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Up My Hockey with Jason Podollan

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Up My Hockey is a podcast that pulls back the curtain on how to make a career out of hockey and the high performance habits required. Your host, ex-NHL'er and mindset coach, Jason Podollan, has candid conversations with NHL players, coaches, scouts, and agents, about the hockey journey and living your dream. If you are an aspiring hockey player, a hockey parent, or a hockey fan who wants to hear the inside scoop, this podcast is for you.

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Canada

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Up My Hockey is a podcast that pulls back the curtain on how to make a career out of hockey and the high performance habits required. Your host, ex-NHL'er and mindset coach, Jason Podollan, has candid conversations with NHL players, coaches, scouts, and agents, about the hockey journey and living your dream. If you are an aspiring hockey player, a hockey parent, or a hockey fan who wants to hear the inside scoop, this podcast is for you.

Language:

English


Episodes

EP.130 - Jarrett Bousquet - NHL Agent with Titan Sports Management

3/2/2024
In this episode of the "Up My Hockey" podcast with host Jason Podollan, Jarrett Bousquet, a key figure at Titan Sports Management, delved into the intricacies of the hockey world. Bousquet, based in Dallas, wears multiple hats at Titan, contributing his diverse expertise in talent evaluation, player development, and contract negotiations. The conversation touched upon the concept of "million dollar plays" and dissected the grid of hockey, emphasizing the strategic elements that contribute to success on the ice. Bousquet's insights revealed a deep understanding of the game, drawing from his extensive playing experience, including five years in the Western Hockey League. His time with the Kamloops Blazers, reaching the Memorial Cup twice and clinching the championship in 1992, showcased his prowess as a player. Bousquet's journey encompasses playing at various levels professionally and internationally, reflecting a well-rounded perspective on the sport. Notably, he managed to balance his pursuit of excellence on the ice with academic achievements, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology while playing for the University of Calgary Dinosaurs. As a dedicated "every day-er," Jarrett Bousquet's multifaceted contributions continue to shape the landscape of hockey through his role at Titan Sports Management.

Duration:01:55:18

EP.129 - Valeri Bure - 400 point NHL Career

2/6/2024
From Valeri's early days with the Spokane Chiefs where Jason & Val first met, to a stellar 10-year career in the NHL, Valeri shares his journey & brilliant strategies in this captivating episode. Born on June 13, 1974, in Moscow, Bure made history as the first Russian player in the WHL. A two-time WHL All-Star, he sniped 68 goals in his second season with the Chiefs in 92-93, which remains the franchise record. After his second round selection by the Montreal Canadiens, Valeri impressed as a right winger in the NHL, with 4, 20+ goal seasons, recording a career high of 35 with the Calgary Flames in 99-00. That same season Valeri’s brother Pavel, scored 68 times for the Florida Panther. Together they combined for 93 goals, setting an NHL record for goals by siblings in one NHL season. International accolades followed, with bronze at the '94 World Junior Championship and silver in '98, and bronze in '02 at the Winter Olympics. Learn about his transition from the Soviet Union to North America, the challenges, and the triumphs. Now retired due to back and hip injuries, Valeri, alongside his wife Candace Cameron Bure, runs Bure Family Wines in California. Don't miss this exclusive interview! 🍷🎉 #UpMyHockey #ValBure #HockeyLegend #NHLAlumni

Duration:01:33:51

EP.128 - James Wendland - Manual Osteopath, Sports Scientist, & Kinesiologist

1/18/2024
We're thrilled to host James Wendland, a seasoned professional in the field of kinesiology, sports performance, and injury management. He shares an abundance of knowledge around concussions which, as we know, is a delicate & tricky subject these days. James embarked on his journey with the human body through childhood sports, excelling in soccer, baseball, swimming, and rugby. His passion for maximizing performance and aiding in injury rehabilitation led him to found Kinesiologists.ca in 2003 and operate fitness centers, including the Whistler Creek Athletic Club during the 2008-2011 Winter Olympics. With a wealth of experience as an instructor at institutions like CapilanoU, UBC, and Quest University, James has taught a diverse range of courses, enhancing his expertise in exercise prescription, physiology, anatomy, and more. His involvement with the Vancouver Canucks, "Bell Making the Cut" hockey series, and strength coaching for various teams showcases his extensive contributions to athletic development. Currently practicing as a Manual Osteopathic Therapist, James Wendland continues to impact lives by combining his expertise in kinesiology and holistic healthcare. Tune in for an insightful conversation with this multifaceted professional

