways to build a backyard rink, and then we give a secret hashtag to be entered to win a FREE 24x44 backyard rink from NiceRink!! Details of the contest are in the podcast episode and a random winner will be named on 11/20 from those who use the secret hashtag on our social media channels. Listen to a great episode and get entered into this amazing contest today!!

62 min2 w ago
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Episode 132 - Hockey Memories & NiceRink Giveaway!

Episode 131 - Matt Nichol

On this episode of the Hockey Think Tank podcast, we bring on one of the top hockey strength and conditioning coaches in the world, Matt Nichol. Matt is based out of Ontario and trains some of the top players in hockey, along with Olympic athletes in many other sports. This was an awesome conversation where we hit on the importance of strength and conditioning, but Matt also brings us into the mind of elite level athletes...and the top athletes in the world. If you want to know what it takes to be at that level, and how to find a way to get as close to your potential as you can, this episode will be a great one for you. Big thanks to Matt for coming on the podcast, and big thanks to our sponsors GELSTX and TrainHeroic as well. And as always, thank you to our supporters and fans who continue to inspire us to bring the best guests on we can! Matt is at the top of that list, hope you enjoy this episode!

70 min3 w ago
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Episode 131 - Matt Nichol

Episode 130 - Bryan Allen

On this episode of the Hockey Think Tank podcast, we bring on NHL veteran of over 700 games and a former 4th overall draft Bryan Allen! Bryan has some amazing hockey experience and is bringing that as a passionate youth hockey coach now, and we get into some really thought-provoking conversations around the state of youth hockey today. This is a great episode for all involved in the youth hockey experience! Thanks to Bryan, and thank you to our title sponsor GELSTX, Jeff's training App TrainHeroic, and all of our great listeners in the hockey world!

84 minOCT 26
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Episode 130 - Bryan Allen

Episode 129 - Craig Cunningham

On this episode of the Hockey Think Tank podcast, we bring on one of the most inspiring guests we've ever had on in so many different ways, Craig Cunningham. Craig defied the odds to make it to the NHL as an undersized player, but an incident while he was playing in the AHL for the Tucson Roadrunners changed his life forever. During a game, he suffered cardiac arrest and collapsed on the ice. Miraculously, he was revived due to the incredible work by doctors. Craig has persevered through that challenge, including losing part of one of his legs in a surgery, to be an inspiration to so many, including those he works with in player development. We touch on his recovery, but this was an AWESOME talk on hockey and hockey development. Craig is as passionate as they come about the game, and you are going to love this episode! Thank you to GELSTX our title sponsor...visit gelstx.com and use the coupon code "THINKTANK" for a discount off a training stick. Thank you to TrainHeroic, Jeff's sli...

70 minOCT 19
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Episode 129 - Craig Cunningham

Episode 128 - Patrick O'Sullivan x2

On this episode of the Hockey Think Tank podcast, we bring back on Patrick O'Sullivan, former NHL player now working in hockey development with youth all the way up to the NHL levels. Patrick is one of the smartest hockey minds in the game, and we all will get better from listening to this one! We talk: -How to find space on the ice -What it really means to play well defensively -Developing to a role vs. developing the player -Teaching the importance of the players without the puck -MUCH MORE Thanks to GELSTX our title sponsor who has the best training sticks in the game! Thanks to TrainHeroic, the App where you can find Jeff's training regimens. And thank you to our loyal listeners! Shoot us a rating or review wherever you get your podcast today to provide us some feedback as well!

90 minOCT 12
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Episode 128 - Patrick O'Sullivan x2

Episode 127 - HOCKEY PARENT SURVIVAL GUIDE

HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE HOCKEY THINK TANK!!! We have made a Hockey Parent Survival Guide for all hockey parents out there looking for some guidance on the craziness that is youth hockey. As a former college recruiter, I've gotten the chance to speak with hundreds of families...and one of the biggest sources of their stress is that they all have trouble navigating their son or daughter's youth hockey journey. So...we made this easy-to-use Survival Guide to help all families put their kids in the best position to achieve their dreams while also helping them to destress and enjoy the process as well! On this podcast, we preview the Hockey Parent Survival Guide by talking about all 12 topics represented in the course. Those topics include: Choosing a Team The Car Ride Home Life Skills Built in Hockey Playing Multiple Sports vs Specialization Parent Culture Parent/Coach Communication Off Ice Insight (w/ Jeff LoVecchio) Breaking Down the Costs of Hockey What's Your Why? Advisors 101 Ju...

78 minOCT 5
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Episode 127 - HOCKEY PARENT SURVIVAL GUIDE

Episode 126 - Drew Laine

On this episode of the Hockey Think Tank podcast, we bring on Drew Laine...and get educated about the world of hockey equipment. We live at a time where the cost of equipment is pricing people out of the sport, but Drew and his colleagues created a company to combat the problem and creatively brought the hockey world together in the process. This was an inspiring conversation in so many ways, and the meaning of service and compassion come full swing. Thank you for listening!

