July 30, 2020

Paul Maurice Interview

Episode 35 guest Winnipeg Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice joins Ray and Darren from 'Inside The Bubble' and the guys go behind the scenes with Paul on 'Hub life' as the Jets get set to take on the Flames in their Stanley Cup Qualifier series with Game 1 on Saturday. In this post-hiatus edition of #AskRayandDregsAnything, Ray talks camping etiquette, the guys discuss the Kraken naming and the debate whether Canucks Twitter is overreactive or just passionate.

Episode 34 is a rebroadcast of the amazing interview with Shjon Podein, Ray's teammate on the St. Louis Blues. Shjon brought many hilarious stories from his long NHL career, including keeping his full gear on for 25 hours after winning the Stanley Cup with the Avalanche. This edition of #AskRayandDregsAnything sees questions on whether Leaf fans should cheer for a win in the play-in round or hope for a loss and first pick overall. Also, how much time teams need after the end of this prolonged season before starting the 20/21 season?

June 3, 2020

James Duthie Interview

Episode 33 guest TSN's James Duthie joins Ray and Darren and the guys go behind the scenes with Canada's favourite host for some ridiculous stories from the TV set, and 'Jimmy' shows the guys his latest golf gadget. In this edition of #AskRayandDregsAnything Ray explains how he earned the 'Chicken Farm' nickname and gets into Ray's use of 'Pal and 'Chum' on social media. The excellent music on this episode is provided by Tony Ferraro and his pals.

May 28, 2020

Gary Bettman Interview

Episode 32 guest NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman discusses how the recently announced Return to Play plans were created, and how challenging it is to make plans with so many unknowns in this unprecedented scenario of COVID-19. This edition of #AskRayandDregsAnything includes whether the guys were surprised by any of the regular season trophy winners, what happens if a second wave of COVID hits during the playoffs, and who are the favourites and dark horses to win the Stanley Cup. The excellent music on this episode is provided by Tony Ferraro and his pals.

May 22, 2020

P.K. Subban Interview

Episode 31 guest P.K. Subban of the NJ Devils talks about how hockey culture can change for the better, the proposed 24-team playoff format, and what his fiancee Lindsey Vonn is better at than him. This edition of #AskRayandDregsAnything includes whether a pandemic shortened season and funky playoff format hurt the legitimacy of the SCF champion, and who the guys would like to see an NHL version of an in-depth Last Dance documentary series on. The excellent music on this episode is provided by Tony Ferraro and his pals.

May 6, 2020

Oren Koules Interview

Episode 30 guest Oren Koules talks to Ray and Darren how he ended up going from playing in the WHL to become a successful Hollywood producer of the Saw film franchise and Two and a Half Men television series and at one time the majority owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning. This edition of #AskRayandDregsAnything includes whether it is harder for goalies or skaters to get back into game-ready shape, and what the guys think the best couple of suggested names for the coming Seattle NHL team would be. The excellent music on this episode is provided by Tony Ferraro and his pals.

April 29, 2020

Jarome Iginla Interview

Episode 29 guest Jarome Iginla talks winning Memorial Cups, making it to the NHL debut in the playoffs, the Flames 2004 Cup run, his part in the 2010 Golden Goal, and much more. This edition of #AskRayandDregsAnything checks in on the guy's weights and binge habits during self-isolation, what playoff format makes the most sense, and whether there is one NHL player that has impacted the game of hockey as much as Jordan did to the game of basketball. The excellent music on this episode is provided by Tony Ferraro and his pals.

April 23, 2020

Mike Modano Interview

Episode 28 guest Hockey Hall Of Famer Mike Modano joins and talks about his life in hockey with great stories from juniors through the NHL including his time with Hitch and Hully, ending his career stalled at 1499 games played, and much more. This edition of 'Ask Ray & Dregs Anything' sees questions including which were Ray's best and least favourite road cities as a player, what are the guy's worst broadcast mess-ups, and more. The excellent music on this episode is provided by Tony Ferraro and his pals.

April 17, 2020

Tyson Barrie Interview

Episode 27 guest Tyson Barrie of the Leafs lets us know what he's been doing during the NHL pause and tells us just how unique Nathan MacKinnon is. Nobis co-founder Robin Yates joins and talks about the charitable initiatives Nobis has underway to raise funds to help frontline healthcare workers fight covid-19. This edition of 'Ask Ray & Dregs Anything' gets into which wingers of his era Ray would have loved to play with, and what the best chirps Ray overheard as both a player and a between-the-benches broadcaster were. The excellent music on this episode is provided by Tony Ferraro and his pals.

April 13, 2020

Glenn Healy Interview

Episode 26 guest NHL Alumni Association President and Executive Director Glen Healy get into some great stories of when he and Ray played on the Isles as teammates and much more from his lengthy pro career and current role with the NHL Alumni Association. This edition of 'Ask Ray & Dregs Anything' gets into card game preferences, whether the guys would rather be reincarnated as macaroni or fettuccine, and if Ray paid attention to his own stats. The excellent music on this episode is provided by Tony Ferraro and his pals.

