Former NHL veteran Cam Janssen and longtime NHL insider Andy Strickand will make you think and make you laugh as they tackle the latest storylines throughout the game of hockey. They’ll take you inside the dressing room and into the minds of today’s biggest stars along with conversations with the movers and shakers that make up the hockey world. With more than 40 years of combined experience, Cam and Strick are never shy of opinions and information. Sit back and enjoy and Cam and Strick bring their passion for the game to their newly launched podcast!
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Georges Laraque is widely considered the toughest player of his era. A bad man who was willing to take on all comers, no really, he never turned down a fight his entire career. The fact that he'd say good luck to his opponent prior to each fight is telling of the type of person he is. Laraque is a thoughtful, kind, deep-thinking type of personality. He says he actually hated fighting and says he was scared going into every fight. Actually it makes no sense considering he never lost a fight, but it shows how sensitive of a personality he carries inside his monster frame. We talk race relations in hockey, definitely a wide ranging discussion in our country right now, but a real discussion and one we must have. Laraque shares some stories of how he dealt with racism as a young boy and one instance in the NHL where the league had him wear a hidden mic in an effort to catch an opposing player say something that crosses the line. Underneath it all, Laraque enjoyed a long, successful career. He played with some Hall of Fame players, played in small markets as well as Montreal, one of the biggest hockey markets in the league. Few people do as much as Laraque has done away from the game. From spreading his Vegan beliefs to helping the elderly, to even dipping his toes in politics, Laraque is about as well-rounded of a person as you'll find in NHL circles. He also overcame a serious bout with Covid-19. We promise, you'll be smarter and more educated after listening to this conversation with Cam and Strick.
Alexei Kovalev, aka AK27, dropped by to chat with Cam and Strick. The former Stanley Cup Champion who played over 1,300 NHL games and registered over 1,000 career points has an incredible story to tell. He was the first Russian player ever to be drafted in the 1st round of the NHL draft and the 1st Russian to get his name on the Stanley Cup. What was it like growing up in Russia and how did he develop arguably the nastiest hands in the history of the NHL? Has he ever seen a player with better hands than him? Listen in to hear his answer. Kovalev played with some of the greatest players ever in Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Mark Messier, and Jaromir Jagr. Why did his point totals drop off in NY with the Rangers? He gives an honest answer, an answer that might surprise some people. Kovalev is considered one of the most talented players to ever play in the game, some former players believe he undoubtedly is. Should he have scored more? How did he handle the pressure of being a Captain in Montreal? He tells us and so much more in this incredible interview.
Jarmo Kekalainen joined Cam and Strick to talk about his historic climb as a hockey executive. From a successful tenure managing teams in Finland, to being among the top amateur scouts in the world, to breaking barriers and becoming the first European General Manager in the history of the NHL, Jarmo was put together quite the resume. Kekalainen has an extensive draft history from his days in St. Louis that's carried over to his time as GM of the Columbus Blue Jackets. What challenges does he face in Columbus? Was he expecting John Davidson to bolt for NY, and which draft puck is he most proud of? Did he have any chance of keeping Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsku? Plus his thoughts on selecting Erik Johnson first overall back in 2006. A side of Jarmo Kekalainen you'll rarely hear, check it out on the Cam and Strick Podcast.
DP57 is like a little puppy St.louis hockey fans have seen grow up right before their very eyes. He's grown into a prize winning show dog through his perseverance and love for the game that has him getting closer and closer to 1,000 games played. After being passed over the year before by every team, the Blues selected him late in the 1st round in 2007. Now he's in his third term with the Blues along with being an NHL All-Star and a Stanley Cup champion. Why does he keep coming back? Does he really love St. Louis that much? How difficult was life as a 19 year-old trying to find your way in a city and county you know very little about? Where did he get his hands? There were dark days which included missing 13 months and 97 NHL games with a concussion. Remember the Joe Thornton hit? We get into it. In fact, we get into a number of talking topics that will keep you locked into your chair for the entire interview. Did he really have to ask to come to NHL training camp after the team just drafted him? Sit back and enjoy a conversation rarely heard from David Perron.