57 minSEP 28
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Episode 126 - Drew Laine

Episode 125 - Ben Eaves

On this episode of the Hockey Think Tank podcast, we bring on one of our most inspiring guests, Ben Eaves. Ben comes from an amazing hockey family and lead an incredible hockey career that included National Championships at the youth level with Shattuck St. Mary's and in college at Boston College. In this episode, we talked to Ben about: -Growing up and having support from a great hockey family. -Using adversity as an opportunity to learn and grow. -Playing through injuries (WHAT A STORY ABOUT SENDING BC TO THE FROZEN FOUR PLAYING ON ONE LEG) -Much, much more. We got better as hosts from learning from Ben and his enthusiasm on this podcast, and we know our listeners will too. He might be the most well-liked people in the hockey industry, and it will come to no surprise for anyone that listens to this episode. Check it out!

76 minSEP 21
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Episode 125 - Ben Eaves

Latest Episodes

Episode 134 - Cole Bardreau

On this episode of the Hockey Think Tank podcast, we bring on one of my favorite players that I've had the opportunity to coach in Cole Bardreau. Cole's story is one of major ups and downs throughout his career, and it culminated last year getting his first NHL call up with the New York Islanders and scoring his first career goal on a penalty shot. Cole played for the USA NTDP, then came to Cornell where I coached him. While there, he was asked to play for the US World Junior team where he won a gold medal. The next weekend...his world almost fell apart. He got hit from behind into the boards and broke his neck, very close to paralyzing him. He missed the rest of the season, but worked his tail off to get back. After his senior year on sheer grit and determination he signed an NHL contract, but not until four years later did he receive his first call up to the NHL. The resiliency is such an incredible story. Now, even as an NHL player, he has started a company "Bardreau Mentoring Group" where he aims to mentor young hockey players as a professional player himself. This is such an awesome initiative...visit bardreaumentoringgroup.com to find out more. On top of our title sponsor in GELSTX (gelstx.com) we have a new sponsor in icehockeysystems.com as well! At the beginning of every episode, we will talk about a drill on their website and on this episode we chose the 3v3 Gates of Buffalo! Thank you to all of our listeners who continue to support our podcast, you are going to love this one with Cole Bardreau!

90 min6 d ago
Comments
Episode 134 - Cole Bardreau

Episode 133 - Katie Strang

On this episode of the Hockey Think Tank podcast, we bring on Katie Strang, a fantastic hockey and investigative reporter for The Athletic. Katie is a prominent figure in hockey journalism, and we spend most of this podcast talking about a story she has written extensively on regarding a youth hockey coach's history with sexual abuse of youth hockey players. Katie wrote her first article on this subject in February which brought to the public the scandal of this coach's misconducts, along with how people in hockey leadership failed to handle the situation. This is a podcast that contains language about sexual abuse, so disclaimer for any families that typically listen to our podcast with their kids. While a tough subject to speak on, we believe that this episode will provide some positive change.

78 min1 w ago
Comments
Episode 133 - Katie Strang

Episode 132 - Hockey Memories & NiceRink Giveaway!

On this episode of the Hockey Think Tank podcast, Jeff and Topher go through their greatest hockey memories. From skating on the backyard rink at their Grandma and Grandpa's house, to their first college and professional games, to overtime winners, to favorite off-ice memories with their teammates...this episode has a lot of heart and is full of fun. And speaking of backyard rinks... We bring onto the podcast for the second half Jim and Tyler Stoller of NiceRink, a top backyard rink company in North America. Jim and Tyler answer all of your listener questions submitted to social media about the best ways to build a backyard rink, and then we give a secret hashtag to be entered to win a FREE 24x44 backyard rink from NiceRink!! Details of the contest are in the podcast episode and a random winner will be named on 11/20 from those who use the secret hashtag on our social media channels. Listen to a great episode and get entered into this amazing contest today!!

62 min2 w ago
Comments
Episode 132 - Hockey Memories & NiceRink Giveaway!

Episode 131 - Matt Nichol

On this episode of the Hockey Think Tank podcast, we bring on one of the top hockey strength and conditioning coaches in the world, Matt Nichol. Matt is based out of Ontario and trains some of the top players in hockey, along with Olympic athletes in many other sports. This was an awesome conversation where we hit on the importance of strength and conditioning, but Matt also brings us into the mind of elite level athletes...and the top athletes in the world. If you want to know what it takes to be at that level, and how to find a way to get as close to your potential as you can, this episode will be a great one for you. Big thanks to Matt for coming on the podcast, and big thanks to our sponsors GELSTX and TrainHeroic as well. And as always, thank you to our supporters and fans who continue to inspire us to bring the best guests on we can! Matt is at the top of that list, hope you enjoy this episode!

