32 Thoughts: The Podcast

Don’t Underestimate Tanner Jeannot

Episode Summary

Tanner Jeannot joins Jeff and Elliotte to talk about his journey to the NHL from small-town Saskatchewan, the obstacles he overcame along the way, playing on a line with Colton Sissons and Yakov Trenin, playing under John Hynes, what made Tim Hunter the coach for him in Moose Jaw, the support he’s received from his community in Oxbow, and he talks about his workout routine and what he excels at most.

Episode Notes

Tanner Jeannot wasn’t drafted into the WHL or the NHL, but he’s in the race for the Calder Trophy this season. He join Jeff and Elliotte to talk about his journey to the NHL from small-town Saskatchewan, the obstacles he overcame along the way, playing on a line with Colton Sissons and Yakov Trenin, playing under John Hynes, what made Tim Hunter the coach for him in Moose Jaw, the support he’s received from his community in Oxbow, and he talks about his workout routine and what he excels at most.

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This podcast is produced and mixed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman.

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Episode Transcription

Recording [00:00:06] [Predators with two goals! Number 84! Tanner! Jeannot!]. 


[00:00:07] [SFX puck hitting post.] 


Jeff Marek [00:00:14] Welcome to another interview version of 32 Thoughts the Podcast presented as always by the all-new GMC AT4 Lineup. Now, I can't even pretend to be objective about this next hockey player, that's how much I enjoy watching him play hockey. It's to the point where after he does anything, I get a note from David Amber, something along the lines of, did you see what your boy just did? Tanner Jeannot is a 24 year-old rookie winger playing with the Nashville Predators. And when you think of Jeannot, think of the word impact. He's one of the top rookie scorers in the NHL, and he has this old school physicality mentality. He makes hits. He takes hits. He's not shy about stepping up, as we mentioned in the interview. You know, one of my favourite things about watching Tanner Jeannot is watching guys that don't know him take runs at him and then get knocked over the minute they initiate collision. He's one of the most jacked players in the league as well, all the cliches, light matches off of him, torn up like a bad report card, all of it. He plays on a line with Colton Sissons and Yakov Trenin, one of the best third lines in the entire NHL. You know, he's a great fit for Nashville in a lot of ways who, you know, even going back to the early days of the Predators, fans have always liked rough and tough hockey players. Oh, and one more thing about Jeannot? He was never drafted in the NHL. His story is one of hard work and perseverance. Let's get to the interview. Here he is on 32 Thoughts the Podcast. Nashville's Tanner Jeannot. 


[00:01:49] [Intro music.] 


Recording [00:01:50] [Play-by-play of three of Tanner Jeannot's goals with the Nashville Predators.] 


Jeff Marek [00:02:57] Elliotte very pleased to welcome to the programme someone who's a combination of new school skill and old school toughness, he's Tanner Jeannot of the Nashville Predators, and he joins us on 32 Thoughts the Podcast, Tanner, how are you today? 


Tanner Jeannot [00:03:10] I'm doing good. How are you guys? 


Jeff Marek [00:03:12] We're doing well. We've talked a lot about you this season. 


Elliotte Friedman [00:03:16] Wait wait wait. You've talked a lot about him this season. 


Jeff Marek [00:03:20] I've talked a lot about Tanner Jeannot this season, I know that, but for good reason. I'll tell you like one of my guilty pleasures, Tanner this season has been watching Nashville Predators games for a number of reasons, but one of them is, watching players who don't know you try to hit you. And watching them bounce off in almost cartoon fashion. How many times have you heard a player from the other team say, I didn't think that kid was that strong? 


Tanner Jeannot [00:03:50] Yeah, I heard, well I heard it a couple times, even if a guy doesn't go, you know, if I don't put him down or anything, he'll kind of say, oh that was pretty solid and also same thing if guys are solid. So yeah, there's definitely been some pretty heavy collisions or some big guys out there. I kind of like the challenge, I want guys thinking they've got me lined up and they want to try and step up on me I'll give them all they can handle and win the battle. So I just like that as a challenge. 


