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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.

    Ben Cooper

    Ben Cooper

    He is the head coach of the Herning Blue Fox in Denmark, was the video coach for the gold-medal winning Canadian men’s team at the 2010 Vancouver Games and in the NHL with the Canucks and Panthers. Cooper joins Jeff and Elliotte to talk about his time with the Olympic team, what he learned from Mike Babcock, how he ended up in Denmark and to share a few stories from his hockey travels.







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







    Audio Credits: Motown.







    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.

    • 43 min
    Pre-Playoff Beard Edition

    Pre-Playoff Beard Edition

    Jeff and Elliotte break down the John Chayka situation in Arizona and discuss Mike Babcock finding a new role in college hockey, their thoughts on the pre-season and the public’s reaction to the beard. Then they are joined by two guests.







    Bruce Boudreau talks about some of his favourite rinks growing up in Toronto, early thoughts on the NHL’s return, how Kevin Fiala turned his season around, getting his start in Fort Wayne where his son Ben now runs the bench, how he was almost on United Flight 175 during 9/11, his hunger to continue coaching and more.







    Rich Clune joins the podcast to discuss his new documentary (Hi, My Name is Dicky) based on his life and addiction, why players feel comfortable reaching out to him, the role Brian McGrattan played in his recovery, if he’s still feels tempted to use and more.







    This episode contains some explicit language.







    Music Outro: Shuffalo – Stay On Me







    Listen to more of their music here: https://www.weareshuffalo.com/







    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: ESPN, FOX, KPLR 11, Sportsnet 650, Universal Pictures and Upper Canada Films.







    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 24 min
    Building the NHL’s Bubbles

    Building the NHL’s Bubbles

    Jeff and Elliotte start the show talking about how important Seattle is to the NHL, what makes the Kraken different from other expansion franchises and what a flat cap will mean for Season 1.







    Then Steve Mayer, the NHL’s Chief Content Officer, is back on the pod to discuss NHL bubbles. The three talk arena design, creating a fun and safe environment on and off the ice, players expressing themselves, adapting on the fly as the tournament progresses and more.







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







    Audio Credits: NHL Network, NHL Seattle, RCA Records 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.

    • 40 min
    The Best McDavid Yet?

    The Best McDavid Yet?

    Jeff and Elliotte kick things off discussing a number of topics: the situation surrounding Taylor Hall and the Coyotes, questions ahead of teams arriving in Toronto and Edmonton, if the playoffs will give us the best version of Connor McDavid yet, Sean Day signing with the Lightning, Alex Kovalev coaching in the KHL and are joined by Brian Burke to talk about the late Jack McIlhargey’s legacy.







    Legendary broadcaster Paul Hendrick chats with the guys about his decision to leave Leafs TV, the public’s response, how he got his start in media, some of his best memories covering the Leafs and what’s next for him. 







    Patrick Byrne has consulted a number of big sports franchises on the importance of sleep. He offers Jeff and Elliotte some tips on how to get a better night’s sleep, why sleep doctors are a valuable asset for teams, his involvement with the Canucks and a number of subjects from his latest book, Inconvenient Sleep.







    Music Outro: Mike Edel – Hello Universe







    Check out the video for “Hello Universe” HERE







    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







    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 9 min
    We’re Back!

    We’re Back!

    Jeff and Elliotte get back into their home studios for a marathon episode covering all sorts of topics after a couple of podcast-free weeks. They discuss the new NHL CBA, the negotiation process, what a flat cap will mean for teams across the league and recent COVID-19 comments by Jonathan Toews.







    Then they shift to what’s happening with the Canadiens, whether this is the last chance for the current iteration of the Flames, the Canucks’ complicated off-season, how some coaches could be no-shows for the playoffs and the addition of “unfit to play” to the NHL’s injury jargon.







    And then the fun continues with two guests. Penguins GM Jim Rutherford discusses how his team is feeling ahead of training camp and its matchup with Montreal, the CBA impact, adding personalities to the locker room and if he’ll be in Toronto for the re-start. And new Devils coach Lindy Ruff talks about how his coaching style has evolved, being the first coach hired via Zoom, getting to know his players digitally, ping pong, TikTok 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.







    Music Outro: Stuck On Planet Earth – Ghosts On The Radio







    Check out their debut record “Beautiful Nowhere” on all streaming platforms: https://www.stuckonplanetearth.com/







    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







    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.

    • 1 hr 47 min
    Draft Lottery Special

    Draft Lottery Special

    No placeholders here. Jeff and Elliotte take it late into the night following the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery, breaking down what it means for the league that there is no winner yet and which teams are riding high or wishing for different results. Then, they are joined by three guests.







    Find out how happy L.A. GM Rob Blake is after the Kings jumped up into the No. 2 slot. Senators GM Pierre Dorion discusses what holding the Nos. 3 and 5 picks means for his team. And while Alexis Lafreniere seems destined to go No. 1 to a TBD team, Sam Cosentino looks at which players could fall where based on his feel for best fits.







    We’ll be back in a few weeks following some vacation ahead of (we hope) the start of training camps.







    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:  Magic in Threes – Lottery Walk







    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: 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.

    • 1 hr 10 min

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