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"Hey Ref! Read between the lines, will ya?" — John Tortorella. Photo scrubbed from the interweb.

Canada wins; Tortorella loses

"Hey Ref! Read between the lines, will ya?" — John Tortorella. Photo scrubbed from the interweb.

“Hey Ref! Read between the lines, will ya?” — John Tortorella. Photo scrubbed from the interweb.

John Tortorella just can’t catch a break.

After Ryan Kesler & Co. played the United States out of medal contention this weekend, Torts publicly cheered for Team Sweden. He said he “doesn’t give a shit about Team Canada” because Mike Babcock benched Roberto Luongo and sat Dan Hamhuis for all but token minutes through the knockout games. He hoped Daniel Sedin would score a brace, Alex Edler would gather three assists, and the two of them would come back to Rogers Arena with gold around their necks and fire in their bellies.

Of course, it’s Hammer and @strombone1 bringing home the shiniest of shiny baubles, as the Swedes went without two of their three important Henriks — they even went without the equally viktig Nicklas Backstrom, as his migraine medication was found to be in violation of the IOC anti-doping policies. Even with those three in the lineup, they likely wouldn’t have touched this particular iteration of Team Canada, which was built not for sexy offensive flair, but rather for defensive tautness. But I digress. These are problems for Peter Forsberg and Tre Kronar, not for Torts.

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Brendan Gallagher is honoured prior to a WHL game between the Portland Winterhawks and his former team the Vancouver Giants. Photo by Jason Kurylo for Pucked in the Head.

Brendan Gallagher honoured; Giants shellacked

There hasn’t been much to cheer for when it comes to NHL hockey this year, so it was a treat to see more than six thousand people make some noise for Brendan Gallagher at the Pacific Coliseum tonight. The Montreal Canadiens forward of course spent four seasons with the Vancouver Giants, and finished his junior career as the franchise’s leading scorer (with 136 goals) and point getter (280).

Brendan Gallagher is honoured prior to a WHL game between the Portland Winterhawks and his former team the Vancouver Giants. Photo by Jason Kurylo for Pucked in the Head.

Brendan Gallagher is honoured prior to a WHL game between the Portland Winterhawks and his former team the Vancouver Giants. Photo by Jason Kurylo for Pucked in the Head.

He played for the G-Men from 2008-09 until the 2011-12 season, then spent a year in Hamilton of the AHL before being nominated for the Calder Trophy as the Rookie of the Year with the Montreal Canadiens last year. He is currently the Habs’ fourth-leading scorer, with 32 points in 58 games.

All this while being frickin’ wee. He’s listed at 5’9″ on the NHL website, but if this guy is five-nine, I’m Zdeno Chara. I just stood beside the guy, and I could clearly see the top of his head — and I’m barely 5’8″ my bad self.

More power to him.

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The Top Team Canada Snubs of All Time

Tessa Bonhomme (@tessab25) was a surprise cut for the 2014 Canadian women's team headed for Sochi, Russia. She won gold with the squad in Vancouver in 2010. Photo borrowed from the interweb.

Tessa Bonhomme (@tessab25) was a surprise cut for the 2014 Canadian women’s team headed for Sochi, Russia. She won gold with the squad in Vancouver in 2010. Photo borrowed from the interweb.

It’s here at last: episode 54 of the podcast, in which Chris and Jason discuss the most egregious omissions from Team Canada men’s hockey rosters, from 1972 right through to the 2014 Olympic team. Sadly, we neglected to include the sublime Tessa Bonhomme, whose sudden dismissal from the 2014 women’s squad sent shock waves through the sport.

• Intro
• Get ‘er rollin’
• 2014 Sochi Olympic snubs
• 2010 Vancouver Olympic snub
• 2006 Turin Olympic snub
• 2004 World Cup of Hockey snub
• World Championships snub
• 2002 Salt Lake Olympic snub
• 1998 Nagano Olympic snub
• 1996 World Cup of Hockey snub
• 1986 World Championships snub
• 1991 Canada Cup snub
• 1987 Canada Cup snub (hint: it’s the same dude!)
• 1972 Summit Series snub
• Wrap it up
• Time for a Change by the Orchid Highway
• Thanks for listening

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Table Hockey Extravaganza

Podcast 053: A Day Late & a Dollar Short

Table Hockey Extravaganza

This is not Ilya Kovalchuk playing table hockey, but we know if the VTHE were happening in Russia, he would gladly do it . You can register here to partake of the table hockey — the tournament starts at 1pm on September 21 and it’ll be a ton of fun! Until then, listen to our podcast, won’t you?

Here’s episode 53 of the Pucked in the Head podcast, in which Chris admits to having “pale delicate skin that blisters easily” but makes up for it by calling Jason out on several vocabulary errors. Oh, and we also talk hockey.

As many of you have observed, Chris and I don’t have much of a track record when it comes to laying down podcast tracks. Thus, when we do manage to throw one together it’s a bloody miracle of the first order. We hope you enjoy!

• Intro
• Sofa Surfer Girl by the Orchid Highway
• WTF is a ‘Metropolitan Division’?
• Do you know Conn Smythe’s full name?
• Wherefore art thou Ilya?
• Time to wrap it up
• Time for a Change by the Orchid Highway
• Thanks for Listening

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Episode 51: Habs, Ducks & Lacklustre Canucks

Chris & Jason discuss the midseason surprises of the shortened 2013 NHL season, and wonder if the window has perhaps shut early on the Vancouver Canucks wündercore assembled by Mike Gillis & predecessors Brian Burke & Dave Nonis. They also wave buh-bye to the Vancouver Giants, whose season ends without playoffs for the first time in a decade.

