Episode #122: June 30, 2022
Sal Barry and Tim Parish talk about the 2022 Stanley Cup Final and how the Colorado Avalanche knocked out two-time defending champs Tampa Bay Lightning. Plus, they have a long discussion about the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2022: Daniel Afredsson, Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, Roberto Luongo, Riikka Sallinen, and Herb Carnegie. And Sal talks about the most-recent Sports Card Spectacular memorabilia show in Chicago. It’s 98 minutes of hockey goodness!
Show Notes & Links:
Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2022 (HHOF Website)
Puck Culture: Five Todd McFarlane-Hockey Crossovers (The Hockey News)
Puck Junk Podcast #112: RC…or Not RC? That is the Question (Puck Junk)
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Continue reading “Snap Shots: Colorado Captures the Cup”
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Continue reading “Snap Shots: Kraken Fan Saves Canucks’ Equipment Manager’s Life”
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Continue reading “Blake’s Takes: Career Resurrections and Milestones”
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Continue reading “Blake’s Takes: Offseason Madness Continues”
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Continue reading “Blake’s Takes: Stalemates in the Conference Finals”
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Continue reading “Blake’s Takes: Toronto Blows a 3-1 Lead”
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Continue reading “Blake’s Takes: The 2021 NHL Playoffs Are Underway”