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Episode 30 · 1 year ago

Andy Sutton (Verbero Hockey) | Episode 30

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Andy Sutton, the Owner and CEO of Verbero Hockey, joins the podcast this week to discuss the new partnership with the EHL and EHLP. Included in the topics of discussion are Sutton's thoughts towards the current status of the hockey world. As a former NHL player, Sutton believes this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs may be the toughest of all-time.

Welcome to the e show with Neil Ravin. With over onezero NCAA commitments, the ehl is the proven path to college. Turn it up and learn more about the college placement leader at the division two and three levels. Welcome to the east show presented by the penalty box foundation. The foundation's mission centers around their daily motto we take care of our own as they help out all of those within the hockey community who've experienced a catastrophic event. Learn more at penalty box foundation dot Org. Once again, my name is Neil Raven. This is episode number thirty of the e show and for the first time in the history of the podcast we have a former NHL player on as a guest in a new partner of the League. That's welcome, and Andy Sutton from verbarrel hockey. Welcome to east show, Andy. Thanks Dale, thanks for having me really excited about the partnership. I am very excited as well and, as I mentioned, you are the first ever former player that I've had on the podcast, which is funny because we actually did have a former coach in the league who played in the NHL, Freddy Meyer, but Freddy just never never came on the podcast. So you're the first ever former NHL guy on the podcast. So thank you. That's awesome. I'll have to have to give give Freddy trouble on I. He was, might use, my d partner in New York. So we pretty and our good buddies. We still stay in touch. Over six hundred seventy five NHL Games for you and then you get out of the NHL and you buy, you purchase verbeol hockey. For those at home, what is Ribarol hockey? Well, ver verbarrow hockey's a brand that's been around for a little over a decade. The brand before I purchased it, did some really good things. You know. They definitely had product in the NHL. They tested it on a high level, did a lot of product development, in particular on the carbon fiber skate that I inherited. And then after, after purchasing it, I put some of my own touches on I'm an engineer by education and have a pretty inquisitive mind in general and enjoy product development myself. So I was able to put some put...

...some touches on that skate. That augmented it and, you know, added in a really a team team, glove team pamp program and we added this three hundred and fifty gram stick and then I worked for about a year and a half putting together and apparel, basically in a peril service component to the business. So I have a private label, verbara has a private label partner here in the US, which is really cool, and then we have a factory that we have exclusivity with that does a lot of our sublimated stuff, all of our game where. So we're effectively, you know, rooted in this. You know in our in our hard goods, which are which are very high caliber. We sell everything team direct, which is pretty unique. We extend those team direct prices to everybody because we keep our infrastructure relatively small and then want to pass those savings onto the end customer support it with really high level equipment and then really on the and of peril and then the culmination of it, as you know, is is building unique team stores for four teams that we on board. So it's an opportunity for these teams to establish an ECOMMERCE presence with the with all the products that we host in our catalog. So one of the questions that I also had already gotten from guys that I've mentioned the company to is, you know, is there one piece of equipment that you guys focus on more than anything else? Because the question basically was, you know, look at a company like titles and golf. Yeah, they make clubs and everything else, but it all falls back to their golf ball. Is there something within verbarrow that it all falls back that's your number one product? Well, I would say product in general is is looking like it's going to be our team stores, because our products are great top to bottom, and then our ability to connect with people like yourself, you know, who run leagues or own teams, coaches. We really put together a program that allows everybody in the game to access these products basically on demand. So we've been able to address a lot of voids in the industry and...

