That's Hockey Talk
Summary: New season, new show, let's GOOO. Nick & Gumpy are joined by none other than Stanley Cup Champion Mike Rupp for the 21-22 season. Rupper joins the boys as they go LIVE on YouTube every Wednesday night and cover everything happening on & off the ice. AQ Shipley will be back after the football season.
After an utterly insane 8-6 Colorado Avalanche win over the Edmonton Oilers last night in game 1 of the WCF the boys react to all of the madness and watch live as Game 1 of the ECF with the New York Rangers & the Tampa Bay Lightning unfolds. Mike Smith has infected another series with his whackiness & the guys dive into the controversial Cale Makar no offsides goal call from last night. The guys discuss the Rangers impressive run so far & if Tampa can keep it going without Brayden Point. Finally they chat about the Stanley Cup coming to the PMI office & some of Rupper's day with the Cup.
With 1 series already over from a Tampa Bay sweep, the boys look at the 2nd round of the playoffs while watching the Colorado Avalanche attempt to close out the series against the St. Louis Blues. Nazem Kadri has become the center of attention & created quite the conversation. Things start off looking at Florida Panthers elimination and where they go from here. Connor McDavid has taken over the Battle of Alberta and the Mike Smith & Jacob Markstrom goaltending battle has become must watch TV. A legend in the hockey broadcasting & podcasting world Jeff Marek joins the fellas for an in depth conversation covering everything refs, headshots, speed of the game, hockey history, changing the game, & plenty of incredible stories from his years of covering the game.
After a wild 1st round of Stanley Cup action the boy look ahead to the 2nd round and watch the Rangers & Hurricanes kick off game 1 live. Former Avalanche defenseman John-Michael Liles joins the conversation to chat about the Avs impressive round 1 sweep & game 1 OT win in round 2, his career playing with the Avalanche super team in 03-04, & his stops in Toronto, & Carolina. Other topics include the Battle of Alberta, what's next for the Penguins & Dallas Stars, headshots, & some David Clarkson & Patty Elias stories from Rupper's New Jersey days.
The boys watch along with the Penguins @ Rangers & Capitals @ Panthers game 5 1st round matchups and discuss the 1st round results so far. Reactions to the draft lottery & Montreal winning the 1st overall pick with the draft happening this summer in Montreal as well as the all the finalists for the Calder, Vezina, & the Norris trophies. Pat McAfee joins to chat & Rupper tells some incredible fighting stories on his time matching up with BizNasty.
Round 1 has begun and there are storylines out the ass to discuss. From surprise upsets to dominating performances the guys go through each 1 of the 1st round matchups. New York Ranger Legend & future Hall of Fame King Henry Hank Lundqvist joins the show to chat about his career, his impeccable style, & the playoffs thus far. Pat McAfee gets in the mix to chat about the Penguins & Rangers 1st round matchup & FINALLY the much anticipated return of former co host AQ Shipley comes to fruition.
The Playoffs are only days away and the boys are fired up. Things are coming down to the wire in the Western conference and it’s been a disappointment for Vegas as it looks like they’re going to miss the cut for the first time in their team’s history. The boys take a look at what led the Golden Knights to this spot. They run through the potential playoff matchups in each conference and offer predictions.
In one of the longest episodes in THT history, this show dives into Rupper’s big weekend ahead calling a Penguins/Red Wings game for the NHL network. The guys get into the major stories across the league with playoff matchups, Carey Price’s return, & the final days of the regular season. Stanley Cup Champion, gold medalist, & hockey hall of fame Chris Pronger chats with the boys about anything & EVERYTHING in his career. Chris gives an incredibly candid look at coming into the league as an 18 year old, the financial decision making from athletes, playing in Canadian & American markets, playing with & against countless legends, & even his time working for the NHL Department of Player Safety.
3X Stanley Cup Champion and the 3rd most winningest goaltender in NHL history Marc Andre Fleury THE FLOWER joined the boys for a conversation on his career with stops in Pittsburgh, Vegas, Chicago, & now Minnesota. Marc Andre shared some incredible stories on his career on the ice, his helmet & pad designs, his former teammates, pranks with the boys, & his favorite save of all time. Rupper, Nick, & Gump go through the current playoff picture & discuss the drama around Auston Matthews 50 goals in 50 games performance, plus the Evgeni Malkin suspension. With the news of Ryan Getlzaf announcing his retirement Rupper shares some stories from his days with the Devils playing in the Cup final against the Ducks & Paul Kariya that you won't want to miss.
Auston Matthews is scoring at an unbelievable pace and might have taken over the Hart trophy race & the boys discuss his impact. Radio legend the Super Genius Mark Madden joins the show and chats with the crew about the Eastern conference playoff race, the Penguins & Rangers, the Avalanche dominance, the Minnesota Wild goalie situation, the brawl & comments from Arizona, & Keith Yandles Iron Man streak coming to an end. He also shares some tales from the great Mario Lemieux.
An early show this week as some of the boys are traveling to Dallas for WrestleMania. Rupper joins the show LIVE from PPG during the Penguins vs Rangers game and covers everything going on in the NHL at the moment plus some potential playoff matchups. Pat McAfee, Ty Schmit, Boston Connor, & Evan Fox jump in to go over the playoff picture and a trivia question.
Minnesota Wild GM & 2X Stanley Cup Champion Billy Guerin chats with the boys about his career on the ice, becoming a general manager, & making moves at the trade deadline. After some classic stories from the legend, Pat McAfee & Ty Schmit join the convo to chat about the mess the Vegas Golden Knights have become. Finally the MVP of the trade deadline Kevin Weekes jumps on to talk about the NHL insider game and recap the deadline deals that changed the landscape.
NHL Analyst and longtime goaltender for the Bruins, Flyers, Rangers, & Islanders Martin Biron brings the energy to chat with the boys about his career & time in the league, playing with Hasek, the Buffalo Sabres, Jack Eichel, & the upcoming trade deadline. The boys go on a bit of a geography lesson learning about Newfoundland & the LEGEND of a human that is former Devils D man Colin White & the tales from his basement bar “One Eyed Whiteys.” Pat McAfee helps bring the episode home with a recap & a trivia giveaway.
7 time Stanley Cup Champ & Hockey Hall of Famer Bryan Trottier share some old time hockey stories from his LEGENDARY career from his time with the Islanders, to the Penguins, to his coaching days. Bryan clears up 2 infamous stories about chirping Brian Bellows in the Stanley Cup Final & the locker room "celebration" after beating the Oilers as Gretzky & Paul Coffey walked by the Isles locker room. Kevin Weekes joins the boys for the 2nd half of the show to dissect all the latest trade deadline rumors and gossip and share his thoughts on who needs who and what. The guys wrap the episode with a tough trivia question and call it a night so Rupper can hit the tahn in Vegas.
NHL Network & WWE host Jackie Redmond joins Rupper, Nick, & Gump to chat about the NHL, her career, the WWE Universe, & of course her Leafs fandom. With the trade deadline looming the discussion is all about who's staying, who's going, who's buying, who's selling? Rupper dips his toes into the insider game and drops a few rumors he's been hearing from around the league.
After a week off the boys are back with a MASSIVE guest, fan of the St. Louis Blues Jon Hamm joins the show to chat about the Blues season, growing up a hockey fan, and the Stanley Cup win in 19. The Oilers and Habs are on a run with their recent coaching changes & Rupper shares some incredible insight into playing for a team with a coaching change & what goes into the "pregame nap" routines for NHL players. Other topics include the upcoming outdoor game in Nashville, the Calgary Flames win streak, Jackie Aces making his Vegas debut, & of course trivia with Pat McAfee.