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Deb Placey provides a unique look at the people who own, build, cover and manage our favorite teams by engaging in candid interviews with National Hockey League executives, including general managers, owners and notable brass from League partners. How they got into the game, why they pursued their career, how they see the future of the sport evolving and much more.

Deb Placey provides a unique look at the people who own, build, cover and manage our favorite teams by engaging in candid interviews with National Hockey League executives, including general managers, owners and notable brass from League partners. How they got into the game, why they pursued their career, how they see the future of the sport evolving and much more.

Location:

United States

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NHL

Description:

Deb Placey provides a unique look at the people who own, build, cover and manage our favorite teams by engaging in candid interviews with National Hockey League executives, including general managers, owners and notable brass from League partners. How they got into the game, why they pursued their career, how they see the future of the sport evolving and much more.

Language:

English


Episodes

Ken Holland, Edmonton Oilers General Manager

5/5/2020
Deb Placey is joined by Ken Holland, the General Manager of the Edmonton Oilers. Ken starts the conversation talking about why at the age of 64 he wanted to take the GM job in Edmonton (3:00) and what it’s like working with the Oiler’s ownership group (7:00). He discusses how he got his start in hockey management as a scout (12:00) and how hard it was to stop playing and start working as a scout (16:00). He reminisces about his time working at a liquor store during the summer, and how he...

Duration:00:59:48

Jim Benning, Vancouver Canucks General Manager

4/28/2020
Deb Placey is joined by Jim Benning, the General Manager of the Vancouver Canucks. Jim starts by talking about the state of the NHL, and the constant evolution he’s seen within the game since his playing days (1:00). He talks about the unique perspective he has when watching some of the League’s best offensive defensemen, such as Quinn Hughes and Cale Makar (4:15) and what he learned from his mentor Pat Quinn (6:00). Jim discusses the influence his father, a legendary scout for the...

Duration:00:37:35

Jarmo Kekalainen, Columbus Blue Jackets General Manager

4/22/2020
Deb Placey is joined by Jarmo Kekalainen, the General Manager of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Jarmo kicks off the conversation talking about his favorite hobby and one of his favorite professional athletes to watch perform (3:00). He talks about all the injuries the Jackets have dealt with during the 2019-20 season, how gaining experience has helped him enjoy his time in the GM role, and the biggest challenges he faces regularly while running the Club (5:00). Jarmo reminisces about growing up...

Duration:00:34:47

Chuck Fletcher, Philadelphia Flyers General Manager

3/11/2020
Deb Placey is joined by Chuck Fletcher, the General Manager of the Philadelphia Flyers. The conversation starts with Chuck reminiscing about his Harvard days, and how he learned to love hockey while growing up in Atlanta (3:00). He talks about how his father Cliff exposed him to the life of an NHL general manager at a young age, describes how his longtime relationship with David Poile began, and shares a story about the one time he made a trade with his father (9:00). Chuck explains what it...

Duration:00:31:59

Pat Kelleher, Executive Director, USA Hockey

3/4/2020
Deb Placey is joined by Pat Kelleher, Executive Director of USA Hockey. He offers a unique perspective on being a "hockey parent", explains why hockey has grown in the USA and the role that the NHL has had in in growing the game (3:00). Pat explains what all youth hockey coaches should be doing, and he reminisces about the "Miracle on Ice", and why the moment still reverberates to this day (13:00). He talks about USA Hockey's pipeline of players, the depth of talent in the U.S., and Jake...

Duration:00:36:49

Jennifer Bullano Ridgley, Pittsburgh Penguins Vice President, Media Relations

2/5/2020
Deb Placey welcomes Jennifer Bullano Ridgley, the Vice President of Media Relations for the Pittsburgh Penguins to the podcast. Their conversation begins with Jen explaining how she first became interested in pursuing a career in hockey and how her first job at Disney World led her to wanting to get involved in sports public relations (1:40). Jen shares her thoughts on the evolution of the sports industry, she explains her role with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and tells a funny story of her...

Duration:00:49:54

Doug Armstrong, St. Louis Blues General Manager

10/1/2019
Deb Placey sits down with Doug Armstrong, St. Louis Blues General Manager. Doug discusses how his father’s time as an NHL linesman influenced his life (1:27) and why he owes his career as a general manager to Bob Clarke and Bob Gainey (9:27). He explains the challenges he faced when first taking the GM job with the St. Louis Blues (13:21) and the magnitude of winning the Stanley Cup for the city of St. Louis in 2018-19 (14:46). He discusses his relationship with Craig Berube (19:07), what...

Duration:00:37:12

Kyle Dubas, Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager

10/1/2019
Deb Placey is joined by Kyle Dubas, the Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager. He talks about his first meeting with Brendan Shanahan (5:17) and why their relationship has worked (7:21). He explains why he decided to pursue being a player agent and why the profession ultimately wasn’t for him (17:07). Dubas recounts how he was able to land the general manager job with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and reveals how the experience was very special to him and his family (20:20). He describes his...

Duration:00:37:32

Ron Francis, NHL Seattle General Manager

10/1/2019
Deb Placey is joined by Ron Francis, the General Manager of the newly added Seattle franchise. Ron discusses his new role in Seattle (:37), the moving parts surrounding the franchise (2:00), and the process of choosing a name for the team (4:15). He reflects on his childhood (4:50), caring for his disabled brother (5:45), the best player he ever played with in the NHL (11:02), why he thinks he’s considered underrated (11:42), and how he handled his trade from Hartford to Pittsburgh (14:11)....

