October 27, 2011

Seven Things about David Booth

How many of you knew that new Vancouver Canuck acquisition David Booth hunts big game with a frickin' bow and arrow? Huh? Huh? Seriously.

Seven Things about David Booth at the Hockey Writers website.

Enjoy, y'all!

September 21, 2011

PITH: Southeast Division preview

Pucked in the Head posted their 35th episode early last week - it's a searing tale of frequent flyer miles, swimsuits and Russian underachievers. If only Barnes & Noble had lived to sell this.

September 2, 2011

The Longest Hockey Game in History

Between August 26 and September 5, 2011, 40 women in Burnaby, British Columbia will break the Guinness World Record by playing the longest continuous hockey game in history. The brainchild of Val Skelly, the Longest Game is an homage to a friend, Lucia Tavano, who died of CF at the age of 27. They're raising awareness and funds for Cystic Fibrosis research and encouraging people to become organ donors as well. See below for some very sobering facts about CF. Their website is www.longestgame4cf.com.

This first picture shows Katrina Dauncey making a save in the 105th hour - at this point, she had personally put in more than 46 hours on the ice.

August 27, 2011

Somebody approved this.

We pundits over at Pucked in the Head are constantly mocking the products put out by supposedly professional designers and marketers. Reports have the New York Islanders launching a third jersey that looks like something out of a third-rate roller hockey league. We think you'll agree, but encourage you to defend this piece of dreck. Check out the inaugural edition of Somebody Approved This.

August 23, 2011

Shooting the off-season sh*t

We've gotten back on the podcast horse and hereby proudly deliver our first off-season episode:

(Be warned, Chris is still a little sore from his thrashing at the hands of the Big Bad Boston Bruins. Watch for bruising, a gimpy leg and more than a little crankypants whining.)

July 12, 2011

Mike Duco's 15 minutes starts... NOW.

Mike Duco landed on the front page of the Vancouver Metro before ever playing a game with the Canucks.
Mike Duco is the newest Vancouver Canuck. For the moment, he's probably the most unpopular, as well. Read why here.

Wanna talk some smack about the Rangers GM? Do some research first - here's all about the gong show Glen Sather's got going on in New York.

Ol' Slats has managed a decent move or two over the years. You just have to hunt for them. Signing Brad Richards is by far the best free agent signing he's made.

June 9, 2011

Charzilla vs the Mothratwins

No matter who wins, we at Pucked in the Head had a tonne of fun at the expense of the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins this Stanley Cup final. Case in point, Charzilla vs the Mothratwins

May 27, 2011

Seven Things: Homecomings, Severed Fingers and Green Babies

"There's a new blog in town, and it aims to be the most obscure little hockey blog around." I know what you're thinking. "Hey, wasn't that a Leonard Cohen song?" And you're right. It was, until we stole it.

Seven Things will always aim low, and probably hit lower. In this, the 28 May 2011 edition, we mock Joe Thornton for severing his finger prior to the playoffs, suggest Zdeno Chara is anathema to modern medicine, and make mouldy sperm jokes about the Green Men. Enjoy.

May 11, 2011

30 Day Song Challenge, Day Two

My Least Favourite Song


I'm sure I could throw just about any death metal, gangsta rap or piece of autotuned shite in at the Day Two position, but I don't really consider those music, ya know? So I'll have to go with an old "classic" that makes me lunge for the radio controls whenever it comes on.

Rod Stewart - Do Ya Think I'm Sexy

No, Rod, no I don't.

April 21, 2011

30 Day Song Challenge, Day 01

Fine. I'll do it. But I won't like it.

Day 01 – Your favorite song: today, anyway, it's Paul Simon: Kodachrome. ♫

From the 1973 album There Goes Rhymin' Simon, this song peaked at #2 on the Billboard US chart. It was never released as a single in the UK because the BBC refused to play a song that so prominently mentioned a trademarked name. At the behest of professional and amateur photographers around the world, Simon changed one of the song's lyrics in later live performances, from everything looks worse in black and white to everything looks better in black and white.

Ansel Adams would approve.

April 13, 2011

Round one, Western Conference predictions

It's Canucks v Hawks III, and this time the Canucks hold all the cards. Well, not ALL the cards - the Hawks still have a pretty good top six in Toews, Kane, Hossa, Sharp, Frolik and Stalberg. With the defending champs having traded away their bottom six, however - Byfuglien, Versteeg, Ladd et al were huge parts of last year's Cup win - the Canucks have a decided advantage in the depth department. With apologies to our friends in Anaheim and Nashville, because we pretty much snore through that series preview - here are our picks for the West in round one.

Pucked in the Head 30 - Round One Western Conference predictions

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2011 playoffs - round one, Eastern Conference predictions

It's playoff time, folks, and that means Chris and I feel a bizarre, simian urge to fling the excrement that is our thoughts with whoever happens to be within earshot. Here are our round one Eastern Conference predictions, wrapped up in a convenient web-friendly audio format. Enjoy.

