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Pucked in the Head 44: Top 7 Rivalries of All Time, Part 1

No matter which team you like best, there’s a special feeling that precedes a big matchup against their biggest rival. This year, people around the hockey world stopped to watch the Vancouver Canucks battle the Boston Bruins in a one-game rematch of last year’s injury-filled Stanley Cup final. But as much as the Bs and Canucks hate each other, they’ve got nothing on these: the Top Seven Team Rivalries in Sporting History – part one. (Note: there may not be overt hockey content in this episode, but we use the great sport on ice as comparison approximately 3,657.29 times during this podcast.)

Sofa Surfer Girl by the Orchid Highway
The Boat Race
The Glasgow Derby
Basketball’s biggest rivalry
Wait: did you say a *kick* to the head?
Time for a Change by the Orchid Highway
Thanks for listening

Pucked in the Head 044 – Team Rivalries part 1

Episode 40 – Top 7 Canuck Nicknames of All Time, Part II

When David Booth came to town, we fans of sports nicknames rejoiced. Surely a 20-something fledgling scorer with that name coming to a team that plays in a stadium named for a telecommunications company would have a clever pseudonym. Think of it: David “The Operator” Booth. David “Long Distance” Booth. Hell, even something that displays lateral thinking – call him “Clark Kent” after the old days, when Superman changed clothes in a phone booth.

But no, the stupid Florida Panthers called him stupid “Bootsy”.  And stupid Kevin Bieksa calls him stupid “Grizz”, just because stupid David Booth hunts big, stupid game in the stupid off-season. Continue reading Episode 40 – Top 7 Canuck Nicknames of All Time, Part II

Episode 31 – Top 7 Canuck Nicknames – Part 1

The Canucks have no decent nicknames at the moment, unless you count Sami Salo’s Balls of Steel. With guests Kennedy Goodkey and Rob Tarzwell, we look back over the forty years of team history to discuss the best nicknames in Vancouver Canucks history. Here’s part one.

  • Intro by the Orchid Highway
  • Top Seven Canuck Nicknames of All Time, Part I
  • #7 – “The Russian Rocket”
  • #6 – “Bones”
  • #5 – “Spider”
  • #4 – “Cowan the Bra-barian”
  • Outro by the Orchid Highway
  • Thanks for listening
  • Neener neener neener


Kennedy Goodkey
Shoots right
Chirpy, with bad knees, but tends to score big goals in the playoffs.

Kennedy is an actor, writer and film-maker in Vancouver, BC. You can check out his YouTube series Best Picture, or his serialized novel Necropolis, or see his film The Beast of Bottomless Lake on Super Channel in Canada. Kennedy grew up watching the Canucks, but admits not getting a true handle on just how deep the roots were till he hit university. Ironically, that’s about the time the Canucks had a decent team for the first time.

Rob Tarzwell
Shoots right
140 lbs
Dig, dig, dig. Check like you won’t survive. Inadvertently screen the goalie as often as possible.

Dr. Rob Tarzwell is a Vancouver psychiatrist with a second specialty in nuclear medicine. His clinical interests include the use of radiotracers to study blood flow, glucose utilization, and neuroreceptors in brain disease and psychiatric disorders. Speaking of psychiatric disorders, Dr Rob has been a fan of the Canucks since 1988, when Gretzky got traded to the Kings. He narrowly escaped the 1994 game 7 riots downtown Vancouver, and still sometimes wakes up in cold sweat to the sound of a ringing post.

Episode 25 – Top Five Skater Nicknames of All Time

Continuing our look at the best hockey nicknames of all time, we bring you the best nicknames that didn’t play goal or for the Canucks.

  • Intro
  • Sofa Surfer Girl by the Orchid Highway
  • An ode to old-timey nicknames.
  • Top 5 Skater Nicknames of All Time
  • #5 – “Captain Serious”
  • #4 – “Cyclone”
  • #3 – “The Little Ball of Hate”
  • #2 – “The Rocket”
  • #1 – “Boom Boom”
  • Wrap up.
  • Time for a Change by The Orchid Highway
  • Thanks for listening


Episode 24 – Top Seven Goalie Nicknames of All Time

The Canucks recent callup of Lee Sweatt, dubbed “Rudy” by his new teammates, reminded us of the dearth of good nicknames in hockey today. To spur on the creativity of today’s NHL players, here’s some examples of great hockey nicknames. And this is just the goalies!

  • Intro / theme by the Orchid Highway
  • Top Seven Goalie Nicknames of All Time
  • Nicknames in Other Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • American Football
  • Boxing
  • Hockey Nicknames – First up, goalies.
  • #7 – Georges “The Chicoutimi Cucumber” Vezina
  • #6 – Cecil Ralph “Tiny” Thompson
  • #5 – Frank “Mr Zero” Brimsek
  • #4 – Lorne “Gump” Worsley
  • #3 – Andre “Red Light” Racicot
  • #2 – Dominik “The Dominator” Hasek
  • #1 – Nikolai “The Bulin Wall” Khabibulin
  • Wrap it up, boys!
  • Pink Floyd – One of These Days (1971)
  • Thanks for Listening

Episode 08 – Top 5 Shocking Sports Endings

Lacking in current hockey-related topics to chat about, yet unable to shut our mouths for more than 5 minutes, we make up our personal top list of shocking sports endings.

  • Intro / theme by the Orchid Highway
  • Top Five Shocking Endings in Sports Memory
  • #5. Numb in Nashville.
  • #4. It’s Miller time!
  • #3. Too many men, are you KIDDING me?
  • #2. It gets through Buckner!
  • #1. Ghana but not forgotten.
  • Wrap up.
  • Closing Theme by the Orchid Highway