Flames Unfiltered | Episode 60
24 Team Playoff Format Speculation | Featuring Auddie James
It started while I was sitting in a bar outside the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. It was mid-afternoon, my plane had just arrived. Later that night I would be attending the Anaheim Ducks at Minnesota Wild game. My phone buzzed….a message from a fellow podcasting colleague. He had an idea, a project him and his partner were going to take on. A National Hockey League podcasting network. They wanted my thoughts and to see if I was interested in starting a Calgary Flames podcast. It did not take me long to answer that with a big YES! So that was the start of this project. I am extremely excited to see how it grows. Flames Unfiltered was born in conjunction with The Hockey Podcast Network. A partnership that will entertain Calgary Flames fans and bring professional hockey podcasts to hockey fans of every team.
I thought in 1989 that winning the Stanley Cup was pretty awesome. I wish I would have savored that feeling a little more…Well that feeling I had the night the Flames skated the Stanley Cup around Montreal ice was good but is not the feeling I would have today if it happened. I was young. Thought it would happen more frequently, yep naive. Well thirty years later I am still waiting. Had a couple great runs but still waiting. Someday the Calgary Flames will again raise the Stanley Cup.
I started Inside Edge Hockey News in 2010. The small blog has turned into more than the hobby I thought it would be and I could not be any happier about that. With weekly blogs, multiple podcasts and rankings it has me working overtime.
I am a huge fan of hockey, from youth hockey, to junior hockey, and of course professional hockey. I have played, coached, worked as statistician, work as television/radio color commentator and have watched hockey all of my life. Hockey is not just a game. It is a lifestyle, a way of life, and most importantly a tight knit family. The game of hockey is great! It can bring you nights of great enjoyment. It also brings nights where you feel like your team will never win. I am proud to be a media member for the greatest game in the world. I have a degree in Business Administration, and Psychology from Minot State University, North Dakota. I also have a Hockey General Manager and Scouting, and Sports Communications/Journalism degree from Sports Management Worldwide. I am also a member of the Sports Executives Association. Most of all I am a fan. Hockey is a huge part of my life, and my family’s life. I have a great wife (Charlsie) who is a professional real estate agent. We are blessed with three great children (Jagger-13) who is a baseball player and also enjoys hunting and fishing, (Kenadee-9) is our gymnast and hockey fan. We also have a crazy-fun four-year-old girl (Laikyn) who hopes to someday be a gymnast like her big sister. Hockey is a huge part of our family. It teaches us a lot about life and has created many family memories for us.
I thank you for checking out Flames Unfiltered. I encourage you to check back frequently. I appreciate and welcome any ideas or insight. Please just shoot me an email. Always enjoy talking hockey, with hockey people…GO FLAMES!