Elliotte Friedman [00:04:19] Okay so who is the hardest guy you've hit then? 


Tanner Jeannot [00:04:22] Well like I said, there's been lots, I guess, like it's been in recent memory here, was really solid collision that I remember. Neither of us fell over anything, but it was just one of those ones that kind of just takes your breath away a bit, it was Hakanpaa on Dallas, and it was just one of the most. 


Elliotte Friedman [00:04:41] He's a big man. 


Tanner Jeannot [00:04:42] Yeah. 


Jeff Marek [00:04:43] He's a big dude.  


Tanner Jeannot [00:04:45] Yeah. So that was just in most recent memory that was one of the most solid ones I've had. 


Elliotte Friedman [00:04:51] So I'm curious about your entire journey, Tanner. So I was interviewing David Poile about a month ago, and it was a night that you played a really nice game in Edmonton. And he said he got into the elevator and there was another scout who got in there with him and said that, when Tanner Jeannot was 17 years old, he played in Moose Jaw and had one goal in 52 games. Who would've ever thought that it would turn out like this? And I'm just curious about your journey, how you feel you got from there to here. You're on the cusp of a 20-goal season. If you really thought it was possible, when you began to believe it was possible and, you know, just take us through the last seven or eight years and how you made it. 


Tanner Jeannot [00:05:37] It's been a pretty crazy journey, a lot of ups and downs and twists and turns. But yeah, that's true and my first year in the WHL there, I had one goal and five points I think. So it wasn't necessarily an outstanding year by any means but, you know, I was kind of just proud of myself for being there. I wasn't drafted into the WHL or anything and I went to camp as just an invite to the camp, not listed or drafted or anything so, really, if you're in that kind of a position, you're just kind of a spot filler and no one's really expecting anything out of you, but ended up making a good impression on coaches and management there and ended up making the team that year and I was pretty ecstatic to be in the WHL at that point. That's something you dream about growing up in western Canada that's kind of where you want to make it to and then going through that year, I was pretty fortunate I got to play some really good players. Most notable, probably Brayden Point, I got to play with him for two years so, I got to just kind of watch him and see how he did things and the skill level he had so, every year I just kind of improved. I got more opportunities each year and just tried to make the most of them and then, my last year there as an overage or 20 year-old, I ended up scoring 40 goals and 80 points and that's kind of what led me into, I signed my first NHL contract with Nashville in playoffs that year. Really, before that, I didn't really see myself like being able to be a professional hockey player, it just seemed so out of reach for me. And then that last year, having a really good offensive year and everything like that, things were kind of coming into fruition where, you know, I was hearing from teams and my agent was, you know, talking with teams about contracts and stuff and it was just all pretty crazy for me. I went and I played my first year professional in Milwaukee, Nashville's farm team and my second year, I knew what the league was like, I knew what pro hockey was all about and I was just excited to get going and then, I ended up getting sent down to the East Coast right off the bat. So I was kind of a little bit of a shock, I guess, and then I didn't last down there too long. I played pretty well down there, and then I went back up to Milwaukee and we had a really good team that year. I think we were in first place in the American League when the league stopped so, it was a really good year, and then the next year after that, coming into the last year of my entry level contract, Milwaukee decided to opt out of the season with COVID still happening so I played for the Chicago Wolves there. I just kind of got more opportunity. We had a younger team, I was getting some powerplay and penalty kill, just kind of doing everything and I played really well that down there, which earned me my first callup to the NHL. Played my first game against Carolina. We, we went down 3-nothing pretty quick in the first period there, so I didn't get to play too much that game, but it kind of gave me, gave me a taste and I saw what the skill level was and the speed of the game at that level. And I knew that, I knew then that that's when I could play at the NHL level so I ended up getting sent down again after that game for a couple of weeks back to Chicago. With that experience of getting my first game, I, I knew from the level that it was, I knew that I could be there so. My goal is to just continue to improve and show Nashville that I could be there and then ended up getting called back up and spending the rest of the year with them, signing my new contract this past summer and coming into this year. Just being really excited. Keep making the people that gave me this opportunity happy and proud that they, that they gave me the opportunity. 


