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
OHL Stories with Andre Tourigny
The head coach of Team Canada at the World Juniors is also the head coach of the OHL’s Ottawa 67’s. And back in the days when we could still go to hockey games, Farwell and Pope caught up with Andre Tourigny for a chat. He talks about how coaching has impacted his family, why he doesn’t like the colour green, and what it means to get the nod to coach for a country.
Dec 26, 2020, 11:00 AM
OHL Stories with Brian Kilrea
He's the winningest coach in OHL history and a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. He got his first pair of skates at the age of four, so 82 of his 86 years have been spent in hockey. It's hard to imagine anyone who has more stories than Brian Kilrea, and he shares many of them in this podcast, including how to coach with humour, how to get over a bad loss, how to beat smothering defense with no offense, and what he really thinks of Dave Branch and Mark and Dale Hunter.
Dec 18, 2020, 11:00 AM
Stories with Jack Miller
For many, he was the voice of OHL hockey, doing play-by-play for the league's Saturday afternoon 'Game of the Week' back in the 1980s. But he was also the only voice of the now-defunct Belleville Bulls. Jack Miller shares stories of major junior hockey coming to Belleville, the players that contributed to the team's early success, Memorial Cup shenanigans in Ottawa, and the late, great Larry Mavety.
Dec 11, 2020, 11:00 AM
Stories with Graeme Bonar
Graeme Bonar was a can't-miss prospect coming out of Sault Sainte Marie. After scoring 66 goals in one junior season, he was destined for greatness with the Montreal Canadiens. But something shattered that dream. If you're looking for stories, "Bones" has more than a few. From the triumph of playing for a rough-and-tumble Greyhounds team that went undefeated on home ice, to the tragedy of addiction, and the courage to emerge on the other side. Playing alongside Bob Probert and getting an unforgettable first impression of Guy Lafleur, Bonar bares all with humour and a style all his own. Call it a cautionary tale, and one wild ride.
Dec 04, 2020, 11:00 AM
Episode 086 - That ended quickly
Farwell and Pope overcome a communication breakdown to bring you one more episode that looks at the abrupt end to the 2019/2020 season and the impact that the sudden stoppage will have on OHL teams. Plus, OHL Commissioner Dave Branch stops by to talk about the first time in 102 years the Memorial Cup will not be awarded, and what went into the decision to call an early end to this season.
Mar 27, 2020, 11:00 AM
Episode 085 - The regular season ends in 61 games
Sudbury, Ottawa, Saginaw, and London have been crowned division champs as the OHL cancels the remainder of its regular season. The league is working on scenarios for a possible playoff but should we be optimistic? Plus, Farwell and Pope swap some of their favourite stories from covering the game and re-introduce you to the rookie who may already be the most colourful player in the league.
Mar 20, 2020, 11:00 AM
Episode 084 - The OHL is on hold. Now what?
As coronavirus concerns continue to mount, sports leagues around the globe are going dark. Farwell and Pope have different ideas about what this means for the OHL season and whether we'll see anymore hockey at all. Plus, we talk to a GM who delivered the news of the postponement to his team and we catch up with an OUA OT hero.
Mar 13, 2020, 04:00 PM
Episode 083 - Kiss my asterisk
The Knights grab the reins in the West while Ottawa continues to cruise in the East, projecting Shane Wright, and a feature interview with another Stanley Cup champ. Plus, a disagreement. Need we say more?
Mar 06, 2020, 11:30 AM
Episode 082 - 60-minute men
Farwell and Pope respond to repeated requests to make each podcast at least one hour long and do a deep dive into a proposed fighting ban in the Q, how the O handles suspensions, what the heck is happening in Ottawa, and a conversation with a four-time Stanley Cup champion.
Feb 28, 2020, 11:30 AM
Episode 081 -Friday night fights
A Memorial Cup host fights for a playoff spot -- and its hold on hosting duties. Fans fight in Peterborough, and Farwell and Pope fight about the OHL's instigator rule.
Feb 21, 2020, 11:00 AM
Episode 80 - We’re just Wilde about the West
Will a blueline boost in Saginaw send the Spirit soaring to a conference championship? And, speaking of which, the West is shaping up exactly as we expected, right? We won’t forget the East as we talk with one of our favourite scouts about this year’s top NHL prospects, and only one of us can be right in the debate about lacrosse-style goals.
Feb 14, 2020, 11:00 AM
Episode 079 - The Firebirds rise from the ashes
Farwell is live from the arena where Letter Kenny is filmed and Pope's whereabouts are unknown but the guys still connect to banter about the surging Shane Wright, Dale Hunter's inevitable call to the Hall, goalie fights, and a feature interview with a three-time Memorial Cup champ (hint: he's in Flint and there are plenty of laughs and stories during the conversation).
Feb 07, 2020, 11:00 AM
Episode 078 - The podcast the OHL doesn't want you to hear
Was it merely an oversight or a deliberate omission? Farwell and Pope think they know, and it's got them upset. Plus, while Hamilton dithers on a new arena plan, it's all systems go in Kitchener. We talk to an OHL grad known for his scoring who's currently sitting out the end of his second pro year because of an injury suffered while…fighting?? And one of the best stories you'll ever hear, as told by the guy who went "ice fishing" in Mississauga.
Jan 31, 2020, 11:00 AM