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

Our catchy theme tune is “Ephemeral” by Sunspot. Get the whole song here!

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Twitter: @BeginnersPuck
Email: beginnerspuck@gmail.com

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Playoffs? Playoffs!

Much like the Tampa Bay Lightning Deb and Erika are taking advantage of circumstances and letting it roll. In our case, dropping an unplanned and unscripted podcast to celebrate the official kick off of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Sorta.

This ep is all about conflict: ours, Tom Wilson’s, John Tortorella’s…. But we also touch on good social media, anticipated battles, the upcoming expansion draft and our excitement of watching the Kraken in their new arena in 2022. We believe.

New to Hockey? We are here for you. Drop us a tweet or email us at beginnerspuck@gmail.com and we’ll help you navigate this wild, fantastic landscape!

Erika Ensign and Deborah Stanish


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Hockey’s Still Happening

Hockey, yay? Deb and Erika end their long hiatus to discuss the current state of the NHL including COVID COVID everywhere, trades that make you go “yoinks!”, outdoor games, and Crosby’s big 1000. There may also be a little bit of Tony D’Angelo schadenfreude. I mean, c’mon, we’re only human!

In this ep’s “What the Puck?” we delve into the who, what and why’s of The Taxi Squad and, finally, Deb ties it all up in a neat hockey tidbit bow by remembering the 2008 Winter Classic

New to Hockey? We are here for you. Drop us a tweet or email us at beginnerspuck@gmail.com and we’ll help you navigate this wild, fantastic landscape!

Erika Ensign and Deborah Stanish


43

No Cross Check, Please!

So far, so good, right? The bubble appears to be holding, but but that doesn’t mean it’s all champagne and roses, especially if you’re a Bruins fan. Deb and Erika talk about today’s biggest story (Tukka Rask), last week’s biggest story (that 6+ hour game), and the final slotting of the draft lottery. (Remember that?)

We also touch on the sassiness of the Jumbotron operators; the heroes and villains of the playoffs; and, of course, The Refs (See also: heroes and villains).

In this episode’s “What the Puck” we are all about the checks: body, hip and cross as well as a few that were new to us.

And, finally, Erika has been sprinkling the internet with her hockey tidbits over at @HollyGoGarkly on Twitter.

New to Hockey? We are here for you. Drop us a tweet or email us at beginnerspuck@gmail.com and we’ll help you navigate this wild, fantastic landscape!

Erika Ensign and Deborah Stanish


42

Hockey Gets Kraken

So much has happened since we last chatted in May: there’s Kraken and bubbles and some shady Byng-ing going on. Deb and Erika reach waaaaay back and talks about the Draft Lottery, how the US couldn’t keep their #%@^ masks on and lost a hub, as well as the NHL awards that will be awarded who knows when. What even in time?! throws hands

Erika gives us some perspective on what we can expect in a hub city given that she, you know, lives in one. We also talk about our conflict over how excited we are that hockey is back and just how stupid it is that hockey is back. Look, we are complex people and can hold multiple, simultaneous opinions, okay?

Finally, in our delightful little hockey tidbit, Deb introduces you all to Gritty’s 1/4 hour of power. It’s good, clean, dumb fun and who doesn’t need that?

Have a hockey question, comment or observation? Hit us up on Twitter @Beginnerspuck or drop us an email at beginnerspuck@gmail.com.

Erika Ensign and Deborah Stanish


41

Return to (Press) Play

The NHL has risen from the ashes and so has Beginner’s Puck! Join Deb and Erika as we decipher Garry Bettman’s presser, figure out who is going where and why and, more importantly, discuss whether they should. I mean, let’s face it, everyone out there is sporting masks and practising responsible social/physical distancing, right? Right?!

We throw our segments out the window as work through our conflicting emotions of joy, trepidation, and despair at hockey culture’s “warrior” mentality. It’s a rollercoaster, kids.

NHL’s Return to Play Plan: https://media.nhl.com/public/news/13995

Erika Ensign and Deborah Stanish


40

Carcast! Anaheim Edition

It’s another special Beginner’s Puck/Hockey Feels crossover Carcast — this time with a special guest who is relatively new to hockey fandom, Chip Sudderth! When you attend a Doctor Who convention in Los Angeles, what better way to start the weekend than by braving rush-hour traffic and trekking to Anaheim to check out the Flames vs the Ducks at the Honda Center? (Turns out there may be lots of better ways…)

Erika Ensign and Deborah Stanish with Steven Schapansky, Rachel Donner and Chip Sudderth


39

Scouts’ Honor

The countdown to opening day continues. Deb and Erika discuss the real v. emotional toll of preseason, debate the merits of the NHL opening the season with European games (gotta grow that game! In Switzerland!). And touch on the those pesky RFA’s and who got that bread. Or that bridge. There’s a lot of b’s in the preseason. Of course we talk about Matthews. Both the ugly and the plain stupid, but pull ourselves out of spiral and end on a Cammi Granato note.

In this eps “What the Puck?” we discuss the difference between amateur and pro scouts and how Deb really wants to be a hockey ninja spy.

Finally we close with a “Behind the Glass” tidbit.

Have a hockey question, comment or observation? Hit us up on Twitter @Beginnerspuck or drop us an email at beginnerspuck@gmail.com.

Erika Ensign and Deborah Stanish


38

Dropping the Puck on our Third Season

Hey kids, hockey is (almost) back! Join us as we kick off Beginner’s Puck Season 3 and talk training camps, the shakedown of our home team rosters and take the Wayback Machine to the Stanley Cup finals and summer trades. We also discuss the chaos surrounding the current batch of unsigned RFA’s and what to do when your fave team opens its doors to a player you absolutely, positively cannot STAND OMG.

We also play the hockey version of Tinder and tell you who’s getting our swipe right for the 2019-2020 season.

And speaking of training camps, in this episode’s “What the Puck?” we explain the difference between a Camp Invite and a PTO.

Finally, Erika closes us out with a hockey tidbit in which we both love our mascots a whole lot. I mean, who doesn’t love a Murder Cat and a Sassy Demon Hell Spawn?

Smell that? It’s the odor of sweaty hockey gear and possibility. Let’s get this season started!!

Have a question about hockey? Want to comment on the episode? Drop us a tweet or email us at beginnerspuck@gmail.com.

Erika Ensign and Deborah Stanish


37

CHAOS

We’re back with a pre-Stanley Cup episode because even when your heart is broken, it’s still hockey, amirite? Erika and Deb talk about the chaotic end of the 2018-2019 season, how to find the fannish fire when every single #&@^#% team you love is currently playing golf, what’s coming next in hockeylandia and how we just know one team is going to break our hearts next year and sign #&@^#% Voynov.

In our #WhatThePuck segment we explain the flurry of signings of NCAA players and how it affects their ELC/trade value.

Our hockey tidbit this ep is the adorable NHL Fan Choice Awards.

Have a question, comment or just want to cry about hockey? Hit us up on twitter or email us at beginnerspuck@gmail.com!

Erika Ensign and Deborah Stanish


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Short Shift - Erika

No time for a full-on podcast, but Erika has more exciting hockey talk to share with Deb!

Erika Ensign


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Short Shift - Erika

No time for a full-on podcast, but Erika just can’t wait to spew some hockey talk at Deb!

Erika Ensign


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