April 8, 2020

Keith Jones Interview

Episode 25 guest the NHL on NBC's Keith Jones talks about his perseverance through getting cut in the minors always 'finding somewhere else to play' including at the Junior C level - to ultimately make it to playing in the NHL. Jonesy brings some excellent stories from his illustrious hockey and broadcasting careers too. This edition of 'Ask Ray & Dregs Anything' deals with whether Ray or Darren would win an MMA match against each other,  which 6 NHL players would make it on Ray and Darren's ultimate dream team,  and which current NHL player is the best golfer and more. The excellent music on this episode is provided by Tony Ferraro and his pals.

March 30, 2020

Jamie McLennan Interview

Episode 24 guest Jamie 'Noodles' McLennan talks about his NHL and broadcasting careers with some excellent stories including waking up in Kid Rock's studio the morning after a big night out in LA. This edition of 'Ask Ray & Dregs Anything' deals with hockey cards, what Ray misses the most about playing, and whether teams will be hesitant to pay goalies big money going forward. The excellent music on this episode is provided by Tony Ferraro and his pals.

March 25, 2020

Jamie Baker Interview

Episode 23 guest Jamie Baker tells his side of the awesome story that Episode 22 guest Wendel Clark told about Jamie and their on-ice run-in during a playoff series. Jamie also talks about his lengthy NHL career, with multiple funny stories including playing with the Sens in their 92-93 expansion season, as well as winning the team's 'Bauer Plus-Minus Award ' despite having a brutal -21. This edition of 'Ask Ray & Dregs Anything' recalls the biggest goal Ray has ever scored, which team Ray disliked the most in Adams Division, and what it was like playing against the high-flying Oilers of the 1980s. The excellent music on this episode is provided by Tony Ferraro and his pals.

March 19, 2020

Wendel Clark Interview

Episode 22 guest the legendary Wendel Clark goes down memory lane with the guys to back in his Junior Hockey career, running over Ray, what he learned about fighting and so much more. Ray and Darren start off hitting on topics including the first NHL player to test positive for the coronavirus. Wendel Clark joins the guys and goes down memory lane back to the WHL days, including running over Ray, making the 1985 Team Canada roster at the World Jrs, what he learned about fighting and much more. This week's #ThroatPunch focusses on some of the idiotic behaviour being exposed during the COVID 19 pandemic. The first edition of 'Ask Ray & Dregs Anything' recalls Ray's run-in with a plate glass window. The excellent music on this episode is provided by Tony Ferraro and his pals.

In this Emergency Episode, NHLPA Executive Director Don Fehr joins Ray and Darren and talks about the unprecedented situation that the league, its players and fans are in. Ray and Darren talk about the impact of the NHL 'pausing' the season as the pandemic spreads across North America. The guys get into what some of the possibilities and scenarios could be if/when the season and playoffs are resumed. NHLPA Executive Director Don Fehr joins Ray and Darren and talks about the unprecedented situation that the league, its players and fans are in as the pandemic causes sports across the globe to suspend play. The excellent music on this episode is provided by Tony Ferraro and his pals.

March 5, 2020

Bobby Ryan Interview

Episode 21 guest Bobby Ryan of the Ottawa Senators talks honestly on his challenges that led to taking time away from the game and shares what his 100-day journey through recovery back to the NHL was like and much more. Ray and Darren start off hitting on a number of hot topics including the precarious hold the Canucks have on their playoff spot, and Minny's incredible rebound into a legit playoff race under Dean Evason's coaching. In this week's edition of #ThroatPunch, Ray nominates certain media's tunnel vision around their hometown nominees for the Hart Trophy. While Darren nominates Sens owner Eugene Melnyk following the surprising firing of his CEO Jim Little. During 'Between The Benches' the guys talk the NHL's 'skate in the air' tweak to the offside rule. 'Ask Ray & Dregs' sees questions including one from a life-long Habs fan pissed that Montreal decided to keep head coach Claude Julien instead of making a change. The excellent music on this episode is provided by Tony Ferraro and his pals.

February 24, 2020

Post Trade Deadline Episode

In this special episode presented by Coolbet.co, Ray and Darren deliver expert insight, analysis and opinions on the biggest stories coming out of the 2020 NHL Trade Deadline Day.

February 20, 2020

Tyler Seguin Interview

Episode 20 guest Dallas Starts alternate Captain Tyler Seguin talks being in the league for 10 years, how his game has developed, the Stars being an under-the-radar team, his newfound passion for cooking and much more. Ray and Darren start off hitting on a number of hot topics including the Leafs style of play causing their playoff hopes to implode, the guys break down the Toffoli trade and Vancouver going all in to make the playoffs, and what the Ads biggest needs are as the deadline looms. Dallas Stars Alternate Captain Tyler Seguin talks being in the league for 10 years, how his game has developed, the Stars being an under-the-radar team, his newfound passion for cooking and much more. In this week's edition of #ThroatPunch Ray nominates the Habs. 'Ask Ray & Dregs' sees questions including one on how to fix the maddeningly inconsistent decisions coming out of the NHL's Department of Player Safety. The excellent music on this episode is provided by Tony Ferraro and his pals.