...our opinion. Know, typically a lot of companies have a specific buying season, so you'd have to buy all of your stuff, you know, for the entire year, say in the month of January. That doesn't work. Sales Reps up to go in and fill it order for Hims and do this and that. It's a lot of it's a lot of handholding for them. Doesn't work. So we're trying to. We're pointing everything to the team stores to make it easier for the team's leagues, associations, the reps and then even internally. It's much easier for us to receive those payments up front and then process the order. It's a better way of doing business. And your NHL career ended back, I believe there's the two thousand and twelve year, two thousand and thirteen year. Obviously a few years between now and then. When did you first learn of for barrel hockey and what made you interested in coming on board in the way that you did? Well, I was working at a company called Wholesale Sports Inc, and Wholesale Sports Inc owns several brands and we were able to acquire the first, our brand, which was formerly a Canadian apparel brand, and I was a partner in that, in the acquisition of that brand with wholesale sports. We also brought for Barrow on during the time period that I was there and I was able to really get to know the products the brand and then really started conceptualizing ways to change it and augmented and really modernize it for the for the way I think people buy nowadays, and and so during that process I was able to sell back my interests in first start to a wholesale sports and I was able to parlay some of those gains into the acquisition of for Barrow and took it outside to really run it as a standalone, because we are not looking to go to retails and a lot of what wholesale sports does is sell at wholesale and hopefully, you know, through to retail. So I didn't want there to be any confusion of any kind and and the approach is working well for us. I mean we're really having great success connecting team direct especially with all the relationships that myself and my staff have, you know, across the board. So we're able to really speak directly to people that really have a need for what we're offering. And one of the things that we've talked about in our conversations that I...

...think makes us very similar, as the ehl is not the NHL of the USHL. The same way for barrel is not, you know, CCM or Bauer, but you still have some notable ambassadors who are already using your products. Can you tell us some of the folks who those guys are? And the NHL? Yeah, for sure. I mean you know, the most notable, you know players can act in send cam used used our products for a few years and then Braden holby still uses our shield series of padded goalie shirt and we don't we don't pay him to do that. He wears that shirt because it's, you know, it's one of the best products available for goalies. And you know we for Barrow supported the NHL and and send many, many players over about a three year period. May really paved away, I think, for in a lot of ways, for us to be able to utilize that sort of credibility as a marketing tool. And then, I think with my background and now putting putting some of my touches on it from all my time in the game, is really, you know, ramp it up to another level. And people people, and we take this very seriously. But people are very trusting of the prod of the program that we put out because of the collective, the collective of backgrounds of everybody involved and and where the brand has been previously and with our partnership, which we all have them, the eastern Hockey League website as well, Eastern Hockey League Dot Org. One of the main focuses, of course, are the team stores that we will be releasing here in the next few weeks, but also the players of the month sticks. We're going to have the forward defenceman of each month and the EHL and EHLP will be getting this three hundred and fifty Graham stick. Now I just play men's league now, like right, so I have have a warrior stick or something somewhere. I use the same stick that I've been using for like five years. What is the difference when you feel this stick out's thought of just the overall weight of the hockey stick. I would say, more than anything, the balance of that. I was always really...

...sensitive to a stick that had good balance. I didn't like sticks that had, you know, wait where I could feel it, say in the heel of the stick, which is typically where where you feel it. I always like to stick that when you when you held it, you know if it felt sort of it's felt sort of like congruent, you know, from top to bottom. So when you move the stick around, it kind of became an extension of you, and I would say that's true with this stick. The one thing that you notice is like immediately, because you've held so many sticks, you like wow, this stick is incredibly light and what that provides is the ability to move the stick faster, you know, through your stick handling and all that type of stuff. So that's that's the one thing that I've noticed. And then, you know, like I like most of the sticks, not days, you can you can rip it. I mean you can load these shafts that are they're very durable, you know, even this thing at three hundred and fifty grams, I wear tested it before we brought it, you know, brought it in under the Verbaro brand and and I shot about three hundred fifty one timers with the same stick and eighty five flex and I mean I use like a one hundred and twenty five when I played. So I mean the durabilities there, the Puck rips, you've got incredible feel with it. So guys are going to love it and it's, you know, the stick. The top quality sticks are top quality sticks, I would say, pretty much across the board. The other way that we're beating everybody else is on price. We're available under two hundred dollars all the time on verbarocom and for this stick, obviously for some of our players it may be their first taste of a piece of equipment from verberrow right. So when they use that stick for the first time, is there what's the next piece of equipment that you want to get into their hands? Would it be gloves? Would it be skates or, like you mentioned Britain, hope he uses the same shield, you know, forever. Yeah, I mean I think the I think the obviously the skates amazing. I think skates a tougher cell. I think a lot of guys are very much like you know, brand, brand, you know, focus probably as it pertains to skate. So I think getting getting people to change their skates is a longer road and and that's okay. I'm willing to go down that road. Our Glove, our...

