Puck Junk Podcast #15 – August 22, 2016

…with Sal Barry and Tim Parish.


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There were a lot of surprises in the NHL this summer. Sal and Tim compare eight big NHL news stories from the offseason, trying to determine which in each of these pairs was the crazier story:

Patrick Roy quitting as Avalanche coach
vs.
Randy Carlyle being re-hired as coach of the Ducks

Las Vegas getting an expansion team
vs.
The return of the World Cup of Hockey

P.K. Subban – Shea Weber trade
vs.
Taylor Hall – Adam Larsson trade

Jimmy Vesey free agent sweepstakes
vs.
Steven Stamkos re-signing with the Lightning

After that, we keep whittling it down until we agree which story caught took us by surprise the most.

Total Time: 1:07:56

Theme music by Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard.

So, what do you think? What do you believe was the most surprising news story in the NHL this summer? Do you agree or disagree with Sal and Tim’s consensus? Leave a comment and let us know! ■

Puck Junk Podcast #14 – August 17, 2016

…with Sal Barry and Tim Parish.


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Twenty years ago, one of the most over-the-top hockey card sets was unleashed on unsuspecting collectors. Of course, we are talking about the Fleer Metal Universe set from 1996-97, which superimposed hockey players into weird cosmic settings.

Ever want to see Theoren Fleury on an alien planet with giant flowers, Felix Potvin catching an exploding puck, Dave Manson at the nucleus of an atom or Steve Yzerman with a frickin’ laser on his head?

If you said “Yes!” to any of those, well then, this is the set for you.

Podcast #14 is 36 minutes long and features rockin’ new intro music by Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard.

Here are some of the cards that we talk about.

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Curtis Joseph fighting off a swarm of flying eyeballs.

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Dave Manson at the nucleus of an atom (or about to go nuclear!).

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Steve Yzerman after being assimilated by the Borg.

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Theoren Fleury skating through a flower garden on an alien planet.

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Doug Weight being attacked by metal claws! Extreme!

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Sandis Ozolinsh impersonating the Kool-Aid Man. OH YEAH!

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Roman Vopat emerging from a Stargate.

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Felix Potvin catching an exploding hand grenade.

BONUS:
Two more cards that we don’t talk about, but are still fun to look at.

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Bryan Berard hated his “fish sticks” Islanders jersey so much that he set it on fire. Unfortunately, he forgot to take it off first.

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Steve Rucchin shattering a metal wall with a bruising body check. This may be the most “1990s” card ever made because it features a player who was only in the NHL because the league expanded like crazy, wearing a third jersey, on a shiny metallic trading card.

We want to know! Did you ever collect the 1996-97 Fleer Metal Universe Hockey set? What do you think about it? Leave a comment below. 

Making of “Youngblood” article on THN

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Earlier this month, The Hockey News published an article that I worked diligently on writing: “Blood, Guts & Glory – The Making of Youngblood: An Oral History.” For those who subscribe to the magazine, it is in the current issue. However, THN also put my “Youngblood” article on their website for everyone to read.

For those who don’t know, “Youngblood” is a hockey movie that came out in 1986. The film starred Rob Lowe as an aspiring hockey player from the U.S. who joins a junior team in Hamilton, Ontario. The film co-stars Patrick Swayze (who sadly passed away in 2009) as the Mustangs’ team captain.

While Lowe, through his agent, refused to talk with me about “Youngblood,” I still spoke with many awesome sources: director and writer Peter Markle, cinematographer Mark Irwin, hockey coordinator Eric Nesterenko (a veteran of 20 NHL seasons) and former OHL player George Finn, who played the bad guy. I also interviewed a stunt double and two background hockey players, including Steve Thomas.

You can read the article at The Hockey News’ website here

Puck Junk Podcast #13 – July 25, 2016

…with your hosts, Sal Barry and Tim Parish.


