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Ohio Hockey Digest On Air Podcast

Current Ohio high school hockey coaches Tim Sullivan and Jason Levanduski, In connection with Ohio Hockey Digest's Scott Harrington, bring their ideas and opinions to the masses of the great state of Ohio.  The Ohio Hockey Digest On Air Podcast will focus on the greatest game going and all levels of hockey being played across the state, but also touching on pop culture, interviews, and other entertainment. Growing the game of hockey the best they can in the state of Ohio. Produced by Daniel Humphrey


The Boys talk with Enrico Blasi (Ep. 24)

Ohio Hockey Digest "On Air" podcast staff

Tim Sullivan, co-host
Jason Levanduski, co-host
Dan Humphrey, producer
Scott Harrington, executive producer

When the breaking news just can't wait for Ohio Hockey Digest's weekly On Air podcast to drop, we will bring you an On Air Quick Shift.

Dublin Jerome head coach Patrick Murphy tells us his thoughts on career win #400 (and 401), identifies the biggest ones along the way and talks about this year's Celtics team. 

THIS WEEK'S EPISODE

OHD ON AIR EPISODE "72" (January 10) Former NHL'er, Cleveland Lumberjack, Youngstown Steelhound & Wheeling Nailer Jeff Christian

Jeff Christian recounts growing up in a large family of athletes in Ontario, going 23rd overall in the NHL Draft two years after getting cut from Jr. C, and shares some stories from a 21-year playing career that included stints in the NHL as well as Cleveland and Cincinnati in the old IHL and the Youngstown Steelhounds of the Central League, before a foray into coaching with the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL and now into the world of business with The Original Frame Warehouse.

Upcoming episodes

(projected air date)

OHD ON AIR EPISODE 69 (January 18) Jon Doehr, Hobey Baker Award committee & Brendan Furry, Minnesota State and former St. Francis Knight

Jon Doehr of the Hobey Baker committee gives us some insight on the award for college hockey's top player, tells us how high school coaches can submit their players for the Hobey Baker High School Character Award, and talks some college hockey in general. 

Brendan Furry, currently a sophomore for the nationally-ranked Minnesota State Mavericks and part of the 2015 state title team for Toledo St. Francis, tells the improbable story of his development path that switched away from a plan to play for the BGSU club team to a USHL tryout that eventually led to multiple offers from elite NCAA programs and a key role on one of the top teams in college hockey. A truly amazing story.

(TBD) Dylan Duke, University of Michigan

Strongsville, OH native Dylan Duke played for the U. S. National Team Development Program's U18 team. In addition to representing the U. S. at various international events including the 2021 IIHF World U-18 World Championship, he was selected by the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2021 National Hockey League Entry Draft and is a member of the 2021 freshman class at the University of Michigan where he will play with four of the top five picks in the 2021 NHL Draft. 

"THE LOST EPISODE" (TBD) former Cleveland Baron and BG Falcon Justin Wells & Cincinnati Cyclones head coach Jason Payne

North Canton native Justin Wells skated in 133 career games at Bowling Green, ranking fourth in the country with a +22 rating and leading the team in blocked shots as a senior. He is taking advantage of a fifth year of eligibility to play this season at Boston College as a graduate student. A 2021 WCHA Scholar-Athlete and three-time WCHA All-Academic selection, Wells is the son of former Bowling Green and Cincinnati Cyclone defenseman Jeff Wells.

The Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL named Jason Payne the sixth head coach in franchise history on August 31, making him the only head coach of color in professional hockey.  Payne was first introduced to fans in the area during the 1999-00 season playing for the AHL-Cincinnati Mighty Ducks. The Toronto native also played part of that season in the ECHL for the nearby Dayton Bombers.  After a 14-year playing career amassing 1,825 penalty minutes, Payne spent the next several seasons in various roles across multiple leagues, serving as a scout, skills coach, and skating coach before joining the Cyclones as the team’s assistant coach prior to the start of the 2018-19 season.

(click link below to access archived episodes)

Episode "72" (January 10, 2022), Former Penguin, Lumberjack, Cyclone, Steelhound, Nailer, etc., etc., 21-year pro Jeff Christian (and daughter Tyler!)

Episode 68 (January 3, 2022), High school, college and pro official Joe Sherman

Episode 67 (December 27, 2022), Parma Senior High (GCHSHL) head coach Joe Gaudino & University School (GLHL) bench boss Andy Gerow.

Episode 66 (December 18), Olentangy Berlin (CHC) head coach Tim Pennington and Archbishop Alter (SWOHSHL) bench boss Kevin Berry help us preview their teams as well as their respective leagues. 

