The Breakout Sessions Podcast

We started this podcast as a way for us to connect with others over our love of life and the great game of hockey. We are reaching out to men and women of all ages and levels (youth, high school, college and beyond) that we know or have known that have had hockey involvement as a large part of their life; as a player, coach, official, administrator, fan, etc. We are hoping our guests can share some stories about the colorful characters and exploits they were involved in on their journey, or the youth player who has just played the game of their life! We believe folks will enjoy hearing what our podcast has to offer.

John JC Christophersen-#3 and Mogey McDonough- #13

Visit the official podcast webpage for a full archive of previous episodes HERE

New Episodes Drop Thursdays

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Mike Gillis  Click Here to Listen Coming

Mike Gillis was a phenomenal junior hockey player who saw his career plagued by injuries. He was drafted 5th overall in the 1978 NHL Draft. and had a 5 year career. Following his playing days, he earned a law degree and began a career as an executive and served as the General Manager of the Vancouver Canucks. Mike is currently a consultant with the NHL Players Association.

Jamie McBain  Click Here to Listen 

Jamie McBain was born to be a hockey player. From the days of his Dad looking to get him some extra ice time, to Shattuck St. Mary's High School, to the USNDTP, to the Badgers and the NHL!

Dean Talafous  Click Here to Listen 

Dean takes us through his youth, starting out as a basketball player until his buddies convinced him to try hockey. It was a good thing they did! Dean developed into a smart, skilled, tough player who excelled at all levels including the NHL! He shares stories about playing against Bobby Orr and with Phil Esposito!

Dave Schwartz w/ Minnesota Wild  Click Here to Listen 

Dave Schwartz joins the program from the Minnesota Wild headquarters to talk about his journey from the state of New York to the State of Hockey. Dave spent many years as a television sportscaster, but jumped at the chance to work with the Wild!

Dave talks about his hockey and broadcasting background that landed him his dream job in communications with the Wild. He provides insight into the Wild's management team, player personalities and a day in the life of a Wild employee. He's also a good sport as he shares his experience interviewing Wayne Gretzky as a newscaster which turned into a huge embarrassment. Sponsors: Chippewa Valley Ortho and Remedy Bloody Mary Mix

Mark Strobel  & Peyton Huls  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Mark Strobel tells of his hardscrabble upbringing on the East Side of St. Paul, to his hockey success at Hill-Murray High School, to his days as a UW Badger, through his journey through the coaching ranks. Mark's work ethic and faith have carried him through good times and bad.

Peyton Huls tells about his first season as an Eau Claire Mustang Pee Wee, working on his skills, as well as his hockey "salad"!

Minnesota Made Hockey   CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

What started out as a way to get his son some extra ice time has grown into a huge organization the services over 6,000 hockey players a year at 2 sites - Edina and St. Louis Park, MN - Minnesota Made Hockey!

Bernie's story starts as a dad looking to get his son some extra ice time. One clinic led to two, which led to four which grew to what it is today. Listen to Bernie's story of passions, dedication and commitment to the great game of hockey

Sis Paulsen & Phoenix Randall-Hoeft  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Listen as Sis takes us through her youth hockey days, playing checking hockey with the boys, through high school, then, to the inaugural season with the Wisconsin Badgers Women's Team! Following a few years of coaching at a variety of levels, Sis has found her home as the Director of Hockey Operations and Equipment Manager with the Women Badgers with some US National/Olympic Team duties sprinkled in. You don't want to miss this episode!

Rice Lake Pee Wee Phoenix Randall-Hoeft talks about his multi-sport athleticism, his hockey hair and the Michigan goal he scored this year!

Charlotte and Anna  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Charlotte and Anna take us through playing with and against boys, to their epic battles in high school, and playing together at MSU-Mankato. Anna shares her experiences with the US National team.

Aubrie Dowd takes us through her season which resulted i her team playing in the state tournament, getting scored on by one of her WEHL teammates and her excitement to play with the Chippewa Falls/Menomonie high school co-op team next year!

John "Bah" Harrington and Porter Anderson  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

John "Bah" Harrington takes us through growing up in Virginia, MN, playing at UMD, experiencing the "Miracle on Ice" firsthand and his coaching journey since his playing career ended.

Porter Anderson tells us about his dedication while coming back from a broken collar bone, his scoring prowess, his love of the game and his excitement in making the VSA Guardian elite team!

