Real Life Podcast Episode 12: The Squirrel Grab

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In episode 12 we had a special last minute guest. Wanye’s compound in Mexico was in lock down, his Internet was down and he wasn’t available. So Struds and I started out discussing hockey and then we were joined by former Aussie Rules Footballer Josh Brown, who is currently residing in Edmonton and working for The Nation.

Brown was a beauty, and outside of his great Aussie accent he educated us on Aussie Rules Football and shocked Struds when he explained The Squirrel Grab.

Struds and I began discussing his upcoming trip to Hong Kong. Struds was invited there as a hockey instructor. Why was he the former NHLer the people of Hong Kong invited over? Struds explains.

Then Struds had some words of advice for Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau. Struds was fired up.

After the break, Brown joined us on the Podcast and he crushed. Telling some great stories, explaining AFL, tactics, some unconventional grabs (Squirrel) and how he’s become a huge NHL fan.

We also learned today is Australia Day. So happy Australia Day to all of our Aussie readers and to Brown. He will celebrating tonight at the Pint downtown if you want to taste some Aussie delicacies and watch the Oilers game.

Have a listen and I’m curious if any of you have done the “Squirrel Grab.”

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    Being from and living in Australia, it was really cool to hear a mention of the AIHL on your podcast. My local team, the Newcastle Northstars last season had Scott Swiston and Connor McLaughlin from the University of Alberta-Augustana come over and play, there’s a little Newcastle-Alberta connection. The hockey community here in Newcastle is small, but really passionate. I play in a local beer league that has approximately 220 players (in a city of approximately 430000) over 3 divisions.

    Just to elaborate on Josh’s comments, there are 8 teams in the AIHL. We’ve had ‘imports’ come over that have been NHLers, players drafted by NHL teams and many that play in professional leagues in North America and elsewhere. I’d love to make it over to Canada to get a good comparison, but certainly when the import players in our league are matched up against each other, it is really entertaining hockey. Because Gregor mentioned, I think comparing the NZIHL to the AIHL would be like comparing the WHL to the NHL? That would be my best bet.

    Happy Australia Day to you all and I’m really enjoying the podcast. Struds, you should pop by and do a clinic at the Hunter Ice Skating Stadium on your way back from Hong Kong.