OHL Stories with Dennis Wideman
The post-Byfield era begins in Sudbury as the Wolves look to rebuild with the help of the 1st overall pick. The Sudbury Star’s Ben Leeson joins us for a season preview. Then, a chat with a former Wolves defenceman who started his OHL career in Sudbury, finished it in London, and went on to an 800-game NHL career after being drafted in the 8th round.
Sep 17, 2021, 11:00 AM
OHL Stories with Kyle Raftis
The Sault Sainte Marie Greyhounds were hoping to host the Memorial Cup last year. Does that mean the 2021-22 Hounds play with a chip on their shoulder to show that they belonged in the cancelled championship tournament? We check in with Brad Coccimiglio for a view from the Soo, and then sit down for a conversation with GM Kyle Raftis to find out what it means to be a Greyhound.
Sep 10, 2021, 11:00 AM
OHL Stories from Sarnia (featuring Jim Sandlak)
Does any team feel better about their goaltending than the Sarnia Sting feel about theirs? The Sting have one of the best in net and they’ll need strength in the crease to offset the loss of some offense to the AHL. Our Alphabet Tour of the OHL stops this week in Sarnia and it includes a chat with a former Sting assistant coach and long-time NHL’er, who’s now a scout for the Anaheim Ducks.
Sep 03, 2021, 11:00 AM
OHL Stories with T-Bone Codd
The Saginaw Spirit were primed for a deep run in 2020 as the team looked to avenge is 2019 Western Conference Finals loss to the Guelph Storm. From that veteran squad, what does the Spirit look like in 2021? Joey Battaino brings us up to speed before we check in with one of the OHL's most interesting players. From his story to his golf game to the name he goes by, you can get to know T-Bone Codd.
Aug 27, 2021, 11:00 AM
OHL Stories from Peterborough (featuring Mike Duco)
One of the OHL's most storied franchises resides in "The Lift Lock City" and their play-by-play announcer brings a wealth of history to the podcast. We check in on the Petes with a guy named Pete and wonder just how high the ceiling is for a guy named Mason McTavish. Then, for a team forever linked to the Kitchener Rangers, we listen back to an interview with a former assistant coach in Peterborough, who once wore the blue and red jersey in Kitchener.
Aug 24, 2021, 11:00 AM
OHL Stories from Owen Sound (featuring Joey Hishon)
When last we saw them on the ice, the Owen Sound Attack were rebuilding in the toughest division in the CHL. How much will the gap year affect their young players, what does a new head coach bring to the table, and what's it like competing for attention in the Midwest Division? We check in on the OHL's smallest market and remember a championship run a decade ago. The Memorial Cup to follow, by the way, might have turned out differently if our guest this week was on the ice instead of in the press box. But it's great to see Joey Hishon back in the game.
Aug 20, 2021, 11:00 AM
OHL Stories from Ottawa (featuring James Boyd)
The Ottawa 67's appeared poised to avenge a 2019 loss in the OHL Finals when COVID stopped their incredible run in 2020. Was any other team in the OHL hit so hard by the stoppage? We look back on where the 67's were at and where they're headed under a new head coach this upcoming season. Plus, a chat with 67's GM James Boyd on his path through the game, and how he builds a champion.
Aug 13, 2021, 11:00 AM
OHL Stories from Oshawa (featuring Pete James)
Phil Tomasino. Just saying that name might be enough to send shivers through the spines of every member of the Oshawa Generals front office as the Gens spent big to acquire the talented forward in 2020, anticipating that Tomasino would be part of a Memorial Cup bid in 2021. COVID had other plans, so where does Oshawa go from here? We check in on the shattered dreams in the 'Shwa and also listen back to a conversation with OHL legend Pete James, who's been broadcasting in London for more than 50 years.
Aug 10, 2021, 11:00 AM
OHL Stories from North Bay (featuring Stan Butler)
The North Bay Battalion were in the midst of a turnaround under a new coach and GM when COVID stopped the 2019-20 season. Will the trend continue? Play-by-play voice Matt Sookram joins us to talk Troops hockey in 2021-22. Plus, we catch legendary coach Stan Butler in a talkative mood and he shares some stories from his more than 1400 games behind an OHL bench.
