Saturday, April 19, 2014

Saturday, April 19 - Special Guest: Sean Leahy from Yahoo's Puck Daddy blog

Cassie and I welcomed Sean Leahy (@Sean_Leahy) from Yahoo's Puck Daddy Blog (@YahooPuckDaddy) to share his unique insight into the NHL playoffs match-ups. He gave his picks for each of the match-ups, as well as the two teams he's picked to get to the finals, plus, the ultimate winner (hint: think Roy Scheider). Sean also chatted with us about a couple of "colorful" stories stemming from the playoffs (what's playoff hockey without "colorful" stories?), including the dye-job by several Flyers players, and the $25,000 crotch grab seen 'round the world. 

Click on the player below to listen to the entire show, which includes 15 minutes of extra content, during which Cassie and I try to wax poetic about the power and pressure that comes with bestowing a player with the "C." 

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We'd love to hear from you!  Let us know what you think about any of the topics discussed on today's show. Share YOUR picks for the playoffs, as well as your final two teams & the overall winner. We're keeping track and the winner(s) will receive some type of hockey-related prize.

Connect with us:

Facebook: CCPT Hockey Show

Twitter: Cassie: @dagmar27, Su: @Motley_Su, the show: @CCPTHockey

Because we love to make things easy for you, here are the Round One match-ups:

Ducks vs. Stars 

Sharks vs. Kings 

Bruins vs. Wings 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Two weeks of shows in one post

I just realized I didn't write a blogpost for last week's show, so I'll combine two weeks of shows into one post.

First, last week's show (Saturday, April 5).
Cassie and I welcomed special guest Brian Metzer, host of "Penguins Live" on NHL Net Radio, contributing writer and co-host of "Pens Week" on Tribune Radio in Pittsburgh, Pens writer for the Beaver county Times, and a lifelong Pens fan. We chatted about how to remain relevant as a journalist in a sea of bloggers, his favorite forms of new media, hockey and, of course, the Pens. It was a lively, albeit abbreviated show, as I forgot to double check the total run time for the show and we ended up being live for 30 minutes, with an extra 15 minutes of podcast time.

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Now, to today's show:
Cassie and I commandeered the entire hour ourselves, but we had a lot to talk about:

1. Ryan Malone's arrest on DUI and cocaine possession charges
2. NCAA "Frozen Four" finals preview + crazy game-winning goal in the Minn/UND game
3. NHL playoffs picture, including our Stanley Cup Finals team predictions (Cassie: Kings vs. Lightning; Su: Blues vs. Penguins)

And a lot more I can't remember without going back and listening to the show. Check it out. You'll like it. I know you will. And don't forget to send us your picks. You can include them in a comment below, tweet us: @CCPTHockey | Cassie: @dagmar27 |  Su: @Motley_Su or chime in on our Facebook page: CCPT Hockey Show 

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Saturday, March 29: NHL & WHL playoffs + is Boston the real deal... and why are Leafs fans so damn likeable?

This morning's show featured not enough coffee for me, which led to not being able to read well and in turn, making some comments that could be construed as funny, but will most likely be taken as fairly stupid.

Cassie came to my rescue and we had a lively chat about a number of hockey-related topics, including:

What's wrong with Vinny Lecavalier
What's up with Martin St. Louis?
What's the deal with NHL's new playoff "wild card" system?
Are the Bruins the real deal or are we about to see the wheels come off that wagon?
Why are Leafs fans so damn likeable?
Wang open to selling majority share of Isles - good or bad thing?

Here's the podcast. Count up the mistakes I (Su) make during the show and tweet them to me: @Motley_Su. Your prize: a shout out on next week's show... or the chance to join us a 3rd co-host for a show. 

Follow my more knowledgeable co-host Cassie McClellan -> @dagmar27 and follow our show: @CCPTHockey 

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Saturday, March 22: A Bolts fan, a Pens fan + two Habs fans = one awesome conversation!

Cassie and I were joined today by Laura from Habs Eyes on the Prize + our good friend Lyle Richardson from Spector's Hockey. Things got a little heated when we talked about Larua's excellent post about some of the BAD ways NHL teams market the game toward women and some great solutions were suggested (and should be shared with the marketing departments of all teams. Hint: one suggestion offers a great way to embrace the female fans you already have, as well as promote female players).

We also chatted rivalries (how can we not?) and Lyle shared who he thinks is a more exciting rivalry for the Habs than the Leafs, an observation Laura agreed with wholeheartedly. Both shared their predictions for tonight's Habs/Leafs game. Cassie and I steered clear of talking about today's Pens/Lightning game, although we probably could have watched the game together without killing each other - it's just how we are. 

A bonus topic: some painful/unusual promotions- either in-game, external (think: team promo/holiday videos) and one you can't un-visualize, even if you've never actually seen it (poor Cassie!)

Connect with Laura on Facebook: Habs Eyes on the Prize and Twitter: @theactivestick
Connect with Lyle on Facebook: Spector's Hockey and Twitter: @SpectorsHockey
Connect with Cassie & me on Facebook: CCPT Hockey Show and Twitter: @dagmar27 (Cassie), @Motley_Su (me), @CCPTHockey 

Here's the podcast. Enjoy!

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Saturday, March 15: Abbreviated show but LOTS of topics

Today's show was an abbreviated one, as Cassie is in Tampa this weekend and not able to join in. She'll be back on the air next weekend, thank goodness!! 

