Papa’s got a brand new bag!

Once it was clear that I no longer had the fire I believe is required to play hockey anymore it was pretty easy to hang up the skates and call it a career. I am one of the fortunate players that was lucky enough to run out of gas before I ran out of opportunities.

I am very thankful to all the teams, coaches, managers and team mates that gave me seventeen years of professional hockey. I made many great friends and have maybe a few too many memories locked away in my head. Looking back I don’t even have bad memories of all the bag skates!

Last summer around this time my friend, Jason Gregor, invited me to co-host his show on Fridays at the Pint for a couple hours. I thought it would be fun to try so off I went. Gregs is such a pro and easy to work with that by the time I left for Sweden I felt very comfortable on the air. Plus I realized I loved doing it!

After getting home from Sweden I was asked by the Team 1260 if I would co-host other shows over the summer. Of course I jumped at it and got a chance to work with pretty much all of the 1260 personalities. It was a great experience. We were talking all sports and I got a chance to see how much work these guys put into their shows.

Fast forward to last week when I was offered the chance to host my own show. Awesome! I was jacked. Great opportunity for me while doing something I really enjoy. So I am now hosting my own show Monday to Friday, 9pm to 12am on the Team 1260.

Growing up I listened to ‘Sportstalk’ with John Short every night when I went to bed. I think it is great that I get the chance to be like him! A big part of my show will be doing Oiler post-games. I am really looking forward to this. Tune in after all weekday Oiler games to get some insight and opinions on all the action! Of course, I wouldn’t be me if I couldn’t mix in humour!

Marc Majeau is my producer and wingman off and on the air for the show. Can’t wait to start Tuesday with you buddy!

In other news…

I still want to be on the ice. I love the game of hockey and was looking for a way to stay active within the game. I was given so much by hockey I wanted to give some back.

I found a way to do that by joining Mount Carmel Hockey Academy. I am thrilled to be working with the student athletes there. I will be working both on and off the ice with them all. I am not sure that I am the guy to teach them how to score fifty in the NHL, but I do know and understand the work required to put a player into the position he could get the chance to do so.

Of course I will still be writing here at the Oilers Nation. When I was approached to do this last fall I wasn’t sure how it would all go. I really enjoy it and I appreciate all the feedback I get in the comments section, good and bad.

Just to set the record straight, I don’t care if you blew me kisses or chirped the hell out of me while I was player for the Oilers or any other team. The slate is clean. To be honest I never cared either way, as a player you can’t!

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  • Smyth94ever

    Best of luck to you, Jason in all of your new endeavors. You’ll succeed because that’s just the kind of guy you are! Looking forward to your new show. *stick tap for luck* 🙂

  • Congratulations, Jason! Looking forward to the new show!

    Positive Friday won’t be the same without you!

    In that top image it kind of looks like you are punching yourself in the face….
    could be just me though.

  • OilDoug

    Congrats on the new gig! I live on the East Coast so catching your show is a little late for me.

    Enjoyed watching you play over the years. Maybe one day the Oilers bring you into the fold. Until then enjoy talking sports and living the dream!