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 #76 - Daryl Jones
This week we chat with Yale Hockey alum and founder of Hedgeye Risk Management, Daryl Jones. Daryl also was once part owner of the Arizona Coyotes and runs an investment fund with friend of the show, Marty St. Louis. Enjoy!
Episode #75 - Eddie Olczyk
This week on the Next Shift Hockey podcast we are joined by legend of the game and one of the biggest names in hockey, Eddie Olczyk.
The Chicago native was selected 3rd overall in the 1984 NHL entry draft by his hometown Chicago Blackhawks and played 16 NHL seasons that included a Stanley Cup championship with the 1994 New York Rangers and totaled 342 goals + 452 assists for 794 points in 1,031 games. Additionally, Olczyk represented USA 9 times on the international stage during his career.
After hanging up the skates, Olczyk joined FSN Pittsburgh as a color commentator for the Penguins and in 2003 he would move from the booth to behind the bench where he served as the head coach of the Penguins. After coaching a young Sidney Crosby and Mario Lemieux at the end of his career, Edzo would return back to television which would lead to his current role as the lead analyst for the NHL on Turner Sports.
We chatted with Eddie about joining the NHL on Turner Sports and why he’s excited about the upcoming 2021-22 NHL season, his book “Beating the Odds in Hockey and in Life”, his inspiring battle over cancer, and lastly Edzo takes us on the “elevator of life”. Thank you for coming on the show, Eddie Olczyk!
Episode #74 - Ryan Lannon
"I graduated from Harvard, are you effin kidding me?" - Pleasure to have on Ryan Lannon, Harvard grad and 15 year pro player in the AHL and Finland. Ryan is one of the only former players we've heard of to make a comeback to the pro game after being retired for 4 years.
This conversation was raw and honest and a true look behind a wild journey in hockey - all the feelings of loving it hating it then falling back in love - the craziness of the first retirement living in a van seeing real life. Trying out his hand with various business ventures…and going back to the game after 4 years then trying to figure life out all over again.
He is one of the most interesting guys we’ve had the chance to chat with. His story is a unique one in that even with a Harvard degree in his back pocket he is still looking for that one thing or bunch of things that will fire him up the same way the game did when he played.
Episode #73 - Justin Selman
This week with chatted with NJ native, former Michigan Wolverine and Co-Founder of Top Line Hockey, Justin Selman. We discussed the mental and physical grind of trying to make it as an undrafted free agent after signing an entry-level contract and what ultimately lead him to a career as an entrepreneur, guiding aspiring players on the ice, in the weight-room and kitchen, and between the ears. Thanks for coming on Justin!
Episode #72 - Keith Jones
In this week’s episode of the Next Shift Hockey Podcast we are joined by Brantford, Ontario native, former Western Michigan Bronco and NHL forward with the Washington Capitals, Colorado Avalanche, and Philadelphia Flyers and current analyst for the NHL on Turner Sports, Keith Jones.
We chatted with Jonesy about some storylines and his predictions for the upcoming 2021-22 NHL season, his unlikely path through the youth hockey, junior and college ranks that eventually led to a great NHL career + Keith shares some of his favorite stories from his time in the show. Finally, we wrap the episode talking about Keith’s transition from the ice to the television screen. Thanks for coming on the show, Keith Jones!
Episode #71 - Chris Dingman
This week we chatted with 2 time Stanley Cup Champ Chris Dingman. Chris played on some legendary teams and was an open book for us, sharing the stories inside his two cup runs. Like most players, the road to get to the NHL and to stay was difficult, and Chris's story was no different. Dinger has been involved with the Tampa Bay Lightning broadcast and currently works as the VP of Sales for Stout Gloves in Canada. Thanks for coming on, Chris Dingman!
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