Hockey Central

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Can’t-miss radio for hockey fans as Jeff Marek, David Amber, Anthony Stewart, and Justin Bourne break down all the stories from around the NHL.

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  • Jan. 27: “Granted, The Team Doctor Went To Jail…”
    Jan 27, 2020 – 1:28:13
  • Jan. 24: Heading into All-Star weekend with Mitch Marner and Rick Tocchet
    Jan 24, 2020 – 1:28:13
  • Jan. 23: “When The Facts Change, I Change My Opinions”
    Jan 23, 2020 – 1:28:17
  • Jan. 22: “That Cardigan Bourney, Let’s Discuss”
    Jan 22, 2020 – 1:28:12
  • Jan. 21: “I Thought His Name Was John C. Schedulington”
    Jan 21, 2020 – 1:28:08
  • Jan. 20: “Doug Gilmour Just Gave Me A Look…”
    Jan 20, 2020 – 1:28:12
  • Jan. 17: “He’s One Of The Worst Snorers In The League”
    Jan 17, 2020 – 1:28:19
  • Jan. 16: “I Was On The First Plane To Jamaica”
    Jan 16, 2020 – 1:28:15
  • Jan. 15: Nicklas Backstrom on the ‘pretty simple’ task of negotiating a new deal
    Jan 15, 2020 – 1:28:16
  • Jan. 14: “Before Practice, He Switched All The False Teeth”
    Jan 14, 2020 – 1:28:17
  • Jan. 13: “Sometimes You’ve Gotta Answer The Bell”
    Jan 13, 2020 – 1:28:18
  • Jan. 10: “Analytics Are Like Bikinis…”
    Jan 10, 2020 – 1:28:13
  • Jan. 9: “Penne and Pancakes”
    Jan 9, 2020 – 1:28:17
  • Jan. 8: The Word Of The Day: Adversity
    Jan 8, 2020 – 1:28:18
  • Jan. 7: “Nobody Gives Me Credit”
    Jan 7, 2020 – 1:28:24
  • Jan. 6: The Time Is Now
    Jan 6, 2020 – 1:28:06
  • Jan. 3: Kovalchuk signing makes perfect sense for Canadiens
    Jan 3, 2020 – 1:28:14
  • Jan. 2: Laine and Nylander shining for Jets and Leafs
    Jan 2, 2020 – 1:28:15
  • Dec. 31: Dallas Stars GM on hosting 2020 Winter Classic
    Dec 31, 2019 – 1:28:30
  • Dec. 30: Time for more Kevlar in the NHL?
    Dec 30, 2019 – 1:28:12
  • Dec. 27: The Christmas break is over
    Dec 27, 2019 –
  • Dec. 24: Sheldon Keefe’s Maple Leafs are finding a way
    Dec 24, 2019 – 1:28:29
  • Dec. 23: Nap City, Population: 1
    Dec 23, 2019 – 1:28:17
  • Dec. 20: “Can I Tell You A Story About Joe Micheletti?”
    Dec 20, 2019 – 1:28:14
  • Dec. 19: Keefe driving the bus
    Dec 19, 2019 – 1:28:11
  • Dec. 18: Matthews shines vs. Buffalo
    Dec 18, 2019 – 1:28:14
  • Dec. 17: Hall to the Desert
    Dec 17, 2019 – 1:28:18
  • Dec. 16: Who is the real Polkaroo?
    Dec 16, 2019 – 1:28:15
  • Dec. 13: The Flames Stay Red Hot
    Dec 13, 2019 – 1:28:21
  • Dec. 12: Another One Bites The Dust
    Dec 12, 2019 – 1:28:53
  • Dec. 11: West Coast Success
    Dec 11, 2019 – 1:29:03
  • Dec. 10: Montgomery Out In Dallas
    Dec 10, 2019 – 1:29:04
  • Dec. 9: The Leafs make a statement in St. Louis
    Dec 9, 2019 – 1:29:27
  • Dec. 6: Jumbo Joe With The Knockout!
