Utah Puck Report

Get all the hockey action on the Utah ice, from high schools, to tier 1 juniors, NCAA and pros. Rockers Gary Michaels and Jay Stevens of 103.5 the Arrow host the Utah Puck Report, bringing you candid interviews with up-and-coming hockey stars, following their journey from Utah into the pros. A former Utah Grizzly, Jay has the inside track and Gary has played and coached the local ice for many moons. Jay and Gary catch you up on all things hockey, gear manufacturers, and which pro scouts are looking at which players.
Chris Billeter on the state of local officiating, getting into adult hockey, and the unfortunate passing of Lyle Bradley   (43:47) September 26, 2022
We’re back for season 5 and in the season premiere episode, Chris Billeter (Program Coordinator for Salt Lake County Hockey) joins Jay Stevens and Evan Stoflet(Coach of the Wasatch Renegades) to talk about his experience with seeing hockey evolve in Utah since his time playing growing up, why finding officials has become scarce throughout the state, and what […]
Ryan Kinasewich on the Grizzlies’ success and the Utah and Idaho rivalry   (25:35) April 15, 2022
In today’s episode, Jay and Gary sit down with Utah Grizzlies head coach Ryan Kinasewich and talk about this season’s record-setting team. They talk about building a team and handling expectations for playing time while supporting the parent club. The trio then talks about the rivalry between Utah and Idaho and how this weekend’s series […]
Brady Devries on his fifteen minutes of fame with the Utah Grizzlies   (26:18) March 17, 2022
Imagine going home from college and getting a call from your hometown professional hockey team. They need a goalie, and as luck would have it, you’re the only one in town. In this episode Jay and Gary interview Brady Devries, the club college goalie that received a call from the Utah Grizzlies to play against […]
Coach Joe Pfleegor on the development of junior hockey in Vernal and coaching during the pandemic   (36:13) January 26, 2022
In this episode, Jay sits down with Vernal Oilers coach Joe Pfleegor. The two talk about the development of junior A hockey in Vernal, a challenging 10 game road trip in the midst of a pandemic, and different coaching philosophies. 
Garrett Metcalf on why it’s so important to make the most of every opportunity   (25:58) January 21, 2022
In this episode, Jay talks to former Utah Grizzlies and current Lehigh Valley Phantoms goalie Garrett Metcalf. The two talk about what it’s like to be the third man out on a team due to NHL contracts, getting called up to the AHL, and making the most of your opportunities. 
The state of refereeing with Ben Wilner and Mike Vuich   (43:54) January 10, 2022
In this episode, Jay Stevens talks with local hockey officials Ben Wilner and Mike Vuich about the current ref shortage and the uptick in verbal, as well as physical abuse of officials by men’s league players. The panel also talks about why they became referees, the benefits, and what can be done to recruit and […]
Ryan Kinasewich on becoming the new Utah Grizzlies HC   (17:47) October 26, 2021
On today’s episode of the Utah Puck Report, Jay Stevens is joined by Utah Grizzlies Head Coach Ryan Kinasewich. We talk about Coach Kinasewich becoming the new head coach of the Grizzlies, their mindset when they begin to build a team, and some of the different places where he looks for players. Lastly, we dive […]
Luc Robitaille on Frozen Fury in SLC, Trevor Lewis’ time with the Kings, and what it takes to win it all   (20:38) September 29, 2021
In this week’s episode, Jay is joined by Luc Robitaille (LA Kings – President) to talk about being a 9th round pick, the mentality he gained because of being drafted later in the draft, Trevor Lewis’s time with the Kings, and why he was so valuable to the team on and off the ice. Then Luc […]
Why local hockey shops are so important to the Utah community with Alan Greenberg and Cory Lingelbach   (55:38) July 30, 2021
In this week’s episode, Jay is joined by Cory Lingelbach (HockeyStopZ) and Alan Greenberg(Cottonwood Hockey Shop Call) to talk about the state of local hockey shops in Utah, how the experience is going to be different when buying gear from specialized shops, and some of the struggles that come with bringing in bigger name brands. Then […]
Chasing the dream and getting ice time with Nick Halloran and Evan Stoflet   (48:13) May 28, 2021
In today’s episode, Jay and Gary are joined by LA Kings prospect Nick Halloran and West Coast Renegades coach and director Evan Stoflet. The group talks about Nicks’ season in the AHL and the difficulties of getting ice time as an undrafted player. The group also tackles the discussion of staying home and playing tier […]
Local legend Buzz Burns on influencing generations of hockey players   (48:30) April 12, 2021
Today, Jay and Gary get to talk with local legend Buzz Burns and his family. They talk about Buzz’s early days in Minnesota and find out how he influenced two generations of hockey players in his own family. Larry Burns talks about being part of the first group of players from Utah to play in […]
Jeff Levy reminisces about hockey in Utah during the 80s and the modern development process for young goalies   (40:01) April 02, 2021
Today, Jay sits down with former NHL draft pick and Highland High alum Jeff Levy. The two goalies talk about how Jeff got into hockey and what the environment was like in Utah in the late 80s. Jeff also talks about the development process for young goalies in the area including his son, Hank.