Duration:02:34:13

EP.128 - James Wendland - Manual Osteopath, Sports Scientist, & Kinesiologist

1/18/2024
We're thrilled to host James Wendland, a seasoned professional in the field of kinesiology, sports performance, and injury management. James embarked on his journey with the human body through childhood sports, excelling in soccer, baseball, swimming, and rugby. His passion for maximizing performance and aiding in injury rehabilitation led him to found Kinesiologists.ca in 2003 and operate fitness centers, including the Whistler Creek Athletic Club during the 2008-2011 Winter Olympics. With a wealth of experience as an instructor at institutions like CapilanoU, UBC, and Quest University, James has taught a diverse range of courses, enhancing his expertise in exercise prescription, physiology, anatomy, and more. His involvement with the Vancouver Canucks, "Bell Making the Cut" hockey series, and strength coaching for various teams showcases his extensive contributions to athletic development. Currently practicing as a Manual Osteopathic Therapist, James Wendland continues to impact lives by combining his expertise in kinesiology and holistic healthcare. Tune in for an insightful conversation with this multifaceted professional.

Duration:02:34:13

EP. 127 - Conor Geekie - Team Canada and Becoming a Pro

1/8/2024
Conor Geekie has had a crazy 12 months - a deep playoff run with the Winnipeg Ice, a sudden franchise relocation to Wenatchee with a change of coaching staff, Coyotes Development Camp and Main Camp , a terrific start to his third WHL season and a selection to Team Canada and a ticket to Sweden for the World Junior Championships. Geekie got a lot of attention in Sweden. Whether it was hanging and joking with his new best friend Macklin Celebrini, the size of the tape knob on his stick, his warm up routine, or his 5 minute major and game misconduct 11 seconds into the Germany game... Geekie seemed to find a way into the spotlight. At 6'4" and over 200 pounds, Geekie is naturally hard not to notice. But when you combine his size with his infectious smile and skills on the ice, he becomes impossible to miss. Conor Geekie is used to the attention though. Not only has he always been in the spotlight himself - a 2nd overall WHL draft selection and an 11th overall selection in the 2022 NHL entry by the Arizona Coyotes - he was able to watch his older brother and mentor, Morgan Geekie of the Boston Bruins, blaze the trail before him. Backed a strong and supportive family, Conor carries a maturity with him that is well beyond his years. In this episode, Connor Geekie reflects on the unpredictable nature of hockey, his NHL journey, and being selected 11th overall in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft. Despite recent changes like his team’s move to Wenatchee, being traded to the Swift Current Broncos, and joining the World Junior Team, Connor has maintained impressive stats in the WHL season. His older brother, Morgan Geekie of the Boston Bruins, acts as his mentor. The conversation highlights Connor’s free-spirited nature and the significance of self-awareness for peak performance, alongside the complexities of a player’s public image and fitting into team dynamics. The conversation also stresses the importance of balancing enjoyment with readiness before games to maintain competitiveness without affecting personal relationships. We get into it all in this episode. I hope you enjoy it.

Duration:01:34:52

EP.126 - Anders Myrvold - 1st Norwegian player to make it to the NHL & former Red Wing

12/12/2023
Former hockey player Anders Myrvold engages in an intimate & raw conversation with Jason Podollan where the two discuss the highs & lows of Anders career. His rocky journey has taught him valuable lessons that he loves to pass on to the younger players he now mentors. Jason & Anders first crossed paths while playing together in Mannheim, Germany. Myrvold, born on August 12, 1975, boasts an impressive career, including his NHL debut with the Colorado Avalanche in 1995. Throughout his career, he also played for the Boston Bruins, New York Islanders, and Detroit Red Wings. Despite contributing to the 1995–96 Colorado Avalanche's Stanley Cup victory, Myrvold fell short of playing enough games to have his name engraved on the coveted trophy. The podcast sheds light on the journey of this Norwegian hockey luminary.

Duration:01:40:43

EP.125 - Derek Plante - Chicago Blackhawks Assistant Coach

12/5/2023
In the landmark 125th episode of "Up My Hockey Podcast," host Jason Podollan engages in a compelling dialogue with Chicago Blackhawks assistant coach Derek Plante. Dive into the intricacies of an assistant coach's daily grind, the nuances of power play strategies, and the experience of mentoring hockey prodigy Connor Badard. Plante shares insights on balancing coaching duties with the challenges and joys of being a high-level hockey dad to his three boys. This special episode offers a captivating glimpse into the multifaceted life of a seasoned coach and family man.

Duration:01:07:14

EP.124 - Dr. Cassidy Preston - Mental Performance Coach, Author, & Speaker

11/28/2023
Dr. Cassidy Preston, a former hockey player turned Mental Performance Coach, tackles the mental game for professional athletes, surgeons, hedge fund managers, and CEOs. Driven by his own challenges in hockey, he founded CEP Mindset, a leading global coaching firm. With a PhD in hand, Cassidy authored "Mindset First," a groundbreaking book offering practical strategies from over 20 years of personal and professional experience. His coaching team has impacted thousands, emphasizing overcoming fear, optimizing mental preparation, and boosting confidence. Tune in to Up My Hockey for insights that challenge the norm, encourage innovative thinking, and enhance your mental game.