Brad May may not be the biggest name we've had on, but this conversation could go down as one of the best. And don't discount the name Brad May either, this guy won a Stanley Cup, played in over 1,000 NHL games, and arguably scored the most famous goal in Buffalo Sabres history. Brad May dives into several topics, form his relationship with Brian Burke, to fighting in the game, to the infamous sucker punch from Todd Bertuzzi on Steve Moore that led to a lengthy suspension to Bertuzzi. On top of all this, May is a beauty and a great talker, no surprise he's got into broadcasting. Enjoy this conversation with the former 1st round draft pick.
How far is too far? Parents and youth sports coaches ask this question all the time. Can pushing your kid tot he max make them a better athlete? Patrick O'Sullivan was one of the best hockey players in the country growing up. On the outside he was a talented scorer who had the potential to make it to the NHL. Inside it was a far different story. O'Sullivan endured years of physical and mental abuse, some might even call it torture, at the hands of his very own father. How does this happen? How does this end? Most importantly how much of this is going on without anyone even knowing? O'Sullivan needed security to protect him from his father at the 2003 NHL entry draft. Even though he had top ten ability, O'Sullivan fell to the 2nd round before being selected by the Nashville Predators. This came on the heels of O'Sullivan finally fighting back after his dad literally pulled him off a team bus following a game in the Ontario Hockey League. A fight that would land O'Sullivan's dad in jail. Meanwhile O'Sullivan made it to the NHL suiting up with multiple teams. But how good could he have been and how much of his career was stolen away because of a terrifying upbringing? O'Sullivan has been out of hiding for several years now. He wrote a book, has done countless speaking engagements, and told his story. Listen to it from O'Sullivan himself, hear it from him as he takes us through his childhood and a hockey career that included a World Junior Championship, an AHL rookie of the year, and an impressive OHL career. The conversation he has with Cam and Strick will leave you both riveted and heartbroken. He also touches on pst friendships with Dan Carcillo and what he thinks of former Vancouver Canuck Alex Burrows.
Jeremy Roenick has had an interesting last few months. The former NHL superstar was enjoying a successful media career before in a blink of an eye, things changed. Roenick lost his gig with NBC Sports following comments he made with our boys over at Spitin' Chiclets. Roenick, now a free agent, opens up about his experience with NBC and how being fired has impacted his life. JR says he was blindsided by NBC's reaction and feels everything happens for a reason, but not without letting his true feelings be known. How is his relationship with his former NBC colleagues? What about Mike Milbury? JR tells all in this interview, the first of its kind since being let go. The conversation switches over to his friendship with Michael Jordan and JR gives us an inside look on what it was like to share the stage in Chicago with the most famous athlete of all time. From Wayne Gretzky recruiting JR to play junior hockey at the age of 14, to his successful playing career, to what's next on the horizon, Roenick opens up in this exclusive conversation.
Eddie "the Eagle" Belfour...where do we start. This guy is an absolute legend. How intimidating was this guy? Without question one of the top goalies to ever play the game. A Hall of Famer, a Stanley Cup Winner, an Olympic Gold Medalist. His story is crazy, never drafted, and bursted onto the NHL scene unlike any goalie in recent memory. In his first season he won the Calder Trophy, the Vezina Trophy, and was a finalist for the Hart Trophy. Belfour opens the doors and lets us in. Who is he? Honestly, we wanted to know what he's all about. From the 1993 playoffs where he went crazy on the ice, to Mike Keenan, to his special relationship with Chris Chelios, Belfour is a man of few words...until now.
Tom Wilson, one of the best all around player's in the game stopped by the Cam and Strick Podcast. From suspensions, to Cam's Infatuation with Wilson's hair, to winning a Stanley Cup, get to know one of the best dude's in the NHL. A former 1st round pick, Wilson has exploded onto the scene playing on one of the best team's in the NHL. Who is he? What was his upbringing like? What did he buy when signing a life-changing contract extension and what does he think of his rivalry with Ryan Reaves? Check out Cam and Strick with Tom Wilson.
