OHL Stories with Sherry Bassin
After almost 40 years in junior hockey, Sherry Bassin has about as many stories as anyone. And he tells them in a frank, forthright, and funny-as-hell fashion. The question is, do you have time to listen to them? Sherry says he has two passions in life right now -- walking and talking. We caught him in the mood to talk and we promise you won't be disappointed to hear what he has to say. From taking a pass on Wayne Gretzky to hammering out a new deal between the OHL and NHL to drafting Connor McDavid, if Bassin hasn't seen everything, that's because everything hasn't happened yet. This one is a long listen but it's well worth your time, and you'll come away with a renewed sense of what junior hockey is all about, straight from one of the game's true characters.
Apr 16, 2021, 11:00 AM
OHL Stories with Scott Hutchinson
You see it all the time. A referee, at the bench, explaining something to a coach (or being yelled at by the coach). An official having a little chat with a player in the face-off circle or near a scrum. You've probably even booed a referee once or twice. But what does the game look like through the eyes of that official? Is he ever worried about going to the bench for a conversation? What's it like being graded after every performance and being judged on a rule book that's constantly evolving? You'll find out this week with former OHL ref Scott Hutchinson who dished it out as well as he took it and found success as an official at the pinnacle of junior hockey. This might even change your opinion on the guys in stripes...
Apr 09, 2021, 11:00 AM
OHL Stories with Bob McKenzie
Most of us know Bob McKenzie today as one of the most influential voices in hockey. Fewer remember McKenzie's roots as a reporter for the Sault Star, covering the Greyhounds. But McKenzie remembers those days fondly as being the time he met some of the best people in the game. Have a listen to how it all started for "The Bobfather," including controversial columns and NHL-like atmospheres in junior rinks. You'll learn about a deep love not just for the game but for family, and you'll find out that the original "insider" is also a master storyteller.
Apr 02, 2021, 11:00 AM
OHL Stories with Steve Molaski
Steve Molaski played only two years of junior hockey but he crossed a strange line during that time. Arguably the best young player coming out of Belleville at the time, Molaski joined a Cornwall Royals team that played in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and, as the anglo-Canadians, Molaski and his teammates had a target on their backs. The next year, Cornwall switched from the Quebec League to the Ontario Hockey League but, as defending Memorial Cup champions, the target followed. Injuries would derail Molaski's career but not before he became known as "the greatest hockey player" in RMC history. You'll find plenty of laughs -- and plenty of inspiration -- in these tales.
Mar 26, 2021, 11:00 AM
OHL Stories with Will Petschenig
He played four years in the Ontario Hockey League, winning a Memorial Cup with the Oshawa Generals, before playing four more years of pro hockey, most of it in Europe. He saw the world and lived what he describes as Dream Job #1 before retiring in 2020 (he's now working on Dream Job #2). But perhaps the most important thing Will Petschenig did was off the ice, when he created Will's Warriors. We'll let Will tell the rest of the story.
Mar 19, 2021, 11:00 AM
OHL Stories with Sunaya Sapurji
Somehow, the kid from England took an interest in hockey instead of soccer. But that's not the only stereotype Sunaya Sapurji smashed. She covered hockey -- JUNIOR hockey -- at a time when very few women were working in the game, or sports in general. Sunaya has heard it all and she's been telling the leagues stories for decades. She even told the stories that few wanted to hear, like when a certain high-profile coach had worn out his welcome in Mississauga. Sunaya's stories were always a must-read. And now they're a must-listen.
Mar 12, 2021, 11:00 AM
OHL Stories with Gary Doyle
Gary Doyle spent a career covering junior hockey, from the prairies of Saskatchewan to the highways of Ontario. And if you ever met him in a media room, you know Gary always had a story to tell. He goes deep into that storybook in this episode of OHL Stories, remembering rundown old rinks, rough-and-tumble players, and the characters (Larry Mavety, Brian Kilrea, Don Cherry) that make the game so great.
Mar 05, 2021, 11:00 AM
OHL Stories with David Branch
Is he really the most hated man in all of junior hockey? And if so, why? David Branch has been Commissioner of the OHL since 1979 and the reason he's been around for decades has nothing to do with being booed at trophy presentations. Still, Branch will tell you how the booing sounds to him, the mentor that meant so much as he started his executive career, a memorable phone call from Larry Mavety, and how he's managed to grow the game while managing an eclectic group of governors for decades.
