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    THE DEBATE Hockey Podcast - Episode 245
    True Cup Contenders

It was a cold winter afternoon early 2017 and the phone rings.  A friend of mine (who works in audio/video production) calling to see if I wanted to jump on the radio/television to do color for a local North American Hockey League game.  I would be working with a college broadcasting student who would be doing the play by play.  I thought well, I have never been on radio, or television, I have never done color, but I like talking hockey.  How hard can this be?  Well, that is where I met Blake Friars.  He was the college guy doing the play-by-play, working on his Broadcasting Degree at Minot State University (ND).  The game went well, and I went on to do the rest of that season’s games with him.  It was a learning experience for both of us, but a ton of fun.

As the broadcasts continued, the debate about hockey topics continued.  Blake and I have a lot in common.  We both love hockey, and both think we are never wrong (Not such a good trait).  After some post game discussion and many nights of thinking on my part, THE DEBATE Hockey Podcast was born.

On October 22, 2017, we recorded Episode 1 of the show.  It was considerably shorter than episodes today, but it was the start.  After 1000+ debates and 225+ episodes we roll into season seven of the show.


Brad Burud brings the rock-solid old-school approach to the show.  The Minot, North Dakota native grew up playing hockey, and spends his summers on the links.  The diehard hockey fan watches tons of hockey and is full of comments and opinions.  The Calgary Flames are his favorite team, and he is often accused of having a Western Conference bias.  He is also the host of Flames Unfiltered.  Brad brings the conservative, old school approach to the show.  He is opinionated and hates losing a debate.                           Blake Friars brings the Canadian approach to the show.  The Bienfait, Saskatchewan native grew up playing hockey for 16 years.  The goalie is also a long time Roberto Luongo fan and claims the Vancouver Canucks as his favorite team.  Rumors and a few photos have him in Oilers jerseys and cheering for the Habs.  He denies it but, tends to jump on bandwagons quickly.  Blake brings the millennial approach to the show.  He is candid in his approach and creates numerous laughs and bad predictions.

The debates continue to pack the intensity that they always have but, the friendship and the working relationship we have has continues to grow.  We are proud to be one of the few hockey podcasts to stand the test of time.  We both love talking hockey and are very proud to produce THE DEBATE Hockey Podcast weekly for our listeners…the hockey fans!


Thank you and enjoy

Brad Burud and Blake Friars