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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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    • 4.7, 1.5K Ratings

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.

    How The NHL Will Look On TV When Play Resumes

    How The NHL Will Look On TV When Play Resumes

    Word association kicks things off (there’s a theme) before Jeff and Elliotte address the backlash against Carolina’s Jordan Martinook and Tampa’s Alex Killorn, whose teams voted against the 24-team return-to-play format. Then they dive into some #Ask31 questions and are joined by three guests.







    Sherali Najak is a long-time Hockey Night in Canada producer and Kyle Bukauskas is an HNIC rink-side reporter. They discuss what broadcasts could look like when the NHL returns. Everything from music to intermission interviews, how games will be called, production protocols, if officials and players will wear mics, and more. Plus, what they’ve heard from players during the pause about how they consume the game.







    Uffe Bodin is the editor-in-chief of Hockeysverige. He talks all things Swedish hockey: history, player hierarchy, why the Sedins are more popular in Vancouver than at home, and what the national team means to the nation. He also discusses some of the stories he’s been covering during the pandemic and Sweden’s unique approach to combatting COVID-19.







    31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca.







    Music Outro: Billy & The King Bees – Bango







    Listen to all our Season 3 music on Spotify.







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







    Audio Credits: CBC, CBS, NHL newsy, Network 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 Media Inc. or any affiliate.

    • 2 hrs 7 min
    BREAKING: Plans are in place. More details to come.

    BREAKING: Plans are in place. More details to come.

    On a news-heavy episode, Gary Bettman outlines plans for the Stanley Cup Playoffs and Draft Lottery, but things remain in flux. Jeff and Elliotte discuss.







    How does the U.S.-Canada border impact things? Will there be exhibition games? What about expanded rosters and timelines for more information from the league? Who wins the Art Ross Trophy? All of that and more.







    31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca.







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







    Audio Credits: CBC, CPAC 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 Media Inc. or any affiliate.

    • 23 min
    Hockey In The USA

    Hockey In The USA

    Jeff and Elliotte discuss Matt Duchene’s comments about a return to play, potential playoff formats, possible hub cities, the draft, the lawsuit against the CHL, and play a little word association. Then they are joined by two guests.







    Nate Thompson talks about staying mentally strong and surrounding himself with people who support him, playing in Canada versus a non-traditional U.S. market, the meaning of toughness, his time in Seattle with the Thunderbirds, and his thoughts on handshakes, scrums and kissing the Cup. 







    Then Shane Doan joins the show to talk about his career, being drafted, almost playing with Jarome Iginla, fighting to keep the Coyotes in Arizona and the growth of the game in the U.S., meeting Auston Matthews for the first time, how he is as a hockey parent and what’s next in his professional journey.







    31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca.







    Music Outro: Marcos Valle – Summer Samba







    Listen to all our Season 3 music on Spotify.







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







    Audio Credits: CBC, Fox Sports Ohio, NBC Sports and Sportsnet 590 The FAN.







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

    • 2 hrs 11 min
    The Future Of The AHL

    The Future Of The AHL

    Jeff and Elliotte kick things off discussing something of a newsy week.







    Leagues are planning their return or beginning to trickle back, but where is the NHL in all of this? Free agency will happen at some point, and Canucks director of amateur scouting Judd Brackett might be the most sought-after name on the market. Paul McFarland is leaving the Maple Leafs, which means there’s an opening on the bench for an assistant coach. And ECHL players are finally getting paid thanks to some strong support.







    As well, UFC 249 went off over the weekend, what does it mean for the type of experience fans should expect when hockey returns?







    Then they are joined by three guests. Bernie Nicholls once scored 70 goals for the L.A. Kings, he talks about finding his scoring touch in junior, playing with Marcel Dionne, where he was when Wayne Gretzky got traded to Los Angeles and why he took his hockey stick everywhere he went.







    Former Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson takes over as president and CEO of the AHL in July. He discusses the messaging the league is sending its owners, if a more regionalized schedule is on the horizon, Dave Andrews’ legacy, digital initiatives and playing junior with Bernie Nicholls.







