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Hit The Dek podcast A podcast about hockey in sneakers.

  • HIT the DEK Episode 158 - Ready to Grumble
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on January 17, 2020 at 6:27 pm

    In this week's session, we're working through some stuff.  Not your concern.  What you should know is that Newfoundland has a Ball that's devoted to hockey, but maybe not dek?  And is lacrosse the new hockey?  James has opinions. Slide on over to that play button and collapse into some HtD. Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

  • HIT the DEK Episode 157 - Blind Ambition
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on January 10, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    We've resolved to get back on the proverbial horse.  This week we're discussing a whole league dedicated to ice hockey for the blind.  There's also a nice long jag about steroids and the dangers that they pose to kids.  Plus a big hit of that sweet, sweet Gritty madness. New year, same pod. Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

  • HIT the DEK Episode 156 - Enter the Dragons
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on December 13, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    It's our longest episode ever!  This week we have a lot of ground to cover.  Things start out a bit somber with our remembrances of two people that left large holes where they once stood.  Fortunately Glenn Cunningham is back to lift our spirits with tales of LaGrange Street Hockey and the Columbus River Dragons.  Plus, he tells us how to get rid of that hockey stink with a little work in the defensive 'zone. We love the :90s Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

  • HIT the DEK Episode 155 - All Star Cast
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on December 6, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    How was your Thanksgiving?  We spare no details about ours.  (Alas, poor Trucko.)  Have you ever had the itch to do some sportscasting?  Maybe you can.  Plus, it's time to head to the ballot box and do your civic duty.  Kevin Conroy is counting on you. Gobble up some more Gritty.  That guy is tutu much. Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

  • HIT the DEK Scrimmage 16 - Gritizens United
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on November 27, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    Happy ThanksGritting!  We've cooked up a special treat for our annual turkey day scrimmage.  How does THIS YEAR IN GRITTY strike you?  A recap of the orange goon's 2019 highlights and lowlights, plus his exploits over the last six weeks.  Stuff those earbuds in your sound holes and get comfortable.  It's quite a ride.

  • HIT the DEK Episode 154 - Rink Rust
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on November 22, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    We're not dead!  Again!  After a lengthy unplanned hiatus, we're back on the horse to tell you about the extensive roster of professional hockey players that started out in the OBHA.  Play dek, git gud, apparently.  Plus, don't fill up on turkey, because there are a plurality of exciting tournaments Thanksgiving weekend. Yee haw!  (Was it always this hard?) Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

  • HIT the DEK Episode 153 - Ball Game
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on October 11, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    We are silly.  Whether that's a pro or a con, you should know that this episode starts near 100 and mostly stays there.  You may think that a charity that helps the homeless via hockey and a rink-building initiative can't be all that entertaining.  Hold my Mountain Dew. Never forget that orange is the new AAAAAGH! Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

  • HIT the DEK Episode 152 - Polar Dekspress
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on October 5, 2019 at 1:21 am

    On the heels of an exciting Tape DEK pemiere, we're back with the girl that brung us.  Not only are we shining our spotlight on a Hall of Fame rreferee and a northern factory for World Championship youth, but we've got the scoop on a sweet introduction between two titans, brokered by yours truly. It's that time of year when anything can happen.  It's Gritty season. Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

  • HIT the DEK Episode 151 - Dynamic Duos
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on September 20, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    This week, we have a big announcement about the future of HIT the DEK.  But we're making you wait for it.  First, the USA's best are teaching the USA's most valiant about the benefits of a little orange ball.  And we propose to discuss the biggest possible win out on a rink in Nassau.  Plus that big announcement thing.  That one's kind of important. Happy Batman Day. Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

  • HIT the DEK Special - Opening Remarks
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on September 13, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    On Saturday, September 7, 2019, James and Gary took a little trip out to Massapequa, NY to cover the Grand (Re-)Opening of the Lou Anthony Sports Complex.  From the scorer's box, we had a prime spot on the glass to record a live(ish)-to-tape special edition all about the brand new rink crafted by DEK Superstars and the EMPowerplay Project.  Special thanks to Craig Stanton for his time, and Seb Giarratano for everything else.