Jeff Marek [00:09:52] One of my favourite things to do is, is talk to junior hockey coaches, I wanna go back to Moose Jaw here, is talk to junior hockey coaches and have them talk about their players. And I can recall, whenever I would check in with Tim Hunter, your coach in Moose Jaw, you know, we talk about Brayden Point. You mentioned him. We talk about Brett Howden, some of the more interesting conversations would be around Nikita Popugaev, we talk about Noah Gregor, these types of players and, you know, I remember the first time Tim Hunter talked about you with me, and he talked about two things. He talked about your work ethic and he talked about how in shape you were. And we were talking off-air a little bit, and you know, the story about how Tim Hunter wrecked it for everybody in the NHL because he would show up, you know, to camp every year, you know, torn up like a bad report card, and everybody else had to, you know, work their boilers off and you got, all of a sudden the expectation was, you had to show up looking like Tim Hunter. Two things: one, did you ever work out with Tim when you were in Moose Jaw? And what are your thoughts on on Tim Hunter? Your, your ex-coach of the Moose Jaw Warriors? 


Tanner Jeannot [00:10:57] No I never, never got to work out with him. You know, even then, he probably would've shown us all up in the gym. He's still in pretty good shape. And then, you know, Tim was one of those guys that gave me the opportunity to play, you know, in the WHL. Like I said, I went there as an invite to the camp. I wasn't drafted by them. I wasn't listed. Didn't have anyone pulling for me in the back room. I came in and I guess I was a little bit like him where I came in and had a really good fitness testing, kind of stood out there and then I just tried to play a hard working game just like I do now. You know, he was a guy that saw that and he gave me, you know, he fought for me and he gave me an opportunity to, you know, have a career in the WHL and then continuing on for the next four years, my mindset was to get better but you know, he, he did a really good job of continuing to inspire me to do better and as well just give me more and more opportunity as I was earning it so. It was definitely a good experience. You know, my, my four years in the WHL and he definitely contributed to that. 


Elliotte Friedman [00:12:14] One of my favourite players in of recent in the NHL was John Madden, and John Madden played at the University of Michigan and there was a story, and I don't really think anybody likes talking about it, Tanner. But where John Madden and Red Berenson's relationship kind of fell apart for a while because Red Berenson told him, you know, you're probably not going to play in the NHL and you should think about something else and Madden took that very personally. Did anyone ever have that kind of a conversation with you where they said, you know, hey, Tanner, this might not work out or anything like that? 


Tanner Jeannot [00:12:52] Um. I wouldn't say that it was straight to my face where people would say that as, it was more so, people kind of saying, well, what's your backup plan and things like that. And obviously, like, like I said, until I signed my NHL contract, I wasn't sure if I was gonna play, you know, professional hockey or whatnot. So, you know, I did have a backup plan. If I didn't sign a contract, I was gonna go play, you know, CIS and go to school. So, you know, it was more so things like that rather than someone sitting me down and saying, you're not, you're not gonna make it, what else do you, are you gonna do? But I feel like that's a lot of players and a lot of pro athletes who go through that I think and that's a big part of being a pro athlete is that kind of mental toughness to get over mental obstacles like that. 


Elliotte Friedman [00:13:45] Mhm. 


Tanner Jeannot [00:13:45] So what my dad told me all the time when I was younger and he still tells me today is to just control what you can control and so, that's what I wake up trying to do every day is try not to think about the things that you can't control whether it's, you know, back then it was not getting drafted and not, you know, not being scouted or things like that. All you can control is your work ethic and what you do away from all the noise and everything else and what's gonna prepare you for, you know, the big moment. So that's kind of what I like to think about. 


Jeff Marek [00:14:23] Okay, let me let me follow up on that with with this question then. If you only focus on the things you can control, does that mean you never have a look at what Lucas Raymond or Dawson Mercer or Trevor Zegras or Michael Bunting are doing? 


