The Puck Authority

May 14 2020 43 mins

The Puck Authority Podcast features all of the hockey discussions and analysis that you need.





The Puck Authority Podcast EP16 ft. Jayna Hefford
May 14 2020 78 mins  
In this episode of The Puck Authority Podcast, David Ciss and Justin Levine discuss the state of professional women's hockey with the announcement just three weeks back of the newest expansion team coming to Toronto. That followed by conversation regarding year one of the PWHPA and the thoughts presented from Victoria Bach as to what Jayna's doing to provide visibility. As such, we discuss the narrative of the NWHL and PA at odds and what has been said dating back to last May and why that's been focused on in lieu of the end goal. We also discuss Jayna's days as a coach in U Sports with the Varsity Blues and how that's prepared her for the role she holds now and the next steps forward for one unified league. We then discuss why the division on top of the year that both sides have experienced and what the main factors are due to the standstill and lasting effects for players having to choose. We then leap ahead to promotion and how the Olympians presence contributes and why it is that they're seen as important for the incoming players and that impact that has. While discussing this thought in depth, we single in on the game's visibility and what role that plays for fans on both sides respectively. Given the PA's current mission, we also discuss the efforts in terms of supports put at work by the strategy teams. For the PA, this includes Hockey Canada and for equipment, both Adidas and Bauer. With the NHL as a partner, we debate if professional hockey is now something girls can be as opposed to just see. This of course due to hard work that is being done daily to establish sustainability. After talking about the models at work, David and I discuss the leaders assisting and the just how important that is on this mission. We break down the active hands on both sides and why at this time that is so significant. Speaking of path to achievement, we discuss the heavy hand that is sponsors and the need for that help if one league is established. We also chat players and teams and where some would go with a potential surplus. We bring to light to the PWHPA's chapters and how it would work to distribute players fairly.  While taking a stab at the future, we debate where the standoff goes next with tensions currently heated going into stage two. In relevance, we discuss the hardships that many athletes endure when leaving college as a senior. As well, we touch on equality and what women like Jayna have achieved in hockey and what that says about hard work and commitment if you look at the partnership side of the game. We end in discussing potentials that might set them back due to COVID-19 and what the support looks like with sponsors and resources in terms of a need that speaks to volumes beyond them. Additionally, we look at essentials and what role they have as players seek out equality. After Justin sat down with some players from the Montreal and GTA chapters of the PA, he sat down with Jayna last Wednesday to discuss her career and the successes she saw this year. Jayna was a pleasure to speak with and was very insightful while remaining transparent. Jayna is a former member of the Brampton Thunder and the National Women's Team. While she's represented Canada at the Olympics, now Hefford is focused on the next generation. Today, she is with the PWHPA and is an alumna of University of Toronto. Previously, Jayna played in the OUA with the Varsity Blues. Thank you again to Jayna for taking time out of her day to speak with us. Enjoy this special episode, No. 16 of The Puck Authority Podcast! :)


The Puck Authority Podcast EP15 ft. Taylor Woods
May 02 2020 64 mins  
In this episode of The Puck Authority Podcast, David Ciss and Justin Levine look back on the days of the Markham Thunder after learning last week that Taylor Woods had joined the expansion team based in Toronto. That followed an announcement on Wednesday when the NWHL announced they were launching in Canada. As such, we discuss the performance of the Clarkson cup champion over three seasons, but not only that, but the influence she had from Laura Stacey, also picked in her draft class. Given that only four faces aside from Woods joined the Thunder in Markham, we sit down and discuss how important it is to be surrounded by familiar faces. The same can be said for coaches with the PWHPA and general manager Chelsea Purcell. While reflecting on the league's last season, we single in on the forward's performance while breaking down the line pairing Woods played on. We also talk NCAA while exploring how programs produce pro level players. This comes after a pair of selections were made on Wednesday during the NWHL Draft. After talking about team chemistry and the importance of relations with goaltenders, David and I break down how significant a veteran presence is for a player of Woods' stature. Speaking of what Taylor's accomplished, having lifted the cup back in 2018, we talk about how such a win plays a role in the drive and mentality of a player’s mindset.  While taking a stroll down memory lane, we debate if a selection to represent Canada speaks volumes of the player and the hard work they put in. As well, we touch on the support that is a team is given by a dedicated fanbase, but aside from that, for the players personally, the foundation and resources they have in place. Whether it be family or friends or those who fill in the seats to watch them play, we talk about whether or not a loud atmosphere contributes to a player’s success. Additionally, we look at this mentally in terms of the impacts this has on their mindset. After Justin spoke with a pair of players from the Montreal and GTA chapter's of the PA, he sat down with Taylor on Thursday evening to discuss how it is she came down to her decision. Taylor was a joy to speak with and was candid with a straightforward answer. Woods is a former member of the Markham Thunder of the CWHL. While she's represented Canada at the World Juniors, Taylor is not with Canada's National Women's Team. Today, she is with Toronto NWHL and is an alumna of Cornell University. Previously, Taylor played in the NCAA with the Cornell Big Red. Thank you again to Taylor for taking time out of her day to speak with us. Enjoy this special episode, No. 15 of The Puck Authority Podcast! :)