Aug 06, 2021, 11:00 AM
OHL Stories with Jason Brooks
The Niagara Ice Dogs followed a premature playoff exit with a battle for a playoff position, and then followed a missed season with a draft that did not feature a 1st round selection. So, all is lost in St. Catharines, right? Not so fast. We look ahead to the 2021-22 Ice Dogs with play-by-play voice Steve Clark, who says there’s a lot to look forward to in the upcoming campaign. Plus, a feature interview with a former Ice Dogs assistant coach who returned from life-threatening health concerns to coach his hometown team to back-to-back championships.
Aug 03, 2021, 11:30 AM
OHL Stories from Mississauga (featuring Ben Fanelli)
Don't sleep on the Steelheads. That might be the message in the Eastern Conference as Mississauga promises to bring an up-tempo and tenacious team to the ice for the 2021-22 season. Iain Colpitts of the Mississauga News brings us the perspective from Peel Region, we recall one of the most memorable things we've ever seen happen during a game (and it happened in 2019-2020 in Mississauga), and then we talk to a young man who played only 7 games in his rookie OHL season but still managed to make national headlines. Ben Fanelli's inspirational story is also featured this week.
Jul 30, 2021, 11:00 AM
OHL Stories from London (featuring Adam Dennis)
When it comes to OHL powerhouses, it's often said that the London Knights don't rebuild, they reload. So, after a full season away, how much have the Knights been able to reload? We check in with play-by-play voice Mike Stubbs to get a look at the 2021-22 Knights and hear some fun stories from his time covering the team. Plus, we're joined by the man who helped London win its first Memorial Cup and who was arguably part of one of the most interesting trades in OHL history. Adam Dennis, now the GM in North Bay, shares his OHL stories that include his own "Patrick Roy Moment" that didn't go quite as he'd planned.
Jul 27, 2021, 11:00 AM
OHL Stories from Kitchener (featuring Al MacInnis)
Two of the biggest questions in Kitchener coming into the new season are Donovan Sebrango and Declan McDonnell. After spending considerable time this past season in the AHL, will they be back at The Aud? Farwell and Pope can't seem to agree (shockingly) but the pair still bring you a preview of what's to come for the Rangers this season. And speaking of The Aud, you just never know who's going to show up there. Today's episode features an interview with a former Ranger who won a Memroial Cup before going on to win two Stanley Cups, a Conn Smythe Trophy, and was named a 12-time NHL all-star. Back when we were inside arenas, Al MacInnis took in a game at The Aud and joined the broadcast for a chat about his playing days.
Jul 23, 2021, 11:00 AM
OHL Stories from Kingston (featuring Russ Hammond)
OHL fans in the west are understandably upset that the Conference-based schedule means they won't get the chance to see Shane Wright in what will likely be his last year in the league. But that's not stopping us from checking in with Ian MacAlpine, who covers the Kingston Frontenacs and thinks this year's team could feature one of the league's most dynamic lines. Plus, we celebrate the game's unsung heroes in a feature interview with former Storm equipment manager Rusty Hammond, who left an indelible mark on the OHL.
Jul 20, 2021, 11:00 AM
OHL Stories from Hamilton (featuring Jay McKee)
The Hamilton Bulldogs appear primed to contend again in the OHL’s Eastern Conference, only three seasons after their championship run. Plus, they’re among a handful of teams that have found a new face behind the bench. Play-by-play man Reed Duthie sizes up the 2021-22 Bulldogs team – literally – and then we get to know that new face behind the Bulldogs bench. It’s a familiar face, though, since he’s also coached in Erie and Kitchener. This amounts to a must-listen for Bulldogs fan as Jay McKee shares OHL stories from Sudbury to Niagara Falls, and throws in some NHL stories for good measure.
Jul 16, 2021, 11:00 AM