Game Changers,” “Letterkenny,” Hockey & More – The Hype Magazine


Published on March 31st, 2021 | by Darren Paltrowitz

Within the 10-episode The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers season set in present day Minnesota — as now airing on Disney+ — the Mighty Ducks have evolved from scrappy underdogs to an ultra-competitive, powerhouse youth hockey team. After 12-year-old Evan Morrow (played by Brady Noon) is unceremoniously cut from the Ducks, he and his mom Alex (played by Lauren Graham), set out to build their own team of misfits to challenge the cut-throat, win-at-all-costs culture of youth sports today. With the help of Gordon Bombay (reprised by Emilio Estevez), they rediscover the joys of playing just for love of the game. The series features many up-and-coming actors, including Maxwell Simkins, Swayam Bhatia, Luke Islam, Kiefer O’Reilly, Taegen Burns, Bella Higginbotham and DJ Watts.

One of the featured actors in the first season of The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers is Dylan Playfair. Playfair first hit my radar as Reilly on the essential Canadian comedy Letterkenny. However, Playfair has been working steadily for nearly a decade, as seen in the Descendants film series, Some Assembly Required and Travelers. Hockey has factored into a fair amount of Playfair’s acting work, and that is no coincidence, as he played Junior A hockey in 2010–11 with the Merritt Centennials.

On March 31, 2021, I had the pleasure of speaking with Dylan Playfair via Zoom, as embedded below. We not only spoke about The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers, but also Letterkenny, hockey, music and work ethic. More on Playfair is online at and, while more about The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers can be found via, and

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren’s writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being “Editor At Large” for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of the bi-weekly “Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz” podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly He has also co-authored two published books, 2018’s “Pocket Change: Your Happy Money” (Book Web Publishing) and 2019’s “Good Advice From Professional Wrestling” (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.

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