Aug 302010

A nearly 2 1/2 hour show with CT and “the Forklift” of the incendiary and award-winning “PuckCast” audio program.

Monday August 30, 2010

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As for our show, join us Tuesday night at 8pm central, for the 50th edition of TheThirdManIn~Radio.  Our guest will be Scott Norton, head of the Norton Sports Management group.  Norton’s list of NHL clients include Dustin Brown (LA Kings), Brent Sopel (ATL) and former Blackhawks prospect Billy Sweatt.

Aug 232010

Steve Ludzik hockey cardTheThirdManIn~Radio “INTERVIEW: STEVE LUDZIK”
Monday August 23, 2010 ~
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Steve Ludzik has done it all.  From achieving an elite level in junior hockey with Niagara Falls to overcoming Crohn’s disease to become the Blackhawks’ second-round pick in 1980.  Ludzik was a key component of the Blackhawks teams throughout the 80’s.  He went on to transition into coaching after a brief stint with the Sabres and Rochester in the AHL, as well as a year of playing in Austria.  Ludzik twice reached the International Hockey League finals with the Detroit Vipers, winning the Turner Cup (IHL Championship) in 1997, defeating the Long Beach Ice Dogs; and losing a 7-game series with the Chicago Wolves the following season.  In the NHL, Ludzik coached the Tampa Bay Lightning from 1999-2001, and after a year leading Don Cherry’s Mississauga Ice Dogs (OHL), he assisted Rick Dudley behind the Florida Panthers’ bench and coached their minor league affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage.  In recent years, Steve has been a popular on-air personality on television and radio with The Score in Canada and on TSN.  And now, he’s penned a book about it all.

Ludzik has truly “Been There Done That.”

Always entertaining and gracious with his time, Ludzik spoke to us for an hour about his career, his teammates and the game he’s given so much to.  His book is truly outstanding and a great read for any Blackhawks’ fan, and certainly followers of those teams full of character over the course of the 80’s.  “Been There Done That” (co-authored by Steve Wilson) is crammed full of stories you don’t want to miss.  Stories, about, but not limited to, Ludzik’s great friend Steve “Grandpa” Larmer, Orval Tessier, Robert Jesse Pulford, Mike Keenan, Dr. Louis Kolb, pranks amongst teammates, officiating a midget wrestling match and a stories of the blatant arrogance of the 80’s Edmonton Oilers you’ve probably not heard anywhere else.  Its a book full of history and humor.  You can purchase a copy now at

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Ludzy talked openly on anything and everything, including….  

– Being stricken with a life-threatening illness at age 16
– 2 1/2 months in hospital; stages and long road to recovery
– Legendary Derek “Turk” Sanderson
– How Steve Larmer was almost cut the year he won the Calder Trophy
– Making $25 a week
– Deck stacked against Ludzy
– Adjusting his game for the jump to NHL
– Comparing Ludzik’s conversion to plight of current prospect Evan Brophey
– How good were the 80’s Blackhawks?
– Lop-sided rivalry with hated Minnesota North Stars
– North Stars he disliked most
– The Great Denis Savard
– Smokey Blackhawks’ dressing room
– Pully lifting cigs during practices
– The ‘real’ Bob Pulford
– Ludzy’s first meeting with Pulford
– Why Larmer nearly quit hockey a month after he was drafted & how Ludzik convinced him to continue
– The popular Orval Tessier
– How the “feather-ruffler” is doing these days
– Why Tessier and Don Cherry couldn’t stand one another
– The “heart transplant” spout-off
– How that incident changed Tessier
– Making friends and enemies in hockey
– Surprising story about a young Wayne Gretzky, I guarantee you’ve never heard
– Stress of staying on top of his game and in the NHL
– Moment Ludzik knew he wanted to get into coaching
– Playing for “Iron” Mike Keenan.  Thoughts on Keenan as a coach.
– His father’s influence
– Being “Mr. Hockey” Gordie Howe’s last coach
– Funny story about Gordie’s bad memory
– Alexander Ovechkin and ‘larger than life’ characters in hockey
– Being fired in Tampa by GM and great friend Rick Dudley
– The 1997-98 IHL Finals series with Chicago Wolves
– Great appreciation for Chicago fans
– Thoughts on NHLPA in his day; players he is most-concerned for; the Kovalchuk contract controversy, and whether Ludzik thinks the league and player’s association is headed for another dreaded stand-off.