Tanner Jeannot [00:14:39] Well, you see highlights and things like that, but I like to use it as motivation you know if, you know other guys are succeeding, I think, you know, it's good for them. You know, everyone's trying to succeed. So if they're doing it, good for them, but I wanted to. I want to do it just as good or better. You know, that's what sport is all about. You want to play against the best and you want to be the best, so you can't be your best if you're not playing against the best. So seeing guys have success is good, but is kind of just sets a fire under you and you want to do just as good. 


Elliotte Friedman [00:15:14] One of the other stories the Poile told was that, you were not thrilled with going down the ECHL. And he tried to explain it as, we think this will be better for you, but you weren't really too interested in the explanation. How did that conversation go? 


Tanner Jeannot [00:15:30] Yeah. Well, no player's ever excited to be sent down. You know, it was just a situation where the year before I, I was a rookie and I was, you know, I was starting to play pretty well and in my mind, when I got injured and then I got injured and I didn't really have a chance to come back so in my mind, coming back for my second year, I was, it was go time and it was ready, I was going to show them who I was and how I was gonna... the type of player I was going to be for them. And then it just felt like my feet were getting taken out from under me right off the bat. But that's part of the mental toughness you have to have too right? I had to change from that mindset to seeing it as another challenge and, you know, just doing what I could do in the situation that I was in and that was just trying to play the best I could in the East Coast and then, that got me back to the American League and then continuing to do the same thing until I made my ultimate goal of making the NHL. So, yeah, it was, it was a tough conversation for sure. I'm sure a lot of other guys have had similar conversations to that, but, it's just all about your mindset that you gotta take out of there and sometimes it takes time. You're going to be pissed off sometimes, but you just gotta fix that mindset as best you can and as quick as you can. 


Elliotte Friedman [00:16:52] It's a very brave thing, Tanner, to, for a young player to give his GM an honest answer sometimes. Did any of you, part of you, walk out after that and say, yeah, I'm not sure that was the smartest thing I ever could have done.  


Tanner Jeannot [00:17:10] Yeah. Well, I don't think I was disrespectful in any way. You know, I, maybe I was wearing my heart on my sleeve a little bit, but. 


Elliotte Friedman [00:17:17] Yeah? 


Tanner Jeannot [00:17:17] That's the type of person I am. I want to do the best I can all the time, so. I ended up just taking it as a challenge. Like, they were challenging me to continue to improve so, and I'm here now, so maybe it was the right call at the time, you know? Like it did set that fire underneath me so, you know, I don't regret anything. It was a good experience. I got, it gave me just that extra experience to draw from, I guess and now I can use that in the future and I know that I don't want to ever have that conversation again so that's. I don't wanna ever get sent down again. So I just want to keep going and keep playing well. 


Jeff Marek [00:17:55] Your line is a really interesting one. I've talked plenty about the makeup of this line and the players on this line. And, you know there's a couple of things that stand out from the season. Yakov Trenin, I still... I mean, full marks to him, but when I watch him challenging Zdeno Chara, I always say to myself, man this guy is tough. This guy has a lot of guts. But you know, one of the coolest things I've seen your centreman Colton Sissons do was in a game against the Florida Panthers, and I think you know where I'm going with this one. I can't recall the last time I saw someone go perfect at the dot. 


Tanner Jeannot [00:18:30] Yeah. 


Jeff Marek [00:18:31] And you guys had a game against Florida, where he went 16 for 16. Like normally on the faceoff percentage. When you see someone like get 100 percent? They won like two draws.


Tanner Jeannot [00:18:41] Yeah. 


Jeff Marek [00:18:41] But he goes 16 for 16 at the draw. I'm curious. One, how aware are you guys of that as he's going through it, and two, as the game goes on, do you treat it like players treat pitchers when they have a no-hitter going? They just don't talk to them. You don't mention anything about the faceoff because you don't want to jinx it. 