Fifteen-year-old forward Jakob Stukel wears the full face shield against the Kelowna Rockets during one of his six trial games with the Vancouver Giants. Photo by Jason Kurylo for Pucked in the Head.

Fifteen-year-old forward Jakob Stukel wears the full face shield against the Kelowna Rockets during one of his six trial games with the Vancouver Giants. Photo by Jason Kurylo for Pucked in the Head.

• Introduction
• Sofa Surfer Girl by the Orchid Highway
• 30 seconds of soccer talk
• Vancouver Giants season is over
• Hybrid icing / a lack of brains
• Habs & Ducks
• Chicks dig stats
• Ducks & Habs
• The Canucks are whelming Chris Withers
• Columbus just might make the playoffs
• Time for a Change by the Orchid Highway
• Thanks for Listening

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Episode 50! The Uncaffeinated Rage Edition

I haven't been out shooting recently, so this is all you get: my ugly mug post-game next to the Abbotsford Heat ice surface. Photo by Kenkoy for Pucked in the Head.

I haven’t been out shooting recently, so this is all you get: my ugly mug post-game next to the Abbotsford Heat ice surface. Photo by Kenkoy for Pucked in the Head.

Can you believe it? We’ve finally made 50 of these damned podcasts. Half a century of Pucked in the Head.

We yak about old guys, young guys, rule changes that should have been, and other fanboy wank. Jason hasn’t had his morning coffee, so in the course of today’s podcast, he threatens to drop the gloves with Gary Bettman, cut Chris open like a Tauntaun & climb inside for warmth. Of course, he’s talks a big game but he barely has the wherewithal to cut upon a steak if it’s too rare. He does, however, reach all the way back to the very first episode of this podcast — when it was still called Bernier is a Turd — to find Chris’s famous Andrew Alberts goat call.

Without further ado, here you go!

• Caffeineless crankypantses
• Sofa Surfer Girl by the Orchid Highway
• NHL fans: these are the drones Bettman was looking for
• Marty Brodeur: surprisingly good to start
• Teemu Frontenac?
• Staged fights suck balls
• Don’t get beat up by Gary Bettman
• Time to wrap it up
• Sofa Surfer Girl by the Orchid Highway
• Thanks for listening (Andrew Alberts goat call edition)

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The Flames just don’t trust Brust

Abbotsford Heat goaltender Barry Brust has played his pads off this season, much of it against NHL-calibre players. For contractual reasons, the Calgary Flames are not giving him the look he deserves. Photo by Jason Kurylo for Pucked in the Head.

Abbotsford Heat goaltender Barry Brust has played his pads off this season, much of it against NHL-calibre players. For contractual reasons, the Calgary Flames are not giving him the look he deserves. Photo by Jason Kurylo for Pucked in the Head.

If you paid any attention to the Abbotsford Heat during the recent NHL labour dispute, you took notice of a couple of things:

1) The Heat gave up fewer goals than any other team in the league.

2) Barry Brust gave up fewer goals than any other goaltender on the Heat roster.

It’s a strange thing, even for longtime fans of the Heat. I mean, who is this guy, right? Brust came in on a one-year contract, but his name seemed to ring a few bells… And Flames fans are asking questions after looking at the numbers for their farm team.

More on Brust’s frustrating dance with the Flames after the jump.

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Episode 49 – Jason’s Questionable Ethics

Rochester Americans forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect Cody Hodgson was kind enough to sign an 8x10 of a shot I took the night before. Photo of a Jason Kurylo photo for Pucked in the Head by Jason Kurylo for Pucked in the Head. Whoa. Meta.

Rochester Americans forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect Cody Hodgson was kind enough to sign an 8×10 of a shot I took the night before. Photo of a Jason Kurylo photo for Pucked in the Head by Jason Kurylo for Pucked in the Head. Whoa. Meta.

Jason and Chris dance around the line between blogger and journalist. Just how much fanboy should creep into a blogger’s actions should they garner media accreditation — partial or full — with the teams they cover?

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Episode 48 – What Lockout?


Chris wears a shirt that is destined for ugly jersey greatness, offers to help cheer your opponents into oblivion, and makes an inappropriate comment about his ancestors. Jason is his usual smug, snickering self, but he scores a few points for adding some of Bruno Mars “Locked Out of Heaven” into the opening of the podcast.

  • Introduction
  • Locked Out of Heaven by Bruno Mars
  • Sofa Surfer Girl by the Orchid Highway
  • Somebody Approved This: Grizzly Adams Halloween Jersey
  • We don’t really miss NHL hockey all that much
  • Taylor Hall on AHL hockey
  • Abbotsford Heat still don’t get attendance love
  • Jason strokes his own photo ego
  • Time for a Change by the Orchid Highway

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Vancouver Giants captain Wes Vannieuwenhuizen

Episode 47 — Of Tears and Children and Lockouts

Vancouver Giants captain Wes Vannieuwenhuizen

Captain Wes Vannieuwenhuizen and the Vancouver Giants offer just one alternative to the No Hockey League. Photo by Jason Kurylo for Pucked in the Head.

With loads of people complaining about “NO HOCKEY”, Chris and I decided to talk about the options that abound for puck-crazed fans to scratch the itch left by Gary Bettman and his immovable shitshow. Along the way we tackle the disaster that replacement players would present, and Chris makes several points that I have no answer for. History in the making!

Give us a listen, won’tcha?


• Opening theme by the Orchid Highway
• Is second honeymoon like second breakfast?
• Are replacement players on the NHL horizon?
• Calling out supposed “hockey fans”
• Closing theme by the Orchid Highway
• Thanks for listening

 

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