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#23 Mike Antonovich - WHA Star and Minnesota Hockey Legend

Episode 23 of the Pro Hockey Alumni Podcast features Mike Antonovich, the talented Minnesota Hockey legend and a seven-year WHA star with the Minnesota Fighting Saints and New England Whalers. After three standout seasons at the University of Minnesota, Mike became an original Fighting Saint in 1972. His Pro Career blossomed in 1975 when he played LW on a line with veterans Dave Keon and John McKenzie with the Fighting Saints. He was well on this way to a 40 Goal season until the team...


#22 Jordy Douglas WHA/NHL Pro with Hartford, Minnesota and Winnipeg

Episode 22 of the Pro Hockey Alumni podcast features the personable Jordy Douglas, a WHA and NHL pro, who scored 33 goals with the Hartford Whalers in 1979-80. After a great junior career with the Flin Flon Bombers, Jordy elected to sign with the New England Whalers of the World Hockey Association in 1978. With the Whalers, he teamed with hockey legends like Johnny McKenzie, Davey Keon and Gordie Howe as he learned the ropes of playing big league hockey. Jordy scored a goal in his first...


#21 Mike Corrigan - LA Kings and Vancouver Canucks Original

Episode 21 of the Pro Hockey Alumni podcast features Mike Corrigan, a 11-year NHL veteran with the LA Kings, Vancouver Canucks and Pittsburgh Penguins. Mike was both an original LA King and Vancouver Canuck but it was in his second go-round with the Kings where he made his mark in the NHL. A tough, versatile and gritty forward, Mike’s scored 37 goals with the Kings in 1972-73, playing on a line with Juha Widing and Bob Berry. He was key part of the 1974-75 Kings squad that garnered 105...


#20 Matt DiBiase (author), PJ Stock and Al Iafrate

Today’s Guest on the PHA Podcast is Matt DiBiase, the author of the book — “the Art of the Dealers, the NHL Greatest General Managers” "The Art of the Dealers" is based several interviews with NHL players and general managers (active and retired) like Lou Lamoriello, Cliff Fletcher, Ray Shero, Doug Wilson, Jim Rutherford, and David Poile, who shared their insights and philosophies about what it takes to manage, build, and maintain great hockey teams. In this interview we discuss great...


#19 Paul Stewart - WHA/NHL Enforcer, NHL Referee, US Hockey Hall of Famer

WHA and NHL Tough Guy, Hall of Fame Referee, Cancer Survivor, Paul “Stewcat” Stewart may be the most interesting man in hockey, but he made his mark well beyond the sport -- inspiring people from all walks of life to find, in themselves, the will and the courage to achieve and survive even the most dire of circumstances. Incredibly, Paul climbed to the top of the NHL ladder twice — as a player and referee. In Episode 19 of the Pro Hockey Alumni Podcast, we focus on Paul’s playing career --...


#18 Keith "Huffer" Christiansen - A Tribute to a Minnesota Hockey Legend

Episode 18 of the Pro Hockey Alumni Podcast is a Tribute to US Hockey legend Keith “Huffer” Christensen, who died on November 5th, 2018 at the age 74. After a legendary high school career in International Falls, MN, Huffer became a standout player at The University of Minnesota Duluth in the 1960s, putting that program on the hockey map. He captained the silver medal winning 1972 US Olympic hockey team and concluded his playing career in the World Hockey Association with Minnesota Fighting...


#17 Rick Middleton Boston Bruins Legend

What an honor to talk with this week’s guest — my good friend and Boston Bruins legend Rick “Nifty” Middleton. A first round draft pick of the NY Rangers in 1973, Nifty scored 448 career goals and 988 career points in 14 sensational NHL seasons with the Rangers and Bruins. He topped 40 goals and 90 points for five consecutive seasons in the 1980s and played in three NHL All Star Games and Two Canada Cups. While his stick handling and offensive flair were legendary, he also was also a great...


#16 Terry Ruskowski - Captain of the Chicago Blackhawks, LA Kings, Pittsburgh Penguins and Houston Aeros

Terry "Roscoe" Ruskowski played for the Chicago Black Hawks, Los Angeles Kings, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Minnesota North Stars in the National Hockey League (NHL), and for the Houston Aeros and Winnipeg Jets of the World Hockey Association (WHA). Ruskowski's leadership on the ice was recognized with his tenure as captain of the Aeros, Blackhawks, Kings, and Penguins, the only player in major professional history to captain four clubs. Ruskowski won two Avco Cup Championships in the WHA...


#15 Joe Noris WHA All Star with the San Diego Mariners

Drafted in the third round, 32nd overall, by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1971 NHL Amateur Draft, Joe Noris played 55 regular season games in the National Hockey League with the Penguins, St. Louis Blues, and Buffalo Sabres in 1971–74. During his NHL stint, he mostly played as a defenseman although he was a natural center. Joe made his way to the World Hockey Association with the San Diego Mariners and the Birmingham Bulls, skating in 198 WHA games, scoring 72 goals and adding 116 assists...


#14 Joe Juneau - Boston Bruins Rookie Sensation, Hockey Humanitarian -- and Rocket Scientist

14-Year NHL veteran Joe Juneau enjoyed an incredible collegiate hockey career at RPI all while earning a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. Joey went on to win a siver medal for Canada in the 1992 Olympics and became an instant sensation in Boston with a terrific post-Olympics debut in 1992 followed by a 102-point rookie season in 1992-93. Despite his success in Boston, Joey was traded to the Washington Capitals at the trade deadline in 1994 in exchange for Al Iafrate. Joey would proceed...


