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Hockey Sister Breanna Wattier – Episode 17

Today I host the first Hockey Parent Podcast in-studio guest; my daughter and hockey sister, Breanna Wattier. She is a former recreational hockey player and current nursing student who still enjoys supporting her brother through his hockey journey.


Buttendz with Rob LaLonde – Episode 16

This is my first unedited episode of the podcast. Rob LaLonde from Buttendz joins me to talk about traveling the world in search of ice hockey and his journey to develop revolutionary hockey and lacrosse grips. Buttendz Rob LaLonde Kevin Lonergan Buffalo, NY NCAA Merrimack Facebook @ButtEndzSports Twitter @buttendz Instagram @buttendz...


Mid-Week Promo – Buttendz with Rob LaLonde

This is Neil with another mid-week promo for my upcoming conversation with Rob LaLonde from Buttendz, available Tuesday. All episodes with show notes can be found at and Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. _______________________________ The full episode with Rob LaLonde will be available Tuesday. Check out his hockey...


Sports Nutrition with Kim Lukhard – Episode 15

Today I am hosting a conversation with sports nutritionist Kim Lukhard, to discuss how to fuel your hockey player. This is a very important episode because you can train hard but you cannot out-train a bad diet. You can receive a free one-week fuel guide by visiting Kim will be a recurring guest on...


Mid-Week Promo – Sports Nutrition with Kim Lukhard

Sports nutritionist Kim Lukhard joins me for a quick conversation to promote her appearance on Episode 15 next week. Enjoy our conversation and check back Tuesday for more. For a FREE 7-day meal plan of hockey strong meals, go to Also, Kim has graciously agreed to be a monthly contributor to the Hockey Parent...


Herb Brooks Foundation with Kalli Funk – Episode 14

Most people familiar with hockey know the name Herb Brooks. A native of St. Paul, MN. Herb was immersed in a life of hockey. From his success at the Minnesota high school championships, to the University of Minnesota and several US National and Olympic teams. Brooks also experienced coaching stints in the NCAA, NHL and...


Little Locker Room with Chad Stewart – Episode 13

Welcome back to the Hockey Parent Podcast. I’m Neil, your host for discussions about the hockey parent life. All show notes, including links to events, products and services discussed on the show can be found at Click on the individual show title for all the info. Thanks for listening. Smelly hockey gear taking...


AirBlade Hockey Stick with Richard Fucillo – Episode 12

Welcome back to the Hockey Parent Podcast. My name is Neil, your host for discussions about the hockey parent life. You can follow me and build our community on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @HockeyParentPod. I’m searching for interesting people and great stories, so if you know someone, and that someone might be YOU, email me,...


Hockey Community App with Ryan Samson – Episode 11

Welcome back to the Hockey Parent Podcast I’m Neil, your host for discussions about the hockey parent life I’m always looking for interesting people with great stories of how they are impacting the hockey community So follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter @Hockey Parent Pod Or send me an email – Neil @ Hockey...


Mid-Week Promo – Stick It To Cancer Hockey Tournament Q&A with Pete Carlson

This is my first mid-week promo, recorded specifically to highlight the Stick It To Cancer Hockey Tournament at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, MN April 13-15, 2018. To donate, text 71777 and type in STICK IT. Stick It To Cancer Hockey Tournament Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota National...


Synthetic Ice Q&A with John Thiell of 3D Hockey

This is Neil – your host for discussions about the hockey parent life Make your podcast experience easier and let your smartphone download episodes and notify you as soon as they are released by subscribing through podcast hosting services. For Apple users that would be Apple Podcasts. For Android, find me at Stitcher, Overcast, TuneIn...


Rink Rater App with Senan Gorman – Episode 9

Episode 9 – Rink Rater with Senan Gorman Welcome back to the Hockey Parent Podcast. I’m Neil, and after an extended work-induced break, I am once again hosting conversations about the hockey parent life. The Hockey Parent Podcast is available on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcast hosting services. You can find me on Facebook,...


Just You and Me – Episode 8

Bad planning on my part led to no recorded interview – my Sunday evening appointment fell through and I didn’t have a backup to fill this week’s release. Rather than skip a week or six like I have previously, I decided to do a little one on one – Just for YOU! I haven’t released...


KIBIHT Chairman Ted Kowalski – Episode 7

Episode 7 – Kamloops International Bantam Ice Hockey Tournament Chairman Ted Kowalski Today I’m joined by Ted Kowalski, Chairman of the Kamloops International Bantam Ice Hockey tournament ( Located in Kamloops, British Columbia (, KIBIHT is preparing for its 50th tournament in January 2018. 50th Anniversary KIBIHT Video ( During our visit this season, the...


Victoria and James Chalmers – Episode 6

Episode 6 – Victoria and James Chalmers Today, I welcome Victoria and James Chalmers onto The Hockey Parent Podcast! Victoria is one of my many cousins. Originally from the small town of Randolph, NE, she received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. James was one of the original...


Roller Hockey with Dave Frank – Episode 5

Episode 5 – Roller Hockey with Dave Frank This episode brings two ‘firsts’ for me – my recording from the road; and my first recording via Skype. I’m in Kamloops, British Columbia for the Kamloops International Bantam Ice Hockey Tournament ( I’m joined by Dave Frank, owner of Skate City in Bellevue, NE and roller...


Balancing the Hockey Coach & Parent Role - Episode 4

How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. ~Carol Sobieski and Thomas Meehan, Annie. Shayne Sanborn, Omaha AAA Hockey Club 14U assistant coach, lost his life December 10, 2016 in a multi-vehicle accident near Atlantic, IA. I was lucky to know him and honored to provide this interview which...


HPP003 – Hockey Dad and Cancer Survivor Simon Hjelm

Episode 3 – Simon Hjelm #hjelmstrong Today I’m joined by Simon Hjelm – Hockey dad and cancer survivor. We’re going to discuss his diagnosis, treatment and the amazing support he received from the hockey community. Simon was diagnosed with Pleomorphic liposarcoma ( He was diagnosed and received treatment at the Mayo Clinic. There are many...


HPP002 – Goalie Parent Steve Maslikowski

Episode 2 – Goalie Parents Today I’m joined by my good friend Steve Maslikowski. We are going to get into a great discussion of what it’s like to be an ice hockey goalie dad. A few housekeeping notes before we get going. First – you will notice a difference in audio quality between this introduction...


HPP001 – Girl’s Hockey with Lee Victor

Welcome to the first episode of The Hockey Parent Podcast! This week, Lee Victor and I talk about the current state of girl’s hockey in the Midwest, coaching girl’s hockey, and bringing up a hockey daughter. Lee was raised in Grand Forks, ND and Sauk Rapids, MN. Later, he moved to Omaha and coached with...