Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Pipeline Show

Here's a radio show to check out when you want to find out info on the latest in the Junior Leagues, NCAA, top NHL Prospects. It's called the The Pipeline Show and I have been listening to this show since the off season and especially in the run up to the NHL Draft.

It's a weekly show that's based in Edmonton, Alberta which comes on the Team 1260 which is the big Sports Radio station in Edmonton.

They do interviews with the top Junior and College players from across North America and also with media outlets that cover them from across the contentint. One of the best features they do every week is that they talk to a NHL Draft eligible prospect that will most likely be taken in the NHL Draft next summer.

It's co hosted by Dean Millard and Guy Flamming that helped started the show back in February of 2006 to help fill a void that for the most part, wasn't covered in Canada and the USA that closely. The show has been a roaring success and nearly every week you hear emails from all over North America on hockey topics of all kinds.

The show covers so many events throughout the season, but the best times to hear the show are usually 5 major events or the Grand Slam Events is what they called. These are the

  • World Junior Championships during the Winter Holidays
  • NCAA Frozen Four in April
  • CHL Memorial Cup in May
  • AHL Calder Cup in June
  • NHL Draft in the Summer

These are the biggest events which both include the championships of different levels, what ever it's international, the NCAA or the major junior league crowning championships. However, it also highlights players that could have a shot of making the NHL in the near future.

In addition to the Grand Slam Events that are smaller in their importance, but still get some strong coverage during the events. These events include

  • World Junior A Challenge in November
  • RBC Cup in May
  • U18 World Championships in April

The World Junior A Challenge is a new event created in 2006 as a chance for players that play in the Junior A Leagues in Canada and the top European Junior Leagues to get a chance to show their talent in an international tournament. These are for players that might have gone under the radar and most likely wouldn't have gotten a chance at the World Junior Championships.

The RBC Cup is the Canadian Junior A National Championships which crowns the national champions after the teams have won their Provincial and Regional Championships.

Finally, the U18 World Championships are for the best players under the age of 18, oppose to the World Juniors which is for players under the age of 20.

If you want to learn and get to know more about this level of hockey. This is a great show to get to learn about the top players and teams at this age groups and levels. The Pipeline Show comes on Tuesday nights from 9-11 PM Eastern Time/ 8-10 PM Central on Tuesday nights.

If you can't listen live, they have a huge media archive section which goes back most of it's history. You can listen to it online from the website, or on the stations website where some of the segments are available to download on your Ipod.

Show Websites:

The Pipeline Show:

Team 1260:

The Pipeline Show Blog:

Co Host Profiles:

Dean Millard:

Guy Flaming:

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