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Women in hockey
In this week's episode of the Hockey Night In Canada podcast we focus on women and the impact they have made in hockey. Women's hockey has come a long way in the last 30 years. It made its debut at the Olympics in 1998 and the gold medal game is must see TV, and because of that there are multiple professional leagues. Women are coaching, scouting, broadcasting and being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. But more can be done. Why not a women referee, head coach or GM in the NHL? 5-time Olympian and 4-time gold medalist Hayley Wickenheiser joins host Rob Pizzo. Wickenheiser is now the Assistant Director of Player Development for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Despite the change, she feels a lot still needs to be done. Cheryl Pounder is a 2-time Gold medalist, and traded in her stick for a microphone at the Pyeongchang Olympics. Rob talks to her about the transition into broadcasting. Ice Level reporter Sophia Jurksztowicz has a conversation with one of the pioneers of women's hockey Manon Rheaume. She was the first woman to play in any of the major North American pro sports leagues suiting up in net for the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1992.
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The highs and lows at the midway point of the NHL season
With the halfway point of the NHL season upon us it's time to take a look at the highs and lows of the year so far. There's been plenty to talk about since the start of the season in October. Who better to break down what's transpired than former Stanley Cup champion Glenn Healy. Rob and Glenn discuss a myriad of topics including goal scoring, Alexander Ovechkin and the favourites to win the Stanley Cup, the Tampa Bay Lightning. Also one of the biggest surprises in the NHL season has been the Buffalo Sabres. They've gone from being the worst team in the NHL to a potential playoff team. Ice Level reporter Sophia Jurksztowicz caught up with Sabres head coach Phil Housley to find out what's been the difference this season in Buffalo.
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The best of Hockey Night in Canada
In this week's episode of the Hockey Night in Canada podcast, we take a look back at the best interviews of 2018 including Daniel Carcillo opening up about the hazing he experienced while a member of the Sarnia Sting.
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Hockey books for the holidays
The focus of this week's Hockey Night In Canada podcast is hockey books! With Christmas just around the corner, they make for the perfect stocking stuffer. Actor and comedian Jay Baruchel is a die-hard Canadiens fan. Rob Pizzo had the chance to chat with Baruchel about his new book Born Into It: A Fan's Life, in which Baruchel opens up about his love affair with the Habs and his relationship with his father. Rob also chats with Sportsnet broadcaster Ken Reid about his second book on hockey cards - Hockey Card Stories 2. Ice Level reporter Sophia Jurksztowicz chats with TSN broadcaster James Duthie, who has written three books in his career, including one on legendary coach and Hockey Hall of Famer Brian Kilrea.
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Why hockey will work in Seattle
This month the NHL confirmed the worst kept secret in hockey that the city of Seattle will get a NHL franchise. When the 2021-22 season begins, there will be 32 teams in the NHL. On this episode we will take a closer look at Seattle's expansion bid, the history of expansion as well as the future of expansion. Is 32 teams too much? Former player and head coach Dave Tippett joins Rob Pizzo. Tippett is the senior adviser for the Seattle franchise. Ice Level reporter Sophia Jurksztowicz chats with Doug Bentz VP of marketing and digital for the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks have become one of the strongest franchises in the NHL since joining the league in 1991.
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When coaches get fired
Last season in the NHL no coaches were fired in the regular season for the first time since 1968. This season has been a completely different story. The axe has fallen on four coaches and one general manager but we sometimes forget that coaches are human and have families. Host Rob Pizzo is joined by legendary NHL personality and former player and coach Barry Melrose to break down what life is like for coaches after they get let go and Ice Level reporter Sophia Jurksztowicz chats with former GM Doug Maclean who has been on both sides of the firing table.
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Daniel Carcillo opens up about hazing
Hazing has been an accepted part of the hockey culture for decades now. But recently some disturbing stories have come into the public eye. Stories that involved abuse and bullying all disguised as hazing. Former NHL tough guy Daniel Carcillo opened up about his own hazing experiences while playing in the OHL. Host Rob Pizzo had a chance to talk with Carcillo about what he went through and why he decided to go public with his experiences and what needs to be done to stop the abuse.
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Goalies, why are they so different?
In this week's episode of the Hockey Night in Canada podcast, we take a look at the keepers of the crease and what makes them so different from their teammates. Rob Pizzo is joined by Stanley Cup champion Ilya Bryzgalov, who gives his unique take on the topic, as well as John Garrett, who has some interesting stories to share on his playing days in the WHA and the NHL.
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Taking a closer look at the 2018 HHOF inductees
In this week's episode of the Hockey Night in Canada podcast we take a look at the 2018 HHOF induction class. Rob is joined by new inductee Jayna Hefford. In this week's segment of Ice Level, Sophia Jurksztowicz chats with HHOF selection committee member Brian Burke to get more on how the voting process works. He also talks about how Gary Bettman is the most important person in the game - more so than The Great One
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Five story lines one month into the season
Rob Pizzo is joined by Hockey Night In Canada host Ron Maclean as they discuss the early success of the Canadian teams, coaches that have been fired, the explosion of goals as well as who the best player in the game is right now.
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The life of a hockey insider and analyst
Social media means information is just a few clicks away. For hockey fans .. that means grabbing their phones, and checking out their favourite insiders to see what's new. And when certain people break stories, you take it as fact. But when you read those scoops .. do you ever wonder how they got the goods? Turns out .. it didn't just fall into their laps. This week on the Hockey Night In Canada Podcast .. host Rob Pizzo takes you into the life of a hockey insider and analyst.
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Goalie Equipment: One size fits all?
The NHL season has begun with a LOT of goals. Is smaller goalie gear the explanation? The league doesn't want equipment to offer unfair advantage. The fans love seeing the puck in the net...so what about the poor guys between the pipes? Are they getting pummelled for the sake of rule-tinkering? Those in the know are sharing with Rob Pizzo and Sophia Jurksztowicz: Connor Hellebuyck, Brian Elliott, Kelly Hrudey and Corey Hirsch.
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A day in the life: referees
The men in stripes share trade secrets this week. Could there be a more thankless gig? Perfection means being ignored. A single mistake and you are marked for years of noisy abuse. Don Koharski officiated over 1700 regular season games. He and Rob Pizzo discuss the infamous "Donut incident". Stephen Walkom, Veep of Officiating for the NHL , shares his authoritative wisdom. Sophia Jurksztowicz gets on the line with NHL referee Garrett Rank, whose love of off season golf carried him to compete in the U.S Open.
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Whatever happened to good old grudges? Rivalries are the heart and soul of NHL excitement. Now that the bad old days of brawling are mostly a thing of the past...what's fuelling team intensity? Rob Pizzo checks in with veterans Chris Nilan and Kris Draper...and Sophia Jurksztowicz goes to current pros, James Van Riedmsdyk and Marc Staal. Guess what? current players say rivalries are as hot as ever...
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Five Questions on opening day
Can Tavares lead the Leafs to glory? Will the Golden Knights be able to sustain their incredible debut season performance? 26 years after the last one, can a Canadian team win the Stanley Cup this season? Will Washington suffer a post season hangover? And is Mr Crosby still the best player in the league? CBC sports Hockey Night in Canada podcast debuts with answers to these burning questions.
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A minute with Rob Pizzo, Host of Hockey Night in Canada podcast. What to expect from the NHL season...what to listen for in the new weekly cbc sports production.
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