Duration:00:26:43

Bill Guerin, Minnesota Wild General Manager

10/1/2019
Deb Placey welcomes in Bill Guerin, the Minnesota Wild General Manager. Bill explains why he really wanted the Wild GM job and why he thinks the position was a great fit for him and the franchise (1:07). He recounts the day he was named the NY Islanders Captain (7:27), describes what he learned working in the Pittsburgh Penguins front office (13:30), and reveals something about Sidney Crosby that only insiders would know (16:15). He discusses why coaching wasn’t a good fit for him (18:00),...

Duration:00:31:42

Jim Nill, Dallas Stars General Manager

10/1/2019
Deb Placey is joined by Jim Nill, the Dallas Stars General Manager. Jim talks about his days as a player (:52), how he met his wife (2:03) and how her battle with cancer has inspired and shaped him as a person (7:00). He discusses his trade for Tyler Seguin (9:52), what made Pavel Datsyuk special (13:02), why it’s so hard to project the success of players (19:23), why he knew Steve Yzerman would be a GM (24:08), and what he learned most from Scotty Bowman (27:38). He explains why Joe...

Duration:00:38:01

Dale Tallon, Florida Panthers General Manager

5/14/2019
Deb Placey is joined by Dale Tallon, Florida Panthers General Manager. Dale reminisces about the days when NHL players had roommates on the road (1:55) and reveals why his staff drafted Patrick Kane in Chicago (4:30). He explains the similarities between a hockey shot and a golf swing, and mentions some of the top players he hit the course with during in his golf days (15:20). He shares how the Florida Panthers ownership under Vincent Viola has spawned a wonderful culture change (18:10) and...

Duration:00:25:11

Steve Mayer, NHL Chief Content Officer

5/7/2019
Steve Mayer, NHL Chief Content Officer, joins Deb Placey. Mayer explains why he has always been known as the “idea guy” (2:43) and discusses how his desire to be a sports broadcaster led to working at IMG for 20 years (8:12). He shares who his biggest mentor was (12:23), recalls the 8 years he worked as a sports broadcaster (18:13) and explains how his experience working as an announcer helped him seamlessly make the transition to production (21:40). Mayer discusses his interactions with NHL...

Duration:01:05:04

Heidi Browning, NHL Chief Marketing Officer

4/30/2019
Heidi Browning, NHL Chief Marketing Officer, sits down with Deb Placey. Browning discusses why she’s a “digital passionista” (1:00), her key responsibilities as the NHL’s CMO and how her first hockey game led to a lasting friendship (4:09). She explains the challenges of marketing hockey and players to casual fans (8:02) and why she became interested in a career in marketing (15:17). Browning recalls her time working in Silicon Valley at MySpace and Pandora (18:44) and tells us why she...

Duration:00:40:08

Jim Rutherford, Pittsburgh Penguins General Manager

4/23/2019
Deb Placey’s guest is Jim Rutherford, General Manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Rutherford explains why he loves Pittsburgh (1:18) and why he takes a hands-off approach to working with his goalies (3:02). He tells the story about how he became the first goalie to play with a decorated helmet (6:30), describes his negotiating tactics (10:40) and discusses his relationship with Mike Sullivan (12:30), Mario Lemieux (14:00) and Sidney Crosby (28:40).

Duration:00:30:41

Lou Lamoriello, NY Islanders GM

4/17/2019
Deb Placey is joined byNew York Islanders President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Lou Lamoriello. Lou reminisces about his early days in hockey while working as a stick boy with the Providence Reds and how his relationship with Johnny Bower began (5:12). He recalls his time playing and managing in the Cape Cod Baseball League (9:53), when he took over the Providence College men’s hockey program (16:17), and his time as the school’s Athletic Director. He shares who his first choice...

Duration:00:31:43

Sam Flood, NBC Sports Executive Producer

4/9/2019
Deb Placey is joined by Sam Flood, Executive Producer & President of Production for NBC Sports. Flood recounts his start in sports television (3:23) and what he learned while working under Dick Ebersol (7:00). He talks about NBC’s coverage of Sunday Night Football (18:50), new technology being integrated into sports broadcasts (25:33), and his relationship with Doc Emrick (28:58). Flood details the best storylines heading into the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs (40:35) and how he measures success...

Duration:00:47:44

Doug Wilson, San Jose Sharks General Manager

4/7/2019
Deb Placey welcomes San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson to the podcast. Wilson recalls being traded to the expansion Sharks (3:19) and skating in the infamous Cow Palace (4:30). He discusses Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer (11:50), captain Joe Pavelski (21:26) and defenseman Brent Burns (26:34). He discloses how his first roommate in the NHL changed his life (23:40), how signing a ‘contract-for-the-day’ got started (28:15) and what he thinks makes hockey players so special (29:40).

Duration:00:33:10

John Chayka, Arizona Coyotes General Manager

4/2/2019
Deb Placey chats with John Chayka, the General Manager of the Arizona Coyotes. Chayka discusses how often people bring up his age (1:03) and how his transition to the NHL was made easier by veteran general managers who went out of their way to welcome him into the fraternity (2:00). He explains how his passion for hockey began (3:45), what allowed him to start his first business at the age of 19 (5:17) and how he learned from his father’s experience as a serial entrepreneur (6:08). He...

Duration:00:31:43

Ray Shero, New Jersey Devils GM

3/19/2019
Deb Placey is joined by Ray Shero, the General Manager of the New Jersey Devils. Shero discusses why he believes the Devils 2018-19 season isn’t as disappointing as their record indicates (1:17), how the franchise’s culture has changed over the last few years (4:10) and the likelihood of signing Taylor Hall to a long-term deal (5:48). Shero reveals how a four hour dinner he had with Hall prior to the 2017-18 season was key to Hall having a Hart Trophy campaign (7:01) and why their run to the...

Duration:00:42:15