Ben Bishop came into the league relatively unknown but has developed into one of the top goalies of his era. A native of St. Louis, Bishop is by far the greatest goalie in the history of St. Louis hockey. He's also had a crazy year...from a tornado hitting his Dallas home, to Stars Head Coach Jim Montgomery being abruptly fired, to a pandemic pausing the season, Bishop has seen his fair share this season. He also was the best player on the ice in a Game 7 double OT loss to his childhood team, the St. Louis Blues, last spring. A game in which Bishop, who's basically taller than Cam and Andy combined, stood on his head and nearly advanced Dallas to the Western Conference Final. Bishop has had an unreal career that may not have happened if he wasn't invited to play in a 2004-2005 lockout charity game involving several future Hall of Fame players who happened to be NHL stars at the time. Bishop was just 17 years old. Blues management happened to be at the game and drafted Bishop in the 3rd round the following June. Bishop has been great, not good, but great, at every level he's played. Check out his story, right here, on the Cam and Strickland Podcast.
You probably won't find another player in the NHL who's experienced anything close to what Bobby Ryan has been through. The former 2nd overall draft pick in 2005 is a success story no matter how you look at it. Ryan's career shouldn't be measured based on how many points he puts up or how many goals he scores. None of that even matters.
Ryan lived on the lam for several years of his childhood, the authorities were looking for his dad who was wanted following a very serious domestic violence incident with his mother. They changed their last name, hid in Canada, then California where Federal Marshals eventually tracked the family down, breaking down the front door with guns drawn. While his father served time in prison, Ryan used hockey as his escape. His career took off and eventually landed him the in the Ontario Hockey League and the NHL. Today Ryan is a success story on and off the ice. He entered alcohol rehab during the 2019-2020 season only to score a hat trick in his second game back. He's married with children with millions in the bank. You might think you know the Bobby Ryan story but until you listen to this interview you really don't. Ryan gives full details of his experience as a youth and how's he's overcome such dramatic circumstances. Check this out as NHL All-Star Bobby Ryan joined the Cam and Strickland Podcast.
Where do we start with Dustin Penner....The former NHL power forward and two-time Stanley Cup Champion Ducks, Kings) brought the heat on the Cam and Strick Podcast. This guy has an amazing story that led him from a small Amish town in Canada to playing junior college hockey. Who else in the history of the NHL played junior college hockey? Dustin Penner did, before eventually finding his way to the University of Maine. After red-shirting for a season he led the Black Bears to the NCAA National Championship game. That led to an NHL contract with he Anaheim Ducks. The rest is history for Penner who remains the last player to sign an offer sheet without it being matched by their current team. His career had some ups and downs and was relatively interesting, but probably not nearly as interesting as his life away from the game. Penner talks Corona virus conspiracy theories, to hanging out with the Prince in Saudi Arabia, to living his best life in Newport Beach, California. This could go down as one of the most underrated and entertaining episodes we've had on the Cam and Strick Podcast.
Big Eric Lindros stopped by the Cam and Strick Podcast to chat about his incredible life
In hockey. This guy reached Gretzky like status long before ever stepping foot on a NHL rink. He backed it up too before head injuries derailed his career. He opens up about his head injuries, beef with owners and team executives, and how the Scott Stevens hit changed his life forever. Lindros, a former Hart Trophy winner, Had much of his prime taken away because of injury but still managed to carve out a Hall of Fame career. Why didn’t he want to play for the Quebec Nordiques and how is he most misunderstood? Hear a side of Eric Lindros never heard before. Also hear Cam refer to a memory that has stood out in his life forever. Cam recalls playing against Lindros in his first ever NHL preseason game. Only problem is Eric Lindros didn’t play for the flyers at that time. Figure it out cam!
Ryan Whitney, a former 5th overall NHL draft pick whose NHL career included a trip to the Stanley Cup Final as well as a roster spot on the 2010 USA Olympic team. The former defenseman played for several teams including the Pittsburgh Penguins who drafted him out of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program. While he was a good NHL defenseman, Cam and Strick didn’t invite him on to discuss his hockey career. We are more interested in his career and life after hockey. Whitney has teamed with Paul Bissionette to form Spitin’ Chiclets, the most popular hockey podcast on the planet. We use our exceptional investigative journalism skills to take us behind the scenes and discover how they do what they do. We ask the questions the people want to know and turned this interview into a wildly entertaining conversation only Cam and Strick can provide. Sit back and pour yourself a little Pink Whitney, and enjoy this raw conversation.
When's the last time you heard Ilya Kovalchuk sit down for a long-form, uncensored interview? Probably never. One of the greatest Russian-born NHL players of all-time sat down with Cam and Strick for an exclusive conversation that takes you inside the mind of one of the best pure goal scorers ever. From his life growing up to deciding to walk away from a $100 million contract, to raising a family in the United States, we cover it all here on the Cam and Strick Podcast.
