Blake’s Takes: Another Emergency Goalie!

Happy Monday and welcome back to my takes. The NHL was buzzing this weekend with big stories and exciting plays. I’ll obviously write about Hurricanes instant superstar, David Ayres, and Ovechkin finally reaching another milestone. You’ll want to read all five takes for a few other fun stories I highlighted this week.

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Puck Junk Podcast: February 21, 2020

Collecting the “Miracle on Ice” Hockey Team

This Saturday marks the 40th anniversary of the “Miracle on Ice,” when the U.S. Hockey Team beat the Soviet Union in the 1980 Winter Olympics en route to winning the gold medal. Sal Barry and Tim Parish talk about collecting the “Miracle on Ice” hockey players. They also discuss National Hockey Card Day 2020, the 2020 Stadium Series and the Daniel Carcillo-Paul Bissonnette Twitter feud. It’s 98 minutes of hockey goodness. Scroll down for show notes, links and images.

Show Notes and Links:
NHL, Air Force Academy Statement on Stadium Series game (Fox 31 Denver)
Paul Bissonnette accuses Daniel Carcillo of racist behavior (Sporting News)
National Hockey Card Day – Trade Group (Facebook)
Clip of “American Dad” episode with “Miracle on Ice” Team (YouTube)
History’s Greatest Olympians Trading Card Set (Sports Collectors Digest)
Every Rookie Card of the “Miracle on Ice” U.S. Olympic Team (Puck Junk)
1980 Kellogg’s Olympic Stick’r Trading Cards (Puck Junk)
Herb Brooks Rookie Card (Puck Junk)
Career in Cards: Mark Johnson (Puck Junk)
Here are some of the cards that we talk about in the podcast:

1980-81 O-Pee-Chee #9 - Ken Morrow
1980-81 O-Pee-Chee Ken Morrow RC with Team USA logo
1980-81 Topps Jim Craig RC with Team USA logo
1983 History’s Greatest Olympians Jim Craig (Black Rings version)
1983 History’s Greatest Olympians Mike Eruzione RC (Black Rings version)
1983 History’s Greatest Olympians Mike Eruzione RC (Star In Motion version)
1983-84 M&Ms Olympic Heroes Mike Eruzione
1991 Impel U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Herb Brooks RC
1994-95 Signature Rookies Miracle on Ice John Harrington
1994-95 Signature Rookies Miracle on Ice Jim Craig
2004-05 Upper Deck Legendary Signatures Miracle Men Steve Christoff (unsigned version)
2004-05 Upper Deck Legendary Signatures Miracle Men Steve Janaszak (unsigned version)
2010-11 In the Game Decades 1980s Steve Christoff autograph

Finally, here’s a picture of Bill Ranford on the set of “Miracle” after sustaining a concussion when a stunt went wrong.

[Photo Credit: Disney]
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Blake’s Takes: The Trade Deadline Approaches

Last week we saw a few major trades in the NHL. I’ll dive deep into those and why I think all teams involved actually made smart decisions. I’ve scoured the internet for a few other takes I think everyone will enjoy, too!

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Puck Junk Podcast: February 14, 2020

1989-90 Panini Hockey Stickers

In the latest episode of the Puck Junk Hockey Podcast, Sal Barry and Tim Parish take a look back 30 years ago at the 1989-90 Panini Hockey Sticker set. They also talk about the upcoming National Hockey Card Day, NBC firing Jeremy Roenick and more. Run time for this episode is a super-sized 107 minutes. Scroll down for show notes, links and images of the Panini set.

Show Notes and Links: 
Jay Bouwmeester collapses at Blues’ bench (YouTube)
Jeremy Roenick’s video apology (Twitter)
National Hockey Card Day website (Upper Deck)
National Hockey Card Day – Trade Group (Facebook)
That time Bailey sent Sal some hockey cards in the mail (Puck Junk)
2019-20 Panini Select Hockey Cards (Panini America)
Review: 1988-89 Panini Hockey Sticker set (Puck Junk)
Ed Belfour Originally Wore  Number 1 (Puck Junk)
Sal Finding 1989-90 Panini NHL Stickers at the Wisconsin Dells (Puck Junk)
Some images from the 1989-90 Panini NHL Sticker set:

