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Ohio Hockey Digest On Air Podcast

In connection with Ohio Hockey Digest, current Ohio high school hockey coaches Tim Sullivan and Jason Levanduski 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.  If you don’t know, they will make you know! Produced by Daniel Humphrey. New episodes released every Friday.


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

THIS WEEK'S EPISODE

OHD ON AIR EPISODE 57 (JULY 16, 2021) Centerville, OH native Nate Leaman, head coach Providence College & U. S. World Junior

He may consider himself "just a nobody from Centerville, OH", but Nate Leaman has gone from humble beginnings hockey-wise to being one of the top coaches in college hockey. He tells us about his journey from learning how to skate at 13 to an unlikely junior and college playing career to realizing his passion was not environmental science and volunteering with Shawn Walsh at the University of Maine during their national title run in 1999. After taking "the job nobody wanted" at Union so he could be a head coach, and breathing new life into that program, he led a similar resurgence at Providence College which includes winning the 2015 NCAA Championship. Last December, he guided Team USA to the gold medal at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Tournament – a role he will reprise in 2022...and he openly admits having a soft spot for players from Ohio (interview begins at 27:52). Cleveland Monsters play-by-play man Tony Brown also appeared his week to share his memories of Matiss Kivlenieks (14:40).

Upcoming episodes

(click link below to access archived episodes)

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