Orlando Solar Bears Head Coach Drake Berehowsky called in to the On-Air version of Hockey Now, Tuesday Nights @ 6p on 96.9 The Game! Coach gave his thoughts about the process to keep the core of his team in tact from last season, as well as where the team can improve for this year with the new player additions. Berehowsky shares comments on new Assistant Coach Jared Staal, and the influence someone like Staal, with a Family Legacy in Hockey, can bring to the organization.
This week’s show is for Ann O’Brien.
(:44) Colby McAuley joins the show to talk about his Shootout winning goal last night vs. Jacksonville in the Solar Bears’ first game back at Amway a month! We’ll discuss Colby’s journey through Junior Hockey in Canada, and an award he won in the 2015/16 season in the WHL. McAuley also shares some insight into the mindset of the team playing frequent division games and the importance of the points at stake. Plus, is Colby McAuley a Disney fan?! Did Bryan and Bacon find a new podcast to start?!
(24:07) How confident is the coaching staff in themselves and their team in Tampa Bay? Bryan watched much of the recent Lightning visit to MSG to play the Rangers, and a lot of his observations on the team were validated in the game! Are the Lightning to worry about the loss to Vegas this week in a shootout? We’ll then discuss the lingering trade deadline and the cap situation the Lightning find themselves in when working possible new players into the mix!
(32:38) Kyle Dubas, 33, and Auston Matthews, 21, are changing the face of hockey as we know it. With Matthews recently signing an extension in Toronto, we talk about what that does for the Leafs and their roster – including who may be on the outside looking in once the summer signing period hits. Brian Burke doesn’t like the Carolina Hurricanes’ new post game ritual, and Bryan completely agrees, though the boys see it different. Bacon (Blackhawks) and Floor Nick (Flyers) are riding high on their teams successes, but at what cost would they like to see a playoff run over other possibilities.