...glove is amazing. We're different in another way to like a lot of companies will have a multitude of different options, and they don't. They don't do that for the customer. They they do that for sales. They do that to drive up sales so that they can satisfy shareholders and raise more money. But bottom line is their model is broken. They they own a significant market share and lose money every single year. It's a bad business. So we have one really amazing glove and it's what we brought it in and eight, like eight different colors. So this one, this one happens to be a a navy. I think it's navy or black. Can't tell. It's a little earlier still for me, but but we're basically we've addressed about ninety nine percent of the base color options with these, with these eight gloves that we brought in. You know whether it's whether it's red, white, red, black, red, black white, red, navy white. And then we've done the same thing on down the line with the royals and and the other colors as well. So we we have done that. And then we put basically a pocket inside the left thigh of the of our pant. Brought our pants in in the same base cut, in similar base colors to suit ninety nine percent of the teams, and then we do on demand embroidery on the left thigh of the pants. So we're really positioning ourselves to be the only true on demand custom company top to bottom, will do custom sticks for teams they hit certain minimums. We can do be like unique graphics for teams, which I think is important. And then with our sticks, we've brought our sticks in and eight colors too, because I've never understood why teams don't have team color sticks. It doesn't make any sense to me. You know, if you're driving wide on a defenseman and you're driving back door and you know, you get that stick and in behind, like I want to see that. I want to know who stick that is out of the corner of my eye because everything happens so fast. So we're trying to touch all that stuff and, you know, put a little bit of a different mindset around the game, around the products and around how we think people will will buy and receive our products. And in the daytoday with Ribeiro, do you ever find yourself like saying like Oh, you know, I wish I had some of these products when I played? Yeah, I mean it's, you know,...

...the gloves of preview example. I mean glove innovation really hasn't gone that far right, like a good glove is a good glove, but we did a lot of measurements on this glove made sure it was it was very modern fit, because I think guys are liking more and more now stuff to be a little bit a little bit more snugly fit. I don't like a glove that's loose, that like swings around and creates a lot of like momentum on your hand. I think it should stay with you. It should be very tactile, but at the same time there's there's plastic inserts in every role in here. I mean it's increds an incredibly protective glove and I have big hands and this, this glove fits me very well, like the fingers aren't protruding out. And you know, we've got this beautiful, beautiful pond. It's very durable but also has like a lot of great feel. It's not too thick and these are right out, right out of the box. These are ready to go into a game. That's the other thing I like about them. They're there. As durable as they are and as protective as they are, they're also incredibly comfortable right when you get them. So I mean that's a great product. And then I think the you know, the long term of it is people are going to really appreciate our apparel program know, the the stuff that we have is amazing. We never stopped innovating. Everything that I that I've worked on with our international manufacturer has basically been been, you know, modeled off of Lulu Lemon and Travis Matthew and g four and all this stuff. So I mean, and that's the type of stuff that you'll be getting from us. And then our private label series products are really incredible to in some instances we might have thirty different colors available to teams and do all the on demand, you know, screening or embroidery on those products, and we're turning all this stuff in like less than two weeks, all this custom stuff. So I mean we're faster than everybody else. There's no minimums. The stuff's available two seven, three hundred and sixty five an e commerce. So it's really advantageous. And we started touching on you're playing days. I mentioned it earlier. I can see all of the jerseys lined up behind you, all the teams that you played for. Obviously we're in a very weird time right now. That's it. This is podcast is dropping on Thursday and we're going to have playoff hockey on Saturday and it's it's kind of hard to...

