Episode 6: Willard Reaves

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Episode 6 features legendary Blue Bombers running back, Willard Reaves!

Willard Reaves spent time with the Green Bay Packers, Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins, but the most memorable stretch of his career came with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Reaves suited up for the Blue and Gold from 1983-1987. In his five seasons with the team, he led the CFL in rushing three times, was named a CFL All-Star on four occasions, won the Most Outstanding Player Award in 1984 and helped the team win the 84 Grey Cup over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

On this episode, we talked about his time in the NFL, playing for legendary coaches such as Bart Starr, Joe Gibbs and Don Shula, his first impression of the CFL and Winnipeg, ending the 22-year Grey Cup drought, why he didn’t want to play professional football, being recruited by Cris Carter and Reggie White to play for the Philadelphia Eagles, following his son’s NHL career and much more!

Read our story on Willard Reaves in the Winnipeg Free Press

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Episode 5: Joe Daley

 

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Episode 5 features Winnipeg Jets legendary goaltender, Joe Daley!

Joe Daley spent five seasons in the NHL playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Buffalo Sabres and Detroit Red Wings before signing with the WHA’s Winnipeg Jets in 1972.

He played seven seasons for his hometown Winnipeg Jets, winning three Avco Cup championships, highlighted by an incredible 1975-76 season where Daley posted a 41-17-1 record. Daley retired at the end of the 1979 season, which happened to be the final year of the WHA.

On this episode, we talked about growing up in East Kildonan idolizing Terry Sawchuk, his sports memorabilia store, playing against legends such as Bobby Orr and Wayne Gretzky, winning three Avco Cups for his hometown, playing pro hockey without a mask, why he left the NHL and much more!

Read our story on Joe Daley in the Winnipeg Free Press

 

 

Episode 4: Todd MacCulloch

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Episode 4 features the greatest basketball player to ever come out of Manitoba, Todd MacCulloch!

The seven-foot-tall former NBA player grew up in Winnipeg and starred at Shaftesbury High School before earning a scholarship to the University of Washington to play for the Huskies. After an impressive collegiate career, MacCulloch was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 47th pick in the 1999 NBA Draft.

He played in the NBA for the 76ers and the New Jersey Nets from 1993-2003, highlighted by trips to the NBA Finals in 2001 and 2002. He also represented Canada at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia for men’s basketball.

MacCulloch’s basketball career was cut short due to a genetic neuromuscular disorder that affected his feet, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. He retired in 2003 at the age of 28 after four seasons in the NBA. Despite retiring earlier than he had hoped, MacCulloch had a memorable career. He played with NBA superstars such as Steve Nash, Allen Iverson and Jason Kidd.

On this episode, we talked about Todd MacCulloch’s obsession with pinball and slurpees, living on Bainbridge Island, playing college basketball at the University of Washington, what he was doing on the night of the 1999 NBA Draft, the first time he met Allen Iverson, playing with Steve Nash at the Olympics, playing in the NBA Finals against the Lakers, finding out he was traded for Dikembe Mutumbo while on a fishing trip, playing with Jason Kidd, being forced to retire early, being inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and so much more! Click the play button below to hear the interview!

Read our story on Todd MacCulloch in the Winnipeg Free Press

 

 

Episode 3: Jeff Stoughton

 

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Episode #3 features curling legend, Jeff Stoughton!

Stoughton is the most decorated men’s curler in Manitoba history. Stoughton represented the province at the Brier 11 times, winning on three occasions (1996, 1999 and 2011) and is a two-time World Champion.

On this episode, we talk about his job as the mixed doubles program manager for Curling Canada, his three trips to the World Championship, how he got into curling, what are the challenges of being a professional curler, playing against Kerry Burtnyk, and much more. Click the play button below to hear Episode 3 of the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame Podcast.

Read our story on Jeff Stoughton in the Winnipeg Free Press

Episode 2: Ulf Nilsson

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Episode #2 of the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame Podcast features Winnipeg Jets legend, Ulf Nilsson!

Nilsson, who grew up in Nynäshamn, Sweden, got his start in professional hockey in 1974 with the Winnipeg Jets in the World Hockey Association. He was one of the first Europeans to star in North American hockey. In his four years with the Jets, he won two Avco Cups (including the Playoff MVP in 1976) and scored 140 goals and added 344 assists in 300 games. He also played four years in the NHL for the New York Rangers.

Nilsson and his famous line featuring Bobby Hull and Anders Hedberg (nicknamed ‘The Hot Line’) were inducted as the inaugural class of the Winnipeg Jets Hall of Fame in 2016. He is also inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame, World Hockey Association Hall of Fame and the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.

Read our story on Ulf Nilsson in the Winnipeg Free Press

Episode 1: Joe Poplawski

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Episode #1 of the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame Podcast features Winnipeg Blue Bombers legend, Joe Poplawski!

‘Joe Pop’, an Edmonton, Alta. native, played receiver for the Bombers from 1978-86. He won the 1978 Most Outstanding Rookie Award, Most Outstanding Canadian Award in 1981 and 1986, named a CFL All-Star 5x, and won a Grey Cup in 1984.

Poplawski finished his career with 549 receptions for 8,341 yards and 48 receiving touchdowns. He is considered one of the greatest receivers and Canadians in Blue Bombers history.

Read our story on Joe Pop in the Winnipeg Free Press