Jake McCabe and Dane Nodolf  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Jake McCabe joins us for our next episode. Jake has had an 8 year professional career - 7 seasons with the Buffalo Sabres and this season with the Chicago Blackhawks. Jake's career has risen steadily from the USNDTP, to the Badgers, to the NHL.

EC Mustang Dane Nodolf talks about his hat trick and what he does to work on his shot. His goal next year is to play on the Pee Wee A team. We hope he makes it!

DI College Player & Local Youth Girls Hockey Players  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Minnesota State Mankato Maverick - Andy Carroll - takes us through his journey as an undersized high school defenseman to the Number One Division 1 hockey team in the country!

ECA Stars 10U players Kenna and Sierra talk about their season, making it to state and how excited they are for next season to start!

Local ECA Stars Players  & Insight into Pro Hockey Athlete Finances  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

ECA Stars players Olivia and Charlotte Raygor welcome the BOS guys into their warming house and outdoor rink to talk about what they like about playing the great game of hockey!

The BOS guys also meet Peter Byrne, a financial advisor who has helped numerous people in entertainment and sports. He gives us some insight into managing the finances of professional hockey players.

A Hockey Team Owner & Local Youth Mite Player  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Bill McCoshen takes us through his journey from Superior, WI to Madison, WI and his involvement with hockey along the way. As a player, coach and team owner, Bill strives to provide opportunities that allow young hockey players to chase their dreams of playing at the junior, college and professional levels.

Eau Claire’s Evan Raygor talks about learning the game from his dad, skating on their outdoor rink and his goal of playing in the NHL!

Team Wisconsin & Eau Claire Youth Hockey Player CLICK HERE TO LISTEN


Team Wisconsin's Director of Player Development, Brad Byce, talks about the structure and goals of one of the top hockey development programs in the Upper Midwest.

Then, a conversation with Eau Claire Youth Hockey player Conor Matthews, a member of the Bantam C team!


Sue Mussey Kempf takes us through her pioneering career - as the first female to play boys high school hockey in Wisconsin, then on to Providence College where she starred in both hockey and softball.

Coaching Youth and High School Hockey  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Listen in as Madison West's Rich Smith talks about coaching youth hockey, through high school and up to College Club. He has a special place in his heart for his Madison Polar Caps Bantam A team that won a state championship last season, resulting in him being awarded the prestigious Jeff Sauer Coaching Award.

Mark Osiecki & Tyler Patrow  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Coach Osiecki helps us understand how a player who was : too slow, not athletic enough, couldn't shoot, wasn't fast enough, etc. could earn a Division 1 scholarship and carve out a 5 year professional career and develop top notch defenseman throughout his coaching career. His "jewelry box" is loaded with championship rings and medals!

Then, Tyler Patrow is a youth hockey player in Black River Falls who is in his 3rd year of playing hockey. He tells us what he likes most about playing the game and who some of his favorite teammates are.

Ty Emberson & Gillian Johnson CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Join Ty Emberson as he leads us through his journey from Eau Claire to the United States National Development Program (USNDP), to the Badgers and, currently, the Tucson Roadrunners of the AHL.

Hayward's Gillian Johnson explains how she keeps her squad together even though the players come from many different schools. Her being a 3rd generation Hayward hockey player and her plans after her senior year!

Jordan Steinmetz  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Jordan Steinmetz talks about being an all-around high school athlete, who almost chose to play baseball in college, until he was noticed at a hockey tournament and his sport path drastically changed! He went from the NAHL to the USHL to Division 1 hockey at St. Lawrence University. He talks about leadership and what skills have helped him stay in the game!

McKayla Zilisch and her Fox Cities Stars teammates had a great result at their recent Holiday Tournament in Chippewa Falls - they won the whole tournament! McKayla talks about growing up with hockey playing brothers and her future of playing Division 1 hockey next season at St. Cloud State University.


JC and Mogey's guest is former Eau Claire North standout athlete Sam Stange. Sam excelled in baseball and hockey while in Eau Claire, including hitting a last at bat homer that lifted the Huskies to the 2019 state baseball title. However, hockey is where he making his mark at the elite level as he is currently a Wisconsin Badger and has been drafted to play professionally by the NHL Detroit Red Wings. Sam talks about his rise to become a Badger and the work needed to get to the next step. 

Also joining the program are current North high school hockey players Noah, Jacob and Gabe Bestul. Three brothers who made the varsity squad.

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