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Hockey Players Club Podcast, Episode 19

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If this week’s intro confirmed anything, it’s the Hockey Players Club co-founders Brandon Rubeo and Matt Schwartz have some fat kid tendencies. Celebrating Schwartz’s birthday Friday night, a crew of six went to a Led Zepplin cover band show before Rubeo ate two dinners back-to-back shortly thereafter. Who eats a meatloaf and mashed potatoes dinner followed by a chicken wrap and chips?!

Then again, keeping the birthday weekend going strong through Saturday night, Schwartz admits to falling asleep while baking a whole box of chicken fingers. Rather than be discouraged by burnt, shriveled chicken fingers when he woke up two hours later, he spitefully ate them all. All four servings. Holy sh!t.

But before Kittelberger could get the boys to talk hockey, Kustron, a college lacrosse coach, shares with the crew his horrendous Saturday. Not only did his team get their asses kicked, their broken-down bus added 3 hours on their return trip. He referred to it as getting his balls kicked repeatedly, to which Rubeo reminded him and the rest of the podcast crew, “some people pay good money for that.”


“Jumbo” Joe Thornton tied Teemu Selanne for 15th in all-time points and passed Gordie How for 9th in all-time assists last Monday. What a legend?!

Bruins leading-scorer, David Pastrnak required surgery after falling leaving a “team sponsorship dinner.” But the boys wonder what really happened.

Penguins center, Evgeni Malkin was suspended one game after almost decapitating Flyers forward Michael Raffl.


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Things got heated in Philly. 🔥 ⁣ 🎥: @hockeycollective

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Maple Leaf’s superstar, Auston Matthews recorded his 100th career goal Thursday night against Marc Andre Fleury. He capped the night off with a second goal, burying a filthy power play goal five-hole on Flower.

Penguins forward, Phil Kessel recorded his 800th point assisting on Sidney Crosby’s goal against the Calgary Flames. Phil “the thrill” is the 16th American to hit the milestone.


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Congrats on 800 points Phil the Thrill! @phil_kessel_81_ #professionalathlete

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With two back-to-back 4-point performances last week, Tampa forward Nikita Kucherov is on pace for 130 points this season, a point total that hasn’t been reached since 1996. And here is the list of the last 3 players to hit 130: Jagr, Lemieux, Gretzky. Not bad company.

Seriously, can you make a big clean hit in the NHL anymore without a fight?


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Do you agree with the announcers? SOUND ON.

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The Flyers acquired G Cam Talbot from Edmonton in exchange for Anthony Stolarz. Just padding their stats for most goalies to start for an NHL franchise in one season?

Edmonton was done shaking up their roster yet, reacquiring forward Sam Gagner from the Vancouver Canucks for forward Ryan Spooner.

Devils netminder, Cory Schneider got his first win in over a year.

Did you see these cheap shots in the WSHL?


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Or how Stamkos almost broke Cogliano’s ankles with a little shake-and-bake before snipping a power play goal?


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Shake n’ bake aaaaaaaaaaaand he’s dead. 😮💀🚨

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How about Mitch Marner making a young fan’s Valentine’s Day


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Hockey players are the best. 😁 SWIPE 👉 TO SEE THE PIC! 📷

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And did you know Happy Gilmore turned 23?! What’s your favorite quote?


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Happy Gilmore won the Tour Championship 23 years ago today. ⛳️🏒

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Kittleberger poses a great question to the crew, what’s the best story behind a teammate’s nickname you know?

And the boys discuss their trade deadline predictions for Panarin, Bobrovsky, Duchene, Stone, and Simmonds.

All before…

Weekly Picks:

Congrats to Kaya Wall for winning the $20 HPC gift card, scoring 25 points last week on our Weekly Picks Leaderboard.

Gary Gator, Kaya Wall, and Nick Baertsch are leading the HPC pack for February with 52 points. With 11 days left in February, it should be a dog fight to win the free HPC XV3 hockey stick.

As always, the podcast crew discussed 3 of their 9 picks for this week’s Weekly Picks:

For 2 points:

For 3 points:

For 5 points:

Make sure to submit your Weekly Picks for a chance to win a FREE $20 HPC gift card (for weekly winners) and Hockey Players Club XV3 hockey stick (awarded to monthly winners).

And no Hockey Players Club Podcast would be complete without a round of Top Shelf Trivia. With Phil Kessel’s 800th point accomplishment in mind, Kitts brought out a list of top 10 US-born scorers.

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