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Hockey Road Trip Across the Carolinas

Hello, hockey nerds! Today, I’m hopefully going to wow all of you, and maybe inspire some of you to go on a Hockey Road Trip. Over the summer, Tom Dundon, The Most Interesting Man in Hockey, reached an agreement with the Greenville (South Carolina) Swamp Rabbits to become the ECHL affiliates of the (North) Carolina Hurricanes. This made a lot of sense as they are only little more than an hour’s drive from Charlotte where the Calder Cup Champion AHL affiliate Charlotte Checkers play. Almost as soon as this was announced, my friends and I waited with bated breath for the schedules of all three teams to be published and looked for a time to visit on a Lost Hockey Weekend Roadtrip. That perfect weekend ended up being January 17 to 19, 2020.

My wife, my best friend and I planned this weekend because all three teams were playing at home on consecutive days; the Canes played on Friday, the Bog Bunnies on Saturday, and the Checkers on Sunday afternoon, which was all too perfect because with a three hour drive back, it meant that we only had spent one night out of town and without having to take a day off of work!

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Blake’s Takes: Players Needing Attention

This was a weird week in the NHL. The most notable story was an odd scandal involving the league’s least-valuable team. That doesn’t mean there aren’t takes to be made. I’ll check in on players around the league that are flying under the radar that deserve your attention.

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Puck Junk Podcast: February 7, 2020

In this episode of the Puck Junk Hockey Podcast, Sal Barry and Tim Parish take a long look back at the 1985-86 Topps and O-Pee-Chee Hockey Card sets. They also talk about some new releases, including 2019-20 Upper Deck Allure. This podcast weighs in at 90 minutes, so get ready for an extra-large helping of hockey goodness!

Show Notes and Links:
2019-20 Upper Deck Allure Hockey Checklist (Beckett)
Mike Mondano making “Modano Face” (image)
That rare Zdeno Chara Day with the Cup card (image)
Some images from the 1985-86 O-Pee-Chee set:

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Blake’s Takes: The Battle of Alberta Strikes Again

Last week was really all about the Battle of Alberta. The Flames and Oilers faced off twice and neither game was a disappointment. This week’s column is better suited to be a review of a boxing match than a hockey column. I’ll dive into all the punches thrown and gloves dropped up in Western Canada as well as share my thoughts on one of my new favorite hockey-related beverages. Happy Monday!

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Blake’s Takes: Looking Past the All-Star Break

Seeing that all eyes were on the All-Star Game last week, there wasn’t much other news in the world of hockey. So I wanted to focus my column this week on a few players that deserve your attention. I’ll also make my case for why the league needs to change their All-Star Game format to something much more interesting. Happy reading!

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Puck Junk Podcast: January 27, 2020

2020 NHL All-Star Game Recap, plus a retrospective of Champ’s hockey cards.

In this week’s episode of the Puck Junk Hockey Podcast, Sal Barry and Tim Parish give their recap of the 2020 NHL All-Star Weekend, from the Skills Competition and Elite Women’s 3-on-3 Game on Friday, to the All-Star Game on Saturday. Plus, a retrospective of Champ’s hockey cards. This podcast weighs in at 1 hour and 37 minutes, so go get yourself a sandwich before you hit that play button, and thanks for listening!

Show Notes and Links:
McDonald’s commercial with Wayne Gretzky and Mats Sundin (YouTube)
And as long as we’re on the topic, here’s the McDonalds commercial with Michael Jordan and Larry Bird (YouTube)
That CCM commercial with Alex Ovechkin’s head in a locker (YouTube)
The entire 2020 NHL All-Star Game (NHL via YouTube)
Don’t have time for that? Here are just the highlights (NHL via YouTube)
Upper Deck Game Dated Moment cards for Week 16 (Upper Deck)
For more images of Champ’s Hockey cards, check out these box breaks:
2008-09 Champ’s Hockey Box Break #1 (Puck Junk)
2008-09 Champ’s Hockey Box Break #2 (Puck Junk)
2009-10 Champ’s Hockey Box Break #1 (Puck Junk)
2009-10 Champ’s Hockey Box Break #2 (Puck Junk)
2015-16 Champ’s Hockey Box Break (Puck Junk)

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Podcast intro and ending music by Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard.

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