Beginner's Puck - A podcast for hockey fans new and old

Beginner's Puck - A podcast for hockey fans new and old

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A podcast for hockey fans, both new and old. Join Deb and Erika as we deep dive into what makes hockey the greatest sport in the world. Learn the lingo, explore hockey history, and listen to commentary on the most exciting, frustrating, and heart-stopping moments of the week. We love hockey and think you will too! #HockeyIsForEveryone Our catchy theme tune is “Ephemeral” by Sunspot. Get the whole song here! Talk hockey with us! Twitter: @BeginnersPuck Email: beginnerspuck@gmail.com


40: Carcast! Anaheim Edition
Feb 19 • 44 min
It’s another special Beginner’s Puck/Hockey Feels crossover Carcast — this time with a special guest who is relatively new to hockey fandom, Chip Sudderth! When you attend a Doctor Who convention in Los Angeles, what better way to start the weekend than…
39: Scouts’ Honor
Sep 27, 2019 • 43 min
The countdown to opening day continues. Deb and Erika discuss the real v. emotional toll of preseason, debate the merits of the NHL opening the season with European games (gotta grow that game! In Switzerland!). And touch on the those pesky RFA’s and who…
38: Dropping the Puck on our Third Season
Sep 16, 2019 • 65 min
Hey kids, hockey is (almost) back! Join us as we kick off Beginner’s Puck Season 3 and talk training camps, the shakedown of our home team rosters and take the Wayback Machine to the Stanley Cup finals and summer trades. We also discuss the chaos…
37: CHAOS
May 27, 2019 • 53 min
We’re back with a pre-Stanley Cup episode because even when your heart is broken, it’s still hockey, amirite? Erika and Deb talk about the chaotic end of the 2018-2019 season, how to find the fannish fire when every single #&@^#% team you love is…
36b: Short Shift - Erika
Mar 24, 2019 • 3 min
No time for a full-on podcast, but Erika has more exciting hockey talk to share with Deb!…
36a: Short Shift - Erika
Mar 19, 2019 • 1 min
No time for a full-on podcast, but Erika just can’t wait to spew some hockey talk at Deb!…
36: It’s March and We’re Mad
Mar 14, 2019 • 68 min
Deb and Erika are back and have a lot to say about Erika’s new-found passion for the Florida Panthers (you do you, girlfriend), recent games they’ve attended, the post-deadline trade fall-out (RIP Zuccarello), the REAL March Madness of playoff runs, Deb’s…
35: From Pucks and Sticks to Analytics
Feb 10, 2019 • 80 min
This is a super-sized, super special episode as we welcome Meg and Hannah from Balls and Sticks podcast to talk hockey, the NHL at large and sexy sexy stats. ! Basically, this is what happens when you put four people together who just really really like…
34: All-Star Puppies and Real Time Stats
Jan 29, 2019 • 45 min
Thank all that is holy, hockey is back. Sure, the ASG break is fun for SOME of us (I’m looking at you, people in Canada, who had the GOOD All-Star Weekend broadcast) but the rest of us had to suffer through the not-fun bits to see our old faves and new…
33: Rushin’ to the Trade Deadline
Jan 22, 2019 • 50 min
We’re back from our (very extended) holiday hiatus and wow, life moves fast. Like, what the hell is up in Edmonton? Erika gives us the local perspective while Deb listens sympathetically. (Chiarelli, amirite?) We also talk about trade-deadline madness,…
32: Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes
Dec 14, 2018 • 57 min
Today our cities may be at war, but for this episode Deb and Erika cozy up and discuss the changes in management and coaching brought to our fair cities, and if they’ve made any differences. (The Philadelphia Flyer fan half of this team threw hands AND…
31: Carcast! Alberta Edition
Nov 19, 2018 • 55 min
It’s a special Beginner’s Puck/Hockey Feels crossover Carcast! Once again Deb and Erika are joined by Steven and Rachel from Hockey Feels as we road trip through Western Canada to see the both the Battle of Alberta (Edmonton Oilers v. Calgary Flames) in…
30: The Good, Bad, Ugly
Oct 15, 2018 • 54 min
…otherwise known as “The first week of hockey, baby!” Deb and Erika talk about the good (So. Many. Goals.), the bad (why you have to hurt us like that Edmonton?) and the ugly (NHLPA/NHLShyam Das - you are ON NOTICE. You too, Matheson). Sure, there have…
29: How to Bake a Roster
Oct 9, 2018 • 57 min
We did it, fam. We survived the endless off-season and hockey is baaaaack! Deb and Erika talk about our new career as Freelance Hockey Facilitators, The Drama in Toronto, the up/down sides of International Games and a Deb’s new Fantasy Hockey obsession.…
28: So Long to Summer!