Episode 19 guest Paul 'BizNasty' Bissonnette talks about how he carved out his role as a player in the NHL, how he discovered his multimedia post-playing career adventures with Spitting Chiclets, the Arizona Coyotes and much more. Ray and Darren start off hitting on a number of hot topics including praising the medical and team personnel in Anaheim for jumping into action quickly and saving Jay Bouwmeester's life. Paul 'BizNasty' Bissonnette talks about how he carved out his role as a player in the NHL and how he discovered his many multimedia post-playing career adventures with Spitting Chiclets, the Arizona Coyotes and much more. In this week's edition of #ThroatPunch Ray nominates a guy on Twitter who told Ray to F-Off.  Darren nominates sensationalist media and others on social media who shared the scary video of Bouwmeester collapsing. 'Ask Ray & Dregs' sees questions including which of the bottom 5 teams most needs the 1st pick overall in the upcoming draft. The excellent music on this episode is provided by Tony Ferraro and his pals.

Emergency Episode: Leafs Trade Breakdown. Ray and Darren delve into the Leafs trade with the LA Kings for goalie Jack Campbell and forward Kyle Clifford. Ray and Darren fully breakdown the Leafs and Kings deal that saw Toronto send Trevor Moore and CBJ's 3rd round pick in 2020 and a conditional 3rd round pick in 2021, to LA for back-up goalie Jack Campbell and gritty forward Kyle Clifford. The guys discuss all the ramifications of bringing in Campbell and how this positions Toronto in the stretch drive of the season as they try to claw their way back into the playoffs - and whether more deals may be imminent with Kapenen and Kerfoot remaining as potential trade bait for the Leafs. The guys get into what potentially happens for Kyle Dubas if the unconventional roster he built in Toronto ends up missing the playoffs. The excellent music on this episode is provided by Tony Ferraro and his pals.

February 5, 2020

Dale Hawerchuk Interview

Episode 18 guest Hockey Hall of Famer Dale Hawerchuk talks about his inspirational fight with stomach cancer he's going through, and his memories from playing with Gretzky and Lemieux in the '87 Canada Cup. Ray and Darren start off hitting on Ovi's continuing incredible play, the Leafs' mounting goaltender woes, Philly's surge to the playoffs and wrap up talking with the potential impact on the Flames season with Giordano's injury. Hockey Hall of Famer Dale Hawerchuk joins the guys and talks about his fight with stomach cancer that he's going through, and his memories from playing with Gretzky and Lemieux in the '87 Canada Cup. In this week's edition of #ThroatPunch Ray nominates BoSox owner John Henry for dealing Mookie Betts to the Dodgers. Darren nominates himself for a number of worthy reasons. 'Ask Ray & Dregs' sees questions on moving up the trade deadline to the end of January, and what the Canucks should do around Markstrom's contract extension. The excellent music on this episode is provided by Tony Ferraro and his pals.

January 30, 2020

Chris Pronger Interview

Episode 17 guest Hockey Hall of Famer Chris Pronger talked about only ever knowing one way to play, how he ending up working in the NHL's Department of Player Safety, and what he thinks of today's talent stacked NHL game. Ray and Darren start off hitting on the latest round in the Battle of Alberta. The guys dig into the latest news and notes on the playoff races across the league and which teams are the buyers and sellers as the trade deadline chatter heats up. Hockey Hall of Famer Chris Pronger talked about only ever knowing one way to play, how he ended up working in the NHL's Department of Player Safety, and what he thinks of today's more skill focussed game. In this week's edition of #ThroatPunch, Ray nominates an NHL player's dad who texted him during a game after he disagreed with one of Ray's comments about his son. Darren nominates whoever designed the funky 10 point target in the NHL All-Star Skills Competition. 'Ask Ray & Dregs' sees questions on how big a woman's pro league could get North America with the NHL's support, and what potential 1st round playoff match-ups the guys most want to see. The excellent music on this episode is provided by Tony Ferraro and his pals.

In Episode 16, guest John Tortorella talks about how he continues to learn and develop as a coach, his hatred of press conferences, and how his passion for animal welfare provides him balance. The guys go Between the Benches with Hockey Hall of Famer Jayna Hefford and chat on where the women's pro game is now and where it needs to go. Ray and Darren start off hitting on the playoff races heating up and which of the bubble teams looks good to make it.  John Tortorella joined the guys and talked CBJ's season, what he's still learning to do as an 'old' coach, and his continued hatred of press conferences . In this week's edition of #ThroatPunch, Ray nominates report candidate Corey Perry, while Darren nominates Matthieu Perreault. During 'Between the Benches' the guys chat with Hockey Hall of Famer Jayna Hefford on where women's hockey is going, and Jayna coaching team Canada during all star weekend in the women's 3 on 3 game. 'Ask Ray & Dregs' sees questions on when we can expect the first female coach behind the bench in the NHL, and in what order of best pure player today Ray would rank Sid, McDavid, Pasta and McKinnon. The excellent music on this episode is provided by Tony Ferraro and his pals.