    Dec 6, 2019 – 1:28:22
  • Dec. 5: Back To Back Losses
    Dec 5, 2019 – 1:29:26
  • Dec. 4: A Late Game Fold
    Dec 4, 2019 – 1:29:34
  • Dec. 3: Visiting The Red Hot Flyers
    Dec 3, 2019 – 1:29:28
  • Dec 2: A Weekend Split
    Dec 2, 2019 – 1:29:29
  • Nov. 29: Change Behind the Bench in Calgary
    Nov 29, 2019 – 1:38:15
  • Nov. 28: Domination in Detroit
    Nov 28, 2019 – 1:28:19
  • Nov. 27: Keefe’s Leafs get back at it and the Habs recover from a thumping
    Nov 27, 2019 – 1:28:20
  • Nov. 26: Having the discussion
    Nov 26, 2019 –
  • Nov. 25: The Change Is Evident
    Nov 25, 2019 – 1:28:19
  • Nov. 22: It’s All Better In Leafland
    Nov 22, 2019 – 1:28:21
  • Nov. 21: Leafs front office speaks
    Nov 21, 2019 – 1:33:28
  • Nov. 20: The streak continues
    Nov 20, 2019 –
  • Nov. 19: A western swing, a welcome sight?
    Nov 19, 2019 – 1:28:16
  • Nov. 18: Rock bottom?
    Nov 18, 2019 – 1:28:17
  • Nov. 15: It’s a Hall of Fame Weekend
    Nov 15, 2019 –
  • Nov. 14: The same old story
    Nov 14, 2019 –
Recent Reviews
  • Corybyo
    It’s back!
    Back to it’s old ways! This podcast had a transition at the beginning of the year. But is BACK. Love it , look forward to their conversation daily. I feel like I’m talking hockey with some experienced people. Glad to hear it.
  • Carl Racki
    Bring back Maclean and Kypreos
    I wouldn’t call Jason Bourne and Anthony Stewart an upgrade. From listening to Jeff marek’s pedantic nonsense, to Jason bourne’s prepubescent inflections, to Lazy Eyes Anthony Stewart’s desire for more tertiary scoring, listening to these three idiots every day is like getting a colonoscopy and a root canal at the same time. Very close to unsubscribing.
  • Capsfan75
    Terrible Podcast
    Why is this called Hockey Central all these people talk about are the Leafs. The name needs to be changed to Leafs Central. They won’t though because no one outside of Toronto will listen. Worst podcast out by a lot
  • Best Hockey Pod
    Decline in quality from last season
    The product quality has massively declined from last season to this season. The analysts have changed to Justin Bourne and Anthony Stewart and they just aren’t good enough. Jeff Marek, David Amber and Brian Burke carry the show when they are on. Disappointing to see. I hope they improve.
  • Deke VanDyke
    Excellent Crew, Excellent Show
    Love this crew and look forward to their insight. I do miss Doug’s story telling, but Jeff, Anthony, David and Justin are fantastic! Cheers boys!
  • 16ruggs
    Lost it’s competency
    Sportsnet went cheap and it shows with the new hosts. Stewart and Bourne are terrible, especially when compared to the list of hosts they’ve had the last few years. Really disappointing the drop off this year
  • done with heart
    It got worse?
    Yup.. exit kyper, Doug, shanny, Enter Marek, Stewart, Amber difficult listen for me personally Propaganda at its worst It’s now a show to inform us on how great the show is.... when it is in fact a putrid reminder of what a good show it WAS Wow is sportsnet DAF The new, positive, reviews are an INSIDE JOB. this is FACT! Research it and know That’s how pathetic and terrified sportsnet is! They know it’s AWFUL and getting destroyed in the reviews PATHETIC
  • NoleyPoley
    By far has become my favorite podcast to listen to
    Rarely can you put multiple hosts on a show and have so many personalities click so well and create such an entertaining podcast. I love every episode and count the time between episodes when I can watch again. Love you Sportsnet!
