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Puck Pursuit is theScore’s podcast dedicated to hockey. John Matisz hosts illuminating interviews with individuals who made a lasting impact on hockey; people navigating the sport today; and those prepared to shape its future. Guests include players, coaches, instructors, executives, journalists, and more. Each episode features a meaningful conversation fans simply can’t miss.
 
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Rick Westhead, the investigative journalist and senior correspondent for TSN, joins the show to discuss a variety of topics, including:- Westhead's new book, "Finding Murph, How Joe Murphy Went From Winning a Championship to Living Homeless in the Bush"- Gaps in the NHL's reporting on player health- Problems with hockey culture, hockey media- Overu…
 
Ex-NHLer and former Sportsnet insider Nick Kypreos joins the show to discuss a variety of topics, including:- NHL free agency: Taylor Hall, the goalie carousel, and the Maple Leafs- Kypreos' first NHL contract and playing for "arrogant" Mike Keenan- Winning the Stanley Cup with legendary Rangers captain Mark Messier- Kypreos' tenure at Sportsnet an…
 
Paul Bissonnette, the former NHL forward and current Spittin' Chiclets co-host, joins the show to discuss a variety of topics, including:- Anton Khudobin's incredible run of success for Dallas- How Bissonnette would fare inside NHL playoff bubble- NHLers showing more personality now than ever before- The rise of Spittin' Chiclets podcast, long-term…
 
Nathan Gerbe, Columbus Blue Jackets forward and a veteran of 400 NHL games, joins the show to discuss a variety of topics, including:- Life inside the "luxury prison" that was the Toronto bubble- The importance of mental toughness inside/outside sport- How two years in Switzerland turned around his career- Why he leans into the "shortest NHL skater…
 
Gino Reda, longtime television host/anchor at TSN, joins the show to discuss a variety of topics, including:- His start at TSN in 1988 and the Ben Johnson scandal- Best stories involving semi-retired insider Bob McKenzie- How the llama skit on 2015 trade deadline day came to be- Coming-out parties for Pierre-Luc Dubois, Miro Heiskanen- Why Wayne Gr…
 
Rachel Doerrie, writer, podcast host, and former analyst for the New Jersey Devils, joins the show to discuss a variety of topics, including:- Draft lottery: Lafreniere vs. Byfield, Rangers' smart rebuild- Qualifying round: Biggest surprise, biggest disappointment- Maple Leafs: Next steps for Dubas, giving Tortorella credit- Round of 16: Bruins' ho…
 
Bill Hanson, registered psychologist and professor at Concordia University of Edmonton, joins the show to discuss a variety of postseason-related topics, including:- Potential mental health challenges within NHL bubbles- Psychological effects of playing in empty arenas- Importance of sleep to physical and mental health- What it really means to be "…
 
Matt Larkin, senior writer for The Hockey News, joins the show to discuss a variety of postseason-related topics, including:- Dress code in bubble, type of hockey to expect- Oilers heavily favored, but don't count out Hawks?- Will Jets-Flames turn into a throwback series?- Why the Canucks shouldn't take the Wild lightly- Predators-Coyotes could be …
 
Hockey Hall of Fame goalie Ken Dryden - who's also an author, a lawyer, and, formerly, a politician - joins the show to discuss a variety of topics, including:- Ken's thoughts on COVID-19, NHL's return-to-play plan- Why Scotty Bowman has lived a hockey life like no other- Getting into Bowman's mind for his 2019 book, "Scotty"- Breaking down the cas…
 
Dave Bolland, a former NHL forward who won two Stanley Cups with the Chicago Blackhawks, joins the show to discuss a variety of topics, including:- What he's been up to since retiring last year- Mental toll of being on LTIR to end NHL career- Rivalry with the Sedin twins, Canucks fans- Former teammates Hossa, Byfuglien, Toews- Hanging out with A-li…
 
Scott Wheeler, an NHL draft and prospects writer for The Athletic, joins the show to discuss a variety of draft-related topics, including:- The all-around brilliance of Ottawa 67's forward Marco Rossi- Why the Erie Otters' Jamie Drysdale is the draft's best D-man- The curious case of sharp-shooting Swede Noel Gunler - Best skating, best hockey sens…
 
Former NHLer Guy Carbonneau (Canadiens, Blues, Stars) and John LeClair (Canadiens, Flyers, Penguins) - who were recently hired to coach in the new 3ICE hockey league - join the show to discuss a variety of topics, including:- What people should expect from 3ICE next summer- How ex-NHLers plan on coaching a 3-on-3 pro team- Carbonneau on Montreal vs…
 
Akil Thomas, L.A. Kings forward prospect and Canadian world junior championship hero, joins the show to discuss a variety of topics, including:- Perspective on George Floyd's death and associated protests- Experiences with racism as a black hockey player- How his life changed after scoring gold medal-winning goal- Starting Zale Apparel clothing lin…
 