January 14, 2020

Eddie Olczyk Interview

Episode 15 guest Eddie Olczyk tells some tremendous stories from his playing days with Ray on the LA Kings, and discusses his challenging ’94 season with the Rangers. Eddie also got the emotions going for all, telling the poignant story of his battle with Stage 3 colon cancer. Ray and Darren start off hitting on a number of the week's top headlines: the breaking news of Zack Kassian's 2-game suspension, Morgan Rielly being out for 8-weeks with a fractured foot, what's behind the Flames push of late, how tight the standings are in the Western Conf., Ray Shero's curious dismissal in NJ, and finally the guys dig into the top 6 teams in the EasterConf. Ray's former teammate in LA and current NHL on NBC analyst Eddie Olczyk joined and got up close and personal with the guys on a number of topics. Edzo told some awesome, hilarious stories from their time together on the Kings, including his hatred of turbulence on the team's charter flights. Eddie O also chatted on his struggles during his season as role player on the Rangers '94 Stanley Cup Championship team. Eddie was poignant talking about learning he was sick and going public in fighting his battle with stage 3 colon cancer and how it tested his will to live - and details what his 'TSN Turning Point' was thanks to his wife Diana after his second chemo treatment. In this week's edition of #ThroatPunch Darren nominates the slow retraction to the Ontario Operations Center alert about an accident at the Pickering Nuclear Facility. Ray nominates Sens player Tyler Ennis for the silly choice of risking a road hockey level move in a shootout. During 'Between the Benches' the guys get into the positive move the NHL made featuring the Women's 3 on 3 game as part of All Star weekend, talked more about the 'positive arrogance' of CBJ's standout goalie Elvis Merzlikins  and whether Ray is 'positively arrogant'. 'Ask Ray & Dregs' sees questions on what Ray believes the standard should be for a 'dirty hit', Darren and Ray's favourite memories of watching Gretz, and the guys delve into why the NHL's trade deadline has become a mostly underwhelming annual affair. The excellent music on this episode is provided by Tony Ferraro and his pals.

January 9, 2020

Wayne Gretzky Interview

Episode 14 guest Wayne Gretzky breaks down Connor McDavid’s latest wonder-goal like only #99 could. The Great One also tells the backstory of him as a six-year-old getting Tim Horton’s autograph, and how that tale eventually turned into a TV commercial. Darren and Ray start off chatting about Ray's return from the Czech Republic calling the World Juniors and the phenomenal Gold Medal game. Then they hit on a number of the week's top headlines: Tampa Bay's turnaround and current winning streak, the troubles that lead to the Pred's coaching change, McDavid's goal of the year candidate, whether Ovie can eclipse Gretzky in goals with the pace he is on, and wrap-up chatting on the Habs dismal play with key players out. 'The Great One' Wayne Gretzky joined the guys for a fun conversation.  He broke down McDavid's amazing goal as only 99 could, as Wayne got to witness it live. Gretzky told the story about how he never changed his style as a player until he was told to study Bobby Clarke's game and he learned how to use the space behind the net as an asset like Bobby did. Wayne talked about his Dad's impact on his decision to go to California - as opposed to where he originally wants to go, Detroit -  and the resulting growth of the game in the US and how the timing couldn't have worked out better. This week's edition of #ThroatPunch Ray nominates the penalty song 'Charlie' from the Juniors,  and gives a secondary #TP to Corey Perry for his outdoor game elbowing incident. Darren nominates anyone who doesn't want to see extended 3 on 3. In 'Between the Benches' the guys chat on Columbus and how Torts has managed to turnaround their season, how Tocchet and the Yotes are still winning despite playing their 3rd goalie, and how the NHL still needs it's players to be more willing to put their personalities on display to help build the overall brand. 'Ask Ray & Dregs' sees questions on how the Leafs match lines defensively, how the Juniors could get more popular in the US, and why Ray decided to get into broadcasting instead of working in a NHL front office gig either in coaching or management, and how Darren ended up being a broadcaster. The excellent music on this episode is provided by Tony Ferraro and his pals.

December 30, 2019

Best Of 2019

Welcome to a special edition of the Ray & Dregs Hockey Podcast to put the wraps on 2019. We’ve assembled the best of the best clips and amazing stories from 2019 featuring guests like Ray’s former teammates Jeff Odgers, Shjon Podein Dean Evason and ‘Big Walt’ Keith Tkachuk – plus the likes of Brendan Gallagher, the O-Dog, Billy Guerin and much more. We're also sharing some behind the scenes hockey stories that had us laughing and got some amazing reactions from you the fans on our @rayanddregs social media channels. The excellent music on this episode is provided by Tony Ferraro and his pals.