Duration:01:38:55

EP.123 - Jeff LoVecchio - former pro hockey player, peak performance coach & co-host of the podcast Hockey Think Tank

11/14/2023
Host Jason Podollan sits down with the inspiring Jeff LoVecchio to delve into the raw realities of overcoming injuries, boosting confidence through muscle gain, and unlocking the secrets of effective hockey training. In this episode, Jeff shares his challenging journey, emphasizing the importance of understanding the mechanics of hockey training. This empowering conversation transcends the rink and offers valuable insights into resilience, physical transformation, and the strategic approach to mastering the game. Jason encourages players to take his "Minset Audit", here is the link. https://forms.gle/cgjk43epKhXsFZ8YA

Duration:01:54:59

EP.122 - Shane Doan - 21-season NHL career with the Coyotes

10/31/2023
Shane Doan, a prominent Canadian hockey executive and former player who etched his legacy by spending his entire 21-season NHL career with the Coyotes franchise. 1540 NHL games, 402 goals, 570 assists, 972 points, 1353 PIMs Beyond the statistics and accolades, the podcast takes a poignant turn as Doan and Podollan explore themes of adversity, failure, and humility. The intimate conversation provides listeners with insights into the challenges Doan faced throughout his career and the invaluable lessons learned along the way. It's a riveting journey through the highs and lows of a remarkable hockey career, offering fans a deeper understanding of the man behind the iconic Coyotes jersey. Please enjoy this conversation with Shane Doan. To learn more about Up My Hockey and the services we provide visit. https://upmyhockey.com/

Duration:01:10:22

EP.121 - Patrick Marleau - 1,779 NHL games played

10/17/2023
Patrick Marleau's remarkable hockey career is awe-inspiring. Marleau's journey is a testament to longevity and dedication, a narrative we can all draw inspiration from. From his debut in 1997 with the San Jose Sharks to becoming the NHL's all-time leader in consecutive games played, Marleau's resilience is unparalleled. His skill, speed, and sportsmanship have left an indelible mark on the game. Whether representing the Sharks, Maple Leafs, or Penguins, Marleau's impact transcends statistics. As a fellow player, witnessing his commitment to excellence has been both motivating and a privilege. Patrick Marleau is a living legend, and his legacy resonates in every rink he graced. Please enjoy Patrick Marleau To learn more about Up My Hockey and the services we provide visit www.upmyhockey.com

Duration:01:15:34

EP.120 - Dustin Wolf - Calgary Flames Top Goalie Prospect

10/3/2023
Despite being a seventh-round pick, Dustin Wolf has certainly proven himself on the ice. Wolf played for the Everett Silvertips in the WHL for 4 seasons, consistently putting up remarkable numbers. He was able to continue this trend during his first 2 seasons in the AHL. Wolf has been so dominant in his position, he was won the Best Goaltender Award 4 seasons in a row - 2 in the WHL and twice more in the AHL. Dustin, although not short at 6'0" tall, has had to overcome the towering goalie trend that has seeped into the NHL landscape. His perseverance through adversity might be attributed to a strong work ethic, mental toughness, and determination.

Duration:01:13:44

EP.119 - Brett Howden - 2023 Stanley Cup Champion

9/19/2023
Brett Howden can now call himself a Stanley Cup Champion. Howden, a key contributor in the Las Vegas Golden Knights Stanley Cup playoff run, shares his professional journey to this milestone during our 60 minute conversation. A western Canadian kid, Howden was originally drafted 5th overall to the Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL and played 4 seasons with the team. After his second WHL season, where Howden produced 64 points in 68 games, Howden was selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning 27th overall in the 2016 NHL Entry draft. Brett wasn't Lightning property for long though, as he was traded to the New York Rangers shortly after winning a gold medal at the 2018 U20 World Junior Championships. This trade was pivotal for Howden. He went from a powerhouse Stanley Cup favorite, loaded with depth, to a franchise that was rebuilding and wanted youth. Howden earned his way on to the Rangers in his rookie pro season and he hasn't looked back. This is where our conversation starts. Brett Howden candidly shares his journey to date and in true Up My Hockey style we dig into the lessons Howden has to provide. Enjoy!