The Puck Authority Podcast EP14 ft. Victoria Bach
Apr 30 2020 58 mins  
In this episode of The Puck Authority Podcast, David Ciss and Justin Levine reminisce on the days of the CWHL with the announcement on Wednesday morning of the NWHL's expansion to Toronto. As such, we discuss the impacts that this has on the growth of the game, but not only just that strictly, but implications on the players affected. We sit down to acknowledge those talents and what their main goals at the end of the day are. While recalling the league’s final season, we debate what the right call is in terms of development at the collegiate level. This comes after a pair of selections were made on Wednesday during the NWHL Draft. With the PWHPA and NWHL on two different paths, we discuss the increased significance of building chemistry with familiar faces. Of course, for Victoria Bach, this comes in the form of both players and an executive. As such, when reflecting on the Thunder, we examine how the Markham environment contributed to a breakout season for the rookie. Along with her booming success, we discuss how the Thunder veteran group helped turn the Milton native into a leader. Of course, this comes with a roster compiled by Purcell and head coach Jim Jackson. After Justin spoke with a handful of GTA players this week from the PA, he sat down with Victoria on Wednesday to discuss why it is they are doing what they're doing. Victoria was lovely to speak with and was forthright with a genuine answer. Bach is a Canadian National Team member who won gold while representing Team Canada. She is also a former member of the Markham Thunder. Today, she plays with the PA and is an alumna of Boston University. Previously, Victoria played in the NCAA with the Boston Terriers. Thank you again to Victoria for taking time out of her day to speak with us. Enjoy this special episode, No. 14 of The Puck Authority Podcast! :)


The Puck Authority Podcast EP13 ft. Mélodie Daoust
Apr 28 2020 66 mins  
In this episode of The Puck Authority Podcast, David Ciss and Justin Levine discuss the state of professional women's hockey with the announcement on Wednesday morning of the NWHL's expansion to Toronto. As such, we discuss the impacts that this has on the growth of the game, but not only just that strictly, but what this means for the PWHPA. We sit down to discuss implications and what the main goal at the end of the day is. While looking at both sides objectively, we speak of Gerry Dee's comments and how that's only added fuel to the fire. This led to comments from Anya Packer who spoke of the criticism with Steve Dangle on Sportsnet.  With the NWHL tossing a sixth team in the mix for season six, we discuss what the future could look like if and when a pro league comes to reality. Of course this comes with a timeline which David and Justin tossed around very lightly. After Justin spoke with a handful of GTA players this week from the PA, he sat down with Mélodie on Monday night to discuss why it is they are doing what they're doing. Melodie was lovely to speak with and was truthful with a straightforward answer. Daoust is a two-time Olympian who won gold while representing Team Canada. She is also a former member of Les Canadiennes de Montreal. Today, she plays with the PA and is a part time assistant with the Montreal Carabins. Previously, Mélodie played in the OUA East with the Martlets at McGill. Thank you again to Melodie and to Chelsea Purcell for helping put this together. Enjoy this special episode, No. 13 of The Puck Authority Podcast! :)



























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