70 min3 w ago
Comments
Episode 131 - Matt Nichol

Episode 130 - Bryan Allen

On this episode of the Hockey Think Tank podcast, we bring on NHL veteran of over 700 games and a former 4th overall draft Bryan Allen! Bryan has some amazing hockey experience and is bringing that as a passionate youth hockey coach now, and we get into some really thought-provoking conversations around the state of youth hockey today. This is a great episode for all involved in the youth hockey experience! Thanks to Bryan, and thank you to our title sponsor GELSTX, Jeff's training App TrainHeroic, and all of our great listeners in the hockey world!

84 minOCT 26
Comments
Episode 130 - Bryan Allen

Episode 129 - Craig Cunningham

On this episode of the Hockey Think Tank podcast, we bring on one of the most inspiring guests we've ever had on in so many different ways, Craig Cunningham. Craig defied the odds to make it to the NHL as an undersized player, but an incident while he was playing in the AHL for the Tucson Roadrunners changed his life forever. During a game, he suffered cardiac arrest and collapsed on the ice. Miraculously, he was revived due to the incredible work by doctors. Craig has persevered through that challenge, including losing part of one of his legs in a surgery, to be an inspiration to so many, including those he works with in player development. We touch on his recovery, but this was an AWESOME talk on hockey and hockey development. Craig is as passionate as they come about the game, and you are going to love this episode! Thank you to GELSTX our title sponsor...visit gelstx.com and use the coupon code "THINKTANK" for a discount off a training stick. Thank you to TrainHeroic, Jeff's sli...

70 minOCT 19
Comments
Episode 129 - Craig Cunningham

Episode 128 - Patrick O'Sullivan x2

On this episode of the Hockey Think Tank podcast, we bring back on Patrick O'Sullivan, former NHL player now working in hockey development with youth all the way up to the NHL levels. Patrick is one of the smartest hockey minds in the game, and we all will get better from listening to this one! We talk: -How to find space on the ice -What it really means to play well defensively -Developing to a role vs. developing the player -Teaching the importance of the players without the puck -MUCH MORE Thanks to GELSTX our title sponsor who has the best training sticks in the game! Thanks to TrainHeroic, the App where you can find Jeff's training regimens. And thank you to our loyal listeners! Shoot us a rating or review wherever you get your podcast today to provide us some feedback as well!

90 minOCT 12
Comments
Episode 128 - Patrick O'Sullivan x2

Episode 127 - HOCKEY PARENT SURVIVAL GUIDE

HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE HOCKEY THINK TANK!!! We have made a Hockey Parent Survival Guide for all hockey parents out there looking for some guidance on the craziness that is youth hockey. As a former college recruiter, I've gotten the chance to speak with hundreds of families...and one of the biggest sources of their stress is that they all have trouble navigating their son or daughter's youth hockey journey. So...we made this easy-to-use Survival Guide to help all families put their kids in the best position to achieve their dreams while also helping them to destress and enjoy the process as well! On this podcast, we preview the Hockey Parent Survival Guide by talking about all 12 topics represented in the course. Those topics include: Choosing a Team The Car Ride Home Life Skills Built in Hockey Playing Multiple Sports vs Specialization Parent Culture Parent/Coach Communication Off Ice Insight (w/ Jeff LoVecchio) Breaking Down the Costs of Hockey What's Your Why? Advisors 101 Ju...

78 minOCT 5
Comments
Episode 127 - HOCKEY PARENT SURVIVAL GUIDE

Episode 126 - Drew Laine

On this episode of the Hockey Think Tank podcast, we bring on Drew Laine...and get educated about the world of hockey equipment. We live at a time where the cost of equipment is pricing people out of the sport, but Drew and his colleagues created a company to combat the problem and creatively brought the hockey world together in the process. This was an inspiring conversation in so many ways, and the meaning of service and compassion come full swing. Thank you for listening!

57 minSEP 28
Comments
Episode 126 - Drew Laine

Episode 125 - Ben Eaves

On this episode of the Hockey Think Tank podcast, we bring on one of our most inspiring guests, Ben Eaves. Ben comes from an amazing hockey family and lead an incredible hockey career that included National Championships at the youth level with Shattuck St. Mary's and in college at Boston College. In this episode, we talked to Ben about: -Growing up and having support from a great hockey family. -Using adversity as an opportunity to learn and grow. -Playing through injuries (WHAT A STORY ABOUT SENDING BC TO THE FROZEN FOUR PLAYING ON ONE LEG) -Much, much more. We got better as hosts from learning from Ben and his enthusiasm on this podcast, and we know our listeners will too. He might be the most well-liked people in the hockey industry, and it will come to no surprise for anyone that listens to this episode. Check it out!

76 minSEP 21
Comments
Episode 125 - Ben Eaves
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