Tanner Jeannot [00:19:00] Yeah, well, you're definitely aware of it. And that was, that was an incredible game for him. Those odds, and he's, he's been good all year, like he's, he's an elite centreman for sure like. You know, we're starting off with the puck definitely more times than when we're not, so that's a huge plus for our line just having him in the middle there. But yeah, that game. So we were aware just by how many times we, we would have the puck and be in possession right off the bat. So that's that's how you're aware of it. And then, well, definitely me, I didn't say anything about it, but I don't know about, I don't know about Trenie, but you just try to let him do his thing, you know, like, that's what we always do. He knows what he's doing in the centre. Just let him do his thing. I'm not gonna give him any advice. He knows what he's doing, so just try to let him keep the hot streak going. And yeah, he did great. It was awesome. 


Elliotte Friedman [00:19:54] Jeff, I know you wanna go on a roll here. I know you got a lot of questions for Tanner, so I'm gonna just sit back a bit and let you empty out your wheelbarrow here. 


Jeff Marek [00:20:01] Okay, yeah, like I do have a lot. Like there's the welcome to the NHL moment you have when you go and you do your first lap. But then there are other sort of markers along the way, the first goal, the first fight, the first big, like all of it. When you think of the firsts that you had in this league, which are the ones that stand out like which, like, were there moments where you said, okay, now it feels like I'm in the NHL because I'm sure it doesn't feel like that when you're going out and you're doing your, your warmup lap. 


Tanner Jeannot [00:20:27] Yeah. That first game, your eyes are pretty wide and you try to take it all in. But really you're your adrenaline's going and you're looking at the crowd, you see the crowd and you're hearing it and. The game goes by, honestly, it went by pretty quickly for me. It was definitely a great experience and it was awesome, but bigger moments for me were scoring my first goal. That was an amazing feeling. 


Recording [00:20:52] [Play-by-play of Tanner Jeannot's first NHL goal.] 


Tanner Jeannot [00:21:50] I was so excited I fell over when I was celebrating and, I honestly, I was like, it was just almost like blacking out you're so happy. Like all the guys were celebrating with you. And then even after the game, all the guys were just so happy that they were a part of it, and it just makes you feel more special about it so that was definitely one of my best experiences. Another big one was in the playoffs. It was during a TV intermission, and we were at Bridgestone, and what they did was they told the crowd to make some noise and then they turned all the music off and there was nothing, no noise except for the crowd, and everyone was just going nuts and it was louder than any arena I've ever been in. And John, Hynes, he was trying to talk to us and you had to be within like a foot of him just to hear him but, for a moment there, I think everyone kind of just took that in and just seeing and hearing all the crowd just going nuts, that was a pretty, that was a big moment for me, just kind of seeing all the, all the support and, you know, being at the highest level and that's what it's all about is the fans have a good time too. So that was a pretty incredible one. The Stadium Series game this year was really special, too. That was a really cool experience as well so. There's been so many great experiences that I've had so far and my career's just getting started so. It's been a great experience and I just want to keep it going. Take each day, day by day and keep having fun with it. 


Jeff Marek [00:23:30] You know, you mentioned John Hynes there are a couple of seconds ago, and I think he's one of the more underrated coaches in the NHL and, you know, he's finally got a full season with the team. No disruptions, no shortened season. And we're seeing players do some pretty special things this season whether it's, you know, the rejuvenation of Matt Duchene, whether it's what Filip Forsberg is doing right now. Roman Josi leads all NHL defencemen in points and you've popped as well. What does John Hynes work with you on or helped you with that you can point to and say, I'm this player in this area because of that coach. 


Tanner Jeannot [00:24:05] I think what he does really well is, he knows the types of player each person is, and he helps bring out the best of that type of player. So, for example, for me, I'm not a player like Matt Duchene or Filip Forsberg I'm, I need to get in there more and be more physical and have those good details in my game for me to be offensively successful, to do that and it's just a different type of way of doing it, but that's my way of doing it and I think he's really good at recognizing what that is and I think that's why you know, my line is having success too, is because we're all three of us are kind of the same type of player. I think he finds really good combinations in that sense. It's been really good having him as a coach and I'm excited for the future. 


