Tim Sullivan, co-host
Jason Levanduski, co-host
Dan Humphrey, producer
Scott Harrington, executive producer
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 former Miami University head coach Enrico Blasi (Ep. 24)
Cleveland native and NHL Network analyst Mike Rupp reflects on his 14 years in the NHL and a few of the crossroads that almost derailed his career before he was able to make his NHL debut, earn that second game, and eventually score the Stanley Cup clinching goal for the New Jersey Devils in Game 7 of the 2003 Stanley Cup Final. He also shares some thoughts on developing young players including the fact that you need time away from hockey!
Former NHL defenseman Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre recalls being a part of the Columbus Blue Jackets expansion team, playing professionally in Europe later in his career, the never-ending search for good Poutine, and how he transitioned into the media with FOX Sports Ohio. He also shares some thoughts on recent Columbus moves in the NHL Entry Draft and free agency.
(click link below to access archived episodes)
Episode 1 (April 10) Scott Harrington, founder, Ohio Hockey Digest
Episode 2 (April 15) Chris Varga, head coach, Toledo St. Francis
Episode 3 (April 24) Russ Sinkewich, The Ohio Hockey Project & Matt Buss, head coach, New Albany
Episode 4 (May 1) Sebastian Ragno, head coach, Mentor Ice Breakers & Aaron Portzline, The Athletic
Episode 5 (May 8) Seanna Conway, Gilmour Academy Girls Prep & Trent Vogelhuber, assistant coach, Cleveland Monsters
Episode 6 (May 15) Dan Watson, head coach, Toledo Walleye & Ian Moran, director, Neutral Zone NHL
Episode 7 (May 22) Dawson DiPietro, Buffalo Sabres & Alex Nedeljkovic, Carolina Hurricanes
Episode 8 (May 29) Lee Mowen, The Cincinnati & Dayton Sports Podcast & Zach Sens, head coach, Talawanda
Episode 9 (June 5) Lynsey Wallace, The Ohio State University & R. J. Umberger, retired NHLer, Buckeye and CYHA
Episode 10 (June 12) John Malloy, head coach, Gilmour Academy Varsity A & Patrick O'Rourke, head coach, Saint Ignatius
Episode 11 (June 19) Gui Bradshaw, referee, OHSAA/WCHA & Don Van Massenhoven, 21-year NHL referee and current NHL director of officiating operations
Episode 12 (June 26) Tyler Harkins, Ohio U. & Russ Sinkewich, The Ohio Hockey Project (SEL/FHL)
Episode 13 (July 2) Dan Bylsma, former BG Falcon and assistant coach, Detroit Red Wings & Ben Simon, head coach, Grand Rapids Griffins
Episode 14 (July 16) Tim Driscoll, commissioner, Tri-States Collegiate Hockey League & Kenny Miller, head coach and general manager, Toledo Cherokee (USPHL)
Episode 15 (July 23) Lauren Bernard, alternate captain, Clarkson University & Matt Koch, head coach and Greg Revak, assistant coach, University of Akron
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 17 (August 6) Nick Petraglia, Ohio AAA Blue Jackets & Warrior Hockey Rep and former NCAA, pro player Steve Rymsha
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 19 (August 20) Denison University head coach Jeff German & New York Rangers winger Tim Gettinger
Episode 20 (August 27) Steve Morris, head coach, Amherst Steele
Episode 21 (September 3) EMack Bentley, Middlebury College & Aidan Spellacy and Quinn Warmuth, Robert Morris University
Episode 22 (September 17) Patrick Metzger, GM and U18 coach, Team Ohio & Steve Elliott, head coach, Sylvania Northview
Episode 23 (September 24) John Haferman, Columbus Ice Hockey Club & Freddy (Ohio State) and Charlie (Minnesota State) Gerard
Episode 24 (October 1) Jarred & Brandon Smith, founders, NOOMA & Enrico Blasi, former head coach, Miami University
Episode 25 (October 8) Ty Eigner, head coach, Bowling Green State University
Brad Patterson has been a part of the Youngstown Phantoms coaching staff since the inaugural season of 2009-10. He took over as head coach for the 2016-17 season and added GM duties in 2019-2020.
Patterson has played an integral part in the development of over 150 NCAA players and numerous NHL draft picks, including Kyle Connor of the Winnipeg Jets. In 2014-15 he helped the Phantoms set a USHL record 17 straight wins on route to securing the Anderson Cup. As Head Coach he has guided the Phantoms to the playoffs each season, including a Clark Cup Finals appearance in 2017-18.
Following four years Michigan Tech, he spent the next seven years playing professional hockey in the USA, Italy and England.
Amateur hockey. Professional results. Erik Cagnina has developed a platform that allows game events to be tracked by a team volunteer in real-time and process them to generate reports, integrated with video, to help teams improve play and develop players. Athletic Performance Insight (www.athleticperformanceinsight.com) is a powerful tool that can help coaches at any level.
Chris Lillstrung has worked at The News-Herald since 1999 covering high school sports, including ice hockey. In 2018, he was honored with an Ohio High School Athletic Association Media Service award and was Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association Division I state sportswriter of the year in 2016.
CHN managing editor Adam Wodon has been covering college since 1988, spending time as the play-by-play broadcaster for Princeton and Cornell, as well as professional hockey and Westwood One's Frozen Four broadcasts from 2011-2015. He worked at USCHO.com for nine years, and on College Sports Television's regular college hockey coverage for three years. He has also worked for ESPN, including the 2004 Frozen Four game broadcasts, and 2003-05 NCAA Tournament Selection Shows, as well as various radio, newspaper and television news and sports assignments since 1992.