December 23, 2019

Gord Miller Interview

Episode 13 guest Gord Miller - just ahead of the start of the World Juniors - joins Ray in the Czech Republic for this episode. The guys get into some hilarious stories and experiences from covering international hockey for a couple decades. Darren and Ray span the globe to make Episode 13 happen, with Ray in Ostrava in the Czech Republic ahead of the start of the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship. The guys start off chatting about Ray getting to see his son Landon play hockey, and score, in Berlin and the incredible atmosphere around that game. Then they hit on a number of the week's top headlines: the feel-good story that was Leafs' back-up goalie Michael Hutchinson winning a game, while Sheldon Keefe had Nylander and Kapanen riding the bench a lot against the Wings; Nikita Kucherov was also missing shifts for Tampa in the 3rd, with Jon Cooper choosing to tinker with his line-up to try and find some success with that loaded roster; whether the two power houses in the East and West, Washington and St. Louis,  have any apparent weaknesses; Lias Andersson of the Rangers formally requesting a trade, and what the Rangers will do with the Chris Kreider sweepstakes expected to heat-up in January, and whether the Bruins might be a good fit for Kreider. TSN's award winning play-by-play announcer Gord Miller joined Ray in Ostrava for an interview 'under protest' sharing Ray's earbuds and a headset mic. Gord ran down some of Ray's top travel tales, and shared some excellent stories of covering international hockey for almost three decades for TSN. In this week's edition of #ThroatPunch Ray nominates himself for missing his flight to the Czech Republic and throwing his overseas travel into chaos. Darren has a double nomination out of Saturday night's Leafs - Wings game: Firstly, the Leafs' Jake Muzzin for his dangerous takedown of the Wings' Anthony Mantha; and secondly Detroit's Andreas Athanasiou almost going knee-on-knee with the Leafs' Alex Kerfoot after kicking his leg out. 'Ask Ray & Dregs' sees questions on Ray's memories of some of his Finnish teammates,  and who the best athlete playing in the NHL today is. The excellent music on this episode is provided by Tony Ferraro and his pals.

Episode 12 guest Bruins President Cam Neely talks about his path to the pros and how he ended up as the iconic ‘Sea Bass’ character on the big screen. The guys also go Between the Benches with ‘the Bobfather’ Bob McKenzie unleashing the ‘snake lady’ story and more amazing tales from covering a lifetime of hockey. Darren and Ray get into a number of hot topics: starting with the breaking news Monday afternoon of the Taylor Hall trade to Arizona, the underrated story around Anthony Duclair's game this season in Ottawa, Jack Eichel's MVP worthy season in Buffalo under Ralph Krueger's guidance, what's behind the Canes success and can it be sustained, and finally looking at San Jose after firing Pete DeBoer as coach and if the seat is getting warm now for GM Doug Wilson. Hockey Hall of Famer and President of the Boston Bruins Cam Neely joined the guys and talked about his path to the NHL, his short time with the Canucks, the trade, how perfect the fit was in Boston for his style of play, and how he landed the role of 'Sea Bass' in the cult classic 'Dumb and Dumber'. In this week's edition of #ThroatPunch Darren nominates Ryan Rishaug for ordering a $32 ounce of scotch on someone else's tab, while Ray puts forward golfer Patrick Reed - for a second consecutive week. In 'Between the Benches' the 'Bobfather' himself Bob McKenzie joins the guys with some great stories from past World Junior tournaments including the legendary Snake Lady. 'Ask Ray & Dregs' sees questions on whether the Leafs' roster construction model can already be declared an 'epic failure', and how hockey coaches should be properly conveying their messages to players. The excellent music on this episode is provided by Tony Ferraro and his pals.

Episode 11 guest Minnesota Wild Alternate Captain Zach Parise talks Minny’s turnaround and building his backyard rink. The guys also go Between the Benches with Hockey Hall of Famer, and NHL Seattle scout Cammi Granato. Cammi talks scouting and what gets Ray annoyed around the house. Darren and Ray get into a number of hot topics: the incredible resilience of the Penguins, while missing a number of their top players; Bobrovsky, and the Panthers goaltending situation; the Leafs, and Habs'  play of late; and the guys chat on Nathan MacKinnon and his statement of taking less in his next deal to help keep his young Avs team together, and they wrap up talking whether the Avs are the likeliest landing spot for Taylor Hall. Alternate Captain of the Minnesota Wild, Zach Parise joined the guys and talked about how the season has progressed, how he has battled his way back from injuries, where the 'Mr. September' shirts came from, putting a rink in his backyard, and memories of his dad. In this week's edition of #ThroatPunch Ray nominates Patrick Reed for his blatant cheating as a golf professional, while Darren puts forward the Guelph Storm OHL fans that booed London Knights player Ryan Merkley during a ceremonial face-off. In 'Between the Benches' Hall Of Famer, Olympian, and the scout for Seattle's NHL team Cammi Granato joins the guys with thoughts on her new scouting role, and what Ray does that annoys her. 'Ask Ray & Dregs' sees questions on teams having success doing a 'one stacked line' concept and why don't the Leafs try it, the Isles need for an elite scorer, and what can be done to bring down the costs of minor hockey to encourage more new player sign-up. The excellent music on this episode is provided by Tony Ferraro and his pals.

