Heroes and Hosers: S01E02

Heroes & Hosers is a brand new hockey podcast that covers the latest news and exciting developments from the National Hockey League. Featuring hosts Eric Dinklemann (@MaximusNhl) and Ari Shapiro (@ari_shapiro), tune in for your daily dose of NHL insights, observations, and self-deprecating humour to remind you of the existential nature of the greatest game on earth.

On this episode: Elias Pettersson’s puts on his best Wayne Gretzky impression while scoring 10 goals in as many games, Neal Pionk uses 200 feet of ice to bring the crowd out of their seats, Milan Lucic gets in trouble (yet again) as the game furiously passes him by, and how the firing of Joel Quenneville stunned the hockey world and most of the known and charted galaxy.

A conversation with Mira Laurence

My conversation with host and sportscaster Mira Laurence, whose work at Sportsnet 650 Vancouver and with the Canucks of the NHL has made her into a household name across Western Canada.

We talked about how she deals with the daily grind of television and radio duties, her candid thoughts on the astonishing Canucks, on the importance of giving the fans a solid effort (night in and night out), why teams that have nothing to lose are usually the most underestimated, Eugene Melnyk’s follies, the Vegas Golden Knights and their indomitable will, on dealing with the massive adversity of mounting injuries, and why hockey is the purest form of escapism.

Be sure to follow Mira (@laurence_mira) on social media and listen to her show on Sportsnet Tonight (weeknights/7-11pm; @Sportsnet650) along with enjoying her brilliant rinkside reporting with the big club.

Heroes and Hosers: S01E01

Heroes & Hosers is a brand new hockey podcast that covers the latest news and exciting developments from the National Hockey League. Featuring hosts Eric Dinklemann (@MaximusNhl) and Ari Shapiro (@ari_shapiro), tune in for your daily dose of NHL insights, observations, and self-deprecating humour to remind you of the existential nature of the greatest game on earth.

On this inaugural episode: John Stevens as the first coaching casualty of the season, the fabulous Vancouver Canucks and their astonishing rise to legitimacy, Ottawa Senators players throwing their coaching staff under a bus in an uber cab, and Brian Boyle’s inspirational hat trick on Hockey Fights Cancer night across the league.

A conversation with Don Landry

My conversation with freelance columnist and sportscaster Don Landry, whose decades of work as a highly recognizable radio host and play-by-play voice has made him a truly respected veteran broadcasting force across Canada.

We discussed his thoughts on the changing nature of sports journalism, what changed in his life that made him embark on a freelance career, if corporations are getting it wrong when it comes to assuming what radio listeners really want to hear, if it all just comes down to money and social media resiliency, what his poignant words of advice to young and old journalists would be when it comes to the industry grind, if the Toronto Argonauts can survive in this competitive sports market, his candid takes on the Toronto Maple Leafs, Raptors, and Blue Jays, if he still has any optimism behind breaking certain streaks of championship futility, and his absolutely legendary impressions of Don Cherry, Vic Rauter, and Jerry Howarth.

Be sure to follow Don (@donlandrymedia) on social media and visit his website (donlandry.com) to appreciate his sublime versatility as a stadium announcer, voice-over artist, interviewer, and master of ceremonies.

Mordecai Jones Chronicles – Episode 2 (UFC 230 Preview)

It’s all about a good match-up. And UFC 230’s got a few!

Join Mordecai Jones as he scratches his chin and ponders fights that can build anticipation and deliver the goods. The future has been looking brighter since Khabib took flight just a month ago…we’re spoiled with many great match-ups around the corner. Hear astounding UFC 230 predictions that you won’t see coming – perhaps not unlike like a Black Beast Bomb coming at an unsuspecting Daniel Cormier Saturday night?!

A conversation with Down Goes Brown

My conversation with hockey author and columnist Sean McIndoe, whose work with Grantland, Sportsnet, Vice Sports, and The Athletic under the “Down Goes Brown” pseudonym has captured the affections and loyalties of countless Toronto Maple Leafs fans across North America.