Duration:01:23:12

EP. 118 - Matt Bardsley - GM of the Spokane Chiefs

9/6/2023
Matt Bardsley took a very different route to WHL management, than most GM's. He enjoyed the sport of hockey as a spectator, then zamboni driver, minor hockey coach, and scout for several years with the Portland Winterhawks, before becoming Director of Player Personnel, and finally, AGM in 2013. During his time as AGM of the Winterhawks, Bardsley helped lead the team to a WHL Championship in 2013, during their third of four consecutive trips to the league finals. Bardsley discusses with Jason the importance of building confidence and what he looks for when recruiting players to build a championship-winning team.

Duration:01:23:02

EP. 117 Noah Babin - Florida Roller Hockey to HHOF

8/22/2023
A star-struck roller hockey player from Florida went to a practice in Michigan and caught the eye of the coach of one of the top AAA teams in the US, even to this day. Noah moved to Michigan at the age of 14 and began his hockey career with Compuware, which led him to a spot on the USNTP. Winning Gold with Team USA at the Gretzky/Hlinka Cup, and having his stick in the Hockey Hall Of Fame, are just two of his major accomplishments. Babin battled through depression and earned a contract with the Carolina Hurricanes, only to have his career cut short by an injury. Now as a coach, he uses what he learned to help hockey players with the same aspirations he once had.

Duration:02:05:50

EP. 116 - Petri Karjalainen - Head Coach Kalpa - Finnish Elite League

8/8/2023
Petri Karjalainen quit playing when he was 15 and started coaching right away. He startted helping out around the arenas as he knew he wanted to be involved in the game and since 2005 he has been professional coaching. Petri was recently hired as the head coach of Kalpa in the Finnish Elite League. Petri's coaching journey enjoyed stops with various Finnish Jr. National teams. He has been to the U20 WJC on 3 occasions as an assistant coach, helping lead Finland to a gold medal in 2014. The Finnish hockey model shoulod be an example for the world. 5.5MM people and 65k registered players, compared to Canada and the US with over 500k and Finlands competes hard every year at every level. We talk coaching. We talk high performance. We talk about why Finland is doing so well on the international scene. Enjoy the episode.

Duration:01:38:19

EP 115 Luke Toporowski - Not Getting Drafted (3 times), But Earning That NHL Contract

7/25/2023
A Spokane Chief through and through, Toporowski said "playing in the WHL was the only thing he wanted to do" as a young hockey player. His Dad was a Chief, his older brother was a Chief, so for this USA/Canada dual citizen playing for the Chicago Mission, his goals went against the typical American hockey player's goal of playing in the USHL as a pathway to the NCAA. Luke's dream came true when he was signed by the Spokane Chiefs and moved out to Spokane where is grandparents lived, and where he spent his summers growing up. Luke represented the USA at the Gretzky/Hlinka Cup and it was a 3rd round draft pick prediction, but the draft came and went without Luke's name being called. Not his first year, second year, or third. Yet here he is, talking to Jason about signing his first NHL contract with the Boston Bruins, and how he never gave up on his dream.

Duration:01:45:05

EP. 114 - Billy McCreary - Head Coach - Danbury Hat Tricks

7/11/2023
Billy McCreary is the President of Hockey Operations, Head Coach, and General Manager of the Commissioner's Cup Champion's, Danbury Hat Tricks. He sits down with Jason to discuss growing up in a hockey family and his dad being the player who knocked out Wayne Gretzky. Billy discusses the characteristics and qualities he looks for when building a championship team, with respect, passion, and hard work being more valuable than skill alone. Billy and Jason also talk about adversity, and how parents these days are taking away opportunities for their players to experience and grow from adversity.

Duration:01:32:11

EP. 113 Brian Leavold - Everything Scouts Are Looking At

6/27/2023
Leavold is a senior scout with the Everett Silvertips, of the WHL. He has decades of scouting experience for the Swift Current Broncos from 1998 to 2018, where he helped construct the Broncos squad that won the WHL's Ed Cynowith Cup in 2018, before moving on to help the Saskatoon Blades until being hired by Everett in 2022. Before becoming a scout, Leavold was a coach for many years, and is the proud father of former NHL prospect, and Mental Health Advocate, Brady Leavold. In this episode Brian and Jason discuss the scouting process, and what the 'intangibles' are. If you have ever wondered how much weight scouts put on a player's character, or his parents' attitude, or if a less-than stellar weekend performance results in being scratched off a scout's watchlist, listen to this informative podcast.

Duration:01:24:01

EP. 112 - Dennis Williams - Every Player Has His Own Path

6/6/2023
Dennis Williams has coached in the NCAA, NAHL, USHL, WHL, led Canada to a Gold Medal at the 2023 World Junior Championships in 2023. Dennis and Jason discuss coaching philosophies, the importance of making each and every player feel valuable, and what it was like to coach a generational player like Connor Bedard. Dennis explains what it was that made him want to become a coach, and how he attributes his coaching success to understanding that "every player has his own path".

Duration:02:10:33