Thursday, 18 June 2015

The Hockey Show - Episode 144

The Hockey Show, Canada's only campus-produced hockey radio show, is back tonight with what could be called the "wrap-up show" as all of the major hockey championship trophies have been handed out for another year. The NHL's Stanley Cup Playoffs, the AHL's Calder Cup Playoffs, and the ECHL's Kelly Cup Playoffs have all been finalized and winners have been crowned. It's kind of surreal to think that Beans and I made it through another hockey season without anyone storming the studio or having cease-and-desist letters delivered to us, but here we are once more! In saying that, we'll talk about the individual champions in the three leagues and start prepping for the summer!

Obviously, all eyes were on the Blackhawks as they captured their third Stanley Cup in six years, but the bigger questions will be how they move forward with regards to the salary cap. GM Stan Bowman has already told everyone who will listen that restricted free agent Brandon Saad will be part of the Blackhawks "for years to come". This could be one of the most interesting free agency periods we'll see for some time with all the creative accounting that could happen. We'll also talk about the Manchester Monarchs winning the Calder Cup and if the defending Calder Cup Champions in the Ontario Reign can repeat(?) as champions. Yes, this part could get confusing. And we'll talk about the Allen Americans defeating the South Carolina Stingrays for the Kelly Cup in the ECHL in their first year being in the league - the first time that's happened since 2004 when the Idaho Steelheads did it! We'll also bounce through a pile of news from the hockey world as we break down the summer's early moves, and we'll discuss a few moves made by the Manitoba Bisons as they prepare for the 2015-16 CIS season!

The phones will be open, we'll be awaiting your calls, and we want to speak with you on any or all of these topics! Hit us up at 204-269-8636! Join us tonight on 101.5 UMFM on your radio dial in the Winnipeg region or you can listen live between 5:30pm and 6:30pm CT on your web-enabled device at the UMFM webpage! You can tweet me anytime you like by hitting me up at @TeebzHBIC on Twitter. You can also post some stuff to Facebook if you use the "Like" feature, and I always have crazy stuff posted there that doesn't make it to the blog or show. Lots of wrap-up to do tonight before we look at what next season holds for some teams tonight on The Hockey Show only on 101.5 UMFM!

PODCAST: June 18, 2015: Episode 144

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!

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