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Join journalists Neil Acharya & Neate Sager as they explore the latest sports books through conversation with the authors and athletes.

SportsLit Neil Acharya & Neate Sager

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Join journalists Neil Acharya & Neate Sager as they explore the latest sports books through conversation with the authors and athletes.

    SportsLit (Season 4, Episode 2) - Bryan Berard - My Life in Hockey and the Power of Perseverance

    SportsLit (Season 4, Episode 2) - Bryan Berard - My Life in Hockey and the Power of Perseverance

    Before Auston Matthews, there was another American star that wore No. 34 for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Twenty years ago, on March 11, 2000, his life changed forever and a promising career was compromised in an instant.
    Bryan Berard was a dynamic defenseman, drafted first overall in 1995, he won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year after his first season. Just days after turning 23, and on the rise, an errant shot attempt permanently blinded him, but his story didn't end, or begin, with this horrific injury.
    Along with Jim Lang, Berard released his memoir titled Relentless - My Life in Hockey and the Power of Perseverance, which chronicles his emergence as the Rocket from Woonsocket, through a remarkable return to the game he loved.
    Join us as he recounts his tale of family, fate, fraud and fortitude.
     

    • 1 ч. 7 мин.
    SportsLit (Season 4, Episode 1) - Roy MacGregor - The Ice Chips and the Stolen Cup (Volume 4)

    SportsLit (Season 4, Episode 1) - Roy MacGregor - The Ice Chips and the Stolen Cup (Volume 4)

    It’s a first!  We cover a children’s book.  Put your preconceptions aside, because although The Ice Chips series is aimed at kids, the historical and contemporary themes carry a weight that people from all ages and walks of life can appreciate. 
    So, who created this ongoing tale of a diverse time-traveling minor hockey team?  Prolific Canadian journalist/author Roy MacGregor (O.C. - 2005, Hockey Hall of Fame - 2012) and his daughter Kerry. 
    With the fourth installment just released in February (The Ice Chips and the Stolen Cup), Roy spoke with us over the phone from his home in Ottawa, about this project, classic material, as well as the state of sports media.

    • 38 мин.
    SportsLit (Season 3, Episode 5) - Ken Reid (Sportsnet) - Eddie Shack, Hockey's Most Entertaining Stories

    SportsLit (Season 3, Episode 5) - Ken Reid (Sportsnet) - Eddie Shack, Hockey's Most Entertaining Stories

    It’s a hat-trick!
    For the third time, Ken Reid (co-anchor - prime time weeknight edition of Sportsnet Central), joins SportsLit to discuss a new book.
    So clear your audio tracks, it’s time to learn about Eddie “The Entertainer” Shack.
    Hockey player. Outlier. Salesman.  
    Shack, now 82, is a living link to the Maple Leafs’ last Stanley Cup in 1967, one of four he won with Toronto in the 1960’s. 
    The illiterate son of Ukrainian Immigrants, he has always excelled by going with his gut and shooting from the hip.
    Find out how his flamboyant personality made him a hit, both on and off the ice.  

    • 53 мин.
    SportsLit (Season 3, Episode 4) - Bernice Carnegie - A Fly in a Pail of Milk, The Herb Carnegie Story

    SportsLit (Season 3, Episode 4) - Bernice Carnegie - A Fly in a Pail of Milk, The Herb Carnegie Story

    The NHL annually celebrates diversity with the campaign "Hockey is for Everyone", because at one time it wasn’t.
    Before Willie O’Ree, there was Herb Carnegie.
    The racial barrier that O’Ree was able to penetrate in 1958 when he became the first black player to play in the NHL, was the same one that kept Carnegie from ever reaching that goal.
    Born in Toronto, Ontario in 1919, he was a dynamo on the ice, and an equally positive force off of it.
    After retiring from an impressive semi-pro hockey career in the early 1950’s, he founded the Future Aces Hockey School and eventually the Herbert H. Carnegie Future Aces Foundation which has been providing post-secondary scholarships to students since 1989.  Carnegie was also successful in business as a financial advisor, and received the Order of Canada, but the slight of never being able to achieve his dream of playing in the NHL never left him.
    In 1997, he released his autobiography, A Fly in a Pail of Milk: The Herb Carnegie Story (Mosaic Press) with Robert Payne, now the book is being re-released (ECW Press) seven years after his death with a large section written by his daughter Bernice. She fills in blanks, adds her own story and also that of the Carnegie family as it relates to her father's lasting legacy.
    Listen as we converse with Bernice about what is new, and what remains the same.

    • 1 ч. 19 мин.
    SportsLit (Season 3, Episode 3) - Sean Fitz-Gerald (The Athletic) - Before the Lights Go Out

    SportsLit (Season 3, Episode 3) - Sean Fitz-Gerald (The Athletic) - Before the Lights Go Out

    The roots of this country and the game so many love are intertwined…but there is a problem, there has been for a long time.
    Canadian hockey is approaching a state of crisis because of cost and exclusivity.
    Reasons as to why this is the case have been thoroughly explored in a new book titled: Before the Lights Go Out: A Season Inside a Game Worth Saving (McClelland & Stewart), by journalist Sean Fitz-Gerald (The Athletic -Toronto).
    Share in our conversation about how hockey has gone from Roch Carrier’s resonant snapshot of Canadiana that graced $5 banknotes, to a case of who gets to play? and why? 

    • 59 мин.
    SportsLit (Season 3, Episode 2)- Jerry Howarth - Hello Friends, Stories from My Life and Blue Jays Baseball

    SportsLit (Season 3, Episode 2)- Jerry Howarth - Hello Friends, Stories from My Life and Blue Jays Baseball

    Tom Cheek and Jerry Howarth were like extended family for Toronto Blue Jays fans, all you have to do is mention their first names, and people in Canada know exactly who you are referring too.
    From 1982-2004, the duo broadcasted the sights and sounds of Major League Baseball into cars, garages, workplaces and homes across the country via radio and later, the internet.
    When a cancer diagnosis forced Cheek to vacate the booth permanently 15 years ago, Jerry Howarth continued to call games until a surprise retirement announcement in Feb. 2018.
    Now he revisits his journey, from growing up in California to becoming the renowned voice of the Blue Jays for 36 years, in a new book aptly titled: Hello Friends!: Stories from My Life and Blue Jays Baseball.
    Listen as he discusses what influenced his style, broadcasting two historic World Series runs in 1992 and 1993, and the evolution of the Jays fanbase, plus a blow-by-blow account of an unprecedented 53-minute 7th inning, in Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS …. From Bobby Cox to Jose Bautista and everything in between, our conversation with Howarth gives insight into how he did, and still continues to, touch us all.

    • 59 мин.

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