Feb 26, 2021, 11:00 AM
OHL Stories with the Parson brothers
Mike and Steve Parson grew up in Elmira, where the Sugar Kings were, well, king. But the brothers knew they had a chance to go beyond Woolwich, and they'd eventually find themselves on the same OHL team. Mike -- a goalie -- and Steve -- a winger -- used a combination of hard work and toughness to make their mark in the game. It led Mike to a 2nd round selection by the Boston Bruins and Steve to the temporary record for most OHL games played. While neither Parson made the NHL, they collected a lot of stories on their hockey journey.
Feb 19, 2021, 11:00 AM
OHL Stories with Greg Brady
He's one of the best known names in Toronto sports radio. But before he helmed a top-rated morning show at Sportsnet 590 The Fan, Greg Brady worked in Detroit sports radio...and was the inaugural voice of the Saginaw Spirit franchise. From drafting Phil Kessel to the controversial firing of Doug Lidster and the kinds of promotions you usually only see in minor baseball, Brady had a front row seat to the first six years of the former North Bay Centennials. And all of that before he got to Windsor and saw a rookie named Taylor Hall.
Feb 12, 2021, 11:00 AM
OHL Stories with Joe McDonnell
Born in Kitchener, Joe McDonnell lived out every junior hockey player’s dream – to play for his hometown team, in the arena where his love of the game was nurtured. From Rangers player to Rangers coach, McDonnell appeared in the Memorial Cup twice. But after a pro career that included time with some guy named Mario, McDonnell found himself on the brink of a future in car sales. Somehow, hockey found its way back into McDonnell’s life and his NHL career now includes four Stanley Cups. He’s still after “one for the thumb.”
Feb 05, 2021, 11:00 AM
OHL Stories with David Ling
From Prince Edward Island to the Ontario Hockey League, David Ling became a fan favourite in Kingston thanks to his willingness to take on all comers. But Ling also had a scoring touch that led to him earning the OHL’s Red Tilson Award as well as being recognized as the CHL Player of the Year in 1995. His path to the NHL led him through the Quebec Nordiques organization, and for many years, Ling was the last link to the Nordiques franchise still playing in the NHL. There are too many stops on Ling’s professional career to list them all but the one place you can always find him is in Kingston, where his jersey hangs in the arena as a tribute to his three remarkable seasons with the Frontenacs.
Jan 29, 2021, 11:00 AM
OHL Stories with Mike McKenzie
In his first season as an OHL GM, he made a big splash at the trade deadline and took his team to double overtime in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals. Two years later, adding Head Coach to his job description, he started his OHL coaching career with a record of 33-6-0-3. Then the pandemic happened, and now he waits. Mike McKenzie was basically born into the game of hockey but realized that it was hard work that would take him places in the game. Today, he calls the shots for one of the OHL's most respected franchises.
Jan 22, 2021, 11:00 AM
OHL Stories with Jeff Twohey
One of the friendliest and most familiar faces around junior hockey rinks, it's hard to run into Jeff Twohey without getting a story about a former junior hockey player or a full-blown history lesson on the city of Peterborough and its Petes! In fact, the whole idea for the #OHLStories podcast was born through a meeting with Jeff in the media room in Kingston. He started telling one story, which led to another, and then "just one more, if you have time." Jeff's stories always make it worth being late for broadcast time, and you'll get all of his stories right here (hopefully, you don't have to be on the air in five minutes). From Roger Neilson and Wayne Gretzky, to the Staal brothers and Steve Yzerman, this episode is a virtual who's-who of the big names that have been a part the OHL's oldest franchise.
Jan 15, 2021, 11:00 AM
OHL Stories with Steve Spott
Most OHL fans remember Steve Spott as being behind the bench during one of the most successful eras of the storied Kitchener Rangers franchise. In this episode, he tells us how he ended up in Kitchener after a successful run in Plymouth, why his time in the OHL is still meaningful, and he even has a little insight for Toronto Maple Leafs fans about an off-season acquisition. Oh, and for those who don't know, Spott is also a notorious practical joker. In this episode, you'll also find out why Spott got a call from his boss in the middle of a radio interview, and why Bob Boughner has beef with him to this day.
Jan 08, 2021, 11:00 AM