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Interstate Hockey Podcast

Alex, Brandon, and Darren - Hockey Bloggers and Podcasters

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Interstate Hockey Podcast

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Alex Wynne, Brandon Sleik, and Darren Brown are three bloggers that write about hockey from various beautiful locations in the US (such as Iowa). This podcast is focused on the Minnesota Wild organization, but also covers college hockey, the AHL, and the NHL as a whole. On the Interstate Hockey Pod, you'll be mentally whisked away to a magical place where the suckdom of following the Wild and its affiliates isn't quite as painful as what you experience in real life.

Latest Episodes

Episode 27 - Deflated

In the latest episode of the Interstate Hockey Pod, the guys discuss the Minnesota Wild's recent re-signings of Matt Dumba and Jason Zucker, and consider whether or not the team has actually gotten any better this offseason. With Brandon's computer on the fritz, Alex and Darren decide to put Brandon on waivers (not really), but manage to gut out a full episode despite playing down a man. They also chat about the signing of Matt Read and the hiring of Tim Army to run the Iowa Wild. Finally, they bid farewell to Jarome Iginla and reveal the arrival of hockey's version of Deflategate.

34 min2018 AUG 3
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Episode 27 - Deflated

Episode 26 - Summertime and Podcasting Is Easy

After a bit of a summer hiatus, the Interstate guys are back! You think there's not much to talk about for a hockey podcast in the middle of summer?! WRONG! This week, the guys discuss whether or not the Wild have actually improved this offseason, what will happen with the Jason Zucker and Matt Dumba contract negotiations, and whether or not Development Camp and UMD standout Hunter Shepard is the goaltender of the future. Plus, a quick discussion of John Tortorella getting really angry and Erik Karlsson not getting traded. Enjoy!

27 min2018 JUL 19
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Episode 26 - Summertime and Podcasting Is Easy

Episode 25 - Free Agent Fizzle - Featuring Wild draft pick Connor Dewar + Everett beat writer Jesse Geleynse

In Episode 25, the guys welcome TWO special guests with a notably WHL flavor. Connor Dewar - recent 3rd-round draft pick of the Minnesota Wild - and Jesse Geleynse - beat writer who covers the Everett Silvertips (Connor's team) - both join the show. Connor shares his draft experience and how great it is to be a Canadian boy playing in the WHL. Jesse breaks down covering Junior Hockey and shares who some of the prospects are from that league that should be monitored. Also in this episode, the guys play a rousing game of "Happy or Nah?" to review Minnesota's free agency moves. Darren rants a bit about the missed opportunity for the Wild to really upgrade the goalie position and makes a lot of Hamburglar jokes. The show wraps up with a review of NHL free agency as a whole, and a few mean potshots at Islanders fans.

70 min2018 JUL 5
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Episode 25 - Free Agent Fizzle - Featuring Wild draft pick Connor Dewar + Everett beat writer Jesse Geleynse

Episode 24 - The Dog and Pony Show - Featuring Jamie McBain (100-point scorer in both NHL and AHL)

This week, the guys visit with NHL and AHL veteran Jamie McBain. After another successful season at the AHL level in the Tampa Bay Lightning organization, McBain talks about what happens next in his career. He also strolls down memory lane to talk about his time with the US National Development Program, University of Wisconsin, and even playing overseas in Finland. Also in this episode, Alex, Brandon, and Darren get in character to explain exactly what actually "happened" at the Wild's Draft table, leading to the team's controversial first-round selection. Additionally, they consider the possibilities that guys with no movement clauses on the Minnesota Wild could actually get moved, and how the team can upgrade at the goalie position. Finally, they have a good discussion about the John Tavares dog and pony show and congratulate Gary Bettman for FINALLY getting elected to the Hall of Fame.

44 min2018 JUN 28
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Episode 24 - The Dog and Pony Show - Featuring Jamie McBain (100-point scorer in both NHL and AHL)

Episode 23 - Scandals and Speculation

LOTS of juicy gossip around the NHL this week, and the Interstate Hockey Pod breaks it all down for you. Alex, Brandon, and Darren discuss the bizarre situation in Ottawa with the Senators trading away Mike Hoffman for a bag of pucks, as well as the scandal that led to the move. Barry Trotz was seen in Seattle... what does this mean?! Plus, plenty of speculation about which players the Wild should target on the trade market and who would be the most exciting newcomers to Minnesota when next season starts. SUBSCRIBE AND ENJOY!