...imagine that we're going to go right into it like that, but hockey, compared to some of the other sports, I've noticed the players all seem in other sports, has been a lot of guys opting out. Would where would you stand if you were still playing? Would you would you want to be in or would you want to be out? Oh my goodness, I said, I've said this to a few people through this the the guys are glad. Here's hockey players of the ultimate gladiators. I mean we are actill breed, you know, and whether you play in the NHL, you play in the EHL or any other league, it's no different. For the spirit of the Athlete, I believe in hockey like we are. We are, we are warriors, there's no doubt about it. And the guys are, I'm sure, like I would have been, or chomping it. We're chomping at the bit to get back to playing. I mean you can only when you're when you're that hard line and your you're that you know, connected to what you're doing. You get a few weeks off like that might feel nice, but like the start of the fourth week, your you're you're climbing up there on the ceiling, you know, like you can't wait to get back and compete. You're in your prime, you're you know, if you're you're earning money or you're earning good money or you're trying to get a better position on team or a new contract. Everybody's always playing for something and I think the hockey guys, because of a lot of our maybe more humble upbringings, I think we're I don't know, we're more I think we're more open, more connected, and I think that's why the guys have been more receptive to getting back and playing and awful. What you just said obviously sounds like you would be in but for the teams that are there. One question that I've seen talked about a lot online is is it going to be? Is the level of play going to be as high as we would expect it to be for the playoffs? And how I want to ask this question to you is, you know, players feed off fans and they go on the road, they go home and series go back and forth. Do you feel like the playoffs will be just as competitive? Even if a team as behind, you know, to nothing, they're going to still fight just as hard to come back in that series? Oh yeah, I mean that's that's the heart of man.

I mean that doesn't change. You know, and I always I always equated to like, you know, your dog can be sound asleep on its bed and then if, like a rabbit ran by, your dog would wake up and would be old, would be able to turn and run full speed. You pivot on a dime to chase this thing. It would never pull a muscle right. It's like it's built for it. These guys, these guys are built for this, you know, like they're they're trained at the highest level. They're hard, hard line, hardwired to perform and and to compete at the highest level. I fully expect that there and on top of that, I think, given everything else, I think there's gonna be a big like outlet. It's gonna be a big relief for guys to be able to go out invent some of the frustrations that we're all dealing with in this really odd time. So I believe that it's going to be a great outlet. I think there's going to be. It's going to be an amazing product. I think more people than ever are going to watch it, which is so great for our game. And then we can only hope that, you know, guys don't get injured. That be my only that be my only worried that it goes from zero two hundred and sixty and three point two and you know, maybe maybe some guys aren't prepared for it. So but that's sort of nature of the game. I mean injuries are so proudly me over my fifteen year career I missed more games due to injury than anybody else. had fourteen surgeries over the time periods. I mean it's a it's definitely a it's definitely a gladiator sport, there's no doubt about it. And off of that, you know there's people that of the belief that whoever wins this Stanley Cup, there's an asterisk next to it. How would you respond to that? I don't know. You know, I had a had a good friend that I would always say when I was playing it helped me keep things in perspective if I got too serious, you know, I got down about the way I was playing. Away team is playing and he look at me, need to say? He'd say, suts, it's all, it's entertainment and that's the fact of the matter. This is this is entertainment there and these guys are entertainers as much as as much as their athletes. They're entertainers and it's entertainment. I mean it's really all it's all about entertainment. So I don't know. In the end, you know, the championships, as like noble as it is, there's a lot of luck that goes into it every...