Pucked in the Head 29: Round One Eastern Conference predictions

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April 4, 2011

Hockey Songs IV - The Hockey Song by Stompin' Tom Connors

Things have been pretty hectic over here in New Daddy Land. Thus it's been a bit of a challenge to get new episodes of Pucked in the Head up and running - despite lots of on-ice stuff to talk about, we've been unable to get our shi... er, get our stuff together & record new eps. Hence, episode 27 reaches into the standby bag yet again.

Luckily it's good stuff. Jamie Macdonald of The Orchid Highway dropped by to yak up the fourth edition of Hockey Songs. Here's Pucked in the Head 27: Stompin' Tom and The Hockey Song. His brother Derek makes a surprise appearance for the second half of the episode, and the three of us... sigh... sing the freakin' Hockey Song.

Download. Listen. Put ointment on your naughty bits. Enjoy.

March 31, 2011

I guess I'm voting NDP

In my riding, Burnaby-Douglas, the incumbent, Bill Siskay, is one of the few openly gay politicians ever to hold a seat in Canadian parliament. Siskay is the latest in a long line of NDP candidates to win this seat - however, the margin of victory has been slim over the past few elections. He won in 2008 by a mere 798 votes over the Conservative candidate, Ronald Leung.

Strategic voting: Leung is the only candidate returning for his party in this riding for the 2011 election. Siskay has stepped aside, so the strongest shot at keeping this seat away from the Harper government is a new candidate for the incumbent NDP, Kennedy Stewart (I'm sure Mr Leung is a nice person, but a Harper majority is NOT where I want to see Canada go.) Ken Low is the Liberal candidate, and while his community involvement is admirable, he has little political experience. I line up pretty strongly with the belief system behind the Green Party, and Adrianne Merlo seems like a person I would like to support. Unfortunately, the Greens are politically irrelevant on the national stage, and a left-wing vote split just plays into the Conservative agenda. Sometimes I wish we would alter our system to allow for a separate vote - one for Prime Minister, and one for the local MP.

I guess I'm voting Stewart, and the NDP, in this election.

Kennedy Stewart - NDP

Adrianne Merlo - Green

Ken Low - Liberal

Ronald Leung - Conservative

March 1, 2011

Hockey Songs 3 - I Feel Like Gerry Cheevers

It's the third in our series of hockey songs, and perhaps our best bit of musical banter yet. Thanks to Jamie Macdonald of The Orchid Highway for his friendship and expertise - together we brign you Pucked in the Head 26: (I Feel Like) Gerry Cheevers (Stitch Marks on My Heart)

Download. Listen. Tweak your groin. Enjoy.

Pucked in the Head episode 26.

February 28, 2011

February 11, 2011

Pucked in the Head episode 24

Episode 24: The Top 7 Goalie Nicknames is, quite probably, the most professional-sounding episode we've done thus far. Not surprising, really, since the last Top 7 list (Episode 8: Top 7 Sports Event Endings) was similarly polished and entertaining. In our view, anyway.

Give it a listen and let us know what you think. You might just learn something about hockey legend Frank "Mr Zero" Brimsek here, or one of the other gents we talk about.

Most important of all: remember it's just a game. Enjoy it!


February 1, 2011

What a difference an e makes.

Envelope: countable noun. A flat container, usually made of paper or plastic, often sealed with glue or wax, used to mail letters or small objects. Jack put fifty cents in an envelope and placed it beside his son's bed in exchange for the tooth under the pillow.

Envelop: transitive verb. To surround completely; to overwhelm. Maria's favourite time of day was dusk, as she waited for the darkness to envelop the neighbourhood.

January 29, 2011

WHL hockey: Giants 3, Blazers 1

I started coverage of the Vancouver Giants for the online publication the Vancouver Observer. Give it a look-see.

Pucked in the Head, episode 23

Finally got the new episode over to Chris, who posted it on the website. Episode 23 - Our Mid-Season Award Recipients. You can find out who we think deserves the Canucks Unsung Hero Award, as well as legitimate NHL Awards. It's prize-tastic fun!

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January 26, 2011

Notes on decade #4

It's the end of January, 2011. I turn 40 in 22 days. There won't be any navel gazing here, boys and girls - just a thanks to everyone who helped make the past decade the best I've experienced thus far. I'm happier now - more patient, more content, more excited, more passionate than I've ever been.

Since turning 30, I have managed to do the following:

Mom & Milla at the bookstore

* Convinced a wonderful, fiery Latina to marry me. (Hi Nadia!)

* Had a beautiful baby girl (Milla) with said wonderful, fiery Latina.

* Fixed my credit rating - largely due to the organizational skills of the aforementioned fiery Latina.

* Bought a townhouse.

* Visited Mexico several times.

* Started speaking Spanish.

* Visited China.

* Didn't get shanghaied.

* Did the West Coast Trail.

* Found out that teaching isn't just a job, it's a passion.

* Learned that coaching turns teaching into a passion that pays well.

* Produced a movie screening to raise money for the Cancer Society.

* Started a small business (Kick-Start Cardio).

* Learned that - dude - small businesses are, like, wicked hard to run well.

* Closed that small business.

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* Rekindled my love affair with hockey.

* Started a podcast (http://www.puckedinthehead.com/).

* Went back to school (UBC).

There were some hurdles, sure, but it's been a fun 10 years. Here's to the fifth decade being the best one yet.