We talked about the genesis of Down Goes Brown, why Joe Bowen remains the quintessential voice of the blue and white, where he found his raconteur’s mojo, his candid take on the 2018-2019 edition of the team, if eternally suffering generational fans can still rely on 1967 as a plausible excuse for mediocrity, the parallels between the Maple Leafs and the Boston Red Sox, if the right minds are in control of the current front office, the daunting mathematics behind consistent playoff runs, and why he chose to write The Down Goes Brown History of the NHL book.

Be sure to follow Sean (@DownGoesBrown) on social media and enjoy his fine work at The Athletic (@TheAthleticNHL). Make it a priority today to pick up your copy of The Down Goes Brown History of The NHL at downgoesbrown.com.

Ten Minutes of Cardy – Episode 3 (WWE Edition)

Welcome to the third edition of “Ten Minutes Of Cardy” from celebrated podcaster and Toronto sports aficionado Brent Cardy – available exclusively at www.arishapiro.ca.

On this week’s sampler, Cardy calls out the WWE for their poor timing and placement of the Women’s only pay-per-view (Evolution) offering. He also looks at what he’d do in place of Vince McMahon when it comes to their upcoming Crown Jewel PPV quagmire and adds his argument to John Layfield’s interview on Varney & Co.; this is one teaser-trailer you don’t want to miss!

Brent Cardy is the Host & Producer of the critically-acclaimed “The Cardy Show” which can be found on @iTunes and @Podomatic. Be sure to check out his latest work on twitter via @BrentCardyShow and subscribe to his podcast today.

A conversation with Katie Caldwell

My conversation with hockey sportscaster Katie Caldwell, whose affiliations include the Nashville Predators, TSN, and Sirius XM Radio.

We discussed why the game has influenced her so profoundly over the year, the state of NHL brand marketing today, why the Oilers-Devils overseas promotion was a misstep for the league, how raw speed has changed things forever, her thoughts on the McDavid-Matthews supposed rivalry, hot takes and conclusions about the Nashville Predators and Toronto Maple Leafs, on the escapist nature of the sport, if front offices still remain tone-deaf to many cultural and societal challenges, and how her personal battle with adversity was punctuated by a steadfast commitment to family and hockey values.

Be sure to follow Katie (@katielauriss) on social media and enjoy her profile as one of the most dynamic and professional authorities on hockey across North America.

A conversation with Scott Wheeler

My conversation with writer, blogger, and sports journalist Scott Wheeler, whose prolific work at The Athletic as an expert on all things Toronto Maple Leafs and Marlies is a tribute to his love and passion for the game of hockey.

We talked about his thoughts on the daily social media fallout of modern hockey fandom, why Morgan Rielly should be joined at the hip with Jake Gardiner, on the endless struggles of an aging Hainsey and the always enigmatic Zaitsev, if it’s unusual for him to see such an imbalance of financial resources allocated between defenders and attackers, why Trevor Moore’s play could lead to a demotion for Leivo or Ennis, if Mike Babcock still has his full confidence and trust, and his candid take on the content-mill/paywall paradigm that exists in today’s battle for internet reader loyalty.

Be sure to follow Scott (@scottcwheeler) on social media and check out his excellent articles and worthwhile observations at The Athletic (@TheAthleticNHL).

A conversation with Dana Bookman

My conversation with Dana Bookman, the CEO and Founder of Toronto Girls Baseball and the Canadian Women’s Baseball Association.

We discussed her impressions from the Women At-Bat event hosted by She’s 4 Sports earlier in the summer, on the gruesome statistics surrounding girls who abandon sports at a young age, who is responsible for creating the right environment for civic health and recreation, if the rise of eSports is detrimental to her mandate, how she feels about the likelihood of a female MLB executive, on the importance of women finding true inspiration in a male-dominated professional sports world, the evolution of Toronto Girls Baseball as a league, and her candid take on the season that was for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Be sure to follow Dana (@TorGirlBaseball) on social media and visit TorontoGirlsBaseball.com when you have a moment.

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