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    Flames Unfiltered - Episode 78
    The Fans Speak! - Markstrom, Ward and the Core

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    Flames Unfiltered – Episode 63 – Iggy to the Hall
    Brad Burud

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 real estate agent.  We are blessed with three great children (Jagger-14) who is a baseball player and also enjoys hunting and fishing, (Kenadee-10) is our gymnast and hockey fan.  We also have a crazy-fun five-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!