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 #52 - Barstool Chief
We had a fun one this week with former New England Prep grinder and spark plug for the Berkshire Bears - current Barstool Chicago media personality and host of Red Line Radio, Barstool Chief.
In this interview, we chatted what it took for Chief to win the first ever Pink Whitney Cup Championship, his path as a hockey player from the Chicago AAA circuit to New England Prep School Hockey, how his interest and love for the game of hockey and writing led to his dream job with Barstool + we go behind the scenes of Barstool Sports and talk about mega personalities Dave Portnoy and Big Cat and lastly we chat some Chicago Blackhawks and Chief’s testy relationship with Stan Bowman. Thanks for coming on the show Chief!!
Episode #51 - Steve Dubinsky
This week we had a fun conversation with former NHL'er Steve Dubinsky. Steve was a walk on at Clarkson University, 11th Rd NHL draft pick and was able to carve out a decade plus long career as a pro.
Steve is now involved in a number of different business ventures in the game and has a great perspective on the state of the sport at the minor hockey levels throughout North America. Thanks for coming on Steve!
Episode #50 - Mike O'Connell
This week we were honored to be joined by another Boston Bruins legend, a man who has dedicated his life to the game of hockey, Mike O'Connell. Mike played over 800 games in the NHL between 1977 and 1990 with the Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins, and Detroit Red Wings. After his playing days ended, Mike took up coaching and then transitioned to the management side of the game and became the GM of the Boston Bruins in 2000. Currently, Mike is the director of professional player development with the Los Angeles Kings where he has won 2 Stanley Cups.
In this interview, we chatted the influence Bobby Orr had on the game, Mike’s decision to play junior hockey in Canada, his playing days and what is was like to play alongside greats like Rick Middleton, Ray Bourque, and Steve Yzerman, being a general manager and the difficult decisions and pressure that comes with the job, the art of making trades and drafting players and finally having the ability to reinvent yourself + much more! Thank you for coming on the show Mike!!
Episode #49 - Blake Bolden
This week we were lucky enough to be joined by Blake Bolden - Pro Scout for the LA Kings, Player, Verbero Ambassador, Broadcaster, Coach & Mentor. Her resume is loaded with firsts and we are super thankful that she agreed to be the first women player we interviewed on this podcast. We really enjoyed hearing more about the trajectory of the women's game, Saying YES to opportunities that come your way, taking pride in being a role-model and much more. Thanks BB!
Episode #48 - Topher Scott & Jeff LoVecchio of The Hockey Think Tank
This week, we are thrilled to be joined by both hosts of The Hockey Think Tank Podcast, former Cornell University Hockey captain, NCAA Division-One coach and founder of the Hockey Think Tank, Topher Scott and former Western Michigan University standout, longtime pro and owner of RIPT Hockey, Jeff LoVecchio.
In this interview, we chat the story behind how and why Topher and Jeff started the Hockey Think Tank, their journeys as players and their transitions to the real world, the power of building a brand for current players, crazy parents and finding your “why”, some coaching tips and finally we have some fun at the end talking about what triggers us. Huge thank you to Topher and Jeff for coming on the show!!
Episode #47 - Paul Cohen - Founder of Ultimate Hockey Fans
This week, we are joined by Toronto, Ontario native, former goaltender for the St. Lawrence Skating Saints and longtime pro, one of the few goalies ever to score a goal...Founder of Ultimate Hockey Fans, Paul Cohen.
In this interview, we chat about goalie goals, how Paul founded his company and his journey as a hockey player and as an entrepreneur and some of the life lessons the game has taught us. Thank you for coming on the show Paul!!
This is a great resource for people of all walks in the game of hockey. This podcast is beneficial for players, coaches and even parents. We should be striving to learn and grow our hockey knowledge as the game continues to develop and expand. This podcast will take your game to the next level!
These guys get it
Love it. Definitely helps bridge the gap between life and life after hockey. Awesome guests. Keep them coming!
Great podcast, content, guests, and stories
Very enlightening podcast that gives a new twist on the normal hockey podcast, focusing on life lessons and making the difficult transition from being at the rink everyday to “normal everyday life”