Big show last night as Millard made a pit stop appearance between weeks off and we talked with some pretty interesting guests.
We began the program as we usually do with some back and forth discussion on some current topics of the day. Was Patrick O'Sullivan deservedly left off the Olympic camp roster by USA or should he have been there? The Ivan Hlinka domination by Canada and specifically the OHL contingent. The Colten Teubert hit on Jordan Caron - was it necessary? Marty Murray signs with Manitoba. Oil King camp beginning soon and the P.A. Raiders lose out on a 4th overall pick as he declines to attend camp. Hear the opening segment HERE.
Next up was a conversation with Air Force head coach Frank Serratore. This is a really unique and interesting program considering the limitation they have when it comes to recruiting players. Coach Serratore talked in depth about the process and how they find quality players who are also focused on giving 5 years of their post-college life to the military service for their country. You can imagine that can be a tough sell but some how they've managed to do it and have developed into a successful NCAA Hockey program. We talked about specific players and about coach Serratore's personal development behind the bench and away from the rink since joining the Air Force Academy. A highly recommended listen that can be found HERE.
We played a quick round of Bad Ass Trivia to take us to the mid-point of the show. If you're a trivia fan, HERE is where you can find last night's questions.
After the top of the hour we joined up with Jaden Schwartz who just helped Canada win a gold medal at the Ivan Hlinka tournament. Schwartz is a smallish forward with a ton of offensive talent who will be a real wild card in the 2010 draft. He's headed for the Tri city Storm of the USHL this season before embarking on a NCAA career at Colorado College where his older brother Rylan is attending as a freshman this year. But will the brothers stay at college or might the lure of playing for a Memorial Cup in Brandon be too strong??? Hear all about it from Schwartz himself right HERE.
Edmonton Oiler forward Patrick O'Sullivan joined us and looked ahead to the coming season. A fresh start with the Oilers out of camp, a new coaching staff, his preferance to play the wing - all things covered for Oilers fans. we also went back in time a discussed his past with USA Hockey considering his omission from the Olympic camp this summer. O'Sullivan commented on not getting that invite despite his World Championship and WJC experience. In response to a listener's email question on a sensitive subject, O'Sullivan offered some advice to parents of hockey players. finally, we asked the American born forward why he chose the OHL over the NCAA and about his former Mississauga teammate Rob Schremp. Hear everything O'Sullivan had to say HERE.
Our final guest of the night was The Director of Player Personnel with the Tampa bay Lightning, Jim Hammett. We went over the Lightning's 2009 draft class and asked about several of the organization's up and coming players. We also touched on the potential of the off ice circus around the franchise ownership group to become a distraction during the season. You can hear that TBY Update HERE.
Next week: Millard's gone again but I'll be joined by Dustin Nielson from the TEAM 1260's new morning show "Nielson and Chase". It's the big season Finale for Season 4 and we'll close out August in style.
(Photos Courtesy: USCHO.com, Air Force Academy, USA Hockey, Hockey Canada.)