DAWG Nation Hockey Foundation brings you episodes focused on life, hockey, heartfelt human stories and incredible guests.
Season 2, Episode 5 (John-Michael Liles)
This episode features the Indiana native John-Michael Liles. JML covers his career as a defenseman in the NHL for the Colorado Avalanche, Toronto Maple Leafs, Carolina Hurricanes and Boston Bruins. He shares important life lessons from the AHL and even stories from the wine cellar. We also talk about making tough guys cry with our most recent recipient, Joe Bradley who was recently declared cancer free from prostate cancer.
DAWGPOD Season 2 Episode 4 (Samantha Hiller)
Episode four features a glass ceiling breaker, Samantha Hiller. We cover her journey from an elite girl’s youth hockey player to a decision to be an hockey official at age twelve. From there, her skating abilities, hard work and perseverance opened the doors to being one of only ten women invited into the AHL as the first female ice officials. We also cover her time as an AVS ice girl and her road into the EMS world as a paramedic.
In addition, you will be inspired by the Smith girls, daughters of recipient Todd Smith who lost his battle with cancer two years ago. He would be proud of his girls’ resilience as they have loved one another through the grief of their father’s passing. They are GIVING BACK as DAWG Nation volunteers and are constant reminders of the importance of continuing to walk alongside our recipients.
Give these powerful ladies a listen!
DAWGPOD Season 2 Episode 3 (Dave Jackson)
Episode three features long time referee Dave Jackson. We cover his incredible career in the NHL spanning over 1500 games. Imagine the stories! That’s right, Dave is only one of five refs in the NHL to ref more than 1500 games! Talk about a guy who is part of hockey’s history and a good friend of DAWG Nation. Best crowd chirps, most witty player come backs, most harrowing moments, the many eras of the NHL, and Dave’s new position with ESPN…it’s all in there! In addition, we talk with Nicole Stone, wife of Van Stone, who inspires us with her love story as she helps Van recover and readjust to life after a traumatic brain injury.
DAWGPOD Season 2 Episode 2 (Logan O'Connor)
Episode two features current Avalanche Logan O'Connor. We look back to the playoff loss against the Vegas Golden Knights and ahead to the Avs preseason opener vs none other than... the Vegas Golden Knights. Is there remaining animosity to work out with the Knights or is it a new team, new season? We cover childhood, including first crushes. Logan O'Connor has been big part of Colorado hockey for a long time, from DU, to the Colorado Eagles and now for the Avalanche, and course the DAWG Bowl! It was a pleasure to have Logan, a long time DAWG supporter on the show!
DAWGPOD Season 2, Episode 1 (Peter Wallen - Agent)
After a two month hiatus, the DAWGPOD is finally back for season two! We start things off with a bang as we’re joined by NHL agent Peter Wallen. Peter represents a plethora of NHL and international players, including Avs captain Gabe Landeskog! Take a listen for a “behind the scenes” look into the negotiations that kept #92 in an Av’s sweater. At the same time get a rare sneak peek into the life of a sports agent in today’s competitive pro sports landscape. Of course we also talk about life, overcoming and of course, giving back. Click here to listen, you won’t be disappointed!
DAWGPOD Episode 10 (Marc Moser & Porter Johnson)
Back again this week with another inspirational front-end guest, Porter Johnsons who is officially a cancer survivor and just rang the bell! The fantastic Porter goes into his journey as a cancer survivor and why he has the nickname "crab." Next is the infamous Marc Moser who is the Colorado Avalanche play-by-play announcer. Moser goes into his career journey and how a northern California kid becomes the announcer for the Avalanche. Moser also discusses his life away from the rink with topics such as WWII, Music, and more! Join us this week for more inspiration, laughter, and amazing stories!
Fantastic podcast with and high quality
This is a hockey fans dream. Includes amazing guest and insight into hockey culture. On top of that there is amazing heart warming stories.
Absolutely outstanding, boys! Smalls, you are the man. Great format, outstanding content, excellent production. Well done and it’s definitely on my must listen list.
Dawg Nation - What it means
Dawg Nation is a fantastic organization and I am proud to know the members of this committee. These stories are truly heroic and memorable. I just wish I could do more.
To be a Dawg to me says:
- I care!
- I want to be a part of something much larger!
- I want to changes lives!
I love hockey, I love giving, and I can’t wait to hear more from Cappy and Smalls! Great job guys!