...year. I mean you see, like you know some of the years that the king's win at they they, you know, make the playoffs in the last game or two of the season and go on to win the Stanley Cup. You know, so of those, those those events are not happening the store out. But but yet that's such a such a rarity that you know, there's no way to really account for it. So they put together a structure that I think, you know, best suited the times and I think it's going to promote a winner. I mean there's more teams making making the playoffs, so that that's good too. And then I think that, you know, the best team is going to win in the end, because it's a war of attrition. They playoff hockey and NHL playoff hockey is just absolute war of attrition in the end with these with these length of these series and the and the the degree of combat that these guys attack with. And I thought it interesting that you use the word entertainment there, because that really is what it is at the end of the day. And what I found interesting is the first night the NHL it comes back, they put three exhibition games out there. You know, one's the flyers penguins. They hate each other. You know, one was, I think, Toronto and Montreal. Yet they don't like each other. And then they put out, you know, the oilers and flames who, like everyone in the world knows right now, can't stand each other. What is that? That's challenge for the NHL to make this as entertaining as possible so they can get the most viewers. Is that their biggest challenge? I don't think it's going to be a problem. I think everybody's pining for sport, you know, it's so I think actually, like I said earlier, I think this is going to promote, you know, more viewers. I think people are going to we're going to have new fans of hockey in this falls out just because of the timing of stuff. People are home, people are looking for something entertained to watch. There's literally games on every minute of the day, which is so cool, you know, as a fan. So I think, yeah, the entertainment aspect of it is a real deal. I think that Claire should always keep that in mind, because I think we tend to take ourselves a little too seriously when when we're in it right, and that's not necessarily a healthy thing either. So I think that you know it's going to be it's going to be high quality entertainment, no doubt about it, and I touched on this a...

...little bit earlier. You look at some of these baseball stadiums and they have these cardboard cutoffs in the stands. That just looks so weird. But you I watched, you know, the NHL Games and they have banners coming every state. Every set of stand almost looks like a video game. But it seemed like the NHL isn't going to go to the efforts of making it look like there's actual people there. So for you, as a former player, what would you say to the EAHL kids and younger players who tune into these playoffs? What what should they watch for about how the way the players handle themselves? Well, I think you know, just just to compete level. You know, just because whether you're, like I said earlier, whether you're fighting for it for a job, you're fighting to advance on your team, you're trying to go to a different league, you're whatever you're doing. I mean it's it's a it's all, it's all a collection of small things. So I think is for people, and young people in particular, you got to pay attention to all the small things because in the end, especially if you have a long, you know, career playing playing hockey, they add up to big numbers. You know, it's like it's like it's like a savings plan, you know, like you you've got to put all this stuff in the bank. You got to hope for the best and then and then you've got to also have some luck along the way. You know how to ton of luck along the way. But I also like I also work my ass off, you know, at every turn. So I mean in a lot of ways you make your own luck with work ethic, and in other ways maybe you get lucky because you deserve it, you know, because you are working hard and putting yourself out there. So I would say just watch the intensity these guys play with, watch the passion, because passion wins in the end. I mean it really does. Passion, Work Ethic Win in the end. And I'm in Nashville right now at the elite edge showcase. Are just outside Nashville. I guess we're in Belve you technically, and one of the guest speakers over the past couple days was Mike Fisher and he started talking about, you know, his career and he said some of the similar things that you just said right there, and he brought up to two thousand and Seventeen Cup finals. I think it was his only finals appearance. Obviously...

...they're lost the Pittsburgh and he got kind of choir for a little bit talking about it and it was like the silence you could hear all, I like amongst the whole room was but it was pretty definite. For Yourself. You mentioned all the surgeries. The miss team still play in six hundred and seventy five. was there ever a moment in your career where you just kept saying to yourself like I'm not gonna give this up until I left the Cup ored it. was there a moment where you were like, you know, like this is this is it? I don't know. The way I always saw it was like, you know, I played on a lot of expansion teams as well, and then maybe even some teams that were you know, in the lower and the lower end of the league's at the bottom third. That became like a part of me, I guess, and who I play Roo for whatever reason, you know. And then when I got for me, like I always focused on tried to focus on it on a game by game basis, just to, you know, an end and really in the end, you know, sort of off the hills what I had said previously. I believe that if you if you give you give the intensity to every situation, what's what's meant for you is going to be there for you in the end anyways. So whether I hoist the Cup or I'm just able to, you know, get another year contract or or have you know, have some have helped my team in some way, I mean it's all, it's all part and parcel, I think, to the mindset that you have to have to be a successful athlete. I think you've got to be able to let stuff go quickly. I think you got to move on to the next shift or the next game with with a renewed sense of selfconfidence and and passion and pursuit, and then I think everything else is sort of just a bonus. You know. Like I I never felt like less than because I didn't get a chance to win the cup. You know, I never felt like less than because I didn't even get a chance to play a million playoff games, because I played on on some poor, poor teams, you know. So in the end it's like I had them will have the greatest journey. You know, that a that a hockey player can have. I mean, I couldn't ask for anything more. And I'm glad you brought up the expansion team thing because I didn't want to ask one last question about the NHL career for you, because when it comes to junior hockey, we have some teams with...