33 min2018 JUN 20
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Episode 23 - Scandals and Speculation

Episode 22 - The Stanley Cup Flasher + Wild Offseason Primer

After a brief hiatus, the guys are back for Episode 22! This episode is brought to you by ProStockHockey.com. Enter code interstate10 at check-out and get a 10% discount! In this eppy, Darren quickly reveals the true identity (not really) of the flasher that made headlines while the Washington Capitals were taking their Stanley Cup victory lap. On the topic of the Stanley Cup, Alex, Brandon, and Darren share their favorite moments from the Final series and analyze some of the celebratory decisions that Washington's players have made. Also, the guys discuss the Wild's offseason and what they are most excited about, as well as the NHL Draft and which direction Minnesota should take. Lots of fun in this episode! Enjoy!

36 min2018 JUN 14
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Episode 22 - The Stanley Cup Flasher + Wild Offseason Primer

Episode 21 - Viva Las Vegas - Featuring Joshua Riehl, Director of "The Russian Five"

This week, the Interstate Hockey Pod welcomes yet another fantastic guest, as Joshua Riehl, Director of the new hockey documentary "The Russian Five" stops by to talk about his film and hockey in general. Joshua shares some of his favorite moments associated with the making of this incredible movie, and goes in depth on his experiences unveiling it to the hockey world. Also in this episode, the guys break down Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, which had a little bit of everything, including Alex Ovechkin getting hit in the mouth with a puck, Ryan Reaves singing bench karaoke, and a questionable hit by Tom Wilson. Finally, the guys debate what will happen with the Wild in the coming weeks and whether there's anything to like in the latest trade rumors involving Minnesota. Oh, and they make fun of basketball a little.

46 min2018 MAY 30
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Episode 21 - Viva Las Vegas - Featuring Joshua Riehl, Director of "The Russian Five"

Episode 20 - Our New GM Is Neat - Featuring Daniel Milstein (agent to Kirill Kaprizov and Pavel Datsyuk)

Have you been wondering what the latest is on the Kirill Kaprizov situation with the Minnesota Wild? Well great! Because the Interstate Hockey Pod talks to his agent, Daniel Milstein, on this very episode! With Dan, we also discuss his rags-to-riches story after leaving the Soviet Union and building a massive empire from scratch, his involvement as the Executive Producer of the new film "The Russian Five," and much more! Also in this episode, the guys react to the Wild's hiring of new General Manager Paul Fenton and analyze Ryan Suter's electric post-press-conference statements. Alex breaks down the Columbus Blue Jackets tapeworm situation, Brandon rants about European hockey, and together, the three guys decide if Charlie Coyle should get a pass for playing with torn tendons in both of his wrists. Subscribe and enjoy!

50 min2018 MAY 23
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Episode 20 - Our New GM Is Neat - Featuring Daniel Milstein (agent to Kirill Kaprizov and Pavel Datsyuk)

Episode 19 - You Can Bet On Us

This week's episode is short but very sweet. The guys discuss the decision by the Supreme Court to allow states to decide whether or not sports gambling should be legal.They also talk about what their first Minnesota-sports-related bet will be. Brandon shares his initial thoughts on living in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metropolitan area (he was recently freed from Des Moines). Darren gets a little too excited about the Connor Hellebuyck/Marc-Andre Fleury goaltending matchup in the Western Conference Finals. Finally, Alex, Brandon, and Darren chat together about the "heating up" GM search for the Minnesota Wild.

20 min2018 MAY 16
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Episode 19 - You Can Bet On Us

Episode 18 - Russian Gas

On this week's episode of the Interstate Hockey Pod, the guys discuss the NHL Playoffs and marvel at Darren's incredible run of picking winners in the second round. They also debate about whether or not Paul Fenton has already been hired by the Minnesota Wild to be the team's new GM (he probably hasn't). Brandon talks about the AHL's new alignment and what that means for the affiliates of the NHL. Alex rants about being very tired of the Vegas Golden Knights. Together, the guys rip on the Carolina Hurricanes and the bizarre decisions being made by that team's new owner. Finally, they have a good laugh over Kirill Kaprizov's most recent Russian language interview. Enjoy!