Jeff Marek [00:24:57] I'm pretty good friends with a professional wrestler by the name of Eric Young. He wrestles, he works with Impact Wrestling, and he's a huge fan of yours. I can remember beginning of the year talking to him and he's in that, got that gravelly, raspy voice. "This Jeannot old kid is awesome" like he, he loves, I don't know if you've met--


Elliotte Friedman [00:25:15] Is this gonna be a question if Tanner's going to leave the NHL for like the WWE or-- 


Jeff Marek [00:25:20] No, no no no no nope. Nobody's--but he's got the physique for it too like you light matches off this guy. And so Eric just loves you. And I would, I don't know if you've met Eric before, he goes to Preds game and think he's a season ticket holder. Being in Nashville and knowing how popular you are, you have a style of game that attracts people. Like who are some of the people that you go like, wow, I never would've met this person if I was, you know, in, you know, playing with the Everblades or if I was still playing with the Admirals. Like, who are some of those people? 


Tanner Jeannot [00:25:51] You know, like last year with COVID and then half this year too, it's, it's been a little bit different I think? Just, people haven't been allowed in the dressing room and things like that. So honestly, not too many. I, you know, I've got to meet a few country artists like at the Stadium Series game there. I got to meet Dierks Bentley, Chase Rice was there, so just a few different country artists. But really, it hasn't been too much here, just with COVID going on. So hopefully, hopefully more of that gets to come. 


Jeff Marek [00:26:23] Okay. Fitness testing. Everywhere you go, you're number one. On Nashville, who's number two? 


Tanner Jeannot [00:26:31] Trenie's up there. For sure. He's gotta be up there. Sissy would be up there too. Probably our line's probably, probably some of the best. 


Elliotte Friedman [00:26:41] Here's a better question: who's out of shape? Like who's like, who on your team like-- 


Jeff Marek [00:26:46] Who's a total disaster? 


Elliotte Friedman [00:26:48] In the one hundred metre dash, who's finishing last? That's the better question. 


Tanner Jeannot [00:26:52] Well, I'm not. I'm not too much of a sprinter, I'm more of a long distance guy. So I don't, I don't wanna throw anyone under the bus there. 


Jeff Marek [00:26:59] Okay, let me, let me ask you this one. So Elliotte and I work with Anthony Stewart, and Anthony played in the NHL as well and used to train with Matt [Nichol] and like still to this day, he holds the record at Matt Nichol's gym for the trap bar. No one's lifted more than him when it comes to trap bar. He is the king of trap bar. What are you the king of? What's the one thing that no one is touching you at? 


Tanner Jeannot [00:27:26] On our team, probably bench press. I could probably out-bench most guys. I got a pretty good vertical. So I'd say those two things. 


Jeff Marek [00:27:36] What do you bench? The ultimate guy question, what do you bench? 


Tanner Jeannot [00:27:41] Yeah. Well I haven't been doing too much in this during the season here, but I think my most ever was, it was probably a couple of summers ago, I probably went like 320. 


Jeff Marek [00:27:56] Jeez, man. 


Elliotte Friedman [00:27:57] Holy cow. 


Tanner Jeannot [00:27:58] Yeah, I've never really done my max. Just one rep except for that a couple of years ago. So. I couldn't really tell you my one rep max, but I know I did that once a couple of years ago. 


Jeff Marek [00:28:11] Is there one thing that you love doing in the gym that everyone says, don't do that. Hockey players shouldn't do that. Like curls, for example? You know like, what're you doing curls for? Like, but is there something you love doing at the gym that everyone says? Like, don't do that, you know, do that when you're retired, don't do that now. It's not something hockey players should do. 


Tanner Jeannot [00:28:32] What I like to do is a lot of days before I do my workout, I like to do, like the step master? 


Jeff Marek [00:28:41] Yeah. 


Tanner Jeannot [00:28:41] For like five minutes at the max level. I don't know, it's really good cardio workout and it gets me going for the workout, so I don't know if that's what you're looking for or not. A lot of like, not too many guys do that, but I like just doing that right before my workout it gets you into it and it's good cardio too. 


Elliotte Friedman [00:29:00] We were in the, in Hamilton the other day before the outdoor game, Bieksa and I were in the gym before and, y'know, obviously we're not doing the same kinds of things. But Bieksa says that he has this thing where you have to go to the top level and the top incline. You have to walk a mile, and when you're done your mile, you're done. 


