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Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman talk to a lot of people around the hockey world, and then they tell listeners all about what they’ve heard and what they think about it. Plus, look for bonus episodes featuring interviews with personalities in the game or famous fans.
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Jeff and Elliotte offer some updates on the NHL’s return, where the owners stand at the moment, salary deferrals and possible tweaks to the 2021 season like taxi squads, ads on jerseys, expanded playoffs and a shortened training camp/pre-season.  RIP Fred Sasakamoose This podcast is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by […]
Mark Guy has been an NHL agent with Newport Sports Management for more than 20 years. He’s represented big names like Steven Stamkos, Alex Pieterangelo, Bo Horvat, Travis Konecny, Tom Wilson, and the Subban and Strome brothers. But now he’s getting out.  Mark joins Jeff and Elliotte to talk about why he decided to leave the […]
Quick Check In

Quick Check In

2020-11-1319:411

Talks around the 2021 NHL season are heating up. Jeff and Elliotte break down what they’ve heard regarding start and end dates, fans in the stands, sponsorship and the negotiation between the league and its players. This episode is dedicated to the late Erin Paul. Our condolences to her family and friends. This podcast is […]
The Chicago Blackhawks GM joins Jeff and Elliotte for a wide-ranging discussion. They talk about being transparent with the fanbase, building from within rather than through free agency, playing youth over veterans, how management approached the Jonathan Toews comments, the challenges he faces as a GM during the pandemic and much more. Letter to their […]
The Hockey Hall of Famer and skills coach joins Jeff and Elliotte to talk about the types of drills that frustrate him and what coaches should focus on when designing practices before offering some creative pointers. They also discuss coaching during the pandemic, some of the challenges around travel and the approach he has when […]
Sports Professional Management Inc. represents some big names in hockey, including William Nylander, Johnny Gaudreau, Torey Krug and Brandon Saad, and has a total value of active contracts that exceeds $222 million. Jamie Bozzo handles client relationships for SPM, dealing with players and their families on all kinds of specialized scenarios. She joins Jeff and […]
There Was Alcohol Involved

There Was Alcohol Involved

2020-10-1301:54:371

After the longest NHL season ever, a few drinks are deserved all around as Jeff and Elliotte run down the past week in the NHL. Vegas landed the biggest free-agency fish in Alex Pietrangelo (00:01), to the displeasure of some Golden Knights players and their agents. The Canucks added Nate Schmidt (28:30), but only after […]
Emptying Out The Notebook

Emptying Out The Notebook

2020-10-0201:36:233

Jeff and Elliotte look at all 31 teams and discuss what their goals should be for the off-season (Atlantic – 34:15; Metropolitan – 47:30; Central – 1:05:30; Pacific – 1:17:45). But before doing that, they kick things off with a Word Association built specifically to challenge Elliotte, discuss Tampa’s tough road to the Stanley Cup […]
Hart vs. Lindsay

Hart vs. Lindsay

2020-09-2501:30:372

While the Stanley Cup Final rages, Jeff and Elliotte look off the ice, starting with Word Association. The Awards have been, well, awarded. Leon Draisatl locked up the Art Ross in March and then won the Hart Trophy in September. But the Ted Lindsay means more (18:00). In Ottawa, veterans are leaving, what does it […]
The tradition continues with Word Association before Jeff and Elliotte dive into the latest news (there’s a lot) and speak with new Capitals coach Peter Laviolette. In coaching news, Rick Bowness is getting all the love thanks to getting a shot at the Cup with the Stars, the Flames removed the interim tag from Geoff […]
So, You Lost. What Now?

So, You Lost. What Now?

2020-09-1102:04:032

Jeff and Elliotte take a look at the off-seasons for the four teams that lost in Round 2 of the playoffs. Will the Bruins add scoring? What will they do with their blue line? Did the Flyers run out of gas? Will Jake Virtanen be back in Vancouver? Why is Colorado the team to watch? […]
A Lot Going On

A Lot Going On

2020-08-3101:18:42

The sports world stopped last week with many teams choosing not to play in protest of racial inequality. Jeff and Elliotte discuss how August 26th played out from the NHL’s perspective, the players coming together the following day in unity, the impact of the Hockey Diversity Alliance and the emotional message Ryan Reaves shared with the Hockey Night in […]
Eric and Ben Hawerchuk join Jeff and Elliotte to reminisce about their late father, Dale. They discuss the impact he had on them, his family and the game of hockey, and discuss the work he did off the ice to help others through his charity, Hawerchuk Strong, which continues to raise awareness and support for causes important to Dale and his family. Visit https://hawerchukstrong.com/ to […]
Brendan Morrison