  • Joey Sull
    New Format disappoints
    I used to listen to this show everyday. The format used to be a great host with a rotating 3 member discussion. Now the show doesn’t find its way into my lineup of best hockey podcasts. The host is still there but most days are a 2 person dialogue that misses out on a lot of the counterpoints that last year provided. Sure the guests are experts in their field but the lack of debate really seems to make this show feel more like propaganda than entertainment. No offense to Stewy, (and burkie on Friday’s)but hearing one opinion is not the same as hearing two experts take on Mareks storylines. And, for what it’s worth, to me, Kypreos is missed the most.
  • 616_steveE
    Good hosts... too much leafs talk
    Leafs, leafs, leafs, leafs, bruins, Leafs, leafs, leafs, leafs Leafs, leafs, leafs, leafs, Vegas, Leafs, leafs, leafs, leafs, Canadians, Leafs, leafs, leafs, leafs Leafs, leafs, leafs, leafs Leafs, leafs, leafs, leafs, Minnesota, Leafs, leafs, leafs, leafs Leafs, leafs, leafs, leafs Leafs, leafs, leafs, leafs, Detroit vs the Leafs, Leafs, leafs, leafs, leafs Leafs, leafs, leafs, leafs, Nashville, Leafs, leafs, leafs, leafs. I do like Jeff Marek thoughts on hockey but he is pigeon-holed into leafs talk for 95% of his air time.
  • Chon530
    Good crew, Good show
    This is a great podcast for hockey fans. Jeff Marek is someone I’ve always enjoyed and he really knows how to run a show and does it most of the time. While I do miss Millard, Colby Armstrong and Kipper I am enjoying it just as much with Bourne and Stewart in. I think people forget that it’s based in Toronto so yes it’s mostly Leafs talk (I live in California and follow the LA Kong’s) but I still enjoy their take on the NHL as a whole and all the takes. A lot of good perspective from the crew and keep me up to date on all things hockey.
  • AlexNYR20
    Much better with Marek at the helm. I was never a big fan of Millard, and Marek and Amber are doing a great job this season. Love the additions of Stewy and Bourne.
  • becrowe66
    It used to be so good!
    Was part of my daily ritual for years .. but after Daren left, the new host seemed to talk more than the guests, answering his own questions first before allowing the other guys to talk .. no wonder Kip and Doug left. Found some good alternative podcasts but they don’t quite compare to what Sportsnet had going ..
  • BobbyP2424
    Not as good
    Bring back Kypreos and MacLean, love when Burkies on though.
  • EliotHonda
    Change happens
    It’s unfortunate that the chemistry that was built with the trio they had is now gone. Hopefully the new guys can get that same thing going, but right now it’s not there.
  • helmut van leeuween
    Marek and Stewart talk a lot but manage not to say much. It’s all very crafty but so, so boring. Dougy is laughing and so too Kiper.
  • Oda-sensei
    Leafs central
    Last season has turned it up to 11 on the Toronto bias. The only time you realize there are other teams is when Stewart talks about his brother in Philly for 15 minutes. Just call a spade a spade and rebrand as a Leafs news podcast.
  • Waz730
    Too Long Now
    For a daily podcast this now feels too long, I don’t have time to listen as often anymore because of that. I hope you consider returning this to the previous length of under an hour.
  • Rick from Port Huron
    Not so good anymore
    The show is too long now.Bring back Doug and Kipper.Only Burkey is now interesting.