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In Puck Junk Podcast #13, we talk about ten years of Upper Deck O-Pee-Chee hockey cards…or as I like to call them, “Faux-Pee-Chee.”

Also, since 13 is allegedly an unlucky number, there were a few audio glitches in this recording. Still, it is a fun listen, as we look back at the past decade of O-Pee-Chee cards.

Total Time is 38 minutes.


Podcast Intro and Ending Music Credits

“Rockin” by Tony Bullard (tonybullard.com)
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“Hockey Today” Radio Appearance


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Earlier today, I was a guest on the radio show “Hockey Today,” hosted by Mick Kern. (Longtime Puck Junk readers will remember when I used to be a regular on “The War Room” with Mick from 2009 to 2011.)

Today, we talked about my upcoming “Making of Youngblood” article for The Hockey News, and then quite a bit about new and old hockey cards.

The clip is 15 1/2 minutes long, so enjoy.

Special thanks to Mick Kern and SiriusXM NHL Radio Network for providing the audio clip. ■

Puck Junk Podcast #12 – July 12, 2016

…with your hosts, Sal Barry and Tim Parish.


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In Puck Junk Podcast #12, Sal Barry and Tim Parish discuss the Subban-Weber trade, some of the Blackhawks’ free agent signings, the upcoming Chicago Blackhawks Convention and the problem with Case Breaks.

Total Time is 1 hour 6 minutes, so get comfy before you hit play!


Podcast Intro and Ending Music Credits

“Motherlode” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Re-imagining the 1991 NHL Entry Draft

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Twenty-five years ago was the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. Just like Austin Mathews today is unanimously considered the best prospect in this year’s draft, everyone in 1991 thought the same of Eric Lindros.

Lindros was considered “The Next One” since he was 14 years old. And who could argue? He was 6’4″ and 230 pounds. He scored 149 points in 57 games during his last season of major junior hockey. Lindros was a dominant force that could control the game. But would NHL scouts and GMs spend a first-overall pick on The Big E, or someone else, knowing then what we know now?

So, let’s imagine that we could re-do the first round of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. Let’s set our Wayback Machines to June 22, 1991, pack an iPad with Hockey DB and Hockey Reference already bookmarked — we’ll worry about finding a WiFi hot spot when we get there — and see how the first round of the 1991 Draft would have played out in our alternate timeline.

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Those Awful 1991 Hockey Draft Picks Sets

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For those who did not collect hockey cards in the 1990s, please allow me to first explain one of the strangest aspects from that time; an incorrect mindset, if you will, that led to the production of many thousands of useless, worthless hockey cards.

Back then, and even today, a player’s “rookie card” — that is, the first card to show him with his NHL team — is usually the most desirable, and thus usually the most valuable.

“Well then,” thought several trading card companies, “we should make cards of players BEFORE they play in the NHL, because those would be even MORE valuable, so people will buy them. It would be like printing money!”

But instead of printing money, it was more like they printed junk bonds for a failed startup company. During the 1991-92 season, four different companies issued trading card sets of the players who were selected in the 1991 NHL Draft.

But like a first round dud — such as Brent Bilodeau (sorry, Habs fans) — these draft picks sets fizzled at retail. Here’s a look at these four sets, along with why they bombed.

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Puck Junk Podcast #11 – June 22, 2016

…with your hosts, Sal Barry and Tim Parish.


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It’s long overdue, but Puck Junk Podcast #11 is finally here. In today’s episode, Tim and Sal talk about the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Stanley Cup Championship — on Tim’s insistence, of course. Then they go retro and talk about the 1990-91 Upper Deck Hockey set.

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Remembering Six Forgotten NHL Awards

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With the 2016 NHL Awards Show taking place tomorrow, the internet has been abuzz with which players should win certain awards, or why a particular trophy should be renamed. But I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the NHL’s forgotten awards. Each of these six awards were given out at different times over the NHL’s 99-year history, but all were discontinued for one reason or another. It’s time for a little NHL history.

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