Hockey Night In Canada Podcast: Russia’s NHL evolution from Mogilny to Ovi

When Canadians have been launched to Russian hockey at the Summit Collection in 1972, many have been stunned on the talent and beauty the Soviet’s exuded.

They hardly ever retaliated once they have been met with bodily adversity. Their stoic nature was wonderful to watch, however they have been labelled as “smooth”. Many specialists thought you could not win a Stanley Cup with Russians on the roster.

Boy, have issues modified. This previous season, Alex Ovechkin turned the primary Russian participant to captain his group to the Stanley Cup. He additionally gained the Conn Smythe trophy as playoff MVP. 

On this episode of the Hockey Night in Canada podcast, we’re speaking concerning the evolution of the Russian hockey participant within the NHL.

WATCH | Meehan talks about bringing Mogilny to the NHL:

This week’s episode focuses the evolution of Russian hockey within the NHL. 1:59

We spoke to former Sabres normal supervisor Gerry Meehan, who was concerned in a James Bond-like mission to convey Russia’s Alexander Mogilny to america.

We additionally chat with Ken Holland, who has been with the Detroit Crimson Wings for 36 years as a scout and GM. He was instantly concerned in getting some big-name Russians into the NHL.

These Russians performed an integral half within the Crimson Wings championships in 1997, 1998 and 2002.

The Hockey Night In Canada podcast is a weekly CBC Sports activities manufacturing.

In every episode, host Rob Pizzo is joined by vibrant characters inside hockey to talk about nice moments and nice gamers and speak about at present’s stars. The Hockey Night podcast brings you past the boxscore with perception you will not discover anyplace else.

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Episode 18:

Scott Russell fills in for host Rob Pizzo and talks to three legendary voices of the sport. Jim Robson, Dick Irvin and Joe Bowen’s narratives have introduced the sport to life for thus many followers. 

Episode 17:

Former Hockey Night In Canada reporter Scott Russell, who was a broadcaster at 10 all-star video games, joins us to talk about his favorite moments.

Episode 16:

Chirping has been an enormous a part of the sport for years, so we get a crash course within the good, the unhealthy and the ugly of it from one of many NHL’s all-time greatest trash-talkers Matthew Barnaby. 

Episode 15: 

Ladies are teaching, scouting, broadcasting and being inducted into the Hockey Corridor of Fame. However extra could be carried out. Why not a feminine referee, head coach or normal supervisor within the NHL? Hayley Wickenheiser shares her perception. 

Episode 14:

With the NHL season reaching the midway level, it is time to have a look the highs and lows of the yr up to now. Stanley Cup champion Glenn Healy helps breakdown what has transpired up to now this season. 

Episode 13:

We have a look again at the most effective interviews of 2018, which incorporates Daniel Carcillo opening up concerning the hazing he skilled as a member of the Sarnia Sting. 

Episode 12: 

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Episode 11:  

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Episode 10: 

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Episode 9:

Hazing has been an accepted a part of hockey for many years now. However just lately some disturbing tales have come into the general public eye. Tales that concerned abuse, bullying, and a few horrible behaviour … all disguised as “hazing.”

Episode 8: 

They’re a novel breed — the keepers of the crease are sometimes recognized to be a little bit eccentric. Ilya Bryzgalov joins in to assist clarify what makes them so totally different from their teammates. 

Episode 7:

Latest HHOF inductee Jayna Hefford joins Pizzo to break down the 2018 class, whereas choice committee member Brian Burke sheds some gentle on who a very powerful particular person within the recreation is — and it is probably not who you suppose. 

Episode 6:

Pizzo sits down with Hockey Night in Canada host Ron MacLean to discuss concerning the high storylines one month into the season and MacLean additionally fuels the talk over who the most effective participant within the recreation is true now. 

Episode 5:

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Episode 4:

The followers love seeing the puck within the internet…so what concerning the poor guys between the pipes? Are they getting pummelled for the sake of rule-tinkering?

Episode 3:

Might there be a extra thankless gig? Perfection means being ignored. A single mistake and you’re marked for years of noisy abuse. Don Koharski officiated over 1,700 common season video games. He and Pizzo talk about the notorious “donut incident”.

Episode 2:

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