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Hit The Dek podcast A podcast about hockey in sneakers.

  • HIT the DEK Episode 136 - Long Time PAL
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on May 17, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    This week we're headed in the right direction.  Feast your ears on the aural upgrade that is HtD 136.  We're talking about a street hockey game that has been going on for almost half a century, and a couple of leagues that are policing the dek, complete with some international flavor.  (That flavor being maple syrup.) And if you say pretty please... Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. […]

  • HIT the DEK Episode 135 - Distortional Relationship
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on May 13, 2019 at 1:55 am

    Please welcome to the podcast Mr. Craig Gusmann.  Not just a tremendous gateway guest, but a great listen in his own right, with a story worth hearing.  He deserves much better than the sound problems that we had this week.  We also feature the return of a beloved segment.  Dare to dream. Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. […]

  • HIT the DEK Episode 134 - Search and Deploy
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on May 3, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    Wedding bells are ringing this week on HIT the DEK.  Don't get too excited.  First, though, we're putting out the call on behalf of an Ontario youth league in need of players, talking up a Caps program to bring dek to public schools, and praising the building of a new rink outside of Pittsburgh. Look to the skies.  He is ever-vigilant.  Let's go HtD x3! Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. […]

  • HIT the DEK Episode 133 - Court Battle
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on April 26, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    This week is all about the rink.  Fighting to get one, fighting to stay on one, and fighting it out up and down one.  It's where we play. (We might give it all up for a splash pad.) Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. […]

  • HIT the DEK Episode 132 - Dismember the Titans
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on April 12, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    This week we push through a bunch of entertainment chat and drill down on some lumber.  Plus, Tampa Bay schools have new substitute teachers, and they're awesome.  And it's dangerous out there.  Man, you don't even know the half of it. Adieu, orange menace. Remember, it's James.  You don't tug on Superman's cape... Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. […]

  • HIT the DEK Episode 131 - Shaun of the Dek
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on April 5, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    He's ba-ack!  This week we heartily welcome the return of fellow LIQ goalie Shaun Early to wrap up our conversation with passion, poetry, and an eye to the future.  How poignant.  Plus, the US Women's ball hockey team needs your help, and we have the scoop.  Ask not what you can do for this podcast...  And enjoy Gritty while you still can.  If you can. Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. […]

  • HIT the DEK Episode 130 - Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on March 30, 2019 at 3:01 am

    This week we welcome one of our own.  Shaun Early from the LIQ is here to talk about his rapid mastery of the goalie position (ducks, water, etc.), his constant drive for improvements, and what hockey is all about, Charlie Brown.  Plus, the children are fighting back against the Gritty menace. Viva la resistance. Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. […]

  • HIT the DEK Episode 129 - Toque the Ice
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on March 22, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    "Come play some hockey" they said.  "It's for a good cause" they said.  "It will be below freezing" they did not say, but it was implied.  Canada doesn't mess around.  Plus, what do you get when you cross baseball and ice hockey?  We don't know, but it's all the rage in Michigan.  And Gritty is finally vindicated.  Heaven help us. Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. […]

  • HIT the DEK Episode 128 - Triple Play
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on March 15, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    Our epic Ironman trilogy comes to an end as RSHL Kingpin Kevin Frost returns to finish out our coverage.  You want to know why that referee shafted you out of a big goal in the clutch?  Listen up.  Plus, Tyler Seguin is giving some Special Olympians all the competition they can handle.  And Gritty is stealing caps, sandwiches, and the spotlight.  All in a day's lurk. Watch all the RSHL's Ironman coverage on their YouTube channel. Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. […]

  • HIT the DEK Episode 127 - Frosty Reception
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on March 9, 2019 at 4:14 am

    It finally happened!  Kevin Frost is back to follow up on the 2019 RSHL Ironman Tournament.  We... uh...  There was a lot to discuss.  And is Gritty turning over a new leaf?  Don't hold your breath. Here we are.  Rock you like a proximal NHL franchise. Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. […]