...some interesting team names, right he supposed wizards, Vermont, lumberjacks, they've some of them fit where our teams are located. But then the NHL comes out and that with the Seattle crack in, is their new one. For you, all the different teams that you played, did it matter the colors on the I mean for an NHL Player, does it matter the colors of the Jersey to the matter that the logo, or was exist more of the history of each of each franchise that you played for? That's a great question. I think it's I think it's all part and parcel, you know, like growing up in Canada and being a leaf fan, you know, my whole life, until I until I started playing effectively, you know, always playing against that team was like, are you kidding me, like I'm on the I grew up, you know, Doug Gilmore and Wendell Clark and all these guys and even darrel sitler before that. I mean it was, it was surreal. Is Surreal. And then even like the red wings felt that way. And then I played my first NHL game in Philly and at the time, like, you know, Philly had philly had pronger and they had, you know, all these all these guys that were just like, you know, icons in the game, and I got a chance to, you know, to feel that and what that felt like to play against these guys. So that was a Philly was always a place for me. Right, I felt a certain way. And then, I don't know, you go into like, you know, in early in my career get you know, I got to play against, you know, lemieux and Crosby in the same game, right. So like Pittsburgh feels a certain way because of that, you know, and in the end you know and Vancouver was always a very hard place to play and you know when you go into when you go into Calgary, it was always a very tough place to play and there were there were teams that definitely felt a certain way. And then uniform side of things. I think it matters. I think I think the I think the presentation matters. I think looking, certainly you can look at like the New Zealand all blocks or something like that, you know, and and the dance they do their uniform. They just look so Badass and and I think, I think a uniform can have that effect if you if designed properly. All right, so let's put you on the spot then. was there one uniform that...

...you prefer, that you love more than anything else going that Jersey on? Yeah, for me, I guess, you know, it was it was a real honor when I got traded to Ottawa. And then, you know, being a kid in Canada, growing up in the you know, I was born seventy five, so growing up, you know, really in my impressionable years through the s s rain when Gretzky was in Edmonton and and I got to play for that team, I mean and come back to Canada. So for me like those two Canadian teams and getting a chance to be part of the fabric of that of that culture and that country for a time was was really special. I felt. I felt I felt so reinvigorated when I when I got to go to Edmonton in the end. You know, I was I was an older player, much older player. You know, we're I was playing with Ryan, Ryan Nujan Hopkins was a rookie the first year I played in in Edmonton. He's eighteen and I'm thirty seven right, so I'm more than I'm more than double new just age right. So it's like I knew I was. I knew I was. You know, it was all coming to an end pretty pretty soon and I really appreciated the opportunity to get there. I'm Taylor Hall and Jordan Everleigh and, you know, Gosh, Devan Dubnik, and I mean just and then so a couple legends. You know, Ryan Smith was there and Nicolai hoppy pool and was in net and just like just such a cool way to go out. Well, this is a great transition into my last two questions because we've been doing a lot of team the week features on the podcast this obs season. Highlighting one organization that I had time interviewing the head coach and GM of the program and these last two questions are what I've left. Asked every single one of them. So the first one you started to kind of touch on this. Obviously, throughout your career you've been in a million different ranks, but to put you back on the spot, is there one where you walked in and every time you got to that rank you're like, damn, it feels good to be in this barn? Yeah, for sure. I mean I I played college hockey in Michigan at Michigan Tech and with they had there was an annual tournament...

