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The Hockey Think Tank Podcast brings incredible stories, interviews, and great perspective from some of the top hockey minds in the game. Hosted by Topher Scott & Jeff LoVecchio, our podcast will educate and inspire all those that love the game! For all the players, coaches, and hockey parents out there...make this your Go-To show on your way to the rink!

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The Hockey Think Tank Podcast brings incredible stories, interviews, and great perspective from some of the top hockey minds in the game. Hosted by Topher Scott & Jeff LoVecchio, our podcast will educate and inspire all those that love the game! For all the players, coaches, and hockey parents out there...make this your Go-To show on your way to the rink!

    Episode 91 - Mike Terwilliger

    Episode 91 - Mike Terwilliger

    On this episode of the Hockey Think Tank podcast, we continue with our Minnesota week and bring on Bloomington HS coach and New Programs Director for Minnesota Hockey (arm of USA Hockey) Mike Terwilliger.  This was another great conversation into the depths of the state that produces the most players.  We get into:
    -Playing on the ponds and building creativity
    -Playing for Pierre McGuire
    -Coaching and Teaching parallels
    -Community based models
    So much great information from Mike in this episode, thank you to everyone who tunes in! Thank you also to our title sponsor, GelStx.com...use the coupon code "THINKTANK" at checkout to get a discount on unreal weighted training sticks!

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Episode 90 - Jay Hardwick

    Episode 90 - Jay Hardwick

    On this episode of the Hockey Think Tank podcast, we kick off a two-episode week dedicated to Minnesota Hockey and bring on the Head Coach of Warroad High School, a powerhouse in the state. Jay grew up in Warroad, played at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and went on to a long pro career in the minor leagues before coming back home and becoming the head high school coach.  Warroad is a town of close to 1800 people but has produced 5 NHL players, 7 Olympians, 80+ Division One players, and more.  In this episode, we cover...
     
    -What makes the city of Warroad so special.
    -Playing for 2x defending National Champion Scott Sandelin at Minnesota-Duluth.
    -How big of an influence TJ Oshie, Brock Nelson, GiGi Marvin, and other great players have been on the kids in the town.
    -Much more!!
    Thank you to all of you that have tuned in, we love bringing you these conversations with awesome hockey people! And thank you to our Title Sponsor, GELSTX Sports!

    • 56 min
    Episode 89 - Mark Dennehy

    Episode 89 - Mark Dennehy

    On this episode of the Hockey Think Tank podcast, we bring on the Head Coach of the AHL's Binghamton Devils and one of the best people in the game of hockey, Mark Dennehy.  Mark is widely known as one of the most respected coaches in the game.  He spent 13 years as the Head Coach at Merrimack before now taking the Head Coaching job in Binghamton.  On this episode we talk about:
    -Growing up outside of Boston in the Bobby Orr days
    -Hockey serving as a vehicle to teach life lessons
    -The importance of playing meaningful games in youth hockey
    -The difference between coaching in college and the pros
    -What private rinks can do in the summer to keep the lights on but not have the kids be on the ice all year.
    This was an awesome conversation! Thank you to all of the listeners for tuning in and thank you to our title sponsor, GelStx for your support of the podcast.

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Episode 88 - Justin Lewandowski

    Episode 88 - Justin Lewandowski

    On this episode of the Hockey Think Tank podcast, we bring on the Director of Hockey Operations for the company 200x85, Justin Lewandowski.  Many of you have probably been to one of their events or tournaments like the CCM Invite which brings in teams from all over the world to compete.  We talk to Lewy about all things in youth and high level hockey, including:
    -Is toughness gone from the game today?
    -How are we teaching kids to handle adversity?
    -What to look for in a successful coach/educator?
    -How do you run a business in youth sports the right way?
    -Much, much more!
    This was an awesome conversation with one of the best hockey guys in the game who is running one of the biggest youth hockey businesses around.  Tune it today, and thank you as always to our title sponsor GELSTX! 

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Episode 87 - Kane Van Gate

    Episode 87 - Kane Van Gate

    On this episode of the Hockey Think Tank podcast, we bring on social media sensation Kane Van Gate (his real name is Keith Van Gels...) With over 30,000 subscribers on Youtube and over 40,000 followers on Instagram, Kane has made a name for himself as a hilarious Beer League goalie.  His passion for the game is incredible and we have a great conversation about how his character started and how he's been able to grow the game.  He has a new movie coming out shortly, "Hockey Journey," documenting a trip around the US and Canada showing the love of the game. 
    Thank you to all of our listeners and thank you to our title sponsor, GelStx.  We wouldn't be where we are without all of you!

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Episode 86 - Bob Mancini x2

    Episode 86 - Bob Mancini x2

    On this episode of the Hockey Think Tank podcast, we bring back USA Hockey ADM Manager Bob Mancini.  Bob comes back on the podcast to talk about all things USA Hockey...and he surely didn't disappoint.  Some of the topics include how to build a youth organizational culture, what makes other countries development models so good, and a passionate back and forth about what happened to the US at the World Juniors this year along with some insight into the decision making at the higher levels of USA Hockey. This is one you don't want to miss...and Topher reveals a HUGE announcement that is going to continue to put the Hockey Think Tank on the map! Thank you so much to GelStx our title sponsor, and thank you to all of our listeners and supporters who continue to make this an incredible ride for us!

    • 1 hr 25 min

Customer Reviews

Dr. Kenneth Groves ,

High Hockey IQ thinking + Hockey Passion

Jeff and Topher are Amazing! They really know their hockey and have a unique way of eliciting information from other great hockey minds. The conversations they spark up are extremely valuable and entertaining to those who not only know hockey, but also those new to the sport. What sets the Hockey Think Tank apart is their ability to analyze hockey information from all perspectives of the game. They are truly passionate about improving the overall hockey experience for players, parents and coaches. They do this by integrating NEW and the best of old school hockey concepts that together create a positive hockey environment. They will have you hooked after just one episode. Keep up the great work.

23kw ,

A better perspective

Topher and Jeff both present a fantastic podcast that’s informative and supportive for pretty much anyone that loves the game of hockey. Keeping it real meanwhile showing both player, parent and coach that there’s a better way is what I love the most. In the parent world where information seems to whirl around you and the path can seem unclear at times, they can help set the course.

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