Episode 10 has Ray unveil his “Code of Conduct’ in the wake of the Bill Peters news. Arizona Coyotes Head Coach Rick Tocchet talks about his partnership based coaching style. The guys go Between the Benches with the ‘O-Dog’ Jeff O’Neill for some fun stories and O brought on his own surprise guest. Darren & Ray discuss the fallout from the Bill Peters' saga; and Ray suggests his ideas of a hockey 'code of conduct' for coaches, players and managers to help make a path for a better way forward for the game at all levels. Stanley Cup champion, and current head coach of the Arizona Coyotes, Rick Tocchet joins the guys and talks about the Bill Peters' situation, and the approach he tries to take now as a coach to build a true partnership with his players. In this week's edition of #ThroatPunch Darren nominates the Toronto poop tosser and Ray nominates the new Netflix film 'The Irishman'. In 'Between the Benches' the O-Dog Jeff O'Neill joins the guys with some great stories and brings on a special guest of his own to surprise Ray. 'Ask Ray & Dregs' sees questions from a Jets fan on whether the Jets will ever hold a Stanley Cup parade in his lifetime; and another from a Hawks fan on where the Chicago is at, whether they need a full-on 'burn it down' type rebuild or to just wait it out to get good again. The excellent music on this episode is provided by Tony Ferraro and his pals.

Episode 9 guest Iron Mike Keenan talks about his style of coaching and getting fired unexpectedly. Between the Benches guest ‘Big Walt’ Keith Tkachuk tells excellent stories from his playing days with Ray. Darren & Ray get into headlines including their thoughts on the change in the Leafs' play in their first few games under new head coach Sheldon Keefe, Dougie Hamilton's great play of late for Carolina, and the Bortuzzo four-game suspension. Stanley Cup champion 'Iron' Mike Kennan joins the guys and talks about his life as a coach, including the times he got fired by surprise. In this week's edition of #ThroatPunch Darren nominates the NHL's Department of Player Safety on how they dealt with the Bortuzzo suspension. Ray nominates the 'donkeys on Twitter' who tried to decipher Ray's pocket tweet. In 'Between the Benches' Ray's old teammate Keith 'Walt' Tkachuk joins the guys with some great stories from their time together playing in St. Louis and let the guys who would win a chirping contest between Keith's two NHL playing sons Matthew and Brady. 'Ask Ray & Dregs' sees questions including making suspensions equal the length of time the injured player is out, and which of Ray's teammates was best at blocking shots. The excellent music on this episode is provided by Tony Ferraro and his pals.

Ray and Darren break down in detail all the storylines around the firing of Mike Babcock and hiring of Sheldon Keefe as the new Head Coach of the Leafs. Ray and Darren discuss at length all the ramifications of the news dropping Wednesday afternoon that the Leafs fired their head coach Mike Babcock and promoted Marlies' head coach Sheldon Keefe. The guys get into what went wrong leading to the Leafs 6 game losing streak and Babcock's dismissal, and what can be expected now with Keefe's hiring. They delve into whether Leafs' management, coaching, and the players can all finally be on the same page moving forward with the kind of team that they have. What will Keefe do with the lines, the power play and penalty killing units, and can any roster movement from the AHL be anticipated with his familiarity with those players? Ray and Darren dig into whether Babcock will surface with another NHL team this season. The guys wrap up the emergency pod chasing on the latest news out of Winnipeg with the ever-evolving Byfuglien versus the Jets situation with the NHLPA filing a grievance over his suspension. The excellent music on this episode is provided by Tony Ferraro and his pals.

Episode 8 guest Craig MacTavish talks about the differences of coaching in the KHL and why he never wore a bucket. Between the Benches guest Shjon Podein tells multiple ridiculous stories, including wearing his equipment for 25-straight hours after winning the Cup. Darren & Ray get into headlines including their thoughts on the excuse building machine that the Leafs tailspin has become including what could be next for them. And the guys break down the great stories happening with Cale Makar, Quinn Hughes and Nathan MacKinnon this season. 4-time Stanley Cup champion Craig MacTavish joins the guys and talks about why he was the last player in the NHL to not wear helmet, his 9 game coaching stint in the KHL and much more. In this week's edition of #ThroatPunch Darren nominates the NHL's discretionary aspect on when officials can blow play dead. Ray nominates the endless saga of what is and what is not considered a goal in the NHL. In Between the Benches Ray's old teammate Shjon Podein joins the guys with some awesome stories from their time together playing in St. Louis and beyond. Ask Ray & Dregs sees questions including the perceived power balance shift in the NHL titling heavily to the East this season, how Ray would do a rebuild, and whether players enjoy watching goalie fights as much as fans do. The guys wrap up Episode 8 digging into the miserable situation with the Flames and what moves they may need to make to change the course there. The excellent music on this episode is provided by Tony Ferraro and his pals.

Episode 7 guest Washington Capitals winger Tom Wilson talks playing his physical style in today’s NHL. Between the Benches guest current Wild Assistant Coach Dean Evason tells awesome stories from being Ray’s roommate back in their Binghamton AHL days. Ray and Darren hit on the latest hockey news including; the firing of Don Cherry, the uniqueness and on-ice success of the roster Doug Armstrong has built in St. Louis, Cale Makar's development in Colorado, and Eddie Olczyk and Dale Hawerchuk's inspirational fights against cancer. Washington Capital forward Tom Wilson joins the guys and talks about how he thinks the Caps still have another gear, changes to the game and where physicality like his fits in, and tells of a 'fountain mishap' during Cup celebrations. In this week's #ThroatPunch Darren nominates his dogs, Tiny the Great Dane and Fritz the Shih Tzu for their recent antics. Ray's nomination is the passenger that delayed his flight so he got in at 3am. Ray and Darren catch up with Ray's old teammate Dean Evason, and the guys share some awesome stories from them living together in their first year as pros, including their $500 car nicknamed ' Bull', rookie initiation dinners and more. In Ask Ray and Dregs the guys answer a few questions including thoughts on which team has the best shot to bring the Cup back to Canada, and where Ray and Darren would rank Gary Bettman amongst the big 4 North American pro sports commissioners. The excellent music on this episode is provided by Tony Ferraro and his pals.