  • HIT the DEK Episode 150 - EMPower Hour
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on September 11, 2019 at 2:11 am

    To celebrate our Sesquicentennial, we sit down with Kelly K, head of the EMPowerplay Project.  Ever wonder where new dek rinks come from?  When a man and a sponsor love ball hockey very much...  Do you think they'll let us cut the ribbon? This week HIT the DEK is for the children. Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. &nbs

  • HIT the DEK Episode 149 - Comic Pans
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on August 24, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    The draw this week is discussions about comic book movies, comic book TV, and comic book... helmets?  Just stick with us on this one.  We also cover a beer league tourney benefiting kids, and a follow-up with a happy ending.  Oh, and Gritty is armed now. Red yellow honey, sassafras and moonshine.  Surrey on down(load). Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

  • HIT the DEK Episode 148 - Great Ball of China
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on August 17, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    Another week, another HtD.  This week we're ordering some Chinese.  Specifically, a couple of stories about introducing the game of hockey to China with little orange balls.  Plus, a company in Massachusetts is teaching folks how to get a new rink built.  Or something.  And Gary really likes Mike O'Malley, apparently. Do ya have it? Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. &nbs

  • HIT the DEK Episode 147 - Hue Rant
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on August 10, 2019 at 12:26 am

    This week we have a great tournamentality.  Taylor Hall is playing dek for the kids, and he brought a whole bunch of friends.  And where's a cop when you need one?  Teaching kids to play hockey, probably.  Plus, Mylec not only started the game, but they're giving us opportunities to play, too. A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but a ball by any other color makes James see red. Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

  • HIT the DEK Episode 146 - Second Chapter and Verse
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on August 2, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    This week we are happy to host Glenn Cunningham for a return engagement.  We wrap up our conversation about the LaGrange Street Hockey League, the difficulties of growing the game in a hockey-starved market, and the value of service.  We also get to discussing the USA Under-14 national team, and some stuff about Gritty.  Plenty of podcast to go around. *thwip* Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.   &nbs

  • HIT the DEK Episode 145 - Glenn Gary Glenn James
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on July 27, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    This week HtD is most pleased to welcome Mr. Glenn Cunningham of the LaGrange Street Hockey League.  Glenn doesn't have the resources of an NHL franchise, but he's still making hockey available to anyone and everyone who wants to play.  He is an inspiration and we've got him.  We also haven't forgotten that the RSHL Summer Shootout is here and now.  And are we warming to a certain orange anarchist? Whatever is this world coming to? Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

  • HIT the DEK Episode 144 - Any Howe You Slice It
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on July 19, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    We've got a nice, traditional HtD for you this week.  Ball hockey on the beach?  Check.  Rehabbing a rink that's part of a balanced breakfast?  You bet.  An average game-turned-legendary memory?  Oh yes.  Plus, the American Rhino is serving up some piping hot opinions on sauced bread, fresh from the oven.  Dig in. Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

  • HIT the DEK Episode 143 - District Head
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on July 13, 2019 at 1:53 am

    This week features a return engagement with DCHL Commissioner Suds, who comes clean about what he's learned running four leagues, what he would do differently given the chance, and why it's all worthwhile.  We also check in with some goings on in Northern Canada, and chat about a brand new big orange ClawDad. We're coming in hot on this one. Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

  • HIT the DEK Scrimmage 15 - History Lessen
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on July 4, 2019 at 11:00 am

    We're celebrating America's birthday with a crazy idea.  What if this country was born out of less blood and more ball?  We're recounting the highest stakes tournament never played and learning a bit in the process.  (Really.)  Settle in with some grilled meat and a frosty beverage and let's have some fun.  Happy Birthday America!

  • HIT the DEK Episode 142 - Soap Opera
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on June 28, 2019 at 11:00 am

    This week we are overjoyed to welcome to the pod Suds, Commissioner of the DCHL family of leagues.  If you ever wanted to run your own league, this interview is a mandatory listen.  And what's black and white and red all over?  A Penguin with a sunburn (from playing dek hockey)!  Plus, we have an update on a certain someone, and you won't believe our take. Let's do this thing. Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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