Here's the podcast:

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HUGE THANKS to Clark Brooks, who called in and chatted with me for nearly half an hour about a number of topics, including: possible NHL expansion to Seattle. Clark he shared his conversation with NHL Hall of Famer Dave Andreychuk about this topic and what Dave thinks of Seattle as an NHL city - as well as with other city Dave believes should/will get an NHL team. We also talked about a story written by Matt Rudnitsky at SportsGrid about how NHL expansion would be bad news for hockey fans. 

What do you think about NHL expansion to Seattle or any city? Please share your views in the comments section below. We'll revisit this topic next week with your thoughts.

Clark previewed the big celebration planned for tomorrow in Tampa to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Lightning's 2004 Stanley Cup victory. It sounds as thought fans are in for a real treat, especially those who can take a day off work and join the festivities beginning at 11am. (Note: festivities include a "Hockey 101" class taught by Lightning owner Jeff Vinik. Sign me up!)

Happy 10th Stanley Cup Victory Anniversary, Tampa!

We also chatted briefly about a new documentary about Russian hockey during the Cold War. It's called "Red Army" and sounds incredible. 

Here's a preview trailer:

Connect with Clark at Raw Charge and his website Ridiculously Inconsistent Trickle of Consciousness, which includes links to his podcast and book of the same name. Follow him on Twitter for great conversations about pretty much anything: @ClarkBrooks 

Other notes:

Good luck to Team USA's sled hockey team, who's playing for gold right now against Russia at the Paralympics in Sochi. I'll post an update as soon as the game ends. Or, you can watch the game LIVE on NBC.

Team USA 2014 Sled Hockey Team (Photo: USA Hockey)

I wrote a post over at the MotleySu blog recapping a heartbreaking week in hockey, as well as addresses to send well wishes, condolences and donations. If you missed it, you can check it out here.

To those who tuned in, thank you. Hosting without Cassie is like tying a shoe with one hand, but we want to keep this time slot-- and also be here for you guys. ~ Su

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Catching up: March 1 with Lyle Richardson (Spector's Hockey); March 8 with Clark Brooks (Raw Charge)

We're two weeks into our new day/time (Saturdays at Noon ET/9:00AM PT) and I think we're getting the hang of it. Okay, I'm getting the hang of it. I can't speak for Cassie but I think she's enjoying it, too (once she gets past the shock of being up so early on a weekend morning!)

Last week, Lyle Richardson from Spector's Hockey joined us to talk about the biggest trade rumors, outdoor games, Olympics and more. He didn't rub Canada's hockey gold in at all, which is pretty par for the course. Lyle is one of the nicest guys around. And one of the most knowledgeable... with great sources! If you're not following Lyle, first: 10 lashes with a wet noodle and second: rectify that right now@SpectorsHockey on Twitter. Spector's Hockey on Facebook.

If you missed our show with Lyle, which was rudely cut off by the BTR folks at the 46 minute mark with NO warning, here it is:

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This weekend, we were joined by Clark Brooks, who works for the Lightning, writes about the Lightning for Raw Charge, has a killer blog with an epic title: Ridiculously Inconsistent Trickle of Consciousness, as well as a podcast by the same name and a similarly titled book. And that's not all Clark does. To learn more about him, you'll have to listen. We talked about a number of hockey and non-hockey related topics, including the biggest NHL trades (including Martin St. Louis from Tampa to the Rangers) and Steven Stamkos' triumphant return to the Bolts. He also wants to help you sell your stuff! Follow Clark on Twitter: @ClarkBrooks

Two side notes:
This week, Cassie and I began the show by calling for prayers/good thoughts for two members of the hockey family:

1. Tim Bozon from the Kootenay Ice (WHL), who is in critical condition at a Saskatoon hospital, fighting a nasty bout of bacterial meningitis. We understand his parents have flown from Switzerland to be with him and that all players who came in contact with him are being treated with antibiotics and booster shots. Our thoughts are with Tim, his family, friends and teammates. If you live in a city with a WHL team, see if your team has a get well card on hand for fans to sign. The regular season ends this weekend, so hurry. If you don't live in a city with a WHL team, you can send your get well wishes to Tim via Twitter: @WHLKootenayIce - use the hashtag #GetWellTim

(Tim Bozon/Photo: Kootenay Ice)

2. Ryan Fischer from Grandville High School, Michigan, who passed away Friday, on the eve of the state semi-finals. According to reports, Ryan was found "unresponsive" in his bed Friday morning. It was later determined he died from hyperthotic cardiomyopathy. His parents met with his teammates and urged them to go ahead and play. You can read the full account written by Chris Peters (@ChrisMPeters) on The United States of Hockey blog.

(Ryan Fischer/Photo: Jenn Bellgraph Photography)

To listen to this week's show, just click on the video below:

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Cassie and I will be back next Saturday with a new show... and a new guest or two. If you'd like to join us or suggest a good guest, there are several ways to contact us:

1. Email us:
2. Tweet us: Cassie: @dagmar27  Su: @Motley_Su   The show: @CCPTHockey
3. Message us on our Facebook page: CCPT Hockey Show

THANK YOU to everyone who has downloaded our podcast. Our gratitude knows no bounds.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

CCPT Hockey Show: Sunday, January 5 - Special Guest: Jeff Marek

After a brief holiday break, we returned to the airwaves today with special guest Jeff Marek, who you may know from a variety of hockey and sports-related shows and websites, including "Hockey Night in Canada" and more recently, the daily "Marek vs. Wyshynski" podcast on Yahoo.

If you missed the live broadcast, here's the podcast, which includes 7 minutes of bonus coverage:

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Cassie and I chatted with Jeff about the USA Hockey controversy (if you're not familiar, Puck Daddy sums it up fairly well and includes a link to Scott Burnside's original write-up)