...every year called the Great Lakes invitational. We got a chance to play out at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. So every and and I really you know, there was always a lot of fans and it was such a cool it's just such a cool environment and time of year and and I had a really and I end up winning the player of the tournament my senior senior year and that really was the place where it all started for me. That tournament in particular, there were a lot of NHL Scouts there and I'd never been drafted. So it was it was an opportunity for people to be like wow, who, because I really took a while for me to come into my own and I think they're like this, this guy's six foot seven, he's never been drafted and he can skate like this and hit and get all this stuff. They were like chomping at the bit. So that year was crazy. And then every time I went, you know, when in Detroit, that felt a certain way. Obviously, going back to Toronto always felt a certain way. Going to Canada in general felt a certain way. The rink in Montreal is like such a cool place to play because the the fans in Montreal all are so passionate and they're so knowledgeable and they love their team so much. But when you play in Canada in general, I found like it's completely silent during play in the US and a lot of times people are talking or they're like watching the cheerleaders or whatever is going on and and there's some background noise, which is fine too, but when you go to cantime, you hear the guys talking, you hear the Christmas of the blaze that the passes, that I mean every sound is is amplified and so I think as a player, you know, you kind of dial into those sounds because they're so familiar to you. You know from it's from growing up and stuff like that. So you feel a little bit more, I think, like you're just back on the pond. I got Youa so then the last question that I've been asking all these same coaches and GM's from around the league. I have to put a different spin on it because what I've been doing with them as I've talked about their history as their of their junior programs and had them put together their all time lineup. If there was a finals game, who would they put out there over the past four years? And they've had teams. Now for you, let's spind it a different way through all the different teams that you played for. You're on one of the points, all the all...

...the players that you play with. Let's have three other forwards, a d partner in a goalie. If you had to start a game and you could pick the team, what's your lineup? Oh my goodness, that's a that's a tough one. I'm not sure I'd make my own team, if I was honest, but I think, Gosh, I'm trying to. I'm trying to think. I'm drawn a bit of a blanker. So obviously, obviously Gret sky and Amieu, I think, and then maybe put Sydney crosby on that line. I think would be it would be ideal. On defense, I'm trying to think the guys that impressed me with most. Definitely Nickoltstrom, I mean just just unbelievable, like phenomenal talent, and then I'd probably take myself off and put put Scott Niedermayer there. It just it just exceptional. And then in net there are a lot of goalies that impressed me, but getting to play with Nikoli, hobby booll and Edmondson and seeing like just what in a tremendous athlete he is and getting to getting to watch the way he prepares, his intensity, is focus. He used to used to have, and I was had a pretty hard shot, but he lined me up with like fifty pucks at the top of the circles, right in the center, and the first time I thought he was joking me. I thought I was being punkt he asked me to shoot as hard as I could at his head and and I when I would and and hobby would, he would sit there and you would go to his head and just he just go like this, just move ahead of the way. So what he was actually trying to do was train his eyes to be able to slow down these fast shots so that it, you know, it just came slowly at and I saw games there even in the he was almost forty years old, I think at this time, and then just in the best shape of any almost any athlete I ever played with, and he he literally could do that. I mean you could see games where and we were outmatched, no class, sometimes be just because of our relative age on the team, and hobby would make like fifty five saves and, you know, have a shutout or let one in or something. That's because this soul so impressed with him. Well, that's an awesome story, so we'll end on that now. I know I'm going to want to have you back on the podcast again here, hopefully when our season starts...

...and we're at a point in the NHL season where maybe we're heading towards the Cup finals that I think I'm supposed to be in Edmonton. So I am beyond excited for this partnership. I hope you are as well. I hope that our players once they start to get to use your sticks and start to this. Players are already, I know, have have the chest protectors and stuff like that. I think that once they get their hands and some of the ribetio gear and the apparel and the equipment, they're not going to want to use anyone anything else. So I'm very excited about this. I appreciate you coming on. If you can send Freddie a text and just kind of poke at him and say I was the first former NHL guy on now, well maybe I'll made me feel better too. So for all them, I can definitely make that happen. Thanks. You're going on the podcast and thanks for robt me now. They're looking forward to everything. Man, thanks for listening to the e show. Learn more at Eastern Hockey League Dot Org and follow us on Facebook, twitter, instagram and Youtube. Also, be sure to subscribe and get notified when next week's PODCAST is released.

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