Puck Podcast – April 19, 2013

On the Puck Podcast in the first period we give you all the news from the past week from the NHL including one team clinching a playoff spot while 8 other teams are now making plans for next season. In the second period we discuss a decision by the NHL that has fans everywhere scratching their heads. In the third period we2019ll get reports from our fan correspondents, read your e-mails and a whole lot more.

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Doug Stolhand is one of the co-founders and co-hosts of the Puck Podcast and has been a member of the NHL media since the show's inception in 2006.


  1. Great stuff boys,

    Please do not read this on the pod. Just know I want all 6 outdoor games next year.

    I am writing as a casual hockey fan that loves podcasts by folks super passionate about their subject area. Further, I was born in Pittsburgh, grew up in Detroit during the Yzerman years, and lived in Chicago when Rocky Wertz took over and won a cup. I moved to Ann Arbor 2 years ago, and am looking forward to the Outdoor game.

    That said, I am looking forward to all outdoor games. They happen to be played on national TV and in prime time. To increase the number of these games to 6 next year may overdue it for the hardcore fans and players may feel like they have 1 less “actual” game on the schedule – in that the game is more like an exhibition – I still like the exposure for 1 real reason:
    Get more hockey on TV – accessible TV. I happen to know that I am in a distinct minority that does not purchase cable and does not subscribe to the NHL package yet likes the game. In Detroit, all games appear on the Fox cable affiliate, as is the case in Pittsburgh with Root TV – I believe. In Chicago, however, most games are broadcast on WGN, available with only a digital TV antenna. It got more fans on board by having hockey in the single digit channels, and in HD, and in prime time. I still like that Blackhawks team, and I grew up trained to hate them. But Chicago has it right. Get hockey to the masses by getting good product on TV.
    Also, we know that NBC suggested the outdoor game at the onset. But they also brought the NFL style camera work to the game. Watching a game from behind the net views so you can appreciate the shift changes and off ice movement is so fun for a kid who grew up playing soccer, and making off the ball runs that mirror those shown in the outdoor games. There are a lot of us who would like so much to watch hockey that never played, and don’t have a video game set up either. Lets not forget that the NFL only truly took off when fantasy went from hard-core to casual fans. The same can happen to the NHL, and should. Its a far superior product.
    I am not a writer and these thoughts are mostly stream of consciousness.

  2. Hey guys,
    I am writing in from a base in Afghanistan. I was just listening to the most recent podcast and I was wondering if you guys did anything special for deployed red wings fans who are SCARED TO DEATH that the wings won’t make the playoffs this year. As I am writing to you about this it is April 27th and the Wings are in 7th place in the west by 1 point. All I have been asking for is for the red wings to make the playoffs this year. Anyways, I would love to have a Jersey or a T-shirt over here to take a picture with and send to you guys. I wouldn’t be able to get it to you until probably after I got back. But it would still be fun to do I think. I hope that you are getting ready for the playoff hockey thats about to start. I LOVE playoff hockey, more so than regular season hockey. I’m hoping to hear from you guys soon. Thanks again for taking the time to read this.

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