A podcast for hockey fans, both new and old. Join Deb and Erika as we deep dive into what makes hockey the greatest sport in the world. Learn the lingo, explore hockey history, and listen to commentary on the most exciting, frustrating, and heart-stopping moments of the week. We love hockey and think you will too! #HockeyIsForEveryone

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OTT OT

It’s an Over The Top Over Time episode of Beginner’s Puck! Your hosts are in the middle of a hockey playoff fever dream where, despite a slight oil spill, Erika is still riding high on her beloved Edmonton Oiler’s playoff run while Deb finds her allegiance shifting from the Caps to Team Chaos.

The latest announcements from the USA and Men’s National Teams are discussed as well as the latest in the post-season Coach (and GM!) go-round.

And, finally, in “What The Puck?” the ever-changing, wild and baffling “regular season” vs. “playoff season” overtime rules are explained.

Are the bounces going your way, fam? Remember, whatever happens, they’re good hockey boys. And if you have any hockey newbie questions remember, we’re here for you. Drop us a line or a tweet and let us know what you think!

Twitter: @BeginnersPuck
Email: beginnerspuck@gmail.com
Web: www.theincomparable.com/puck

Erika Ensign and Deborah Stanish


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Closing Doors, Opening Windows

It’s a super-sized episode for super-sized hockey. Yes, we are entering that golden time known as “The Playoffs”. Erika gives us a peek into what it’s like in the Land of the Orange Crush while Deb decides to whom she will pledge her playoff troth.

Despite everyone’s focus on the blessed 16, the hockey world is still spinning. Heads were rolling on teams that didn’t make the cut, staffing for Worlds is heating up and we discuss the importance of a good announcer.

In “What the Puck?” we talk about The Window: what it is, whose is opening and whose is closing.

And, of course, Deb and Erika review their playoff brackets.

Who do you have taking the Cup? Do you have a favorite radio and/or television announcer? Drop us a comment or tweet and let us know!

Twitter: @BeginnersPuck
Email: beginnerspuck@gmail.com
Web: www.theincomparable.com/puck

Erika Ensign and Deborah Stanish


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Should They Stay or Should They Go?

This week Edmonton is turning orange which leads Erika and Deb down the fruitless - but always amusing - path of which team has the best jersey. The bittersweet joy of watching the new kids skate with the eliminated teams is discussed and there is a bit of a disagreement between your hosts over the NHL’s decision to sit out the 2018 Winter Olympics.

In this week’s “What The Puck?” the weird and wonderful phenomenon known as the “Emergency Back-up Goaltender” (EBUG) is explained.

Finally, in this week’s Hockey Tidbit, Deb thinks the tradition of rookie solo warmup laps is adorable, even if they’re not a surprise.

Do you agree with the NHL’s Olympic decision? Drop us a comment or tweet and let us know!

Twitter: @BeginnersPuck
Email: beginnerspuck@gmail.com
Web: www.theincomparable.com/puck

Erika Ensign and Deborah Stanish


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#OldHockey

This week Erika is riding the high of a clinched playoff spot while Deb is consoling herself with Mitch Marner gifs and wondering who will be her playoff team.

We also discuss the Benn v. Benn narrative, the end of the U.S. Women’s National team’s battle with USA Hockey, jersey controversies and the crazy, convoluted pedigree of NHL teams.

In our new segment #OldHockey (Hockey history no one really needs to know but will impress the heck out of your friends and family. Probably.) we delve into the Original Six, who they are and why anyone cares.

Did your team make the cut? If not, who will be your “Mr. Right Now”? Drop us a comment or tweet and let us know!

Twitter: @BeginnersPuck
Email: beginnerspuck@gmail.com
Web: www.theincomparable.com/puck

Erika Ensign and Deborah Stanish


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Leagues of Their Own

It’s a great hockey week for Erika, not so much for Deb, as they discuss the run for the playoffs. They then delve into the U.S. Women’s National Team’s decision to boycott the Women’s World Championship’s being held later this month.

In “What the Puck?” Deb and Erika break down the league, conference and divisions of the NHL and why every point counts as teams fight for a Wild Card position.

Note: Deb does not actually think any hockey organizations, or players, actually went into the desert to lick frogs.

How do you feel about the US WNT’s decision? Is your team on the wrong side of the Wild Card race? Let us know what you think!

Twitter: @BeginnersPuck
Email: beginnerspuck@gmail.com
Web: www.theincomparable.com/puck

Erika Ensign and Deborah Stanish


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In Defense Of…

Deb and Erika discuss the dismal performances of our home teams; the New Kid (Connor McDavid) v. The Old Kid (Sidney Crosby); and the Pittsburgh Penguins controversial decision to call up defenseman Tom Sestito for their game against the Winnipeg Jets.

In “What the Puck?”, they define and break down what is a defenseman and the role he plays on the team.

How do you feel about the changing role of the defenseman? Do you think there’s still a place for fighting in modern hockey?

Let us know what you think!

Twitter: @BeginnersPuck
Email: beginnerspuck@gmail.com
Web: www.theincomparable.com/puck

Erika Ensign and Deborah Stanish


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Origin Story

Once upon a time, at a Doctor Who convention, two hockey fans had a great idea and a hockey podcast was born.

Erika Ensign and Deborah Stanish


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