40 min2018 MAY 9
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Episode 18 - Russian Gas

Latest Episodes

Episode 27 - Deflated

In the latest episode of the Interstate Hockey Pod, the guys discuss the Minnesota Wild's recent re-signings of Matt Dumba and Jason Zucker, and consider whether or not the team has actually gotten any better this offseason. With Brandon's computer on the fritz, Alex and Darren decide to put Brandon on waivers (not really), but manage to gut out a full episode despite playing down a man. They also chat about the signing of Matt Read and the hiring of Tim Army to run the Iowa Wild. Finally, they bid farewell to Jarome Iginla and reveal the arrival of hockey's version of Deflategate.

34 min2018 AUG 3
Comments
Episode 27 - Deflated

Episode 26 - Summertime and Podcasting Is Easy

After a bit of a summer hiatus, the Interstate guys are back! You think there's not much to talk about for a hockey podcast in the middle of summer?! WRONG! This week, the guys discuss whether or not the Wild have actually improved this offseason, what will happen with the Jason Zucker and Matt Dumba contract negotiations, and whether or not Development Camp and UMD standout Hunter Shepard is the goaltender of the future. Plus, a quick discussion of John Tortorella getting really angry and Erik Karlsson not getting traded. Enjoy!

27 min2018 JUL 19
Comments
Episode 26 - Summertime and Podcasting Is Easy

Episode 25 - Free Agent Fizzle - Featuring Wild draft pick Connor Dewar + Everett beat writer Jesse Geleynse

In Episode 25, the guys welcome TWO special guests with a notably WHL flavor. Connor Dewar - recent 3rd-round draft pick of the Minnesota Wild - and Jesse Geleynse - beat writer who covers the Everett Silvertips (Connor's team) - both join the show. Connor shares his draft experience and how great it is to be a Canadian boy playing in the WHL. Jesse breaks down covering Junior Hockey and shares who some of the prospects are from that league that should be monitored. Also in this episode, the guys play a rousing game of "Happy or Nah?" to review Minnesota's free agency moves. Darren rants a bit about the missed opportunity for the Wild to really upgrade the goalie position and makes a lot of Hamburglar jokes. The show wraps up with a review of NHL free agency as a whole, and a few mean potshots at Islanders fans.

70 min2018 JUL 5
Comments
Episode 25 - Free Agent Fizzle - Featuring Wild draft pick Connor Dewar + Everett beat writer Jesse Geleynse

Episode 24 - The Dog and Pony Show - Featuring Jamie McBain (100-point scorer in both NHL and AHL)

This week, the guys visit with NHL and AHL veteran Jamie McBain. After another successful season at the AHL level in the Tampa Bay Lightning organization, McBain talks about what happens next in his career. He also strolls down memory lane to talk about his time with the US National Development Program, University of Wisconsin, and even playing overseas in Finland. Also in this episode, Alex, Brandon, and Darren get in character to explain exactly what actually "happened" at the Wild's Draft table, leading to the team's controversial first-round selection. Additionally, they consider the possibilities that guys with no movement clauses on the Minnesota Wild could actually get moved, and how the team can upgrade at the goalie position. Finally, they have a good discussion about the John Tavares dog and pony show and congratulate Gary Bettman for FINALLY getting elected to the Hall of Fame.

44 min2018 JUN 28
Comments
Episode 24 - The Dog and Pony Show - Featuring Jamie McBain (100-point scorer in both NHL and AHL)

Episode 23 - Scandals and Speculation

LOTS of juicy gossip around the NHL this week, and the Interstate Hockey Pod breaks it all down for you. Alex, Brandon, and Darren discuss the bizarre situation in Ottawa with the Senators trading away Mike Hoffman for a bag of pucks, as well as the scandal that led to the move. Barry Trotz was seen in Seattle... what does this mean?! Plus, plenty of speculation about which players the Wild should target on the trade market and who would be the most exciting newcomers to Minnesota when next season starts. SUBSCRIBE AND ENJOY!

