A hockey podcast realized by former players, tailored for the players of the past and present...We created The Next Shift to uncover the untold stories of retired players and ultimately celebrate those who have conquered the unknown territory of life after hockey in their new arenas of work as innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders. We aim to bring on guests that share a common denominator in that the lessons they learned and the adversity they faced within the game molded their character as people which enabled them to reach their life goals and dreams. At some point, the game must end for us all, but the "Next Shift" mindset, that, you carry for a lifetime.
Episode #26 - Curt Brackenbury
This week, we are joined by Kapuskasing, Ontario native, 11 year Pro, former WHA and NHL forward for the Quebec Nordiques, Edmonton Oilers, and St. Louis Blues-Curt Brackenbury-In this interview, Curt shares how his upbringing centered around working in order to survive shaped his character and mindset, the defining moments of his hockey career - how his willingness and want to always compete and often fight sparked a wild journey from the minors to the WHA all the way to NHL where he would eventually land with the 1980s Oilers of Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier in the years prior to their cup runs + how he dealt with difficult times after his career ended and mapped out a path through understanding where his strengths as a hockey player would translate into life - which led him to his current role helping teams, players and coaches achieve their goals through training of the mind and body and finally we change it up a bit in this one and have an open conversation on sports psychology where we discuss the positive and negative powers of the mind. Thanks Curt!
Episode #25 - Ray Bourque
This week, we are thrilled to be joined by one of the greatest players to ever lace up the skates, a man that truly needs no introduction...Boston Bruins legend, 2001 Stanley Cup Winner with the Colorado Avalanche, and Hockey Hall of Famer, Ray Bourque. In this interview, Ray talks about the special bond he shared with his teammate and our former guest Rick "Nifty" Middleton and what they taught eachother about leadership, the hockey heroes he looked up to as a young player and his own development path, the special culture of the Boston Bruins organization that has lasted through the decades up to the present, how the trade from Boston to Colorado went down through his legendary Stanley Cup run with the Colorado Avalanche in 2001,how he adjusted to and found purpose in his life after hockey, his advice for youth hockey players, and his favorite memories of the game! Thank you Ray!
Episode #24 - Jack O'Callahan
This week, we are PUMPED for Next Shift Nation to be joined by an American Icon and USA Hockey Hero...Charlestown native, former Boston University Hockey NCAA national champion, 1980 "Miracle on Ice" US Olympic Team Gold Medal Winner, NHL Veteran Defenseman with the Chicago Blackhawks and New Jersey Devils, and current Sr. Managing Director for Ziegler Capital...JACK O'CALLAHANwho was gracious enough to share his perspective on what champions are made of, how the gritty environment and ultra competitve sports culture of his native Boston instilled an all important edge that would prove to be the key to his success within the rink and out, how his college hockey experience and the influence of Boston University Hockey legend, Coach Jack Parker elevated his play and confidence leading up to Lake Placid + the untold stories and events building to and within the GREATEST MOMENT IN SPORTS HISTORY in the "1980 Miracle on Ice" - to the often forgotten 3rd period comeback vs Finland that resulted in Gold for USA Hockey + the motivational tactics used by the great Herb Brooks + how the members of the 1980 USA Men's Hockey Team shattered the glass ceiling for American Born hockey players to enter the National Hockey League and what was required of himself to earn and keep a role + how "OC" prepared well ahead for his next shift before the end of his playing career through years of work while in the NHL that paid off with a membership to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange + an open discussion on the emotional toll life without hockey takes and FINALLY we land the plane with some classic golf stories. Huge thank you to JOC!
Episode #23 - Martin St. Louis
This week, we are honored to be joined by legend of the game, former Calgary Flame, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Ranger, and Hockey Hall of Famer Martin St. Louis. In this episode, Marty shares the crucial values his parents instilled in him at a young age, what led to his decision to attend UVM, the adversity he faced in his first couple years of pro hockey, how a mindset change and the influence of John Tortorella led to the ultimate prize in Tampa...lifting the Stanley Cup + the difficult departure from Tampa to New York and why he ultimately decided to retire from the game and finally we chat his involvement with youth hockey and the keys to player development...Thanks Marty!
Episode #22 - Rick Middleton
This week we were honored to be joined by former New York Ranger and Boston Bruin - Rick Middleton. We reminisce about old time hockey, hear about his passion for coaching adaptive athletes and overseeing the Bruins Alumni Foundation and learn about how an old golfing buddy gave him his break in finding his next gig when he hung up his skates. Thanks, Nifty!
Episode #21 - Patrick Foley
This Week, Former St. Sebastians star, USA Hockey National Team Development Program player and coach, UNH 3x Captain, Harvard Hockey and Northeastern Hockey coach, NESN on air college hockey analyst and current Boston Police Officer - Patrick Foley shares his incredible story - how playing multiple sports accelerated his player development - his decision to “go all in” and leave a historic prep program in St. Sebs for the newly founded USNTDP where his teams would pave the way for the future of USA Hockey stars we watch today - his favorite memories playing in the 2000 World Juniors - reflecting on being a 3X captain at UNH and what it means to be a true leader - the adversity faced once his playing career ended due to head injuries and how he fell back in love with the game as a coach that was eventually overcome by things in life that are bigger than the game - the importance of putting Family First always which led to his current role as a Police Officer where he found true fulfillment + much more!
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A Rink of It’s Own
Honest conversations with outstanding guests about the game of hockey and life after. You won’t hear more candid, meaning conversations with top notch former/current players and coaches from every level about the journey that maybe has you hanging up the skates in one aspect, but never truely giving up the game in another. They fill a void in the sports podcast world, specifically hockey, with this one.
Very Helpful for Athletes
Life after sports is tough when you’ve dedicated your life to it. It’s super helpful in hearing different career paths and choices people make after hockey, and all sports.
These guys do an awesome job of offering a completely different perspective on the game and life after hockey. It’s completely refreshing and looking forward to who they have on next!