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 157 - Reflections on a Year as a Youth Hockey Director
On this episode of the Hockey Think Tank podcast, Jeff and Topher navigate the last year of Topher being a youth hockey director. They don't hold back and talk about the good, bad, and the ugly side of youth hockey. They tackle:
-Setting a Culture
-Dealing with Covid
-What went well, what didn't, and what was learned
Take a listen to get into the nitty gritty of what is great...and what is broken about the youth hockey system. Thank you to our sponsors GELSTX, TrainHeroic, IceHockeySystems.com, and BlueWire Pods. And as always, thank you to all of our amazing listeners!!
Episode 156 - Evan Rankin
On this episode of the Hockey Think Tank podcast, we bring on Evan Rankin, a former teammate who played over 500 professional games. This was an awesome conversation that covered:
-Playing for Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper in midget hockey
-How to score as a net-front player
-The value of a team that has each other's backs
-Much, Much More!
Thank you to all of our sponsors, GELSTX, TRAINHEROIC, ICEHOCKEYSYSTEMS.COM. And thank you to our thousands of amazing listeners who continue on this awesome podcast ride with us!
Episode 155 - Jen Baker
On this episode of the Hockey Think Tank podcast, get ready for a Masterclass on Leadership from Jen Baker – Athletic Director at Johns Hopkins University. Jen went to college at Navy where she was a National Champion Club Lacrosse player and graduated with a degree in aerospace engineering. She then spent 7 years in the Navy as a pilot and facilities manager before going to Cornell University to get her MBA.
At Cornell, Jen worked her way from graduate student to Associate Athletic Director and implemented the “Big Red Leadership Institute” which taught athletes how to become better leaders. After returning home to Baltimore to run the facilities for corporate giant Under Armor, Jen now has taken the job as Athletic Director with Johns Hopkins. Quite the resume!!
This was such an amazing conversation on leadership where we tackle:
-The value of self-awareness
-The value of player leadership in a locker room (and why more coaches should invest in this)
-The importance of followership
-What it means to be a great teammate
-So Much More!
Jen is the best and we know you are going to take a lot from this episode. Thank you to our sponsors GelStx (gelstx.com), icehockeysystems.com, and TrainHeroic. And our biggest thank you to all of our listeners who continue to ride this podcast wave with us every week!
Episode 154 - Cam Ellsworth
On this episode of the Hockey Think Tank podcast, we bring on Head Coach of Norwich University, Cam Ellsworth! Cam is the reining D3 NCAA Coach of the Year after leading Norwich to being a runner up in the National Championship and breaking 9 NCAA D3 records including having a GAA under 1.00!!! Prior to being at Norwich, Cam helped lead the resurgence at UMASS Lowell. On this podcast, we talk:
-His team's unreal defensive prowess
-Coaching goalies including Connor Hellebuyck
-The life of a college hockey recruiter
Thank you to all of our listeners, you are going to love this episode with a great human being. Thank you to our sponsors GELSTX, icehockeysystems.com, TrainHeroic, and thank you to BlueWire Pods!
Episode 153 - Brian Riley
On this episode of the Hockey Think Tank podcast, we bring on the Head Coach of Army Hockey, Brian Riley. The Riley family has held the Head Coach position at Army for the last 70 years, and to hear Brian talk about the passion he and his family have for the program is nothing short of amazing. We also talk:
-Creating a culture of family
-The legacies Derek Hines and Thomas "TK" Kennedy, two of his players killed in action
-What makes an "Army kind of player" on the recruiting trail
-The importance of adversity
This was one of the most inspiring episodes that we've done, amazing. Thank you to Coach Riley for sharing his wisdom and thank you to our sponsors GelStx, TrainHeroic, and IceHockeySystems.com. And thank you to all of our amazing listeners, you are going to love this conversation!
Episode 152 - Matt Fornataro
On this episode of the Hockey Think Tank podcast, we bring on Matt Fornataro - former professional hockey player that started a multimedia company (torchpro.com) taking you behind the scenes of some of the best players in the world. In this conversation, we talk:
-Why Joe Pavelski is so great
-Playing for Jon Cooper
-How repetition leads to excellence
-The importance of always adding skills to your game
Thank you to all of our incredible sponsors, including GELSTX (gelstx.com), icehockeysystems.com, and TrainHeroic. Thank you to Blue Wire Pods for welcoming us into their podcast family. And thank you to our awesome listeners who continue to help us spread positivity to the hockey world!
The Hockey Think Tank is my favorite podcast, look forward to the new episodes to drop on Monday morning each week. I have listened to every episode!! Keep the great guests coming!!
These guys are the best
Toph and Jeff are exemplary guys sharing their life’s work to better our hockey community. These guys are grinders. They do the hard work and stay humble. Keep it up.
Awesome podcast for any hockey player, parent and coach
My 9 year old son and I look forward to listening to your podcast on our way to and from hockey. It inspires him as a player and athlete. I know that’s cliche but we have seen a shift in his mental toughness and motivation since listening. It has also been a catalyst to spark great conversations with him. Thanks and keep up the great content.