The Firestarter Podcast is the official podcast of the Calgary Flames, hosted by Ryan Dittrick and Brendan Parker. Each week, the guys dig deep into key storylines around the hockey world, and go inside the Flames dressing room to deliver exclusive, one-on-one interviews with players and staff
The Flames are off to a great start, winning twice and earning five of a possible six points in their first three games of the season. Ryan and Brendan break down what we've seen from some of the team's top players, how depth has created a more balanced attack on offence, and and how the team's third pair of Juuso Valimaki and Nikita Nesterov has been a pleasant surprise. Plus, Flames Goaltending Coach Jason Labarbera stops by (19:31) to chat about his experience at the 2021 World Junior Hockey Championship, his new role with the Flames, and what it's like working with the "horse" that is the ultra-competitive Jacob Markstrom .
On Jan. 18, 1958, Willie O'Ree took to the ice with the Boston Bruins and became the first black player to skate in the National Hockey League. With the NHL "celebrating equality," Mr. O'Ree and his lifetime of contributions that transcend on-ice accomplishments tonight, we're honoured and privileged to welcome longtime pro, NHL veteran and proud Calgarian Claude Vilgrain to the program to continue the discussion on diversity, dig deep into his own experiences with racism, and celebrate the efforts of so many in our community that promote inclusiveness in the game of hockey.
Training camp is over and it's time for the real thing. Ryan and Brendan recap Monday's intrasquad game, break down the performances of Dillon Dube and Andrew Mangiapane, and offer three (BOLD!) preditions for the upcoming season. Also, the always candid Matthew Tkachuk drops by for an exclusive interview (10:11), detailing the emotion of last year's playoff exit, and how the team is using that for motivation entering the new year.
Hockey is back! With the start of the regular season less than one week away, Ryan and Brendan break down what they've seen at training camp so far, including who (and what) stood out at Thursday's intrasquad game at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Later in the show, Flames forward Sam Bennett stops by to give his thoughts on the upcoming season, his early impression of his new teammates, musical jam sessions with Matthew Tkachuk and more!
With Season 9 of the smash-hit 'Letterkenny' hitting the airwaves on Dec. 25, Nathan Dales (Daryl) joins Ryan, Brendan and Ty Pilson on this week's pod. The guys talk about the show's journey from a humble, small-town production, to one of the best comedy series' in Canadian TV history that is now getting international acclaim. Dales, a born-and-bred Calgarian, also dishes on what drives him as a dedicated Flames fan, his favourite memories at the 'Dome and so much more!