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Hockey Players Club Podcast Episode 15

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Kustron opens the show talking “hockey karma,” as Conor Garland of the Arizona Coyotes scored the game-winning goals against the Oilers after taking a shot to the face earlier in the game, resulting in 10 stitches, a concussion test, and a goal… Yes, you read that right. After the puck smoked Garland in the face, it went in the net.


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Conor Garland scored a goal with his face tonight. Got zipped up, came back in the game and scored the GW. No big deal. #hockeytough

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But has there ever been a better example of hockey karma than Steve Sullivan and his heckler in Colorado? Schwartz and Kittleberger don’t think so.

Karma or not, Rubeo thinks young Garland simply proved he has huge stones.


Mark Giordano, Jordan Binnington, and Jake Guentzel earn the NHL’s 3 Stars of the Week honors.

NHL ironman, Andrew Cogliano was traded to the Dallas Stars for Devin Shore as Ducks management tries to right the sinking ship in Anaheim.

Josh Gorges, an undrafted free agent signing of the San Jose Sharks in 2002, announced his retirement after playing 783 games in the NHL.

Former first overall pick, Rick Nash also announced his retirement citing ongoing concussion symptoms. He finished his NHL career with 1,060 games played, recording 437 goals alongside 368 assists for 805 total points. He shared the Maurice Richard trophy with Kovalchuk and Iginla in the ’03-’04 season and won 2 Olympic gold medals. Is that enough to secure his name in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Sergei Bobrovsky was told to stay home from the Blue Jacket’s game against Nashville last Thursday for his failure to meet certain “expectations and values.” The Blue Jackets aren’t providing any specifics to Bobrovsky’s conduct but it is known they addressed him on the tarmac before a team flight out of Tampa Bay after 4-0 loss that Bobrovsky was pulled from. But that has the HPC Podcast crew wondering, what the hell could have happened?! Schwartz and Kus seem to think it had something to do with a comment about someone’s mother or wife.

Also this week, Brent Gilchrist was interviewed on the popular business podcast, Farnham Street. Well spoken, Gilchrist provided an abundance of perspective of life in the NHL and why he thinks NHL goalies have enough pressure without being named the captain of their team… although he said Patrick Roy would’ve handled it with ease.

Desperate for hockey content, ESPN ran a story showcasing NHL players’ struggles to find pants that properly fit their thighs and hockey butts.

Snoop Dogg drops the opening puck for the Kings v. Penguins game and then joins the media booth to call some play-by-play you simply can’t miss.


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About last night…⁣ ⁣ 🎥: @snoopdogg

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And did you see the tracking software and data showcased by the NHL and at this year’s CES (Consumer Electronics Show)? The statistics promise to open a whole new genre of prop bets on NHL games.

What do you think of a slapshot on a breakaway? Good move? Dick move? Both?!


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Dick move or nice move? 🤔⁣ ⁣ ⬇️ COMMENT BELOW ⬇️

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Have you ever scored on your own net? Worst nightmare, right?! Although Rubeo recalls is “own goal” in high school off a deflection, it’s not near as embarrassing as this beauty from the German professional ranks:


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Tag a guy that would do this 🙈

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Matt Strome scored an OT winner and immediately booked it off the ice. What was he in such a rush for? Did he have to poop?!


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Keith Yandle held nothing back with this tomahawk slash:


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Don’t try this at home kids.

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MacKinnon throws a hissy fit on the Avs bench:


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Avalanche of emotion last night in Calgary. 😤⁣ ⁣ 🎥: @hockeycollective

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All before…

Weekly Picks:

Although there was a 4-way tie with 23 points for the week, Joshua Halsell of Oklahoma City won the $20 HPC gift card for winning the first tie-breaker, most points in the ’18-’19 season. And he’s currently in the lead for the month to win a free HPC XV3 hockey stick.

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

And no Hockey Players Club Podcast would be complete without a round of Top Shelf Trivia. This week Rubeo changes up the pace, asking a number of trivia questions loosely based around Brent Gilchrist’s career, mentioned earlier in the podcast.

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. And don’t forget, take 60-seconds 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).

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

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And don’t forget to check out our:

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Why Are Hockey Sticks So Expensive?! Full Explanation Here.

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