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The Game Never Ends...


Next Shift Hockey is dedicated to inspiring players of the past, present, and future

- on the ice or in the office -

to attack any challenge that comes their way. 

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Perspective Leads to Success


Next Shift is a multi-media, hockey platform created by former players - for the sports and professional world.

We founded Next Shift to inspire; by sharing the defining stories and lessons-learned of those who have not only faced, but conquered the challenges that the game and life, inevitably presents to us all. More specifically: we describe the unique experiences and impact that playing the game had on us - particularly as we stepped off the ice and into the office - and what we discovered in the transition. Each story shared aims to shows how adversity faced as an athlete can mold and create the proper mindset and skills to help us find and reach our post-sports goals and dreams as professionals, innovators and leaders.​

Because we know how difficult it can be - whether it was that healthy scratch for the big playoff game that would have defined a career or a recently lost job - and we firmly believe that within all hockey players lies a shared DNA that gives us the strength to never give up, to always be looking and ready for the next shift.  Because it's not just stories, it's not just a game, it's our lives.

Our platform is here to equip each other to take on every opportunity, by leveraging that adversity, those lessons-learned, the friendships made and reestablishing that 'athletes mindset' to win the game of life.  

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George McPhee

Ep 82

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Keith Jones 

Ep 72

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Tyson Nash

Ep 64

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John Buccigross

Ep 60

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Topher Scott & Jeff LoVecchio

Ep 48


Eric Gryba

Ep 43

Bruce Cassidy

Bruce Cassidy

Ep 33

Martin St. Louis

Marty St. Louis

Ep 23

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Matt Lashoff

Ep 77

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Field Yates  

Ep 70

Clint Malarchuk

Ep 62


Mike O'Connell

Ep 50

Chris Pronger

Chris Pronger

Ep 45

Cam Janssen

Ep 39

Ray Bourque

Ray Bourque

Ep 25

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Greg Carvel

Ep 19

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Eddie Olczyk

Ep 75

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Kevan Miller 

Ep 68

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Theo Fleury

Ep 61

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Blake Bolden

Ep 49


Jeremy Roenick

Ep 44

Mike Richter

Mike Richter

Ep 38

Jack O'Callahan

Ep 24

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David Quinn

Ep 18

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Best Hockey Pod in the Game

Because there is life after the lights go out! Great job fellas. Keep 'em coming!

A Rink of It's Own

Honest conversations with outstanding guests about the game of hockey and life after. You won’t hear more candid, meaning conversations with top notch former/current players and coaches from every level about the journey that maybe has you hanging up the skates in one aspect, but never truely giving up the game in another. They fill a void in the sports podcast world, specifically hockey, with this one.

Former Chiclets Guy

Used to be a Chiclets guy .... NEXT SHIFT is Elite content , regardless of your hockey background the show is a MUST listen .... top of my charts for podcasts for sure #nextshiftnation

Great podcast, content, guests, and stories

Very enlightening podcast that gives a new twist on the normal hockey podcast, focusing on life lessons and making the difficult transition from being at the rink everyday to “normal everyday life”

Very Helpful for Athletes

Life after sports is tough when you’ve dedicated your life to it. It’s super helpful in hearing different career paths and choices people make after hockey, and all sports.

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