Episode 6 guest Mike Babcock, former Head Coach of the Leafs, talks his Toronto team still trying to figure out their identity, his intensity, and how he approaches life away from the rink. Between the Benches guest Jeff Odgers tells brilliant stories from being Ray’s teammate on the Atlanta Thrashers. Ray and Darren hit on the latest news including Lucic's suspension, the Backes-Sabourin collision and resulting injuries, Byfuglien's continuing health and contract situations, and whether the Canucks are the best team in Canada. Toronto's head coach Mike Babcock joins the guys and talks about where the Leafs are at with developing their team identity and they chat about how he almost became Ray's teammate. In this week's #ThroatPunch Darren nominates whomever made Byfuglien's home address public, and Ray nominates all of Kade's no-show birthday party friends and their parents, and how that turned into a fist-pump on social media. Ray and Darren catch up with their old teammate Jeff Odgers, and Jeff dishes some hilarious stories from his and Ray's playing days on the Atlanta Thrashers. In Ask Ray and Dregs the guys answer questions on the entertainment value of the shootout in ending NHL games, and whether Ray ever tried a between-the-legs goal. The excellent music on this episode is provided by Tony Ferraro and his pals.

October 30, 2019

Brad Treliving Interview

Episode 5 guest Brad Treliving, GM of the Calgary Flames, talks being a fighter in his playing days, his start-up of the Western Professional Hockey League, plus his path to the front office and the GM chair, and what he has learned from his iconic businessman father. Darren & Ray get into headlines including their thoughts on the Preds extension of Josi, the Isles success, the impact on the Blues of Tarasenko's injury, and what to make of the lack of toughness and push-back on the Leafs roster. Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving join Darren at the Heritage Classic and talk about his playing days as a bruising D-man in the AHL, IHL and ECHL, his starting-up of the Western Professional Hockey League, and his path to the front office and the GM chair, and what he has learned from his iconic father. Ray explains why he is jealous of the guys playing in today's more wide open NHL. In this week's edition of #ThroatPunch the guys nominate the European NHL games and the IOC. In Ask Ray & Dregs they answer questions including a consideration of making shot blocking illegal to increase offence. The excellent music on this episode is provided by Tony Ferraro and his pals.

October 22, 2019

Brendan Gallagher Interview

Episode 4 guest Brendan Gallagher, Habs Alternate Captain, talks Montreal’s current season, inheriting his dad’s competitiveness and tells of some fun pranks he has pulled off on teammates. Ray and Darren talk Nathan MacKinnon and the Avs 7-1-1 start to the season, and the comparisons being made to that other famous Sid guy who also played hockey in Cole Harbour, NS. They touch on what a machine David Pasternak is, and just how awesome it is to watch the magic between Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl this year. Montreal Canadiens alternate captain Brendan Gallagher joined Ray and Darren and discussed eclipsing 498 NHL games last week, how he feels as this season gets going, and how the players in Montreal have worked hard to change their identity and culture to produce a more positive, winning attitude in the locker room and on-the-ice so the team can turn the corner and get back to the playoffs. Brendan talks about how he acquired his competitive streak from his dad and told the story of the front-yard workout. Brendan details how as the commish of his fantasy football league he likes to change the drafting rules to favour his own team, shares how much he enjoys pissing-off his opponents on the ice and finally compares notes with Ray on a few of the memorable pranks they each have pulled on teammates. In this week's edition of #ThroatPunch Darren puts forward the Josh Ho-Sang situation as his candidate while Ray nominated his chirpy son, and then puts forward the AHL, and questioned the merits of some of the excessive fighting of late, in developing future NHL players. The guys also discussed the need for having 1 and 1A goalies to be successful and talked about what is the right number of starts for each player in a goaltending tandem. In Ask Ray & Dregs this week the guys answered questions on whether they think there might be another team capable of pulling off a St. Louis-like worst-to-first run with a SCF appearance this NHL season, and Ray weighs in on giving 3 points for a win. Thanks to www.westcomb.com for providing our guest gift. The excellent music on this episode is provided by Tony Ferraro and his pals.