Episode 65 (November 9), 2021-22 TSCHL Preview Show. Guests include commissioner Tim Driscoll, Ohio State head coach Greg Corcoran, Dayton blue liners Charlie Huscroft (Walsh Jesuit) & Matt DiMarco (Cleveland Wildcats), Miami forward Hunter Wallace (Ohio AAA Blue Jackets), Xavier head coach Drew Kariofiles & Musketeers netminder Jack Frambes (Moeller HS)

Episode 63 (October 2), Former St. Edward Eagle, Bowling Green Falcon, Cleveland Lumberjack and Columbus Blue Jacket Brett Harkins

Episode 62 (November 2), Kent State University head coach Zack Nowak

Episode 61 (September 6), Gilmour Gladiators sniper and Ohio State commit Alaina Giampietro

Episode 60 (August 23), Columbus Blue Jackets color commentator & ambassador Jody Shelley

Episode 59 (August 12), Cincinnati Cyclones ECHL head coach Matt Thomas, broadcaster Andrew Mossbrooks and Jim Mitchell of the USPHL's Cincinnati Jr. Cyclones.

Episode 58 (August 5), Former Cleveland Baron, Gilmour Gladiator and 2021 RIT commit Sophia Bellina

Episode 57 (July 16), Providence College and Team USA World Junior head coach Nate Leaman

Episode 56 (June 25), Parma native and NHL Rookie of the Year finalist Alex Nedeljkovic of the Carolina Hurricanes

Episode 55 (June 18), Aaron Portzline, Columbus Blue Jackets beat writer for The Athletic

Episode 54 (June 11) panel discussion with OHSAA coaches on the need for 2-3 divisions: Tim Sullivan & Jason Levanduski (St. Edward), Patrick O'Rourke (Saint Ignatius), Kyle Botos (Avon), Tim Pennington (Olentangy Berlin), Kevin Brown (Toledo Whitmer) and Steve Bogas (Mayfield) 

Episode 53 (June 4) head coach/GM Nate Handrahan, Columbus Mavericks & co-owner Marty Kerr and GM/head coach Marty Roemer, Wooster Oilers

Episode 52 (May 27) Cleveland native, Owen Sound Attack and PHBB Showcase organizer Andrew Perrott

Episode 51 (May 13) Beavercreek head coach Greg Gutterman and a discussion on "POD" Tournaments.

Episode 50 (May 6) For this milestone episode we look back at some of the highlights from the first year's worth of shows.

Episode 49 (April 29) USA Hockey Nationals preview show with Seanna Conway (Gilmour Gladiators 16U), Darryl Noren (Ohio AAA Blue Jackets 18U) and Patrick Metzger (Team Ohio).

Episode 48 (April 22) Former Ohio AAA Blue Jacket and recent NCAA DI commit Spencer Cox

Episode 47 (April 15) Miami University head coach Chris Bergeron

Episode 46 (April 8) six-time ACHA national championship coach at Penn State and author of "Pragmatic Passion" Joe Battista

Episode 45 (March 25) 33-year Mercyhurst University head coach, and member of the NCAA Rules Committee, Rick Gotkin

Episode 44 (March 11) Ohio High School Athletic Association executive director Doug Ute & coaches of the four district champions: Hamish Baird (Upper Arlington), Peter Calleri (Walsh Jesuit), Chris Varga (Toledo St. Francis) and Tim Sullivan (St. Edward).

Episode 43 (March 4) Former Gilmour Academy star Ani Fitzgerald of #1-ranked Northeastern University

Episode 42 (February 25) Ohio University DI head coach Cole Bell and TSCHL Commissioner Tim Driscoll makes an exciting expansion announcement

Episode 41 (February 18) State-wide league tournament wrap-up and district tournament preview with Ronald Sayers from OHSAA, Ed Dick & Sean Duffy of Sports on Tap and Dave Purpura of This Week News

Episode 40 (February 11) Bowling Green ACHA head coach Jake Rishel and senior defenseman Bobby Edwards

Episode 39 (February 4) Voice of the Cleveland Monsters Tony Brown

Episode 38 (January 28) NCAA & World Junior Championship analyst Dave Starman

Episode 37 (January 21) Fantasy hockey episode with our "expert panel": Scott Harrington, Tyler Whidden & Skip Snow

Episode 36 (January 14) St. Charles head coach Rob Sangster & a replay of our conversation with Bowling Green Bobcats head coach Jamie Ruffner

Episode 35 (January 7) Blue Jackets Insider Jeff Svoboda & Rocky River head coach Chris Cogan

