News and views on amateur hockey across Alberta.
Episode Thirteen - Wacey Rabbit & You Can Play Co-Founder Glenn Witman
June is not only Pride Month, but also National Indigenous History Month, and Hockey Alberta has been celebrating both throughout the month.
Episode Thirteen of the Centre Ice Podcast features Glenn Witman, the Co-Founder of the You Can Play Project, and 2003 Canada Winter Games gold medalist and 2007 Memorial Cup Champion Wacey Rabbit, a proud member of the Kainai Nation.
Episode Twelve - Cassie Campbell-Pascal and Steven Tsujiura
Episode Twelve of the Centre Ice Podcast features a pair of players who coincidentally both played in the 1998 Winter Olympics in Japan, one for Team Canada, and one for Japan.
With the Professional Women's Hockey Player's Association's Secret Dream Gap Tour making a stop in Calgary, and being covered on Sportsnet, we chat with two-time Olympic gold medalist Cassie Campbell-Pascal, who is part of the broadcast team for the event.
And, with May being Asian Heritage Month, we also sit down with former Medicine Hat Tiger standout Steven Tsujiura to talk about his roots, his time playing hockey in Alberta, and where the game has taken him.
Episode Eleven - Lacey Senuk & Kyle Rehman
Episode 11 of the Centre Ice Podcast focuses on one of the most under-appreciated positions in the game: the official, featuring interviews with two of Alberta's biggest success stories in Level Five Official Lacey Senuk, and NHL Referee Kyle Rehman.
Episode Ten - Bob Ridley & Ron MacLean
Episode Ten of the Centre Ice Podcast features a pair of Albertan broadcasting legends in longtime Hockey Night in Canada Host Ron MacLean, and Medicine Hat Tigers play-by-play announcer Bob Ridley.
Episode Nine - Coaching Success Stories
Episode Nine of the Centre Ice Podcast features a pair of Alberta's coaching success stories, with former National Women's Team Coach and four-time Olympic gold medalist Mel Davidson, and Colorado Avalanche Assistant Coach Ray Bennett, who's been coaching in the NHL for over 20 years.
Both coaches share their stories of rising through the ranks from small-town Alberta to coaching at the highest level, and their words of advice and wisdom for coaches across the province.
Episode Eight - Hockey is for Everyone
Episode Eight of the Centre Ice Podcast takes a closer look at the inequality and discrimination faced by many in the game, but also focuses on the steps being taken to make hockey a safe and welcoming place for everyone.
This episode features Minnesota Wild defenceman Matt Dumba and his father, long-time Hockey Alberta Official Charle Dumba speaking about the discrimination their family has faced, and the work being done to eradicate racism in hockey, including Matt's involvement in the Hockey Diversity Alliance. Sanjeev Bhagrath, a Sikh Official from Edmonton, shares his own experiences of racism and inequality, and Pittsburgh Penguins President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke speaks on the You Can Play initiative, and the work being done to eradicate homophobia from hockey.
Informative and interesting. Great leadership
Hats off to Hockey Alberta. Some key information shared the podcast was positive and transparent. Thank you!