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Hockey Players Club Podcast, Episode 25

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Kustron aggressively suggests the Hockey Players Club podcast is as good as McDavid’s between-the-legs goal last week.


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Ho hum. Another sick goal from @mcdavid97. Put it between his legs so quickly you need slow mo to appreciate the filth. #ewyounasty

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Rubeo admits to mistakenly reporting Kane scored his 1,000th NHL point in last week’s pod, episode 24.

Schwartz reports one of his 13-year-old power skating students is now listening to the pod, scaring Rubeo.

*Schwartz and Rubeo also own and operate Quest Hockey in addition to the Hockey Players Club.

And Kittelberger provides a Munson update from his other beer league team (where he plays defense instead of goalie) before the boys get into NHL action.


Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat became the second U.S.-born-teammates to record 40 goals in the same season, joining Kevin Stevens and Joe Mullen of the 1991-1992 Stanley Cup-winning Pittsburgh Penguins.

Johnny Gaudreau, Elias Lindholm, Sean Monahan, Matthew Tkachuk, and Mark Giordano give the Calgary Flames five 70+ point scorers. The Flames are the first team since the 2000-2001 Pittsburgh Penguins (Jagr, Kovalev, Straka, Lang, and Lemieux) with that many 70+ point scorers.

*With Lemieux recording 76 points in only 43 games that season, Rubeo suggests he like to blow him?! Leaving everyone confused…

Connor McDavid & Leon Draisaitl are the first teammates to hit 100 points since Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom did so in 2009-2010. One major difference: the Caps not only qualified for the playoffs in 2009-2010, but they also won the President’s Trophy. Just a little different from Edmonton’s position.

After going 130 NHL games without scoring a goal, Minnesota Wild defenseman Greg Pateryn ended the league’s longest active goalless drought by shooting from behind the goal line to beat the Golden Knights’ goaltender, Malcolm Subban.

The longest active goalless drought now belongs to Canadiens defenseman, Victor Mete at 118 games.

Onto someone that never has a problem scoring goals…

Alex Ovechkin scored his 50th of the season, his 8th season hitting the milestone. One more season recording 50 and he’ll tie Gretzky and Bossy for most 50-goal seasons ever.

With the playoff picture becoming more clear, Kitts reminds the crew who missed the playoffs last year and has already clinched or is poised for a postseason birth this season. With that in mind, Rubes (Canucks), Kus (Oilers), Schwartz (Blackhawks), and Kitts (Panthers) make their predictions for what non-playoff teams this year will rebound next season.

Via Twitter, Hurricanes captain Justin Williams announced last Thursday night would be the last Storm Surge celebration. Therefore, no more crazy celebrations for the last two regular season or any playoff games… but then they did it Saturday night?! We’re confused.

Is Dallas Stars’ right-winger Valeri Nichushkin the definition of an “empty jersey?”

Paul Byron dropped the mitts with MacKenzie Weegar after delivering an illegal headshot to Weegar earlier in the year resulting in a 3-game suspension. In an obvious size mismatch, Weegar dropped Byron, who hasn’t played since, making the boys ask, is “the code” still valid? Do we want more guys with concussions? And didn’t Byron’s suspension already punish him for the illegal check? Byron’s agent certainly thinks so. What say you??

The NCAA hockey tournament is underway. Who yinz got?

Devan Dubnyk alertly rushed to the bench to get an extra attacker after his net was hit off its pegs last week. But is it a smart play? His bench was certainly confused…


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Sound on 🔈 Brian Boucher explains why Devan Dubnyk decided to go to the bench when the net went off its moorings.

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Damien Brunner (who had brief stints with the Red Wings and Devils) cartwheeled the opponent’s net after scoring a goal in the Swiss league. Schwartz expects someone to take grave offense.


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@bruns96 with an…interesting…celly 🥅

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The pregame ritual of Golden Knights’ forward Ryan Reeves is a bit rough, wouldn’t you say? Maybe the one downfall of being an NHL coach in Vegas…


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Ryan Reaves’ pregame ritual is _____________________.

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And a fan and newbie goalie DM’d the HPC Instagram seeking tips to learn the position. Matt turned the inquiry to our amazing following to provide their insights. Plus, Kittelberger offers some sound advice on the podcast after many years of getting scored on.

All before…

Weekly Picks:

At the time of recording episode 25, two Weekly Picks questions for 5 points were still up for grabs Sunday evening. But, by Monday morning a weekly winner was crowned:

Congrats to Jarrod Harris of Lethbridge, Alberta for scoring 25 points last week and winning a free $20 HPC gift card.

Unfortunately for all, HPC podcast co-host Kyle Kittelberger won the free HPC XV3 hockey stick for leading the Weekly Picks for the month of March with 79 points. What a dick.

As always, the Hockey Players Club podcast crew picked 3 of their 9 picks for this week’s Weekly Picks on the pod.

For 3 points:

For 5 points:

For 2 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).

Top Shelf Trivia:

Kittelberger brought this week’s Top Shelf Trivia. with high-scoring-defensemen in mind.

Please follow and reach out to the Hockey Players Club via InstagramFacebook, and Twitter to submit your questions and comments to the HPC podcast crew.

Need help buying the right hockey stick for you? Check out The Ultimate Hockey Stick Buying Guide.

Ever wonder, why are hockey sticks so expensive?! Check out our full explanation here.

Want a light, top-of-the-line hockey stick without spending an arm and a leg?! Check out our XV3 hockey sticks.

Looking to improve your game and score more goals? Check out the video Schwartz and Rubeo made about improving your catch-and-release shooting:

And don’t forget to check out our:

Shooting in Your Stride To Score More Goals Like Phil Kessel [VIDEO]

VIDEO: 5 Drills to Improve Your Snapshot

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