  • HIT the DEK Episode 126 - Stark Contrast
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on March 1, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    We're not dead!  Again!  We've recovered from our ills and are ready to talk some hockey.  This week it's an impromptu discussion on focus and fatigue, catching up on what we missed, and a main course of the RSHL's annual Ironman tournament.  Orange hijinx abound. Check out the Ironman A, B, and C divisions for some entertaining hockey. Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. […]

  • HIT the DEK Episode 125 - Children's Menu
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on February 9, 2019 at 3:33 am

    So here's the thing.  This is a full show.  We've got a traveling dek experience.  There's (ironically) dek to keep kids off the streets.  A puck with all the bells and whistles.  More Gritty than you can shake a buffalo wing at.  Tangents galore.  This week you get your money's worth. Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. […]

  • HIT the DEK Episode 124 - The Stars, A Line
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on February 1, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    The NHL had a big weekend, just then.  We'll draw a line under that.  We also have some insight on the upcoming Congressional caucus about hockey and STEM.  Plus the Caps have a bit of a month coming up.  Stay hydrated, boys.  And Gritty, always. It was Episode 31, incidentally. Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. […]

  • HIT the DEK Episode 123 - Saturdaze
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on January 25, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    Hey hey.  Sometimes there is a single day when everything just happens.  You're looking at one.  This Saturday is the NHL All Star Game, a whole mess of special birthdays and anniversaries, and an awesome tournament that shares a name with a certain ball hockey podcast.  Guess what we're talking about. Okay, you got us.  It's Gritty. Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. […]

  • HIT the DEK Episode 122 - Waste and Want
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on January 18, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    Howdy do?  This week we've got a couple of cool tournaments to talk about up in Ontario, not to mention a remarkable new All-Star jersey.  What's black and white and green all over?  We also snuck in a little rant about the offsides rule.  Aren't you a lucky so-and-so? There's also Gritty, so perhaps not. Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. […]

  • HIT the DEK Episode 121 - Color Us Crazy
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on January 11, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    We're back this week, and the American Rhino is hammered.  No, not like that.  First, the NHL thinks it's time for a change.  Specifically involving the color of pucks.  Plus, can a ball hockey player hang in the pros?  Eventually.  And it's time for a mid-season check-in.  A little help? Is there anything about Gritty this episode?  Well Actually we've got a lot to say. And it was the robot, FYI. Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. […]

  • HIT the DEK Episode 120 - A Special Kind of Hurt
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on January 5, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    New Year, same us.  This week we're talking about a very Special Winter Classic game.  Plus, the Hometown Hockey festival: small town, big deal.  And, can you really diagnose an injury before it happens?  Well, maybe you can't... There's also a big bearded guy in a red suit.  The ho ho horror... Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. […]

  • HIT the DEK Scrimmage 14 - Comeback Kids
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on January 4, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    Ho ho hockey.  For this year's Christmas Scrimmage, we're joined by special guest Superfan Sue to debate the flimsy premise of which Christmas comeback stories would make up the best hockey team.  We are reasonably entertaining. Check out the video right here. […]

  • HIT the DEK Episode 119 - The Orange And The Green
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on December 14, 2018 at 9:42 pm

    We're celebrating the holidays here at HtD, but not necessarily the ones you're thinking of.  This week St. Patrick is healing heads and hearts with hockey.  Plus, they're learning the triangle defense in Bermuda.  And if you don't want to accidentally leave coal in someone's stocking, you'd better listen up.  The Yule log is on and this pod is crackling.  Ho ho hold on tight. Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. […]

  • HIT the DEK Episode 118 - Hard Left Tourns
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on December 7, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    We play for a reason.  Sometimes it's for pride.  Sometimes it's to save lives.  Sometimes it's because we were just awarded a brand new expansion franchise in Washington.  Really, it takes all kinds.  Also, Gritty.  Always Gritty. Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. […]

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