If you want to sound smarter around your friends, listen to Hockey Hall of Famer Adam Oates. One of the greatest passers in the history of the game joined Cam and Strick for a little hockey 101 along with some entertaining banter back and forth. This guy allegedly coached Cam, although it’s very clear he wants no credit for anything Cam did on the ice. Tap into the brain of arguably the most underrated player ever who tells great stories from a career where he helped three different players score 50 goals in 50 games. He’s now helping current players take their game to the next level, hear how and much more...
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When you think about the most devastating hitters in the history of the NHL, you best have Darius Kasparaitis near the top of the list. This guy was an animal on skates, who would absolutely destroy you if given the opportunity. The guy you either love or hate, or is it the guy you love to hate? Either way "Kaspar" was a brand name in the league throughout the 1990's and early portion of the 2000's. This guy moved from Lithuania to Russia at the age of 14 to pursue a hockey career. He saw and experienced things at that age that most people don't experience in a lifetime. Once hated in Pittsburgh, he became one of the most popular Penguin players of his era. He'd play in 4 Olympic games and become Russia's all-time leader in Olympic games played. He's in the Russia Hockey Hall of Fame and loves the game of hockey as much as any player we've had on the Cam and Strick Podcast. From wild spending sprees off the ice, to laying out Eric Lindros, to his relationship with Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr, trust us, we cover everything and then some in this conversation. One the ice, this "Kaspar" was no friendly ghost.
There are literally just a few people in the history of civilization to grow up in Alaska and make it all the way to the National Hockey League. Scott Gomez is one of the rare to accomplish the feat. Gomez, a two time Stanley Cup winner , has a long career, one that spanned more than 1,000 NHL games. He won his first Cup as a rookie and though a portion of his focus quickly shifted to the business side of the game, Gomez would win another Stanley Cup in addition to representing USA hockey in the Olympics. He tells some hilarious stories, including the time he made a young Cam Janssen cry during a team flight. His career would take him to the New York Rangers after signing a monster (at the time) free agent contract. He'd would also wind up in Montreal where he met the low point of his career as a player. He went 60 games, spread out over two seasons, without scoring a goal. How did he handle the daily criticism? What's the one piece of advice he learned from Joe Nieuwendyk and Pat Burns? Why did Current Minnesota Wild All-Star Zach Parise only hang out one time with Cam? Did he like coaching, and what was life like growing up in Alaska? Just how Alaskan is he? Get all the answers on this super entertaining episode of the Cam and Strick Podcast!
There's a lot of firsts when it comes to former Stanley Cup Champion Dan Hinote. He's the first person ever born in Florida to play in the National Hockey League and the first NHL draft pick out of West Point. Technically Hinote left West Point early for the Ontario Hockey League, but it doesn't matter, no other Cadet has ever been drafted in the NHL. He explains all of this as he joins Cam and Andy for the first time on the Cam and Strick Podcast. Hinote has plenty of stories to tell, and he's really good at telling them. In addition to winning a Stanley Cup, he became great friends with Hall of Famer Peter Forsberg. Find out what made them connect and what eventually led to them playing together in Sweden during the 2004-2005 lockout. Hinote is best described as a character on and off the ice and. He's hung with celebrities, played with some of the greatest players ever, and is known as one of the best teammates ever. Get ready to laugh as Danny Hinote joins the boys.
He had a 12-year NHL career, won a Stanley Cup, became an HBO Sports legend, and an Astronomer. Plus he's entertaining as hell and we got him on the Cam and Strick Podcast. From growing up in Russia, his love affair for the galaxy, and his relationship with former Flyers Coach Peter Laviolette, Ilya Bryzgalov is an absolute beauty in every sense of the word. He gives a strong take on the biggest issues plaguing youth hockey in America, and why he's still impressed with Scotty Niedermaier to this day. Plus Bryzgalov asks the question we all want the answer to...what's the relationship between toilet paper and the Coronavirus? Just listen....