#13 Ab McDonald Tribute for 16-year NHL and WHA Pro and 4-time Stanley Cup Champion

Episode 13 of the Pro Hockey Alumni Podcast is a tribute to NHL and WHA veteran forward Alvin Brian “Ab”Ab McDonald, who passed away on September 4, 2018 at the age of 82. Ab played 762 regular-season and 84 NHL playoff games followed by two seasons in the World Hockey Association, where he was the Winnipeg Jets' first captain. The Winnipeg, Manitoba, native won the Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens in 1958 and 1959 and then again with Chicago in 1961. He scored the Stanley...


#12 1970s NY Rangers - Boston Bruins Trades, Mike Krushelnyski and a Tribute to Lauri Mononen

In Episode 12 of the Pro Hockey Alumni Podcast, we’ll play three periods: In Period 1 we talk classic New York Rangers Hockey with George Grimm, the author of “We Did Everything But Win: An Oral History of the Emile Francis Era New York Rangers (1964–1976)” …. We focus our discussion on two franchise-altering trades with the Boston Bruins in the 1970s and one potential blockbuster deal involving a Bruins Hall of Famer that would have changed the course of history for both teams. In...


#11 John Schella Tribute for the Houston Aeros and Vancouver Canucks

Today we pay tribute to a hockey warrior - John Schella — who passed away on August 3rd 2018 at the age of 71. John Schella was Born May 9 1947 -- Port Arthur, ONT. He gained notoriety as one of the “Thunder Bay Boys” before signing with the Peterborough Petes in 1966-67. After honing his skills in Houston, Denver and Rochester he became an original Vancouver Canuck in 1970-71. Two years later John joined the fledgling World Hockey Association, where he would spend the next six...


#10 Jerry Rollins - WHA Tough Guy Turned Business Leadership Guru

Jerry Rollins was a hard-punching defenseman, who fought all the tough guys in the wild World Hockey Association. A 2nd round draft selection of the Detroit Red Wings and the WHA Toronto Toros in 1975, Rollins earned the respect of teammates and foes alike as the protector of his team’s skilled players. Jerry is an entertaining and thoughtful man, who recalls a number of great stories from his playing days, including: How his run-in with a future NHL Hall of Famer startled his junior...


#9 Andre Lacroix - Philadelphia Flyers and WHA Legend

Andre Lacroix was the all-time scoring leader in the World Hockey Association with 798 points in just 551 games. Nicknamed the "Magician," Andre averaged nearly an assist per game throughout his WHA career. After a 147-point season with the San Diego Mariners in 1974-75, Andre was named the French-Canadian Athlete of the year, besting Guy Lafleur, Marcel Dionne and Gil Perreault, among others. Andre also had the distinction of playing for five different WHA franchises without ever being...


#8 Kurt Walker Toronto Maple Leafs Enforcer

Toronto Maple Leafs Enforcer Kurt Walker Today’s guest on the PHA Podcast is Kurt Walker, who played three seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs as an enforcer on a talented team that included Darryl Sittler, Lanny McDonald, Borje Salming, Ian Turnbull and the always colorful Tiger Williams. Kurt tells greats stories about his improbable rise from an unknown kid from Hingham Mass to hockey’s biggest stage. He also discusses Dignity after Hockey, a 501C3 charity that he created to help...


#7 Peter Marsh - Chicago Blackhawks and WHA Pro

Peter Marsh - Chicago Blackhawks, Winnipeg Jets, Cincinnati Stingers Today’s Guest on the PHA Podcast is NHL Veteran Peter Marsh After a prolific junior career with Sherbrooke of the Quebec Major Junior League, Peter played eight big league seasons between 1976 and 1984 with the Cincinnati Stingers, Chicago Blackhawks and Winnipeg Jets. Peter notched 44 goals in the WHA’s swan song season in 1978-79, teaming with fellow youngsters and future Hall of Famers Mark Messier and Mike...


#6: "Hockey Players In Business" - Shannon Lewandoski

Today’s guest is Shannon Lewandoski Shannon is not an ex-pro player but he is an integral part of the hockey community. Shannon is a Financial Planner in Greater St. Louis and an avid adult hockey player, who created the popular LinkedIn Group “Hockey Player Doing Business Together” in 2010. That group has since grown to over 41,000 members and has recently merged with Hockey Players in Business (HPIB)—an international, not-for-profit network designed to help former and current hockey...


#5 Frank Simonetti Undrafted D2 Player to Boston Bruins Defense Partner with Raymond Bourque

Frank Simonetti was an All-American collegiate player at D2 Norwich University, who went on to play four seasons with the Boston Bruins in the 1980s. Frank shares interesting stories from his Bruins career, partnering on defense with Ray Bourque, his somewhat awkward introduction to Cam Neely and the talented 1980s Bruins teams. We also discuss Frank’s Annual “Bowl with a Bruin” event that raises money for the Dana Farber Institute in Boston. Host: Mark Willand Website:...


#4 Larry Pleau The First New England Whalers and US Hockey Legend

A member of the US Hockey Hall of Fame, Larry Pleau is one of the most respected people in the game. Larry was one of the top American hockey players in the late 1960s and 1970s, playing for Team USA at the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble as well as the 1969 Ice Hockey World Championship tournament in Stockholm. He then played three seasons for the Montreal Canadiens from 1970-1972, winning the Stanley Cup in 1971. In 1972, Pleau became the first player to sign with his hometown New...