October 15, 2019

Bill Guerin Interview

Episode 3 guest Bill Guerin, GM of the Minnesota Wild, joins the guys in-studio to talk about his path to the front office, his love of being a practical joker and set the record straight on exactly what went down with the ‘Omelete Boy’ legend. Ray and Darren start off discussing some of the top stories from the past week including what's behind the Bruins smashing 5-1 start to the 2019-20 season and how they've avoided a Stanley Cup Final hangover despite having played until late June. The guys talk about how with shot-blocking having gone from a 'request' to a 'demand', teams like the Coyotes are now suffering some really impactful injuries. Four-time Stanley Cup Champion and current Minnesota Wild GM Bill Guerin joined Darren and Ray in-studio and talked about the hiring process he went through to get his first GM gig in the League. Bill talked about the General Managers that influenced him the most during his playing days and the start to his front-office career. He also sets the record straight on the legendary 'omelettes & jock-strap' story and spilled the details on some other pranks he has been part of, and some memorable chirps he had with Ray during their playing days. On this week's edition of #ThroatPunch, Darren nominates the NHL's concussion protocol process around goalies, and Ray's nomination is the coach's challenge and the rule changes to it. The guys also discuss the situation this year where a number of teams are not carrying a full 23-player roster at the NHL level to help manage their cap situation - depriving a bunch of players of a NHL pay check - and whether this is something the NHLPA should be fighting back on. In 'Ask Ray & Dregs' they answer questions on whether Calgary would want a do-over on the Lucic - Neal trade and Ray details a couple of rules he'd change if he ever became the NHL commish. The excellent music on this episode is provided by Tony Ferraro and his pals.

In Episode 2 Darren and Ray talk about the fast start Auston Matthews enjoyed in the NHL's opening week, and Auston has been working on his one-timer and it has already paid off. The guys discuss what you can or cannot read into some hot starts by teams like Buffalo, Carolina, Detroit and Edmonton, and the cold starts for Dallas and San Jose. Ray talks about his yelling match with Ron Wilson in his playing days and the guys chat on the pluses and minuses of having more media access, cameras and microphones around the game. Stanley Cup Champion and Conn Smythe Trophy winner Ryan O'Reilly of the St. Louis Blues joins Ray and Darren and talks about what it was like to experience the change with being traded from Buffalo to St. Louis in 2018. Ryan reflects on the rollercoaster ride that was the Blues incredible 2018-19 season. Ryan also talks about his passion for guitars and one of the latest additions to his collection. In this week's #ThroatPunch Darren nominates Mike Babcock for his decision to scratch Jason Spezza against Ottawa. Ray's nomination is Connor Hellebuyck for not owning-up to the media his shortcomings in giving up 5 goals in the Jets opening night loss. Ask Ray & Dregs this week digs into questions about the Blues moves of late to try and keep their championship window open, and the fate of Loui Eriksson with the Canucks in light of him getting healthy scratched. The music on the Ray & Dregs Hockey Podcast is provided by Ray's super-talented brother Tony and his musician pals.

Episode 2 guest Ryan O’Reilly, Stanley Cup Champion and Conn Smythe Winner of the St. Louis Blues, talks about the wild roller-coaster ride that was the 18-19 season for the Blues, and his passion for guitars that gives him an escape from on-ice pressures. Ray and Darren tee-up Episode 1. On the eve of puck drop of the regular season, the guys delve into a couple of the top headlines, including how much turnover the Jets have had since the end of the playoffs and what is up with Big Buff, and dig into the Faulk signing by St. Louis. The boys introduce the world to 'Throat Punch' and Ray tees off on Evander Kane's preseason tilt that resulted in the suspension. Ray talks about the couple of discipline calls he got from the league in his playing days from Burkie, and Bettman. Ray and Darren touch on how the Canucks should use Quinn Hughes, and talk about how his brother Jack Hughes will do in his first season with NJ. The guys talk about the Habs season ahead looks and about how the Auston Matthews situation has played out. Winnipeg Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice joins Ray and Darren as their first-ever guest on the podcast and talks about how their camp & preseason has gone with so many stories swirling around the team this summer. Paul talks about his life in the game and about just how much he loves coaching... and what he sings in the shower. The premier edition of 'Ask Ray & Dregs' goes down with stories of how Ray interacted with Noodles and the O-Dog in their playing days and Ray answers the question of whether there is too much coaching in modern hockey. The guys tee up the inaugural edition of the Ray & Dregs Hockey Pool and wrap up episode 1 of the podcast. Ray's super-talented brother Tony is a professional drummer. His musician pals provide the soundtrack for the Ray & Dregs Hockey Podcast.

September 10, 2019

The Ray & Dregs Hockey Podcast

In the first episode of the Ray & Dregs Podcast, guest Paul Maurice, Head Coach of the Winnipeg Jets, talks about not knowing what he was doing in his first NHL coaching gig, his love of the coaching life, and his passion for Led Zeppelin. Ray and Darren discuss how excited they are to launch the Ray & Dregs Hockey Podcast and the kind of content and guests listeners will hear over the course of the NHL season. Ray looks forward to his upcoming cross-country travel to St. John's to work a Leafs pre-season game, and Darren educates Ray on what a 'screech-in' entails. Ray lets you know what Darren is notorious for doing if he finds your phone unattended. Darren and Ray talk about fandom in sports and the media, and Darren talks about feeling the wrath from some of Leafs-nation on Twitter during the Marner contract negotiations. We learn why Joel Quenneville still calls Ray 'Pee-Wee' and the guys talk about what they are looking forward to seeing as the 2019-20 NHL season gets going.