In Episode 15 of Beers in The Lot, the guys are joined by Nick Fleehart aka “Nicky Commish”, the commissioner of the Beer League Players Association. Nick talked about the Draft Experience beer league hockey tournaments he runs all over the country; the draft format of the tournaments which values players’ beer drinking prowess over their hockey skill; and the golden rule of beer league, “Don’t be a dick”.
Episode 14 features Ryan Minkoff, author of Thin Ice: A Hockey Journey from Unknown to Elite–and the Gift of a Lifetime. The Beers in The Lot podcast crew talked with Ryan about his youth and high school hockey days in Minnesota; playing college club hockey at the University of Washington and the crazy road trips; an opportunity to attend the WHL’s Everett Silvertips training camp; Ryan’s path to playing professional hockey in Finland and what life was like in a small Finnish town for one of two import players on the team; how helping his Latvian roommate with his pro contract led to Ryan’s professional player agent career and starting his company 83, LLC; and ultimately, what led to Ryan writing his book.
In Episode 13, the guys discuss late start times for their beer league hockey games that lead to slow and tired mornings; retired NHL enforcer tough guy, Georges Laraque challenging boxing legend Mike Tyson to a match last week; and the NHL Reverse Retro uniforms, creative goalie equipment setups, and NHL player style.
In Episode 12, the Beers in The Lot crew appeals to the “try hards” in beer league to stop trying so hard; summarizes their theory that Captain Quint murdered Ben Gardner to get the contract to hunt down the shark in the movie Jaws; and the uncertainty around the NHL, major juniors, and college hockey getting started.