Episode 34 (December 17) Padua Holiday Hockey Tournament Preview with Padua Franciscan head coach Perry Cohagan, Dave Purpura of This Week News and The Toledo Blade hockey writer Mark Monroe

Episode 33 (December 11) Bob Turow, commissioner, United States Premier Hockey League  

Episode 32 (December 3) Panel discussion with representatives from all five OHSAA hockey leagues: Sean Evans (GLHL), Ryan Kelber (GCHSHL), Markus Rasmus (NHC), Tony Morris (SWOHSHL) and Patrick Murphy (CHC)

Episode 31 (November 27) Ben Schoen, Youngstown Phantoms & Curtis Hall, Yale University

Episode 30 (November 19) Adam Wodon, Managing Editor, College Hockey News

Episode 29 (November 12) Patrick Metzger & Matthew Geib, Team Ohio

Episode 28 (November 5) Chris Lillstrung, high school sportswriter, The News-Herald

Episode 27 (October 29) Erik Cagnina, founder, Athletic Performance Insight & Paul McKito, head coach, Mentor Cardinals

Episode 26 (October 15) Mike Rupp, NHL Network and Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre, FOX Sports Ohio

Episode 25 (October 8) Ty Eigner, head coach, Bowling Green State University 

Episode 24 (October 1) Jarred & Brandon Smith, founders, NOOMA & Enrico Blasi, former head coach, Miami University

Episode 23 (September 24) John Haferman, Columbus Ice Hockey Club & Freddy (Ohio State) and Charlie (Minnesota State) Gerard

Episode 22 (September 17) Patrick Metzger, GM and U18 coach, Team Ohio & Steve Elliott, head coach, Sylvania Northview

Episode 21 (September 3) EMack Bentley, Middlebury College & Aidan Spellacy and Quinn Warmuth, Robert Morris University

Episode 20 (August 27) Steve Morris, head coach, Amherst Steele 

Episode 19 (August 20) Denison University head coach Jeff German & New York Rangers winger Tim Gettinger

Episode 18 (August 13) Bowling Green High School head coach Jamie Ruffner and senior defenseman Dylan Cox & Part II with Warrior Hockey Rep Steve Rymsha

Episode 17 (August 6) Nick Petraglia, Ohio AAA Blue Jackets & Warrior Hockey Rep and former NCAA, pro player Steve Rymsha

Episode 16 (July 30) Olentangy Liberty head coach Kevin Alexander, senior goaltender Andy Keeler and alum Sam Turner (Ohio University) & Michael Chiellino, Gilmour Academy Prep

Episode 15 (July 23) Lauren Bernard, alternate captain, Clarkson University & Matt Koch, head coach and Greg Revak, assistant coach, University of Akron

Episode 14 (July 16) Tim Driscoll, commissioner, Tri-States Collegiate Hockey League & Kenny Miller, head coach and general manager, Toledo Cherokee (USPHL)

Episode 13 (July 2) Dan Bylsma, former BG Falcon and assistant coach, Detroit Red Wings & Ben Simon, head coach, Grand Rapids Griffins

Episode 12 (June 26) Tyler Harkins, Ohio U. & Russ Sinkewich, The Ohio Hockey Project (SEL/FHL)

Episode 11 (June 19) Gui Bradshaw, referee, OHSAA/WCHA & Don Van Massenhoven, 21-year NHL referee and current NHL director of officiating operations

Episode 10 (June 12) John Malloy, head coach, Gilmour Academy Varsity A & Patrick O'Rourke, head coach, Saint Ignatius

Episode 9 (June 5) Lynsey Wallace, The Ohio State University & R. J. Umberger, retired NHLer, Buckeye and CYHA

Episode 8 (May 29) Lee Mowen, The Cincinnati & Dayton Sports Podcast & Zach Sens, head coach, Talawanda

Episode 7 (May 22) Dawson DiPietro, Buffalo Sabres & Alex Nedeljkovic, Carolina Hurricanes

Episode 6 (May 15) Dan Watson, head coach, Toledo Walleye & Ian Moran, director, Neutral Zone NHL

Episode 5 (May 8) Seanna Conway, Gilmour Academy Girls Prep & Trent Vogelhuber, assistant coach, Cleveland Monsters

Episode 4 (May 1) Sebastian Ragno, head coach, Mentor Ice Breakers & Aaron Portzline, The Athletic

Episode 3 (April 24) Russ Sinkewich, The Ohio Hockey Project & Matt Buss, head coach, New Albany

Episode 2 (April 15) Chris Varga, head coach, Toledo St. Francis

Episode 1 (April 10) Scott Harrington, founder, Ohio Hockey Digest