One of only two enforcers to play over 1000 NHL games, Tie Domi joined Cam and Strick for one of the most open, honest, and entertaining interviews he's ever done. Domi held nothing back in this tell-all conversation. Enjoy stories form his long playing career, his relationship with Mark Messier, and how he shockingly calls out former New Jersey Devils Captain Scott Stevens. Domi is known for his fearlessness on the ice which led to him being included among the greatest enforcers in the history of the game. Now Domi enjoys watching the NHL, primarily the Montreal Canadiens and his son Max. Domi also discusses the devastation of losing one his his best friends in former teammate Wade Belak in this must listen conversation between Tie Domi and Cam and Strick.
Hockey Hall of Famer Mike Modano needs no introduction. The All-Time leader in goals and points by an American-born player, Modano is one of the true legends of his era. A Stanley Cup winner, Modano also enjoyed international success en route to leaving an incredible mark on the game. Modano gives detailed recollections of his life in and outside of the game of hockey. How he started plying, what led to him bypassing college hockey for the Western Hockey League, and his relationships with Bob Gainey, Ken Hitchcock, and Mike Babcock. Is he still haunted by Babcock preventing him from reaching 1500 games played? Modano is now working with the Minnesota Wild, did he get Billy Guerin the job? How did he meet and eventually marry the daughter of Hockey broadcaster Joe Micheletti? Why was he stripped of the Captaincy in Dallas? Get these answers and much more in a tell-all conversation with Mike Modano.
Darren McCarty brings instant offense on the Cam and Strick Podcast. A 4-time Stanley Cup winner, McCarty brings a legendary story on and off the ice. After overcoming substance abuse, he tells us how marijuana gave him another chance on life. His energy on the ice gave the Detroit Red Wings confidence and allowed his future Hall of Fame teammates to play their game. He scored one of the biggest goals in Red Wings history while helping to form the "Grind Line" with Kirk Maltby and Kris Draper. McCarty opens up and provides an insight into his life both during and after his career as an NHL player. He takes you inside the Detroit dressing room and into the minds of some of the greatest players and teams in NHL history. His true thoughts on the Colorado Avalanche rivalry and how much hatred there was between the two teams. Find out this and much much more on another amazing episode of the Cam and Strick Podcast...and oh yeah, he gives his thoughts on Mike Babcock.
For the first time since being fired by the St. Louis Blues in 1997, NHL coaching legend Mike Keenan goes in depth regarding his tumultuous tenure behind the Blues bench. From his rocky relationship with Brett Hull, to acquiring Wayne Gretzky, no stone is left unturned in this never before heard interview. "Iron" Mike Keenan, as he was known throughout his coaching career, gives his side of the story as to why he might be the most controversial figure in the history of the St. Louis franchise. There's no question Keenan did things his way en route to winning 672 career NHL games, but not without some regrets. Why did he leave New York and how was he most misunderstood throughout his career? Get these answers and so much more in this incredible conversation.
In one of the most moving interviews ever in the history of the Cam and Strick Podcast, Theo Fleury, former Stanley Cup Champion, NHL Superstar, and Olympic gold medalist, overcame a tumultuous upbringing along with a history of abuse from his former junior hockey coach. An NHL fairytale, fueled by fame, money and glamour, was everything but on the inside for Fleury. Due to drug and alcohol addiction, his life spiraled out of control which led to him blowing through $50 million dollars in earnings and an afterlife with very little to show for a guy that was considered one of the greatest hockey players of his generation. And Fleury is 100% ok with that. His focus has him now fully centered on helping people overcome addiction and mental illness, allowing them to understand there is a better life ahead if you're willing to get the help. He wants to impact people, and he's doing it everyday. Speaking to groups and individuals, Fleury doesn't reflect too much on his hockey career nowadays and wants to be remembered as a person who got healthy, turned his life around, and has helped others. You will be better off after listening to this interview in its entirety... it's moving, its intense, its educational, and its inspiring, with a mixture of humor. Fleury gives a hilarious take on today's game and his how would handle i-Pads on an NHL bench! Theo Fleury joins Cam Janssen and and Strickland on the Cam and Strick podcast.
NHL and Canadian legend Don Cherry joined the boys for a rare, exclusive interview. They discussed everything from his incredible near 40-year run on Hockey Night In Canada, to his beginnings as a coach, and how he was shockingly being fired in what instantly created headline news across North America. Cherry gives us the latest on his relationship with longtime sidekick Ron Maclean and gives us his top 5 NHL players of all time. Pour a cocktail before you sit back and enjoy!