Plus: Collecting Ovie’s Rookie Cards
Episode #138: January 2, 2023
In the first Puck Junk Podcast of 2023, Sal Barry and Tim Parish talk all about Alex Ovechkin moving to second all-time in goals, and when he might pass Wayne Gretzky to become the NHL’s all-time leading goal scorer. Then, they discuss Ovechkin’s rookie cards, from the surprisingly affordable to the ridiculously expensive. It’s 96 minutes of hockey goodness!
Show Notes, Links and Images:
Blake’s Takes Can Ovie Top Gretzky? (Puck Junk)
Martin Brodeur “Scores” Goal Against Canes’ Goalie Dan Ellis (YouTube)
Where in the World is Patrice Bergeron? (Puck Junk)
Patrice Bergeron Substitution Card (Puck Junk)
The best Alex Ovechkin card Sal got in a pack was this dual patch card of Crosby and Ovechkin, numbered 04/40.
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Podcast music by Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard (Instagram @flyingV2112)
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Continue reading “Snap Shots: Tons of Trades”
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Continue reading “Snap Shots: Nicklas Backstrom Scores 1,000th Point”
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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: Kaprizov Locked Down in St. Paul”
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Continue reading “Blake’s Takes: Offseason Madness Continues”
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Continue reading “Blake’s Takes: The 2021 NHL Playoffs Are Underway”
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Continue reading “Blake’s Takes: The Week of Tom Wilson”
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Continue reading “Blake’s Takes: Big Moves at the Trade Deadline”
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Continue reading “Blake’s Takes: Kane Scores 400th Goal”