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The ALOST Podcast, XIII: Ice Time

The Toronto Furies enter the 2014-15 CWHL season as the defending champions, winning the inaugural Clarkson Cup against the Boston Blades with this overtime winner by Britni Smith. (Andrew Francis Wallace/Toronto Star)
The Toronto Furies enter the 2014-15 CWHL season as defending champions, winning the inaugural Clarkson Cup against the Boston Blades with this overtime winner by team captain Britni Smith. (A. Francis Wallace/Toronto Star)

The action in one of the coolest sports on Earth starts to heat up this time of year, and the return of The A Lot of Sports Talk Podcast concentrates on the men and women getting ready to lace up their skates to start new seasons .

Our first interview is with Brenda Andress, commissioner of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, a professional league that was founded in 2007.  Building on the momentum of the exciting women’s ice hockey tournament at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Andress discusses how the depth of the women’s ice hockey game displayed last February will give a boost to league as the season starts next week.  Also, Andress expounds on the pioneering qualities of the women playing in the league, who currently are not salaried to play in the CWHL, as well as what she and the league are working on to continue to grow the sport in the next few years and her vision of the league.

The second interview is Sherry Ross, radio color commentator for the New Jersey Devils on WFAN 660 AM/101.9 FM in New York City.  Ross, one of the two female primary color commentators for a professional sports team in the four major American sports (Suzyn Waldman/New York Yankees), discusses how things might be different in the Devils’ locker room with future Hall of Fame goaltender Martin Brodeur no longer a part of the team.  Ross also previews the Metropolitan Division in the Eastern Conference, a division that the Pittsburgh Penguins won last season and where the Eastern Conference representative in the Stanley Cup Final, the New York Rangers, came from.  Plus, we talk about how Hall of Fame general manager Lou Lamoriello gave Ross her start in broadcasting and how she came back to broadcasting after her time as a sports writer in New York City.

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Interview Order: Intro (0:00-3:30); Brenda Andress (3:33-25:21); Sherry Ross (25:28-40:49); Wrap-up (40:56-44:51)

[Cover photo (Travis Zajac/Bryce Salvador) courtesy Bruce Bennett/Getty Images]

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