On this episode of the In The Corners Podcast with C.C. Hawkley…Tyson Whiting, play-by-play broadcaster of the ECHL’s Utah Grizzlies, joins the show! With both Tyson and C.C. having roots in The Beehive State, the two had many good jumping off points for discussion, both hockey-based and beyond!
Tyson began talking a little bit about his local roots…which led C.C. to of course talk about his own ties to Utah, as well. The two then spoke on the possibility of the AHL back in Utah (and potentially Idaho), plus the future of Rapid City under their new ownership group.
- What does Tyson make of the tight three-team race (Idaho, Utah, and Tulsa) atop the Mountain Division halfway through the season?
- Who has been producing for the Grizzlies thus far in 2018-19?
- How much has roster depth benefited this year’s squad compared to last season?
- How has the new affiliation tree with the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche and AHL’s Colorado Eagles affected the roster?
- C.C. breaks down the success the Steelheads have had at the end of 2018 and beginning of 2019
- All-Star goaltender Tomas Sholl and his large part in Idaho’s winning streak
- Team leaders in goals, assists, points, and penalty minutes?
- The familiarity between Utah and Idaho truly breeds contempt…and splits
ECHL Divisional Standings
- North: Newfoundland maintaining first place with speed and leadership
- South: Florida being Florida, surging ahead after rough start (and a sleeper team looking to get into a playoff spot)
- Central: Cincinnati relying on veterans (both behind the bench and on the ice) to stay on top over a reeling Toledo in the Midwest
- Mountain: Analyzing the five teams NOT named Idaho or Utah, from the bottom…to the top!
ECHL All-Star Classic
- Inductions for both the ECHL Hall of Fame and Toledo Hockey Hall of Fame
- One All-Star place on IR while another is just on reserve
- #TeamSinBin will be LIVE in Toledo for all your All-Star Weekend Coverage! (Here’s a list of the Eastern and Western Conference All-Stars, in case you missed it!)
- TRADE: Ducks send Andrew Cogliano to the Stars for forward Devin Shore
- 15-year vet and six-time All-Star Rick Nash announces retirement at age 34
- The expansion-year drop-off from Vegas, uncertainty in Colorado
Tyson sheds light on how he became enamored with sports growing up in the Greater Salt Lake area, his path from a radio show to the play-by-play booth, formal schooling vs. on-the-job training, calling minor league baseball versus hockey, and how there is no set path on the way to a gig in sportscasting
Editor’s Note: Join The Sin Bin next week LIVE in Toledo for all the coverage you’d ever want with the All-Star Classic and Hall of Fame inductions! Correspondents Samantha Hoffmann, and C.C. Hawkley will be covering all the storylines and angles, as photojournalists Ed Bailey and Sarah Hobday will chronicle the visual aspect of the festivities! Don’t miss a special “In The Corners” from Toledo on Monday! Stay tuned!