NEW YORK - The National Hockey League today announced the addition of 'The Chirp with Daren Millard' to its 2020-21 NHL Podcast lineup. The newest weekly video podcast, distributed by NHL Studios, will feature interviews with players, executives, alumni and other personalities around the game. The Chirp, which has released more than 40 episodes since its inception in 2018, is centered around the hockey universe and plays on Millard's informative and casual interview style to bring out interesting conversations, spirited debates and plenty of laughs.
The Brandon, Man., native spent many years with Rogers Sportsnet in Toronto before taking his craft to the Vegas Golden Knights during their inaugural season. He currently hosts the Golden Knights' home game TV broadcasts as well as co-hosts the VGK Insiders Show, which airs weekdays during the season.
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The Chirp - Episode One: Lightning Head Coach Jon Cooper (Premiere: Tuesday, Jan. 26)
"I'd much rather win the Stanley Cup and not ever have a party with it, than party with the Stanley Cup and not ever win it."
In the first NHL® episode of The Chirp, Millard talks in-depth with Jon Cooper, who led the Tampa Bay Lightning to the 2020 Stanley Cup® Championship. Cooper shares why he believes humor contributed to his team's success as well as what winning a Stanley Cup Championship meant to him and his family. Cooper notes how celebrating the accomplishment has been a unique experience amidst pandemic etiquette and hopes that one day he'll be able to celebrate with those who helped make winning the cherished prize possible.
The former lawyer also reminisces on meeting his childhood hockey idol Bobby Orr and how he'd attempt to coach the Hockey Hall of Famer in today's NHL. He shares a unique connection to former Lighting captain Vincent Lecavalier and how years of playing lacrosse at the varsity level gave him an interesting perspective on Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy.
And advice for coaching newcomers? "It's better to listen, than to speak."
2020-21 NHL Podcasts:
• NHL Fantasy On Ice™ (@NHLFantasy) - The trio of Pete Jensen, Rob Reese and frequent guest David Satriano host the NHL's most popular podcast with episodes released each Monday, Wednesday and Friday throughout the regular season and extensive coverage of the Stanley Cup® Playoffs. The team, which has a 24/7/365 pulse of the fantasy hockey world, will discuss season-long pools, daily fantasy strategy, rankings, projections and dip their toes into the ever-growing world of sports betting.
• NHL@TheRink™ (@TheRink) - NHL.com's Dan Rosen and Shawn Roarke host this weekly podcast that is designed to bring listeners up to speed on the sights and sounds of the NHL season. The duo will speak with special guests - including NHL players, writers, broadcasters and NHL.com staff - to preview games, discuss the news of the week and check in rink-side during key matchups.
• Soul on Ice, The Podcast (@soithepodcast) - Hosted by award-winning filmmaker Kwame Damon Mason along with Los Angeles Kings prospect Akil Thomas and Niagara IceDogs defenseman Elijah Roberts, this podcast blends elements of culture and hockey, providing uncharted commentary and perspectives on the state of the game, defining moments in history and the future evolution of the sport.
• NHL Draft Class™ - Draft experts Adam Kimelman and Mike Morreale return to the prospects beat with special episodes covering top prospect news, rankings and mock drafts. The series features interviews with prospects, experts and the folks from NHL Central Scouting.
Fans can download individual episodes of all series at www.nhl.com/podcasts. NHL Podcasts is an NHL Studio Production. NHL Podcasts are available on Castbox, Deezer, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, iTunes, RadioPublic, Spotify, Stitcher and TuneIn Radio.