All that and so much more, including the revealing of our Superstar’s true identity. Steve is a tremendous guest and with so many things we’ve yet to cover with him, we’ll get him back on later on this season.  After Steve leaves the show, we discuss Cristobal Huet’s new place of residency for the upcoming season, as well as Antti Niemi’s remaining options.  And a few other topics as well, including the old Norris Division hockey rivalries and Gary Bettman’s hero, David Stern.


Steve Ludzik inducted Etobicoke Sports Hall of FamePhoto credit : Flickr: Etobicoke Sports Hall of Fame (2009)

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Aug 172010

TheThirdManIn~Radio “Tila and the Juggalos”
Tuesday August 17, 2010 – Right-Click to Download Here

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On this edition of TTMI~Radio, the “Superstar” and I recount some of the hijinks from our recent trip to Las Vegas and well as the re-signing of UFA defenseman Nick Boynton, the Roenick-Zhamnov trade 14 years later, the upcoming Bob Probert auto-biography, we dipped into the listener e-mailbag and more on the Antti Niemi departure.  We also touch on last weekend’s meeting of the Juggalos.  And, by the way, just how dumb is Tila Tequila anyway?  And Block as a special birthday message for Eddie Olczyk.

TheThirdManIn~Radio returns this Monday, August 23rd @ 7pm central time.  Our guest will be Steve Ludzik, former Blackhawk and IHL/NHL head coach.

Aug 022010

TheThirdManIn~Radio ~ e.47 ~ “The Fifth Feather”
Monday August 2, 2010 ~

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It was my distinct pleasure to finally welcome John, of the fabulous Blackhawks’ site, on this episode of TheThirdManIn~Radio.  Hopefully his partner-in-scribe Bob will be able to join us next time we get them on for a visit, which should be much sooner than another year’s worth of shows.

Of course with the big news of today being the signing of Marty Turco and subsequent dismissal of Stanley Cup winning Antti Niemi after his one year $2.75M arbitration award, we covered that story from all angles.

Other topics of discussion:

– This weekend’s Blackhawks’ convention
– Blackhawks still managing to lose money
– John McDonough’s P.R. machine
– Rocky vs McD shaping up
– After the changes – Where do Hawks sit in the West?
– Stan Bowman’s “off-season”
– Predicting the opening night roster
– James Wisniewski’s big deal
– Should fans be banned from prospect camp?
– The 2011 Winter Classic
– and changes ahead at the

All this and so much more on an absolutely loaded hour and 1/2 edition of TTMI~Radio.

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Aug 022010

First off, a reminder. Tonight on TheThirdManIn~Radio, I’ll be pleased to welcome John and BlackhawksBob, writers over at the outstanding Blackhawks blog,

Tonight’s show airs live at 8pm (central) and you can listen live at And if you can’t join us live, the show will be posted on this site and at BTR shortly after we go off the air.

We encourage your phone calls, emails or Tweets as well. The number to call into the show is listed on the show page during the stream.

I’m sure its rather obvious the main topic of tonight’s discussion, so I don’t feel the need for a teaser here. But we’ll also cover how the many alterations to the Cup Champions roster will impact the Blackhawks chance at a repeat; this weekend’s Blackhawks Convention; how the Blackhawks still managed to lose money in 2010 and the McDonough Monologues.

— Saturday, we learned of the arbitrator’s decision in the contract case between the Chicago Blackhawks and their Stanley Cup champion goaltender, and restricted free agent, Antti Niemi. By lunchtime today, we’ll know what the Hawks think of it.

Niemi was awarded a one-year $2.75 million deal for the upcoming season. Next summer he will be scheduled to become an un-restricted free agent.

Over the weekend rumors surfaced of the Blackhawks allegedly having made an unofficial side-agreement with Dallas Stars UFA goaltender Marty Turco for one-year and anywhere between $1.5 to $2.0M. Turco, a nine-year NHL veteran, turns 35 on August 13th. Continue reading »