  • Snakepaste
    New format is just TERRIBLE
    For years this used to be MUST HEAR hockey analysis, all the big news daily around the league squeezed into an HOUR (45 mins) with Kypreos, Maclean, Burkie with Jeff Marek (Daren Millard was MUCH better) trying to sound interesting. Now it’s 2 HOURS (90 mins) of Jeff Marek or Dave Amber trying to FILL time with Anthony Stewart talking about garbage. Bottom line it’s MORE TALKING AND LESS CONTENT. My time to listen to these things is valuable, I don’t like having to listen to all this fluff just to keep up with what’s going on. Jeff Marek prattles on telling all his same stories over and over and tries way too hard to sound poignant about details of the game while missing big picture stuff. Anthony Stewart is “okay” but doesn’t have the on ice accolades or the on air presence to make him a strong “other half” contributor on a Two Man show.... how or why they picked him, I can only speculate. Bring back Mike Zigimannus (sp).... that guy drops great analysis and is a pleasure to hear. TL;DR: AWFUL NEW FORMAT....DAUNTING TO LISTEN TO BECAUSE IT’S JUST TOO LONG AND THE CONTENT STINKS. BRING THE OLD CREW BACK AND MAKE THIS AN HOUR SHOW. NOBODY HAS TIME TO LISTEN TO THIS FLUFF.
  • PrestonMcp
    Show has gotten dry :(
    Amber and Marek are great, Stewart is fine, but 5 days a week I find the show and its themes to be very repetitive. On top of it, the show was extended an hour this season, but I feel like I'm receiving less content than I was ever before. Miss MvW, love 31 thoughts. But this show isn't entertaining anymore.
  • Hypothroidism
    The best season was 2018-19
    I listened to this show religiously and was excited it to get download. Unfortunately not have Kyp and Mac; the fun of this show went away. No offense to Anthony, just not enough experience to through him in everyday. Not fair to Anthony to expect that from him. I’m a huge Jeff Marik fan and always will be, he is a true professional. SportsNet should have passed on Burke and kept the nucleus of this team in tact.
  • jserio2335
    Terrible show
    The show used to be interesting blast with Nick, Ron and Darren with arguing nonsense with a bit of analysis. Now we have to listen to Jeff Marek, David Amber and Anthony Stewart droning about nothing for two hours. This show used to be fun and informative and now it’s long and boring.
  • Greg McDonaugh
    So disappointed in the pod without Kypreos and Maclean. I’m so upset that my favorite hockey podcast has turned to garbage. Sadly unsubscribing.
  • ch1088
    Bring back the old squad
    I miss listening to Kyper, Maclean and co. Stewart is SNOOZE CITY. Full of cliches and general statements and is boring as ever. And if you didn’t know his brother is on the Flyers, he’ll remind you every 5 minutes or so.
  • Waldo Crashes
    Do these guys listen to themselves? Lead story today: the ‘Scoutfit’. Ugh.
  • bro.toli
    Bring back the old crew!
    I wish Mac, Kyper, Army, Shannon & all of the old crew were back for more variety on the show!
  • LeoJM2
    Not only twice as long but also twice as bad. Unbearable and lacking any personality. What a shame. You’ve lost another loyal listener.
  • lafdretired
    Lost it’s way!
    Bring back last years format and analysts (Kyprios)please!
  • Canadian Hockey Guy
    From first to worst
    This podcast used to be one of my favorites, but now its painful to listen to. So I don’t. I dont mind jeff, but he can’t carry the podcast. Anthony is weak. Less interesting but longer. Not a good mix
  • Kevo7711
    Miss the old bunch. New format is terrible. I even like Jeff but the format and the lack of talent makes this Not even worth background noise.
  • KgibMC
    Shocking Collapse of a Once EXCELLENT Podcast
    It's amazing how bad this podcast is. How could it fall so freely in the space of one season?? I listened for YEARS and loved it. It's awful now. The gutting of talent on the show is appalling...same for the lack of variety... and the resulting impact on the quality of the podcast is even more shocking than one would expect. It's hilarious that they gut the show AND decide to extend it to 2 hours---management genius!! The only day worth listening to is the Brian Burke day. Marek and Stewie can't carry it. Face facts Sportsnet. It's BRUTAL. Forced me to a bunch of other, better podcasts that were once untthinkable as alternatives.
  • mikefny063
    No Kypreos or Maclean? painful to listen
    Without Kypreos or Maclean, this podcast went downhill. It’s now 2 hours of nonsense and dumb commercials plugging themselves. It used to be just over an hours worth of pure gold. Sadly I’m deleting.
