Snap Shots: Backup Goalies in the Spotlight

We are in the midst of the first round of the 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. In this week’s Snap Shots column, we will look at some of the goalies who have been thrust into the spotlight due to injuries, the Kings making a comeback after getting clobbered in two straight games, and a scary incident where an off-ice official was hurt. Plus, Evander Kane’s career turnaround and the NHL Draft Lottery odds. 

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Puck Junk Podcast #117: May 5, 2022

Remembering Guy Lafleur
Plus: The New 3ICE Hockey League

After a week off (because Sal was sick) the Puck Junk Podcast is back. This time, Sal Barry and Tim Parish talk about the late, great Guy Lafleur, his accomplishments, and some of his best hockey cards. The fellows also talk about the new 3ICE Hockey League, Anaheim’s emergency backup goaltender…and the fact that they want to buy new hockey cards, but there are no new hockey cards to buy. It’s 95 minutes of hockey goodness! 

Click to enlarge graphic to see some of Tim and Sal’s favorite Guy Lafleur cards.

Show Notes, Images, and Links:
Malcolm Subban Sings the National Anthem (YouTube)
Thomas Hodges Postgame Interview (NHL.com)
3Ice Hockey League (Official Website)
Guy Lafleur Career Stats (HockeyDB)
Lafleur! The Guy Lafleur Disco Album (Puck Junk

Here is the famous photo of Guy Lafleur and Mario Lemieux:

Tim’s favorite Guy Lafleur card:

And finally, the autographed Guy Lafleur postcard that Sal’s mother got from Lafleur back in the 1970s:

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Podcast opening and closing music by Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard.

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2021-22 O-Pee-Chee Hockey Hobby Box Break

Since the 2006-07 season, Upper Deck has made O-Pee-Chee brand hockey cards. But you won’t find holograms, gold foil, UV gloss coating, or any other modern features that you usually see on Upper Deck cards. Instead, modern-day O-Pee-Chee cards try hard to look like old Topps and O-Pee-Chee cards from 40 years ago. The cards are free of foil or gloss and printed on plain brown cardstock, giving these new cards a very retro feel to them. 

2021-22 O-Pee-Chee Hockey cards cost around $60 for an 18-pack hobby box. Each pack has 10 cards. I recently opened a box of OPC. Let’s take a look at what was inside. 

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No Stanley for Old Men: 2022 Edition

The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs started last night, and that got me thinking about which NHL veteran I would like to see win the Stanley Cup this year. Yes, Joe Thornton, who has played for 24 years now in the NHL, is my obvious choice for “greybeard” who I want to see win the Cup.  But there are many other worthy veteran NHLers that have toiled year-in and year-out and also deserve to sip champagne from hockey’s ultimate prize.

Here is a list of the oldest player from each playoff team who has yet to win the Stanley Cup, and why we should be rooting for each of them this spring. 

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Snap Shots: Regular Season Wrap-Up

I was pretty sick over the past seven days, so I didn’t get to publish Snap Shots for last week. Therefore, this week’s edition will take a look at the top 10 stories from past two weeks in the world of hockey. But don’t worry — this will be a quick read, I promise 🙂 

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Puck Junk Podcast #116: April 21, 2022

Remembering Mike Bossy.
Plus: The NHLPA Internal Investigation.

In the newest Puck Junk Hockey Podcast, Sal Barry and Tim Parish talk about the career of the late Mike Bossy, including his numerous career accomplishments, and some of his most-notable hockey cards. They also discuss the NHLPA’s internal investigation on its mishandling of the Kyle Beach Case, the retirement of Blackhawks announcer Pat Foley, a look back at Wayne Gretzky’s last game, and new hockey cards. 

Click to enlarge graphic to see Tim and Sal’s favorite Mike Bossy cards.

Show Notes and Links:
Career in Cards: Mike Bossy (Puck Junk)
The NHLPA Report Regarding Union’s Response to Kyle Beach (PDF
Why Blackhawks Loaned Kyle Beach to a Team in Sweden (Third Man In)
Pat Foley’s Legendary “Bannerman!” Call (Video)
NHL Network Opens Upper Deck Hockey Cards (Video)
Marshawn Lynch Drives the Seattle Kraken Zamboni (Video)
Wayne Gretzky Final Game Last Moments (Video)

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Podcast opening and closing music by Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard.

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Snap Shots: Mike Bossy Passes Away

This week was a mix of highs and lows for the world of hockey. Legend Mike Bossy passed away, the NHLPA released its internal investigation into its handling of Kyle Beach, and a longtime play-by-play announcer made his final call. But a first-overall pick also made an impressive debut and women’s hockey might take a giant step forward next year. It’s all recapped in this week’s edition of Snap Shots

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Puck Junk Podcast #115: April 14, 2022

New Hockey Cards for 2022. 
Plus: The Mega Box Experiment. 

In this episode of the Puck Junk Hockey Podcast, Sal Barry and Tim Parish talk about some of the new hockey cards coming out in April and May 2022. Plus, Sal’s “Mega Box Experiment,” the secret behind Doug Gilmour’s 1992-93 Pinnacle Sidelines card, Ryan Getzlaf calls it a career, and more. It’s 94 minutes of hockey goodness.

Show Notes and Links:
Habs fan not thrown out, kid’s dat caught in a lie (Maple Leafs Insider)
Ryan Getzlaf’s career statistics (HockeyDB)
Police Hunt Clues in Theft of Gretzky Collection (Sports Collectors Daily)
AMPIR Seattle Kraken trading card set (AMPIR.cards)
Pittsburgh Game-Worn Hockey Jersey and Equipment Expo (Facebook)
1992-93 Pinnacle #233: Doug Gilmour Sidelines card (Puck Junk)

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Podcast opening and closing music by Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard.

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Snap Shots: Auston Matthews Sets Maple Leafs’ Goals Record

I was so busy last weekend that I didn’t get to write my Snap Shots column for last week. So, this week’s edition has more “shots,” covering the last two weeks of notable hockey stories. But don’t worry — each “shot” is shorter and this will be a quick read. Promise! 

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Puck Junk Podcast #114: April 7, 2022

2021-22 Upper Deck Series One Hockey Cards. 
Plus: Trevor Zegras, Troy Terry, and Keith Yandle.  

In this episode of the Puck Junk Podcast, Sal Barry and Tim Parish talk all about the 2021-22 Upper Deck Series One Hockey card set — from the exciting new Young Guns rookie cards to production problems to the numerous insert sets. They also talk about the end of Keith Yandle’s “iron man” streak, Troy Terry vs. Jay Beagle, and Trevor Zegras’ latest “Michigan” goal. It’s TWO HOURS of hockey goodness! 

Show Notes and Links:
Troy Terry’s black eye from his “fight” with Jay Beagle (Twitter)
Dale Hunter’s hit on Pierre Turgeon in the 1993 Playoffs (YouTube)
WWF Wresting Character “The Goon” (YouTube)
Keith Yandle’s Consecutive Games Played Streak Ends (NBC Sports)
Sport Card & Memorabilia Expo (Website)
A 10-Year Old Drake on the NHL Awards Show in 1997 (YouTube)
Interview with Billy Celio of Upper Deck (Puck Junk)
Pictures and Details about 2021-22 Upper Deck Series One (Puck Junk)

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Podcast opening and closing music by Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard.

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