Puck Junk Podcast: Hockey for the Holidays

Episode #79: December 23, 2020

In our second holiday-themed episode of the Puck Junk Podcast, Sal Barry and Tim Parish share stories — their own and those submitted by listeners — about getting hockey-related items for Christmas. Karine Hains, Canadiens beat writer for HockeyBuzz.com, joins the guys to tell her tale of an awesome hockey gift she received in 1990. Sal and Tim also talk about the upcoming 2021 NHL season and the fake Alexis Lafreniere hockey cards being sold on eBay. 

Thanks to everyone who shared their stories. Scroll down for pictures of some of these great hockey presents. 

Show Notes, Links and Images:
Karine Hains’ Montreal Canadiens blog (HockeyBuzz.com)
Karine Hains on Twitter (@KarineGHG)
2021 World Junior Championships (website)
President’s Choice Trading Cards (website)
Quebec Police Investigating Fake Lafreniere Cards (Sports Collectors Daily)
Heroes of the Crease Goaltending Museum & Memorabilia (website)
Puck Junk Facebook Group (Facebook)
Listen to the full New York Islanders Christmas Album (Puck Junk
More info about this podcast episode’s cover image (Puck Junk
Here is last year’s hockey/holiday themed podcast (Puck Junk)

The fake Alexis Lafreniere Quebec Pee-Wee Tournament hockey card.

Some of the gifts that our listeners have gotten over the years:

The Wayne Gretzky table hockey game.

Many years after Aaron Nelson got the Gretzky Table Hockey Game for Christmas, he started a table hockey club at the school he teaches at. 

Nick Wiseman received this Ducks photo signed by the entire team. 

Glenn S., who plays goalie, got this awesome-looking goalie lamp. 

Tyler Tenneson received a puck signed by Mats Zuccarello (top left corner) from his wife as a present one Christmas. 

Follow Sal Barry on Twitter @PuckJunk.
Follow Tim Parish on Twitter @TheRealDFG.
Podcast intro & ending music for this episode is from the New York Islanders Christmas Album, entitled “Home for the Holidays” and released in 1979.

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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

2 thoughts on “Puck Junk Podcast: Hockey for the Holidays”

  1. Another fine podcast. I particularly enjoyed the table hockey segment. My table hockey era was before Wayne Gretzky’s set in the ’60s starting with Coleco all-metal players then moving on to Eagle brand with metal players with the plastic sticks. That eagle plastic stick was the best ever. You could curve your stick blade to really lift your shot. It was also the best table to work the puck behind the boards. We blew our set out by 1971 (those springs!).

    1. Thank you for listening and for sharing your memories. I too grew up playing on a Coleco table that belonged to my mom and aunt, with the metal guys.

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