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Hockey fans already know the name, but this is not the blog. From Sportsnet, 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is a weekly deep dive into the biggest hockey news in the world, featuring Jeff Marek and NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman.

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Hockey fans already know the name, but this is not the blog. From Sportsnet, 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is a weekly deep dive into the biggest hockey news in the world, featuring Jeff Marek and NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman.

    Tom Wilson And A New Era For Women’s Hockey

    Tom Wilson And A New Era For Women’s Hockey

    Tom Wilson is suspended seven games for his hit on Brandon Carlo. Jeff and Elliotte break down the decision (00:00) and wonder if the number of games would have been different if Wilson wasn’t involved. They then chat about Jim Benning’s Canucks press conference (13:00), the continued struggles in Buffalo (18:00) and answer some #Ask31 questions (25:00).







    The guys are also joined by NWHL interim commissioner Tyler Tumminia (36:30) who announces the league’s return, what went wrong in Lake Placid, what types of skills she’s leaned on to get through this difficult period, her openness to working with the PWHPA, what she envisions for the game, growing up around baseball and the types of business conversations she has with her husband, Pittsburgh Pirates GM Ben Cherington.







    This episode is dedicated to the late Dick Smyth







    This podcast is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. 







    Audio Credits: CityNews, NBC Sports Washington and Sportsnet.







    The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Remembering Walter

    Remembering Walter

    Jeff and Elliotte remember Canada’s hockey dad, Walter Gretzky, who passed away late Thursday night at the age of 82.







    They also touch on Calgary’s coaching change with Darryl Sutter taking charge (12:00), Trent Frederic’s sneaky toughness (29:30), the hiring of Sean Burke in Montreal (21:00), Jarmo Kekalainen’s confidence in John Tortorella (36:00), the Leafs’ sweep of the Oilers (37:10) and much more.







    Then, Minnesota captain Jared Spurgeon joins the podcast (44:00) to talk about the addition of Kirill Kaprizov, the team’s hot run this season, getting the ‘C’, signing a new contract in the off-season, the Wild’s retro jersey and his junior days in Spokane.







    Music Outro: St. Vincent – Pay Your Way In Pain







    Listen to the new single on Spotify







    This podcast is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Music for this episode was coordinated by Carson Illidge.







    Audio Credits: Sportsnet.







    The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Sam Gagner: Taking Over the Marlboros with John Tavares

    Sam Gagner: Taking Over the Marlboros with John Tavares

    Detroit Red Wings forward Sam Gagner joins Jeff and Elliotte. They discuss why he and fellow Marlboros alumnus John Tavares wanted to get involved in minor hockey, where he was when Elliotte broke the news on Hockey Night in Canada, if he was surprised by the hockey community’s reaction, the types of changes he’d like to implement within the organization and some of the challenges that await them.







    This podcast is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. 







    The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    • 26 min
    Best Game Ever Last Week

    Best Game Ever Last Week

    If you didn’t stay up late on Saturday night, you missed an exciting game in San Jose. Jeff and Elliotte discuss the back-and-forth contest between the Blues and Sharks (00:10), Jordan Binnnington’s tantrum and the current state of the St. Louis Blues. They also take your #Ask31 questions throughout the podcast (12:50), talk Nathan MacKinnon (14:20), the new look Wild (16:30), signature moves (22:00), Columbus’s difficult stretch (25:00), NBA (NHL?) Top Shot (28:20) and much more.







    They also chat with Owen Sound Attack defenceman Andrew Perrott (40:30), who is currently playing in Slovakia, about his letter to the Ontario Hockey League and the provincial government urging them to allow the league to start play safely but also how the pandemic has impacted many players’ futures, not just on the ice, but off it. 







    This episode of 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is in memory of Brian Fraser. Blood donors are needed every day. Canadian Blood Services. American Red Cross.







    Music Outro: The Hitmen – Medicine Hat







    Check our their album “Smashface” here [Green Monkey Records]







    This podcast is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. 







    Audio Credits: 570 News (The Farwell and Pope Podcast), Altitude Sports Radio, Fox Sports Midwest, KFAN FM 100.3, KMOX 1120 AM, KUFX FM 98.5 and Sportsnet.







    The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    The NHL Draft: What’s Best For The Game

    The NHL Draft: What’s Best For The Game

    The Canadiens have parted way with head coach Claude Julien and assistant Kirk Muller. Jeff and Elliotte discuss the changes in Montreal (00:00) and what we know about interim head coach Dominique Ducharme. The guys also chat about the 2021 NHL Draft (19:30) and if the date should be moved, an interesting moment from the Kings-Blues game (26:00), the situation in Buffalo (36:25) with Jeff Skinner (28:00) and much more. 







    San Jose Sharks defenceman Mario Ferraro joins the podcast (43:30) to talk about what it’s like being paired with Brent Burns, hanging out with Joe Thornton in the off-season, his friendship with Cale Makar and John Leonard, why he was surprised to be drafted by the Sharks, and his outlet away from the game — making YouTube videos! Subscribe here!







    You can watch his week The Big Picture featuring Mike Babcock here







    Music Outro: Aquakultre – I Doubt It







    Aquakultre is currently working on a new Album called “Closure” and you can listen to the single “Magic” here!







    This podcast is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Music for the podcast was coordinated by Carson Illidge.







    Audio Credits: Buffalo Sabres, NBC SN, Sportsnet and Youngest of Plugs (YouTube).







    The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    • 1 hr 24 min
    It’s Good That You Hate Canada. Plus: Turtleneck Tales.

    It’s Good That You Hate Canada. Plus: Turtleneck Tales.

    The turtleneck stole the show! Jeff opens the podcast asking Elliotte about his Hockey Night in Canada fashion choice (00:00), the inspiration behind it and the reaction on social media. They also talk hockey — the pair of games in Lake Tahoe (23:00), Sidney Crosby and Travis Zajac playing in their 1000th games (30:30), the L.A.’s impressive run (36:45), Calgary’s tough stretch (41:20), who’s available in Nashville (40:00) and why everyone south of the border hates the North Division (14:40). 







    Cary Kaplan, president, GM and minority owner of the ECHL’s Brampton Beast, joins the podcast (44:00) to talk about why the team folded, how he and the league helped players find teams during the pandemic, the conversations with the Ottawa Senators (their NHL affiliate club), the future of minor league hockey and some of his fondest memories since the team was founded in 2013.







    Music Outro: Gang Signs – Counting On You (intro)







    Find more music by Gang Signs here







    This podcast is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman.







    Audio Credits: CHED and Sportsnet.







    The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

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Jeff Marek is a virtue signaler extraordinaire

While I enjoy the hockey talk and Elliot, I have a hard time swallowing the preachings of Jeff Marek who never hesitates to jump on the bandwagon to please the social justice warriors. Just listen to his comments on the Don Cherry incident to get a good feel for his character. Not for me.

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