They say that “time flies when you’re having fun!” It seems like only yesterday that I got together with my Co-Host Jon Stamos and Producer Ryan Gilchrist for the very first “dry run” of The Blue N’ White Tonight Podcast. The date was July 26/ 2015 and an interesting sidenote to the story is that Ryan and I were meeting Jon face to face for the very first time. The truth is, we had no idea how it was going to go that day and whether there would be any chemistry at all.
The idea of doing a podcast was born inside my twisted head back in early July of this year when I attended the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Prospects Camp in Collingwood, Ontario. I spent the weekend up there and ended up speaking with many of the players both on and off the record. Among them were Mitch Marner, Jeremy Bracco, Travis Dermott, Casey Bailey, Andrew Nielson, Stephen Desrocher, Viktor Loov, and Andreas Johnson. I also spoke with Paul Hendrick, Barb Underhill, and Stu Hyman, the father of Leafs’ prospect Zach Hyman.
After compiling some great interview footage, I was disappointed to find that the website that I was writing for at the time, had no interest in “breaking news” to the fans. They were content with being a site that brought fans opinions on news that had already happened. For that reason, the interview footage that I had compiled in Collingwood was unusable.
I had been toying with the idea of doing a Toronto Maple Leafs podcast as well after listening to several on the internet. My idea was to bring a fresh outlook… Leafs podcast meets Saturday Night Live! Three 20-minute periods of all Leafs content separated by some humour in the form of “commercials” for products based on former Leafs personalities. That idea was also met with a chilly reception by my former employers. They were fine with me doing it but I was not to mention the show in any of my articles. Furthermore, I was to broadcast a disclaimer stating that the podcast and website were not affiliated in any way.
On August 7, opportunity came knocking in the form of LeafsHub.com. After a brief discussion, it became quite clear that we were all on the same page. They see the game the same way that I do and were more than happy to not only accept the podcast but to promote it as well. I agreed to join the site as a Staff Writer and began preparing for the debut of what would be known as The Blue N’ White Tonight Podcast.
On August 23, after four weeks of dry runs, Jon, Ryan, and I recorded the debut episode… “The Shanaplan” using a unique three period format like that of a hockey game. This show is special to us due to the fact that it’s the only one that we did “solo” without any guests. The show was basically a detailed timeline of everything that had happened up until that point since Brendan Shanahan took over as president of the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 11, 2014.
The guests followed though… “The Voice of the Marlies” Todd Crocker, former Toronto Maple Leaf Greg Terrion, Paul Hendrick of Leafs TV, “The Voice of the Toronto Maple Leafs Joe Bowen, Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston… and the show began to find its way into people’s ears.
And how about those commercials mentioned earlier? Some amazing products and businesses have made their way into the “between period breaks” including…
- Harold Ballard Adult Undergarments: “Like Harold himself- they don’t take any crap from anybody!”
- Aki Berg Discount Stores: “Guaranteed Giveaways Everyday!”
- Justin Pogge Magic Kit: “For young goaltenders who wanna disappear… quickly!”
- Toskala Cheese: “The cheese with more holes than Vesa himself!”
- Brian Burke Trucculent Beef Jerky: “All meat… no flavour!”
- Tie Domi Knuckle Ointment: “It’s hard to punch faces when your wounds haven’t healed!”
- Lanny McDonald Moustache Trimmer: “Just because you score 40… doesn’t mean you have to look 40!”
- Colton Orr Knuckle Sandwiches: “So tasty… unless you’re Milan Lucic!”
- The Brendan Shanahan Demolition Kit For Businesses
- Dave “Tiger” Williams Children’s Books
The show is unique in its own way but it may not be for everybody. Head on over to bnwtpodcast.com and check it out for yourself.
Season 1- Episode 8
This week, we recorded Episode 8 featuring three special guests. In the first period, we were joined by former Hockey Night In Canada Video Montage Maker Tim Thompson who is the creator of the chilling video below.
In the second period, “The Voice of the Marlies” Todd Crocker dropped by to chat about the club’s 2-0 start to the season. In period three, Jude MacDonald of LeafsHub.com joined us for a good old-fashioned roundtable. Topics included Nazem Kadri, 3 on 3 overtime, and “there will be pain!”
Next week, I am truly honoured to announce that our guest is none other than former Toronto Maple Leaf captain Rick Vaive. Vaive joined the Leafs, along with Bill Derlago, in a 1980 trade that sent Dave “Tiger” Williams and veteran Jerry Butler to the Vancouver Canucks. Many were unhappy about Williams’ departure but it didn’t take along for young Rick to win the hearts of Leaf fans everywhere.
He scored 33 goals in his first full season in the blue and white but even that accomplishment couldn’t prepare anyone for what was to happen next. In the 1981-82 season, Vaive became the first ever Leaf to score 50 goals in a season, notching 54! He followed that up with two more 50-goal seasons in the following two years. In all, Rick would score 332 goals and 570 points in 534 games as a Leaf. Numbers that make him unequivocally one of the greatest Toronto Maple Leafs of all time.
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