33 min2018 JUN 20
Comments
Episode 23 - Scandals and Speculation

Episode 22 - The Stanley Cup Flasher + Wild Offseason Primer

After a brief hiatus, the guys are back for Episode 22! This episode is brought to you by ProStockHockey.com. Enter code interstate10 at check-out and get a 10% discount! In this eppy, Darren quickly reveals the true identity (not really) of the flasher that made headlines while the Washington Capitals were taking their Stanley Cup victory lap. On the topic of the Stanley Cup, Alex, Brandon, and Darren share their favorite moments from the Final series and analyze some of the celebratory decisions that Washington's players have made. Also, the guys discuss the Wild's offseason and what they are most excited about, as well as the NHL Draft and which direction Minnesota should take. Lots of fun in this episode! Enjoy!

36 min2018 JUN 14
Comments
Episode 22 - The Stanley Cup Flasher + Wild Offseason Primer

Episode 21 - Viva Las Vegas - Featuring Joshua Riehl, Director of "The Russian Five"

This week, the Interstate Hockey Pod welcomes yet another fantastic guest, as Joshua Riehl, Director of the new hockey documentary "The Russian Five" stops by to talk about his film and hockey in general. Joshua shares some of his favorite moments associated with the making of this incredible movie, and goes in depth on his experiences unveiling it to the hockey world. Also in this episode, the guys break down Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, which had a little bit of everything, including Alex Ovechkin getting hit in the mouth with a puck, Ryan Reaves singing bench karaoke, and a questionable hit by Tom Wilson. Finally, the guys debate what will happen with the Wild in the coming weeks and whether there's anything to like in the latest trade rumors involving Minnesota. Oh, and they make fun of basketball a little.

46 min2018 MAY 30
Comments
Episode 21 - Viva Las Vegas - Featuring Joshua Riehl, Director of "The Russian Five"

Episode 20 - Our New GM Is Neat - Featuring Daniel Milstein (agent to Kirill Kaprizov and Pavel Datsyuk)

Have you been wondering what the latest is on the Kirill Kaprizov situation with the Minnesota Wild? Well great! Because the Interstate Hockey Pod talks to his agent, Daniel Milstein, on this very episode! With Dan, we also discuss his rags-to-riches story after leaving the Soviet Union and building a massive empire from scratch, his involvement as the Executive Producer of the new film "The Russian Five," and much more! Also in this episode, the guys react to the Wild's hiring of new General Manager Paul Fenton and analyze Ryan Suter's electric post-press-conference statements. Alex breaks down the Columbus Blue Jackets tapeworm situation, Brandon rants about European hockey, and together, the three guys decide if Charlie Coyle should get a pass for playing with torn tendons in both of his wrists. Subscribe and enjoy!

50 min2018 MAY 23
Comments
Episode 20 - Our New GM Is Neat - Featuring Daniel Milstein (agent to Kirill Kaprizov and Pavel Datsyuk)

Episode 19 - You Can Bet On Us

This week's episode is short but very sweet. The guys discuss the decision by the Supreme Court to allow states to decide whether or not sports gambling should be legal.They also talk about what their first Minnesota-sports-related bet will be. Brandon shares his initial thoughts on living in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metropolitan area (he was recently freed from Des Moines). Darren gets a little too excited about the Connor Hellebuyck/Marc-Andre Fleury goaltending matchup in the Western Conference Finals. Finally, Alex, Brandon, and Darren chat together about the "heating up" GM search for the Minnesota Wild.

20 min2018 MAY 16
Comments
Episode 19 - You Can Bet On Us

Episode 18 - Russian Gas

On this week's episode of the Interstate Hockey Pod, the guys discuss the NHL Playoffs and marvel at Darren's incredible run of picking winners in the second round. They also debate about whether or not Paul Fenton has already been hired by the Minnesota Wild to be the team's new GM (he probably hasn't). Brandon talks about the AHL's new alignment and what that means for the affiliates of the NHL. Alex rants about being very tired of the Vegas Golden Knights. Together, the guys rip on the Carolina Hurricanes and the bizarre decisions being made by that team's new owner. Finally, they have a good laugh over Kirill Kaprizov's most recent Russian language interview. Enjoy!

40 min2018 MAY 9
Comments
Episode 18 - Russian Gas
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