Michael Traikos, national hockey writer for Postmedia, joins the show to discuss a variety of topics, including:- Takeaways from Gary Bettman's press conference- Hurdles ahead in the NHL's return-to-play plan- Are expanded playoff formats a long-term fit?- Early thoughts on qualification-round matchups- Jack Eichel's end-of-season media availabilit…
 
Mike Johnson, ex-NHL forward and current analyst for NHL Network, TSN, NBC, and SiriusXM, joins the show to discuss a variety of topics, including:- Going straight from college to Maple Leafs' lineup- Highlights from Toronto's 1998-99 playoff run- Montreal teammate Alexei Kovalev's endearing side- Being coached by Wayne Gretzky in Phoenix- Mindset …
 
Todd Woodcroft, former Winnipeg Jets assistant coach and new University of Vermont head coach, joins the show to discuss a variety of topics, including:- Why Todd left the NHL/Jets for NCAA/UVM- Short- and long-term challenges for UVM- Lessons learned from old boss Paul Maurice- What ex-Jet Dustin Byfuglien meant to Winnipeg- Patrik Laine's underra…
 
Kyle Raftis, general manager of the OHL's Soo Greyhounds, joins the show to discuss a variety of topics, including:- Junior hockey perspective on COVID-19 crisis- Art of recruiting Americans to northern Ontario- Lessons from six seasons as an OHL GM- Taking over for Kyle Dubas, working with Sheldon Keefe- Developing future NHLers, such as Morgan Fr…
 
Danny Briere, former star NHL forward and current VP of operations for the ECHL Maine Mainers, joins the show to discuss a variety of topics, including:- Danny's wife Misha working on the COVID-19 frontlines- Danny's interest in the business side of pro hockey- Going to the 2010 Stanley Cup final with the Flyers- Living with teammates Claude Giroux…
 
Todd Humphrey, senior vice president of digital and fan experience for the still-to-named Seattle NHL franchise, joins the show to discuss a variety of topics, including:- How COVID-19 is affecting Todd's job and the Seattle organization- Appropriate time to unveil the team's logo, name, and colors- How Seattle plans on revolutionizing sports fan e…
 
Sean Tierney, the man behind ChartingHockey.ca and the director of hockey analytics for the OHL's Hamilton Bulldogs, joins the show to discuss a variety of topics, including:- Simulating the rest of the NHL season using mathematical models- Playoff pushes for the Canucks, Rangers, and Blue Jackets- Hellebuyck and the Vezina, Matthews and the Rocket…
 
Todd Radom, a longtime graphic designer in the sports industry, joins this week's show to discuss a variety of branding-related topics, including:- Taking sports team logo from rough idea to finished product- Influence of nostalgia on sports branding and merchandise- Name, logo, and color ideas for Seattle's NHL franchise- General do's and don'ts o…
 
David Carle, head coach of the University of Denver men's hockey team, joins this week's show to discuss a variety of topics, including:- How the Denver Pioneers men's team is handling the coronavirus threat- Having his playing career cut short at 18 due to a heart condition- Getting the coaching itch, finding a way to climb the ladder quickly- Lat…
 
YouTube hockey sensation Andrew 'Nasher' Telfer joins this week's show to discuss a variety of topics, including:- Typical day in the life of a hockey YouTuber- How he built his channel to 400,000 subscribers- Growth of esports, Tik Tok, other platforms- How he became an official Bauer athlete- Blue Jackets' rollercoaster 2019-20 season... and more…
 
Mike Knuble, ex-NHL forward and current assistant coach of the Red Wings' AHL team, joins this week's show to discuss a variety of topics, including:- Transitioning from being NHL player to being AHL coach- Old pal Alex Ovechkin chasing Wayne Gretzky's record- Development of prospects Filip Zadina, Moritz Seider- Working under former Wings teammate…
 
Scout Mark Edwards, founder of HockeyProspect.com, joins this week's show to discuss a variety of draft-related topics, including:- Wayne Simmonds and HockeyProspect.com's origin story- Mark's scouting philosophies and 3-to-9 grading scale- First overall in the 2020 NHL draft: Lafreniere or Byfield- Stutzle, Perfetti, Askarov, and other high-end pr…
 
Kori Cheverie, the trailblazing Ryerson University men's hockey coach, joins this week's show to discuss a variety of coaching-related topics, including:- Introduction to hockey as Nova Scotia kid- Making history at U Sports men's level- Benefits of diversifying coaching staffs- State of coaching, personal goals in 2020... and more…
 
*Note: This episode was recorded before Jeremy Roenick's 'unacceptable' remarks and subsequent suspension*NBC Sports president Sam Flood joins this week's show to discuss a variety of broadcasting-related topics, including:-- Origins of the Inside The Glass analyst role- What some people have wrong about Pierre McGuire- 2020 Winter Classic, dream f…
 
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