Meet Dan O’Connor. The voice behind the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League.
This play-by-play announcer dreamed about calling games from when he was a young child. From pretending to call games, yelling at his home television to voicing one of the biggest teams in the WHL, Dan’s journey has come full circle.
UNCAGED: FEWER FACIAL INJURIES, BUT MORE HEAD CONTACT ‘THE NORM’ WITH FULL FACIAL PROTECTION FOR JR. “B” HOCKEY IN BC
The injury reports are now in after the first full season with the rule change. Facial injuries are down. But some involved with the game believe there is more head contact overall and question whether players are overly confident and are taking more risks.
With pain tolerance being such a rite of passage embedded in hockey culture, mental health related injuries often don’t receive enough attention in hockey circles, that is until recently.
Now it seems a new era of players are using their platforms to speak up about mental health challenges.
A study conducted at the NCAA level concluded that 10-15% of student athletes will experience psychological issues severe enough to warrant counselling. This is a 2% rise over non-athletes in the same age range.
The Rise, Fall, and Resurgence of the Pacific Coliseum:
In our long form radio documentary we talked to multiple individuals who have had profound memories in the ‘Rink on Renfrew’ in East Vancouver and how the venue continues to survive today.
Listen to the full audio documentary below
The Evolution of Hockey Academies
In this short audio documentary, Matthew Abrey and I looked into how Hockey Academies are threatening the traditional way of Minor Hockey Associations in the eyes of a parent, and a hockey expert.
Listen to the full audio documentary below.