Plus: Canucks Fire Bruce Boudreau
Episode #141: January 27, 2023
In this episode of the Puck Junk Podcast, Sal Barry and Tim Parish give their thorough review of the 2021-22 Skybox Metal Universe Hockey Card Set — including the good, the bad, and the shiny…oh, so shiny! They also discuss the Vancouver Canucks disastrous firing of head coach Bruce Boudreau, the 2023 NHL All-Star Reverse Retro jerseys, and the All-Star Game voting controversy. Pitter, patter, let’s get at ‘er! It’s 83 minutes of hockey goodness!
Show Notes, Links and Images:
Canucks fire Bruce Boudreau, hire Rick Tocchet as replacement (ESPN)
Picture of the 2023 NHL All-Star Game Jerseys
2021-22 Skybox Metal Universe Box Break (Puck Junk)
Plus: 2022 All-Star Weekend Recap
and the Hobby vs. Retail Debate!
Episode #111: Feb. 9, 2022
Sal Barry and Tim Parish recap the 2022 NHL All-Star Weekend: what was great about it and what could have been better. Then, they talk about the latest Chicago Blackhawks scandal. Actually, make that two scandals: Rocky Wirtz’s tirade against media members, and sexual harassment allegations against the athletic trainer of their minor league team. Finally, they end with a fun debate about if it is better to buy hobby boxes or retail boxes of trading cards.
Show Notes and Links: New “Fat Guy Hockey Video Game T-Shirt” on Pre-Order (Puck Junk Shop) Interview: Randy Walker, Rob Lowe’s Hockey Double (Puck Junk)
Rocky Wirtz embarrasses himself and the Blackhawks (YouTube)
Blackhawks fire minor league athletic trainer for sexual harassment (ESPN)
The NHL went on its All-Star break in the middle of last week, but that doesn’t mean there was any shortage of hockey news. Today, we’ll take a look at Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz and his epic rant against the media, a recap of the All-Star Game and Skills Competition, the start of the Winter Olympics…and even more bad news for the Blackhawks.
Plus PHF Mascot Goal E. Tender!
Episode #110: Feb. 3, 2022
This week, Sal Barry and Tim Parish talk all about the new 2021-22 Upper Deck MVP Hockey card set — the good, the bad, and the Gritty! Plus, a look at the PHF’s new mascot, Goal E. Tender, the upcoming NHL All-Star Skills Competition, and the next batch of Young Guns rookie cards. It’s 1 hour and 52 minutes (!) of hockey goodness.
Show Notes and Links: PHF Introduces Official Mascot Goal E. Tender (PHF)
The Wyatt Russell Hockey Rookie Card (Puck Junk)
2021-22 Upper Deck Series One Young Guns Checklist (Upper Deck)
2021-22 Upper Deck MVP Checklist & Images (Cardboard Connection)
Plus: Upcoming Hockey Cards
Episode #108: Jan. 19, 2022
In Episode #108 of the Puck Junk Podcast, Sal Barry and Tim Parish talk about the 2022 NHL All-Star Game taking place in Las Vegas next month, including the players who were picked — and the players who were snubbed! They also talk about the new All-Star jerseys, the fact that over 100 goalies have played in the NHL this season thus far, an update on the fake Pokemon card case, and some other trading card controversies. (Yes, this episode is just BRIMMING with controversial topics.) Plus, they chat about some upcoming hockey card releases.
Show Notes and Links: 2022 NHL All-Star Game Rosters (Puck Junk)
2022 NHL All-Star Game Jerseys (NHL.com)
Those horrible “Candyland” 1992 All-Star Game Jerseys (Puck Junk)
A Visual History of NHL All-Star Jerseys (NHL Uniform Database)
The “Zamborghini” (NHL.com)
List of goalies that have played in the NHL this season (NHL.com)
Eric Staal Signs PTO with the AHL’s Iowa Wild (The Hockey News)
Logan Paul Opens a Fake Case of Pokemon Cards (YouTube)
Logan Paul’s ‘Base Set’ Case is Fake: Threats, Bribery, and Shady Behavior Down the Ladder (Pokebeach)
Dallas Card Show Arrest (YouTube & Twitter)
Backyard Breaks Gold KABOOM Group Break SCAM (YouTube)
2020-21 SP Signature Edition Legends Hockey Cards Info (link)
This cardboard goalie mask was given away at the 42nd NHL All-Star Game, hosted at the Chicago Stadium on Saturday, January 19, 1991. I believe these masks were not handed out upon entry, but instead put on all the seats at the Stadium ahead of time. However, my memory of 30 years ago is kind of fuzzy now. It’s a good thing I blogged about this game in 2011, as I remembered more back then. Now, if only my blog had existed in 1991.
Anyway, it is somewhat of a miracle that this mask survived in my collection the past three decades. What is even more amazing, though, is that I managed to get this goalie mask out of the All-Star Game in one piece and without any tears or creases. Continue reading “1991 NHL All-Star Game Goalie Mask”
This is the video we all need right now.Slap Shot actor Jerry Houser and former NHL defenseman Dale Tallon take turns interviewing each other. And it’s pretty darn funny.
Houser, who hockey fans remember best as Dave “Killer” Carlson from the 1977 film Slap Shot, is a longtime TV and movie actor. And hockey fans all know Tallon, who has been in the NHL for 50 years now as a player, color commentator and team executive. He is currently the GM of the Florida Panthers.
This interview is from a charity hockey game from 1989 between the Celebrity All-Star Team and the Chicago Blackhawks Alumni Team. The game took place at the old Chicago Stadium.
Tallon and Houser sat down for this interview prior to the game, and Tallon does an admirable job when being put on the spot. This was perhaps the best exchange between the two:
HOUSER: People don’t talk to you all that much; find out who you really are. Who are you really?
TALLON: Actually, I’m Alan Thicke in a bigger body.
HOUSER: Oh, then I don’t have to worry about getting any passes from you.
Later in the interview, Houser talks about how hockey has grown in Los Angeles over the past 20 years and how Wayne Gretzky coming to L.A. has increased interest in the Celebrity All-Star Team.
The game between the Celebrity All-Stars and Blackhawks Alumni was played sometime in September of 1989, and I recorded it on a VHS tape when it was televised a few weeks later in early October of 1989. (The Blackhawks even blacked out live broadcasts of charity hockey games back then. Seriously.) Thankfully, my VHS copy still works 30 years later, because the world needed to see Killer Carlson interviewing the future Panthers GM. ■
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!
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)
Follow Sal Barry on Twitter @PuckJunk. Follow Tim Parish on Twitter @TheRealDFG.
Podcast intro and ending music by Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard.
The Upcoming 2020 NHL All-Star Game, plus Patrick Kane and Gerard Gallant
In this week’s episode of the Puck Junk Hockey Podcast, Sal Barry and Tim Parish talk about the upcoming 2020 NHL All-Star Game — including the 3-on-3 women’s game that will take place during the Skills Competition. Plus, Gerard Gallant’s firing, Patrick Kane joining the 1000-point club, and more. This podcast is 1 hour and 5 minutes of pure hockey goodness!