Brendan Morrison

2020-08-1733:55

The former NHLer talks quarantine beards, playing with Daniel and Henrik Sedin, favourite West Coast Express memory, his connection to Happy Gilmore and shares a couple of contract dispute stories about two well-known general managers. This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: […]
Jeff and Elliotte kick things off with a post-mortem on the Maple Leafs. What roster changes could be made? Are there trade talks around Mitch Marner? Will Frederik Andersen be extended? Is there room for Joe Thornton on the team and Bruce Boudreau behind the bench?  They then share their thoughts on how to make […]
Ben Cooper

Ben Cooper

2020-08-0243:491

He is the head coach of the Herning Blue Fox in Denmark, was the video coach for the gold-medal winning Canadian men’s team at the 2010 Vancouver Games and in the NHL with the Canucks and Panthers. Cooper joins Jeff and Elliotte to talk about his time with the Olympic team, what he learned from Mike […]
Pre-Playoff Beard Edition

Pre-Playoff Beard Edition

2020-07-3002:25:203

Jeff and Elliotte break down the John Chayka situation in Arizona and discuss Mike Babcock finding a new role in college hockey, their thoughts on the pre-season and the public’s reaction to the beard. Then they are joined by two guests. Bruce Boudreau talks about some of his favourite rinks growing up in Toronto, early […]
Jeff and Elliotte start the show talking about how important Seattle is to the NHL, what makes the Kraken different from other expansion franchises and what a flat cap will mean for Season 1. Then Steve Mayer, the NHL’s Chief Content Officer, is back on the pod to discuss NHL bubbles. The three talk arena […]
The Best McDavid Yet?

The Best McDavid Yet?

2020-07-2202:09:372

Jeff and Elliotte kick things off discussing a number of topics: the situation surrounding Taylor Hall and the Coyotes, questions ahead of teams arriving in Toronto and Edmonton, if the playoffs will give us the best version of Connor McDavid yet, Sean Day signing with the Lightning, Alex Kovalev coaching in the KHL and are joined […]
We’re Back!

We’re Back!

2020-07-1601:47:521

Jeff and Elliotte get back into their home studios for a marathon episode covering all sorts of topics after a couple of podcast-free weeks. They discuss the new NHL CBA, the negotiation process, what a flat cap will mean for teams across the league and recent COVID-19 comments by Jonathan Toews. Then they shift to […]
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Comments (18)

Freddy Churley

So when Seattle officially starts playing,will you then morph into "32 Thoughts" 🤔

Oct 1st
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Mitchell Larson

love the length of podcast.

May 6th
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Kain Kenny

hands up who got choked up when Eddie took that pause before talking about his wife 🥺

Feb 7th
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Bruce Tait

Not Tuck blades, Perfecta blades and Blue holders. Blades from Perfecta held an edge better. I changed out my new Bauer Tuck for those until there was no supply. The company seemed more famous after they went out of business. They made them in Black as well. Not sure if that was because the Great One went to LA. Rumor had it back in the day that Oilers and then LA bought up all Perfecta blades and holders of a certain size from anywhere in the world.

Nov 23rd
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Tony D

this podcast is unlistenable. are you really taking ten minutes to discuss the legality of lacrosse goals? lighten up nobody cares. not even the goalies. what a nerd :-/

Nov 1st
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Ryan Savoie

Isn't there a new 31 thoughts out? How long does it take to come to podcast for download?

Sep 24th
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April Gallays

why didnt you talk about the womens game and the walkout???

May 17th
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Marek Milczarek

ok you guys aren't allowed to pick music

May 13th
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Andy Scheid

They get it...and say "I get it" often

Dec 25th
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Andy Scheid

Best hockey podcast.

Dec 25th
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Greg Molumby

Two of the best hockey minds in the business bring a really insightful show around the news of the NHL week. Its a great podcast.

Oct 26th
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Joel Brideau

about 30 min too long

Oct 18th
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Jeremy Leduc

Fnally back

Sep 27th
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Tim Cestnick

Ya, you gotta know that was tongue in cheek when Jeff said that was the intro

Jul 8th
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Andy Martin

I love the 1hr intro. Welcome to 31 thoughts

Jul 6th
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Gordon Witt

Great to have a hockey podcast actually be about hockey for the entirety of the show. Marek and Friedman are excellent hosts. Really enjoy the interviews with people within the industry.

Feb 21st
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