  • anjfromopl
    Lose the talent
    I’m done, the loss of talent from this show, has made me unsubscribe.
  • poops mcgee street
    longer, and less gooder
    loved the show, its not as good these days. I don't think its a great idea to get rid of most of the entertaining hosts and make the show twice as long. stewart is like biz nasty light and boring, with out any entertaining takes or stories.
  • Justin from Buffalo
    No longer listen to
    Listened to this awesome podcast every day for years. Then sportsnet got rid of McLean, kypreos, Shannon, and Morrison. So I deleted this show.
  • codyadarnell
    Time stamps please
    I used to love this show/podcast. The maple leaf talk is fine but can you at least time stamp the description so that we can skip it?
  • So much hype
    Should be called Leafs Net
    Guys... enough!! Spitting Chiclets, Puck Soup, ESPN... all hockey podcasts that talk ALL hockey. Just bring based in Ontario doesn’t mean Canada has one team. Change the name of the show.
  • Tannehill85
    Great Hockey Talk!
    Love the boys on Sportsnet, always a great show and they cover Canadian teams very well (especially the Leafs....) I just wish the crew was able to cover the NHL as a whole more than just Canada’s team although I understand with this being a Canadian based show.
  • Air amonarch
    It’s ok. Should rename the pod Leafs at noon. Sometimes it’s good sometimes it not.
  • Gatchaman1976
    Unprofessional / Annoying
    This show needs a producer to teach them better radio. STOP banging up against the mics during the whole broadcast giving terrible feedback. Extremely annoying and unprofessional
  • bending james
    Needs to focus on whole NHL
    I understand this is a Canadian located podcast. But with the playoffs. I feel like we should be talking about the games more. I feel like listening to Toronto and other teams that they mainly focus on gets boring. Overall it’s a great podcast for hockey and I love listening to it. I try to everyday but I also like the opinions on playoff games.
  • Sharks015
    West Coast Wrap-Up
    You can’t complain about the experience and personal stories that this panel brings to the mic, but you can complain about the amount of Leaf talk that comes along with it. I like the show, and I’ll keep listening but I’d really like to see a more even spread of hockey talk between all of the NHL. (Stop saving the Sharks for the last 30 seconds!)
    Seriously 1 star
    60 seconds dedicated to a double overtime game beetween the sharks and knights. But theyll pontificate about salary cap BS for 20 minutes! Dudes, save that talk for the off season. Were in the middle of the playoffs Theyre smoking crack again in Toronto. 1star
  • need more puckluck
    Center of the hockey universe
    I’m a Blackhawk fan that doesn't mind hearing a lot of Leaf talk. No matter the rotation on the panel ,they all offer great analysis on what’s trending in the NHL & knowledgeable on players in the minor leagues too. Great show guys it’s can’t miss listening for me
  • brightonjohn
    NHL Analysis Excellence
    Professionally executed at an excellent level. Hosts: Marek, Amber, Stellick move topic dialogue + pace superbly (w/utmost respect + gracefulness for MacLean’s persistent tangents). KYPREOS: offers OPINIONATED FANTASTIC analysis w/ inside former NHLer knowledge. He is SO good+professional+well spoken & just AWESOME! All the analysts are VERY good too. I enjoy listening everyday!
  • lord_stanley99
    All Leafs
    These guys know their hockey, but somehow all other 30 teams besides the leafs are diminished to an inexcusable extent.
  • lakemitchigan
    Grumpy Old Men
    Any job openings?
  • Ampinoy in Virginia
    Toronto Focused
    I like the show but a warning, if you can’t stand the Maple Leafs then go elsewhere. The show IS Toronto focused but understanding it comes from The Fan 590 in Toronto explains its Leaf focused agenda.
  • cbabcock8
    Toronto Sports Network
    There are other teams in the league guys. Ok give it like 10 minutes if you must but then move on. God help you if you’re in a “non traditional” market. This is the equivalent of ESPN and their obsession with Lebron. That being said I listen everyday so f me right?
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