Sep 10, 2018 • 55 min
The dog days are (nearly) over and hockey is (almost) back. Deb and Erika catch up on what’s gone down in the Post-Tavares summer trade season (Not Much*), what RFA’s without contracts are making us clutch our pearls, who’s going to be this year’s Tavares…
27: A Day With The Cup
Jul 9, 2018 • 48 min
Ready for another Hockey round-up? Deb and Erika relive the Washington Capital’s unbridled joy at winning the Stanley Cup. (And endless celebrations. Seriously, have they sobered up yet?) We walk you through highlights (and lowlights) of the NHL awards,…
26: Say What, Doc?
Jun 7, 2018 • 46 min
We’re down to what could be the final hockey game of the 2017-2018 season. Will Ovechkin finally get to lift the cup or die on the bench from emotion? Will Vegas stage a comeback and continue to shock every critic everywhere? Deb and Erika discuss it all.…
25: All The Hockey…
May 28, 2018 • 67 min
Your intrepid hosts are back from the war* with a HUGE supersized episodes where we catch up on All The Hockey. Deb and Erika dig into the “OMG are we still surprised?” Vegas Golden Knights Stanley Cup run along with the “OMG did Ovi marry the Prince of…
24: Pulling Goalies and Heartstrings
Apr 6, 2018 • 67 min
Regular season hockey may be just about over but we’re just getting started! Join Deb and Erika in this packed episode as they discuss some sad, real-life hockey, the exciting race for the finish line, bad journalism and good goalies. Have we ever…
23: Trading Places, Changing Faces
Mar 12, 2018 • 49 min
Is it in the water? Is it in the air? Has hockey gone completely off the rails now that Trade Deadllne-Madness is behind us? Deb and Erika dive into the insanity of late-season ticket prices, surprise standings (oh hello Colorado Avalanche), superclose…
22: Vegas Crossover Cast
Feb 22, 2018 • 54 min
On February 21 The Vegas Golden Knights made HISTORY when they broke the point record for an expansion team and the record for the most games won at home in their first season. Unfortunately we, along with our friends from The Hockey Feels Podcast,…
21: #OldHockey is for Everyone
Jan 23, 2018 • 57 min
It’s a laid back week here at Beginner’s Puck. Erika’s beloved Oilers have been on hiatus and things have been a little wild in Philadelphia. Seems there are sports other than hockey happening in this town. Still, we soldier on, talking about sports…
20: CBA, ASG, Bye, Bye, Bye
Jan 13, 2018 • 51 min
The NHL was hockey-lite last week as a third of the NHL ran away to drink cervezas in Cabo. When will this madness known as “Bye Week” end? Never fear, we’re here to fill in the dead air with talk about the Canadian Men’s Olympic Hockey Team announcement,…
19: Good Hockey Boys, Bad Hockey Ploys
Jan 4, 2018 • 52 min
There’s a lot of hockey happening out there - and a whole bunch of it isn’t being played by our favorite NHLers. Deb and Erika talk about the madness that is the World Junior Championships, sad hockey babies and perfect - and not so perfect - outdoor…
18: Streaks and Stats
Dec 19, 2017 • 42 min
Did you know hockey is actually fun when your team racks up a few wins? Who knew?! In this ep Erika and Deb talk about streaks - winning AND losing; the most bogus of stats (spoiler: Hockey Analysts love them) and the grudgiest of grudge matches. Hey, we…
17: Sad Slapper
Dec 2, 2017 • 50 min
Sure, everything is terrible in both Philadelphia and Edmonton…and Arizona…and Buffalo, and… BUT we persevere! Deb and Erika talk about Erika’s recent AHL Road Trip, how you love a team that’s sinking faster than the Titanic and what is the best way to…
16: CarCast!
