The Power Play Podcast
In the summer of 2013, I was approached by the Lightning's Director of Digital Content about hosting a weekly podcast for the team website. I loved the idea as we could not only provide some weekly content to the site, but the shows could be repurposed in our games or weekly radio shows.
We did more than 100 episodes through the end of the 2017-18 season. I've whittled down the list to 59 episodes for your listening pleasure. So take a break from the political talk and the repetitive music, and dig into some classic podcasts.
Tim Taylor A scorer in the junior leagues, "The Tool Man" learned a hard lesson from Hockey Hall of Fame Coach Scotty Bowman when he was told in order to make it in the NHL he would have to change his game to a two-way bottom six role. Taylor took Bowman's advice, and not only won a Stanley Cup with Detroit, he would be part of the veteran leadership group that won a Cup in 2004 with the Lightning. In this 2017 interview, we look back at Taylor's changing role in a 13-year NHL career.
Trade Deadline Doom Today, anyone can play "general manager" with fantasy sports and sim games. But when it comes to real life transactions, a trade can turn a hockey players world upside down in an instant. This 2017 episode looks back at some memorable trade stories from past Lightning players and personalities.
The Gretzky Effect Some trades or moments in sports history get over-blown, and often get lost in the context of the times. But there is no doubt that the trade of Wayne Gretzky from Edmonton to Los Angeles in August 1988 not only helped grow hockey in southern California, it also planted a very big seed in what would be known as the "Sunbelt strategy" of growing the league. There would be no successful teams in San Jose, Tampa Bay, and Nashville without "The Gretzky Effect", Hockey Hall of Fame announcer Bob Miller joined me in this 2016 episode to explain how the trade happened and the fallout.
Jay Feaster The conversation that was so good, it took three episodes to share! In 2015 Dave Mishkin approached me with the idea of interviewing his good friend Jay Feaster, and in the end we had more than 2 hours of great stories as Jay retraced his path from a lawyer with the AHL's Hershey Bears to the GM of a Stanley Cup champion in Tampa Bay. Filled with many details on the classic Lecavalier vs. Tortorella battles, the eccentric GM Rick Dudley, and coming back to Tampa to oversee growth of the region's youth hockey, all hockey fans will enjoy these tales.
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