Puck Junk Podcast: Interview: Brian Slagel, CEO of Metal Blade Records & Hockey Jersey Collector 

Episode #78: December 17, 2020

In this special episode of the Puck Junk Hockey Podcast, Sal Barry and Tim Parish are joined by Brian Slagel, the CEO of Metal Blade Records. Brian launched the careers of heavy metal bands such as Metallica, Slayer, Overkill, Fates Warning, GWAR and many more. He is also a longtime hockey fan who owns over 800 game-worn hockey jerseys. Brian talks about what it was like going to L.A. Kings games before and during the “Gretzky Era,” tracking down-hard-to-find jerseys and how he gave Metallica their first big break. If you like hockey and metal, you’re going to love this episode.

Show Notes, Links and Images:
Metal Blade Records Website (link)
Brian Slagel on Twitter (@brianslagel)
Brian Slagel’s jersey collection (YouTube)
Brian Slagel talks hockey & metal  (YouTube)
“Raining Blood” by Slayer (YouTube)
“Seek and Destroy” by Metallica (YouTube)
“Name” by Goo Goo Dolls (YouTube)
Mike McKenna hockey stats (HockeyDB)
Jacques Mailhot hockey stats (HockeyDB)
Cody Glass hockey stats (HockeyDB)
The college player that Brian talks about is Owen Power (Michigan Hockey)
Austin IceBats logo (SportsLogos.net)

Brian shared some pictures of his jersey collection: 

Brian Slagel (left), with former NHL goalie Mike McKenna, showing off a rare Tuscon Scorch jersey. The Scorch folded before playing in any games. 

Brian Slagel’s jersey collection consists of about 800 game-worn jerseys and 1,200 additional rare and/or autographed jerseys. 

Special edition “Metal Blade Records” San Antonio Rampage jerseys. 

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Podcast music by Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard.

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Author: Sal Barry

Sal Barry is the editor and webmaster of Puck Junk. He is a freelance hockey writer, college professor and terrible hockey player. Follow him on Twitter @puckjunk

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