Nov 10, 2017 • 27 min
Deb and Erika come roaring back to Beginner’s Puck…in a minivan. Welcome to the first Beginner’s Puck CarCast! Join us as we record on the New Jersey turnpike on our way to the Edmonton Oilers vs. New Jersey Devils game in beautiful downtown Newark, NJ.…
15: Waive(r) Your Hands In the Air Like You Just Don’t Care
Oct 2, 2017 • 36 min
It’s almost here…the High Holy Day of Hockey…Opening Night! But first Erika and Deb catch up on their pre-season viewing, baby hockey players, the social media conundrum and the hard work of creating a roster. In “What the Puck” we explain the process of…
14: What We Did During Our Summer Vacation
Aug 7, 2017 • 42 min
It’s a surprise summer episode! Catch up with Deb and Erika as they recap what’s been going on in Hockeylandia since they last got together (Trades, Free Agency, Piles o’ Cash Contracts, Oh My!) and what they’re doing over the summer to stave off the…
13: Viva Las Draft
Jun 23, 2017 • 51 min
With Erika galavanting through the U.K. Deb brings on a guest, Rachel Donner of the Hockey Feels Podcast, to talk about the NHL Awards, the Expansion Draft and what to expect from that OTHER draft. In a new “What the Puck” Deb pick’s Rachel’s brain in…
12: A Cup of Alphabet Soup
Jun 15, 2017 • 38 min
Hockey (the physical game) may be over but Hockey (the Machiavellian game) continues as we head into the Expansion Draft. Deb and Erika delve into The Great Hockey Hunger Games of 2017. There’s a-wheeling and a-dealing in Sin City, probably, and teams are…
11: Stories and Stars
Jun 8, 2017 • 46 min
It’s a Game Day edition of Beginner’s Puck! Deb and Erika touch on the narratives coming out of this year’s Stanley Cup Final: the good, the bad, the catfish..but especially #Smashville and those fresh faced hockey boys Jake Guentzel and Freddy Gaudreau.…
10: The Final Countdown
May 27, 2017 • 38 min
After a crazy, exhausting, unpredictable playoff run that nearly killed Deb and Erika, the Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins punched their tickets and are heading to the Stanley Cup finals! (Bandwagon? What Bandwagon? We’ve always been…
9: Tale of Two Cities
May 13, 2017 • 38 min
There were a few dark days when Erika was v. sad and Deb broke up with hockey, but we’ve rallied and are back to talk about the heartbreak of Round 2 and the miles that separate the narratives of the Oilers and Capitals. We also touch on what’s happening…
8: Line ‘em Up, Knock ‘em Down
May 4, 2017 • 39 min
Sure, the playoff run is going strong but what about that Draft Lottery? Deb and Erika give a brief primer on the Draft Lottery and discuss this year’s shocking results. They also note the first ripple in the pond for the expansion draft (aka “Hockey…
7: Round 2, with Icing On Top
Apr 26, 2017 • 48 min
Deb and Erika give a eulogy to the dearly departed Round 1 and give our predictions (and hopes) for Round 2. Erika talks about being in the house for the deciding game between the Oilers and Sharks while Deb debates whether a shorter break between series…
6: OTT OT
Apr 22, 2017 • 47 min
It’s an Over The Top Over Time episode of Beginner’s Puck! Your hosts are in the middle of a hockey playoff fever dream where, despite a slight oil spill, Erika is still riding high on her beloved Edmonton Oiler’s playoff run while Deb finds her…
5: Closing Doors, Opening Windows
Apr 13, 2017 • 61 min
It’s a super-sized episode for super-sized hockey. Yes, we are entering that golden time known as “The Playoffs”. Erika gives us a peek into what it’s like in the Land of the Orange Crush while Deb decides to whom she will pledge her playoff troth.…
4: Should They Stay or Should They Go?
Apr 5, 2017 • 42 min
This week Edmonton is turning orange which leads Erika and Deb down the fruitless - but always amusing - path of which team has the best jersey. The bittersweet joy of watching the new kids skate with the eliminated teams is discussed and there is a bit…
3: #OldHockey
Mar 30, 2017 • 35 min
This week Erika is riding the high of a clinched playoff spot while Deb is consoling herself with Mitch Marner gifs and wondering who will be her playoff team. We also discuss the Benn v. Benn narrative, the end of the U.S. Women’s National team’s battle…
2: Leagues of Their Own
Mar 18, 2017 • 40 min
It’s a great hockey week for Erika, not so much for Deb, as they discuss the run for the playoffs. They then delve into the U.S. Women’s National Team’s decision to boycott the Women’s World Championship’s being held later this month. In “What the Puck?”…
1: In Defense Of…
Mar 14, 2017 • 37 min
Deb and Erika discuss the dismal performances of our home teams; the New Kid (Connor McDavid) v. The Old Kid (Sidney Crosby); and the Pittsburgh Penguins controversial decision to call up defenseman Tom Sestito for their game against the Winnipeg Jets. In…
0: Origin Story
Mar 8, 2017 • 3 min
Once upon a time, at a Doctor Who convention, two hockey fans had a great idea and a hockey podcast was born….