    Lastly, Lightning play-by-play man Rick Peckham talks about his broadcast journey, his plans for retirement, being around Gordie Howe, covering John Tortorella and what Dave Andreychuk means to the community in Tampa Bay.







    31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca.







    Outro Music: The Budos Band – T.I.B.W.F.







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







    Audio Credits: Fox Sports SUN, NBC, Sportsnet and The FAN 590.







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

    • 2 hrs 36 min
    Superstars, Heroics, Goalie Fights and More

    Superstars, Heroics, Goalie Fights and More

    Jeff and Elliotte kick things off with the return of Word Association, discuss the latest on plans to get back on the ice and the draft, and Jaroslav Halak’s one-year extension with the Bruins. Then are joined by three guests.







    Brenden Dillon talks about the evolution of his career, playing alongside superstars like Joe Thornton and Alex Ovechkin and his involvement with the Hockey Education Reaching Out Society (HEROS).







    Speaking of heroes, Yusuf Ahmed of Conquer COVID-19 talks about how he got involved with the organization, why it’s so important and his love for hockey.







    And two-time Stanley Cup champ Mike Vernon joins the pod to reminisce about the Battle of Alberta, Patrick Roy’s last game, goalie fights and how the game has changed since he played.







    31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca.







    Music Outro: Shorty Long – Night Fo’ Last







    Listen to all our Season 3 music on Spotify.







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







    Audio Credits: 630 CHED, CBC, NBC Sports, Pro-Am Sports Systems, Prime Sports Northwest, Sportsnet, WKBD







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

    • 2 hrs 8 min
    Taking Justin Bieber To School

    Taking Justin Bieber To School

    After overseeing a renaissance in Chicago, John McDonough is out as Blackhawks president, so who could take his place? Jeff and Elliotte discuss that, plans for the NHL’s return to play and more before getting to a trio of guests.







    Jake Muzzin talks about signing long-term in Toronto, being a veteran on a young Maple Leafs team, Auston Matthews, missing Drew Doughty and more. Joey Hishon discusses going back to his alma mater in Owen Sound as an assistant coach and GM with the Attack, training Justin Bieber and selecting skills coaches. And John-Michael Liles on COVID-19 in Colorado, online shopping, Cale Makar, Nathan MacKinnon and more.







    31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca.







    This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Ellliotte Friedman.







    Audio Credits: CBC, CityNews, Global TV, NBC Sports Washington and Sportsnet. 







    Listen to all our Season music 3 on Spotify and subscribe to the podcast while you’re there.







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

    • 2 hrs 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.5K Ratings

1.5K Ratings

MacBookAir1763 ,

The greatest hockey podcast

Two awesome humans, one incredible team. Did not know Jeff Marek before listening to this 2 years ago: what an incredibly interesting person. He’s the ideal host to get the most out of Friedman, whose personality really shines here. They’re simply a stunning team.

They’ve got the best info, the best interviews, I really struggle to think about anything that’s weak on this pod. It’s really all great. Congrats to the team, this is a jewel.

Darky_dark_dark ,

One suggestion

Edit: Changing from 4 to 2 star. The new 25 min intro is too long and detracts from the main topic. Not really interested at the beginning of a podcast. I’ve stopped listening because that’s 50-100% of other podcasts I follow. Either shorten it, move it to the end, or include time section summaries in the pod cast notes for those interested in the main topic to skip ahead.

Great podcast and analysis. One suggestion would be to incorporate more context into each conversation as there are some assumption that everyone listening in is up to date on the latest news. E.g. I haven’t been following up on the nhl closely enough know who Jim Montgomery was and Jeff and Elliot start talking about how what he did impacts his wife, etc. Might be helpful for the casual hockey fan to even have a 30 sec summary of what happened.

gabeb3 ,

My favourite podcast

I’m a hockey-crazy student at Queen’s University and I cannot properly express how much Jeff, Elliotte and Amil have helped keep me sane during this quarantine period. Your interviews are fantastic, the podcast is so well produced and I find myself taking away something valuable from every single one of them. Keep up the great work guys!

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