There are a lot podcasts around these days, but Kirkland residents Darren Gill and Jon Goyens seem to have carved an interesting niche theme for their The Hockey Masterclass. Not only is the focus on minor hockey, but via Goyens’ wealth of contacts the guests are pretty high end from coaching legend Scotty Bowman to West Islander and Tampa Bay Lighting star Alex Killorn. The one with Bowman was amazing, with anecdotes have never heard before.
Gill is one of the top pro football agents in Canada. In addition he is the Senior Vice-President of Marketing and Innovation for FieldTurf, the industry leading artificial turf manufacturer. Their product is installed at major American stadiums and locally in Kirkland, Pointe Claire, Dorval, Dollard and more. Goyens was the long-time head coach of the Lac St. Louis Midget AAA Lions and guided the likes of Jonathan Drouin, Devon Levi, Mike Matheson, Louis Leblanc and Joe Veleno, amongst others. He coached in Baie Comeau (QMJHL) in 2019-2020, but stepped down before the 2020 season to stay home with his family during the pandemic.
“We started the podcast last October and after Jon came on as a guest for episode two and he wanted to further support the concept and joined as my co-host,” Gill says. “I’m a passionate minor hockey coach and started the podcast as a way to fill the void of not being able to be on the ice. It’s doing quite well and picking up momentum. We’ve also attracted a global audience, ranking as the number one hockey podcast in Russia, Japan and Australia at various times.”
So I asked Gill the big question: Will there be a 2021 Canadian Football League season? “Yes,” he responded. “I expect to see a short training camp pushed to July, no exhibition games, the first half of the season played with no fans and the latter with limited attendance.”
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