Tanner Jeannot [00:29:22] Yeah. 


Elliotte Friedman [00:29:22] And I'm gonna try this. I know that it might be the end of my existence, but I'm gonna try this. Is that the kind of thing you're talking about here?  


Tanner Jeannot [00:29:32] Yeah. Like at the end of the five minutes, you're like, oh my god, is this going to be done yet or what? But yeah, you're definitely tired at the end of it, that's for sure. 


Elliotte Friedman [00:29:42] My father is from small town, Saskatchewan. He was born in Melford and my dad's family, they were in, they were in Melvill, they were in Wilkey, they were in North Battleford. And, you know, you're from Oxbow. 


Tanner Jeannot [00:29:58] Yup. 


Elliotte Friedman [00:29:58] And for you to make it, that's a big deal, Tanner. And you know, what's it like to go back there? I seen you've done a lot of interviews with the local paper there. It's pretty obvious that you haven't lost touch with your roots. And what does it mean? 


Tanner Jeannot [00:30:13] Yeah, it's, it's definitely special to go back there. Try to make it back there a few times every summer, at least. Sometimes it's hard with training but, yeah I try to make it back there most of the time. My parents still live back there, so I like to go home and just kind of relax there a little bit. But yeah, I still have a lot of friends that are there and I've been getting so much support from back there this year, it's been really cool. The community did a lot for me when I was growing up, so it's, it's nice to be able to put it on the map a little bit I guess and, I try to give back in ways. There's some fundraisers that I've donated some things for, so I try to give back to them as much as they've given to me and. I loved growing up in a small town. Growing up with the same people and making some really good friendships and just being sheltered a little bit from the big world out there so, it made me into the person I am today and pretty proud of who I am today so. And I'm proud to be from where I'm from, so it's definitely special to be going back there and getting all the support that I've been seeing from them. 


Elliotte Friedman [00:31:23] How bad was your rookie dinner? 


Tanner Jeannot [00:31:26] Well we haven't had it yet. 


Elliotte Friedman [00:31:27] Oh no! 


Jeff Marek [00:31:28] Look out. 


Elliotte Friedman [00:31:30] Uh-oh. 


Tanner Jeannot [00:31:30] Yeah, so. I guess we'll see. 


Elliotte Friedman [00:31:33] Oh, okay, I guess because of COVID and everything, you really haven't had the opportunity to do it right? 


Tanner Jeannot [00:31:37] Yeah, that's right. 


Elliotte Friedman [00:31:39] And how many rookies are there? 


Tanner Jeannot [00:31:41] Three? Official ones? 


Elliotte Friedman [00:31:43] That's not so bad. At least you get some help there. 


Tanner Jeannot [00:31:46] Yeah.  


Jeff Marek [00:31:47] Who do you think stings you the most? 


Tanner Jeannot [00:31:50] You know what? Phil Tomasino, you know, eats a lot. He eats a lot of food. Yeah. He can sure put it down so. Probably him so far. 


Jeff Marek [00:32:04] Awesome. He's a great kid, by the way, with a wonderful family. 


Tanner Jeannot [00:32:08] Yes, he is.


Jeff Marek [00:32:08] I got, I got all day Phil Tomasino. You know, we got all day for you, Tanner. Thanks so much for, for stopping by today. It's been a wonderful season for you and the Preds, keep it going, it's been a lot of fun to watch. Take care of yourself and we'll catch up soon. 


Tanner Jeannot [00:32:20] Awesome. Thanks, guys. 


[00:32:21] [Break.] 


Jeff Marek [00:32:26] Taking us out is a seven piece indie band from Regina, Saskatchewan that formed in 2008. Saskatchewan, see the theme here? Anyway. Library Voices recorded their debut EP by assembling several orchestra instruments, and soon after the album was nominated for Album of the Year at the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards. The band will go on to release four full length records, with their latest being in 2015. From their sophomore album, Summer of Lusst, here's the Library Voices with Regina I Don't Want To Fight on 32 Thoughts the Podcast. 


[00:32:57] [Outtro music.]