January 19, 2022
The first episode of Centre Ice of 2022 features Hockey Alberta's CEO, Rob Litwinski (1:31 - 30:28), looking back on the year that was, what lies ahead in 2022, and sharing the organization's long-term vision with HA2025.
Plus, hear a bonus interview with Albertan official Lacey Senuk (33:34 - 48:05), who recently received the call to officiate at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
December 20, 2021
In the hockey world, the holiday season brings about one of Canada's favourite traditions; the World Junior Championship... and there's more excitement than ever in Alberta as Edmonton and Red Deer get set to host. Episode Eighteen of Centre Ice is all about the World Juniors, with a trio of special guests:
- 2022 Team Canada forward and Team Alberta alumnus Ridly Greig
- Executive Director of the 2022 World Junior Championship Riley Wiwchar
- Winnipeg Jets defenceman, Team Alberta alumnus and 2015 World Junior gold-medalist Josh Morrissey
More information on any of the subjects heard in this episode can be found at www.hockeyalberta.ca
November 25, 2021
Episode Seventeen of the Centre Ice Podcast focuses on two very important occurrences in November; Remembrance Day, and Hockey Fights Cancer, the latter of which is a month-long initiative by the National Hockey League.
Former University of Alberta Panda and Edmonton Chimo, Angie Ahn, and her partner, Canadian Armed Forces Commanding Officer, Major Leona Ahn, discuss the balance between being a military family and a hockey family, while the NHL's Vice President of Community Development and Growth, Jeff Scott, shares the history of Hockey Fights Cancer, and the numerous way it helps those who are battling the disease.
November 1, 2021
The next episode of the Centre Ice Podcast comes a little bit early, as it focuses on the Western Regional Women's U18 Championship, which runs in Portage la Prairie, MB, Nov 2-6.
Hockey Alberta's Manager of Female Hockey, Kendall Newell, who is also the Director of Operations for Team Alberta U18 Female, joins us to talk about the tournament, and how it came about in the wake of the National Women's U18 Championship's cancellation.
Two-time Team Albertan Danielle Serdachny, who captained Team Alberta to a gold medal at the 2019 Canada Winter Games, also joins the show to talk about her Team Alberta experience, as well as the opportunity to suit up for Team Canada, and her post-secondary experience so far.
October 19, 2021
Episode Fifteen of the Centre Ice Podcast is focused around the 2021 WHL Cup, which runs Oct 20-24 in Red Deer, with Team Alberta U16 Male set to battle BC, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
The Western Hockey League's Senior Manager, Hockey Operations Greg Thomson joins us to discuss what the WHL Cup is all about, and Winnipeg Ice forward and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Connor McClennon shares his experience at the event with Team Alberta back in 2017.
September 23, 2021
The Centre Ice Podcast is back for the 2021-22 hockey season, and Episode Fourteen is all about celebrating National Coaches Week (Sept 18-26).
Hockey Alberta's Senior Manager of Hockey Development, Justin Fesyk, discusses Hockey Alberta's Coach Development Plan, and the numerous learning opportunities available to coaches at any level across the province.
We'll then hear a coaching panel with Hockey Alberta's High Performance Coach Mentor Barry Medori, Mount Royal Cougars Men's Hockey Assistant Coach and current Team Alberta U16 Assistant Coach Alex Mandolidis, and two-time Olympic gold medalist and 2019 Canada Winter Games gold medal-winning Team Alberta U18 Head Coach Carla MacLeod.
June 17, 2021
June is not only Pride Month, but also National Indigenous History Month, and Hockey Alberta has been celebrating both throughout the month.
Episode Thirteen of the Centre Ice Podcast features Glenn Witman, the Co-Founder of the You Can Play Project, and 2003 Canada Winter Games gold medalist and 2007 Memorial Cup Champion Wacey Rabbit, a proud member of the Kainai Nation.
May 27, 2021
Episode Twelve of the Centre Ice Podcast features a pair of players who coincidentally both played in the 1998 Winter Olympics in Japan, one for Team Canada, and one for Japan.
With the Professional Women's Hockey Player's Association's Secret Dream Gap Tour making a stop in Calgary, and being covered on Sportsnet, we chat with two-time Olympic gold medalist Cassie Campbell-Pascal, who is part of the broadcast team for the event.
And, with May being Asian Heritage Month, we also sit down with former Medicine Hat Tiger standout Steven Tsujiura to talk about his roots, his time playing hockey in Alberta, and where the game has taken him.
May 6, 2021
Episode 11 of the Centre Ice Podcast focuses on one of the most under-appreciated positions in the game: the official, featuring interviews with two of Alberta's biggest success stories in Level Five Official Lacey Senuk, and NHL Referee Kyle Rehman.
April 15, 2021
Episode Ten of the Centre Ice Podcast features a pair of Albertan broadcasting legends in longtime Hockey Night in Canada Host Ron MacLean, and Medicine Hat Tigers play-by-play announcer Bob Ridley.