NHL Executive Suite

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Deb Placey is joined by Ken Holland, the General Manager of the Edmonton Oilers. Ken starts the conversation talking about why at the age of 64 he wanted to take the GM job in Edmonton (3:00) and what it’s like working with the Oiler’s ownershi
Deb Placey is joined by Jim Benning, the General Manager of the Vancouver Canucks. Jim starts by talking about the state of the NHL, and the constant evolution he’s seen within the game since his playing days (1:00). He talks about the unique p
Deb Placey is joined by Jarmo Kekalainen, the General Manager of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Jarmo kicks off the conversation talking about his favorite hobby and one of his favorite professional athletes to watch perform (3:00). He talks about
Deb Placey is joined by Chuck Fletcher, the General Manager of the Philadelphia Flyers.  The conversation starts with Chuck reminiscing about his Harvard days, and how he learned to love hockey while growing up in Atlanta (3:00). He talks about
Deb Placey is joined by Pat Kelleher, Executive Director of USA Hockey.  He offers a unique perspective on being a "hockey parent", explains why hockey has grown in the USA and the role that the NHL has had in in growing the game (3:00). Pat ex
Deb Placey welcomes Jennifer Bullano Ridgley, the Vice President of Media Relations for the Pittsburgh Penguins to the podcast.  Their conversation begins with Jen explaining how she first became interested in pursuing a career in hockey and ho
Deb Placey is joined by Kyle Dubas, the Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager. He talks about his first meeting with Brendan Shanahan (5:17) and why their relationship has worked (7:21). He explains why he decided to pursue being a player agent a
Deb Placey is joined by Ron Francis, the General Manager of the newly added Seattle franchise. Ron discusses his new role in Seattle (:37), the moving parts surrounding the franchise (2:00), and the process of choosing a name for the team (4:15
Deb Placey sits down with Doug Armstrong, St. Louis Blues General Manager.  Doug discusses how his father’s time as an NHL linesman influenced his life (1:27) and why he owes his career as a general manager to Bob Clarke and Bob Gainey (9:27).
Deb Placey is joined by Jim Nill, the Dallas Stars General Manager. Jim talks about his days as a player (:52), how he met his wife (2:03) and how her battle with cancer has inspired and shaped him as a person (7:00).  He discusses his trade fo
Deb Placey welcomes in Bill Guerin, the Minnesota Wild General Manager. Bill explains why he really wanted the Wild GM job and why he thinks the position was a great fit for him and the franchise (1:07). He recounts the day he was named the NY
Deb Placey is joined by Dale Tallon, Florida Panthers General Manager. Dale reminisces about the days when NHL players had roommates on the road (1:55) and reveals why his staff drafted Patrick Kane in Chicago (4:30). He explains the similariti
Steve Mayer, NHL Chief Content Officer, joins Deb Placey. Mayer explains why he has always been known as the “idea guy” (2:43) and discusses how his desire to be a sports broadcaster led to working at IMG for 20 years (8:12). He shares who his
Heidi Browning, NHL Chief Marketing Officer, sits down with Deb Placey. Browning discusses why she’s a “digital passionista” (1:00), her key responsibilities as the NHL’s CMO and how her first hockey game led to a lasting friendship (4:09). She
Deb Placey’s guest is Jim Rutherford, General Manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Rutherford explains why he loves Pittsburgh (1:18) and why he takes a hands-off approach to working with his goalies (3:02). He tells the story about how he becam
Deb Placey is joined byNew York Islanders President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Lou Lamoriello. Lou reminisces about his early days in hockey while working as a stick boy with the Providence Reds and how his relationship with Johnn
Deb Placey is joined by Sam Flood, Executive Producer & President of Production for NBC Sports. Flood recounts his start in sports television (3:23) and what he learned while working under Dick Ebersol (7:00). He talks about NBC’s coverage of S
Deb Placey welcomes San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson to the podcast. Wilson recalls being traded to the expansion Sharks (3:19) and skating in the infamous Cow Palace (4:30). He discusses Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer (11:50), capta
Deb Placey chats with John Chayka, the General Manager of the Arizona Coyotes. Chayka discusses how often people bring up his age (1:03) and how his transition to the NHL was made easier by veteran general managers who went out of their way to
Deb Placey is joined by Ray Shero, the General Manager of the New Jersey Devils. Shero discusses why he believes the Devils 2018-19 season isn’t as disappointing as their record indicates (1:17), how the franchise’s culture has changed over the
Deb Placey is joined by Kim Davis, the NHL’s Executive Vice President of Social Impact. Davis tells us how her grandmother became the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. at Harvard (1:00) and how her grandmother’s advice impacted her d
Deb Placey is joined by Glenn Healy, executive director of the NHL Alumni Association. A guarded secret for years, Healy describes his off-ice passion of playing in a pipe band – a hobby that has taken him all over the world and given him the c
Deb Placey’s guest is Vegas Golden Knights Chairman and CEO Bill Foley. Foley reacts to the notion that he’s the most ‘interesting man in hockey’ (0:45), explains how is interest in purchasing the Jacksonville Jaguars led him to the NHL expansi
Deb Placey is joined by NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly. As a long-time hockey fan, Daly rattles off his list of favorite New York Rangers players during the 1970s and 80s (2:25) and points out how hockey has grown in New Jersey, where he gre
Deb Placey is joined by Buffalo Sabres and Bills owner, Kim Pegula. Kim explains how she finds time to manage all of her responsibilities as an NHL and NFL owner and as President of Pegula Sports and Entertainment (0:52). She reacts to recently
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