About this Website

Sal Barry // Editor and Webmaster
I started Puck Junk in 2007 as a means to write about the many hockey cards and collectibles that I have accumulated over the years. Soon, I began writing about more of hockey’s cultural aspects, such as books, movies, video games and pop culture. I hope you find this website both fun and informative.

In addition to running this site, I work as a freelance writer. I am a contributing writer for The Hockey News. Some of my work has also appeared in the pages of Beckett Hockey Magazine.

If you have a question, want to trade cards with me or would like to write for this site, please feel free to contact me via email.

– Sal J. Barry
sjb AT puckjunk DOT com

James Howard // Contributing Writer
On a cold morning in February 1978, the hockey world would experience a shift. Not in the recent tie between the Red Wings and the Atlanta Flames, nor the complete drubbing of of Cleveland Barons by the Buffalo Sabres; instead a Jim Howard was born into this world! Fast forward to 2014, and Sal gave this inexperienced, fledgling writer a shot with a story about the dimple-faced hockey Bieber, a misplaced city and the writer’s desire to see a mistake corrected.  This would be the first shot across the bow in the war between Jim and Panini America!

When he’s not sitting in the nosebleeds of PNC arena cheering on his Carolina Hurricanes or tearing open packs of cards, Jim can be found putting miles on his bicycle, pounding out riffs on one of his guitars, or digging in the dirt as a field geologist to pay for season tickets to the Canes and buy more cards.