Michael Hunt and Kelly Askew talk all things equipment and the underrated aspects of roller hockey   (59:40) November 16, 2020
Jay and frequent co-host and former professional hockey player Evan Stoflet are joined by In-Line hockey legend Michael Hunt and former Long Beach Ice Dog and San Diego Gull Kelly Askew. The four discuss online hockey, what it’s like to be an equipment rep trying to get products into the NHL and retail hands. They […]
NHL Playoffs, Trevor Lewis’s future, and staying ready for whatever comes next   (41:16) October 15, 2020
In the first episode of season 3, Jay and Gary join Utah Grizzlies Assistant Coach Ryan Kinasewich, Ontario Reign Forward Nick Halloran, and Portland Winterhawks Forward Mason Mannek. The group talks about the NHL playoffs, speculate on Trevor Lewis’s future. They also discuss their individual leagues, start dates, and how they are staying in a […]
AHL updates, 2020 Hungry 4 Hockey Charity Event, and Jay’s 6th job   (19:01) August 03, 2020
In this episode, Jay Stevens chats with Ryan Tall (San Diego Gulls Equipment Manager) and former Viewmont Hockey Rigg Zeidler about the AHL and plans to get back to playing. We also learn about their cool 2020 Hungry 4 Hockey Charity Event. We also find out that Jay Stevens has a 6th job.
Hockey is finally coming back!   (37:08) July 22, 2020
In this episode, Jay Stevens and Gary Michaels are joined by Utah Grizzlies Assistant Coach Ryan Kinasewich to talk about The Utah Grizzlies. They also talk about how Utah is getting back to hockey and the ways different areas have different rules about COVID. Then they discuss youth hockey and hockey camps. The trio also […]
Dave Imonti and Evan Stoflet talk about the current landscape of hockey   (20:21) June 11, 2020
In today’s episode, Jay Stevens is joined by West Coast Renegades President Dave Imonti and coach Evan Stoflet. The West Coast Renegades will be the first to have tryouts after the quarantine and in the new normal. We talk about the sudden end of the season, and how we get started on the new season. […]
Aaron Dell on his path to the NHL, the “Fighting Sioux” controversy, and some Facebook questions   (40:44) May 15, 2020
Jay Stevens and Jordan Parise catch up with former Utah Grizzlies and Current San Jose Sharks goaltender Aaron Dell. They discuss the nontraditional path that Aaron took to the NHL. We also talk about what drew Aaron and Jordan to North Dakota and briefly touch on the “Fighting Sioux” Fighting Hawk” controversy how Aaron selects […]
Evan Stoflet and Mitch Wahl break down all things hockey camps   (43:33) May 13, 2020
Jay Stevens and Jordan Parisé are joined by former Utah Grizzlies Evan Stoflet and Mitch Wahl to talk about picking the right hockey camps, how to get the most out of the camp, and what you should expect as a parent. Then we dive into how to get the most bang for your buck and […]
Jared Youngman on the impact of the Grizzlies, attendance numbers, and themed nights   (01:02:38) March 10, 2020
In this week’s episode, Jay Stevens and Gary Michaels are joined by Jared Youngman (Vice President – Utah Grizzlies) to talk about the hockey market in Utah, the potential for growth, and the impact that the Utah Grizzlies have throughout the state and the AHL. Then we dive into the financial and logistical differences between the AHL and the […]