Best of the Worst: 2019-20 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey

Hello again, my friends. I hope we’re all thankful and fat from Thanksgiving leftovers (or not, if you’re from outside the United States), but let’s dive into Upper Deck’s latest givings and see where their photographers dropped the ball before New Years!

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Puck Junk Podcast: December 3, 2019

1999-2000 Hockey Card Retrospective

This week, Sal Barry and Tim Parish take a look 20 years into the past and discuss the 1999-2000 season in hockey cards — from Topps, to Upper Deck to Pacific — and why that season is unlike any other when it comes to hockey cards.

What’s your favorite set from the 1999-2000 season? What trading card set, feature or gimmick would you like to see make a comeback? Leave a comment and let us know.

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Blake’s Takes: Peters Out in Calgary After Frequent Player Abuse

For this week’s takes, I dive into the entire Bill Peters saga and why his comments illuminate a growing issue in the NHL. I also comment on a few notable extensions up in Boston and look into a team moving up in the standings.

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Puck Junk Podcast: November 27, 2019

The Akim Aliu & Bill Peters Conflict

In this episode of the Puck Junk Hockey Podcast, Sal Barry and Tim Parish discuss the Akim Aliu and Bill Peters conflict. They also talk about Mike Babcock’s firing, Robert Bortuzzo’s suspension, noteworthy recent eBay auctions, and a rundown of the new hockey card releases this week. Today’s podcast is just under 1 hour and 15 minutes long, so kick back and give it a listen.

What is your opinion on the matter between Akim Aliu and Bill Peters? Leave a comment and let us know. Or message us on Twitter at the accounts listed below.

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Blake’s Takes: Bye-Bye Babcock

The past week provided no shortage of NHL news. Mike Babcock was fired by the Maple Leafs who immediately look like a new team. We saw an All-Star caliber player make his return to his former team and a sweet alternate jersey was released. Keep reading to learn more!

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Collectors Corner #35: Topps Hockey Stickers

In this week’s episode of The Collectors Corner, Ron Barr and I discuss the new Topps Hockey sticker collection and Topps NOW Hockey stickers. We also talk about a pair of notable game-worn hockey jerseys that were sold at an auction recently.

Collectors Corner airs Friday nights at 9:25 p.m. CST. Find a nearby radio station that carries Sports Byline USA here, or stream online here.  You can also listen to past episodes here.Special thanks to Sports Byline USA for providing the audio clip.

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Puck Junk Podcast: November 21, 2019

Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2019

In this week’s episode of the Puck Junk Hockey Podcast, Sal Barry and Tim Parish talk about the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2019 inductees: Guy Carboneau, Vaclav Nedomansky, Hayley Wickenheiser,Sergei Zubov, Jim Rutherford and Jerry York. (Click here to see their rookie cards.) The guys also discuss the Toronto Maple Leafs firing head coach Mike Babcock, and Don Cherry’s new “Grapevine” podcast.

This episode clocks in at a whopping 1 hour and 42 minutes of hockey goodness, so get comfy before you click that play button.

Is there a topic you would like to see covered on a future episode of the Puck Junk Hockey Podcast? Leave a comment and let us know!


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Under Review: Mystery, Alaska

November 20, 2019

Earlier today, I was a guest on the SiriusXM NHL Radio talk show “Under Review,” hosted by Mick Kern and Peter Berce. We talk about the hockey movie “Mystery, Alaska” as well as my article for The Hockey News about that film. We also talk about the Puck Junk Podcast and the new line of Puck Junk t-shirts. The segment is a quick listen — just 15 minutes.

You can listen to “Under Review” everyday on SiriusXM Radio or online here

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Blake’s Takes: The Rise of Rookie Defensemen

This week was an exciting one in the NHL. Three major milestones were hit, all on the same day.  I’ll dive deep into those milestones and will highlight a pair of rookie defenseman that are tearing it up this year. Also, I’ll take a look into the frenzy taking place in Toronto. Happy Monday!

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Building a Mystery: The Making of Mystery, Alaska – An Oral History

It was the original Winter Classic. Two teams facing off and getting back to their roots, playing shinny outdoors on a frozen pond under a grey, wintry sky. Only in this story, one team is the New York Rangers and the other is a group of amateurs from a small town. Mystery, Alaska, the classic underdog story of pros versus joes, turns 20 this fall.

Why does the movie Mystery, Alaska resonate with fans two decades later? Perhaps because it is one of the few movies that gets its hockey right. With all due respect to The Mighty Ducks and Youngblood, there are no silly knuckle-pucks or ludicrous stick-swinging duels in this film. Many people with deep hockey roots were involved in the making of Mystery, Alaska – and it shows. Producers Howard and Karen Elise Baldwin were the owners of the Pittsburgh Penguins at the time and had previously owned the Hartford Whalers. Scriptwriter David E. Kelley was the son of an NHL executive and the captain of his hockey team at Princeton. Brad Turner, the film’s assistant hockey co-ordinator and hockey double for Russell Crowe, played briefly for the New York Islanders and had an eight-year career in the minors. Several former players from the University of Calgary also contributed as Rangers players or as hockey doubles for the Mystery characters.

The Baldwins’ first film to involve hockey was the Jean-Claude Van Damme action flick Sudden Death. It came out in 1995 and had a hearty serving of hockey action. But in Mystery, Alaska, hockey was the main course. Oddly enough, the idea for the film came during a meal.

Read the full story at The Hockey News. 

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