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Hit The Dek podcast A podcast about hockey in sneakers.

  • 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. […]

  • HIT the DEK Episode 141 - Second Book of Daniel
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on June 21, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    This week we are pleased to book Mr. Daniel Wilson, broadcast guru of the RSHL, for a return engagement.  We'll also give you a pretty good overview of the World Ball Hockey Championships, if we do say so ourselves. Incidentally, you won't hear this on the pod, but the USA Women are playing Canada for the gold.  Third time's the charm. Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. […]

  • HIT the DEK Episode 140 - Dantastic Journey
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on June 15, 2019 at 2:39 am

    The guests just keep on coming.  This week we are pleased to welcome Mr. Daniel Wilson, broadcasting guru of the RSHL.  Let's call him the singer/songwriter of ball hockey media.  Plus we do some stage setting for a hot tournament.  And you'll learn more than you ever wanted to know about Pacho. There's gold on the line.  Game on. Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. […]

  • HIT the DEK Episode 139 - World Championship Beck Hockey
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on June 8, 2019 at 2:32 am

    This is one of those landmark episodes.  We're incredibly proud to welcome Team USA Forward Becky Dobson to HIT the DEK for a conversation about her outstanding résumé on and off of the court, her relentless push for equality, and her imminent quest for international gold.  We'll also provide you with everything you need to follow the Red, White, and Blue in Slovakia.  You won't want to miss this one. Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. […]

  • HIT the DEK Episode 138 - Party On, Wayne
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on May 31, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    Who doesn't love a sequel?  This week Wayne Barrett is back to talk about his brand new rink and the exciting things he does on it.  And, the USA women's ball hockey team wants to win a World Championship, and they need your help to do it.  Plus, this week in... Pacho?  Okay. Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. […]

  • HIT the DEK Episode 137 - Wayne's Global Sphere
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on May 25, 2019 at 12:34 am

    This week it's party time on the podcast.  Excellent.  We welcome Wayne Barrett from the DCSH and, seemingly, everywhere else.  Wayne's a real baller.  (We know that's not what it means.)  Also, Memorial Day sees two NHL teams competing to see who can build more dek rinks.  Everybody's a winner. Schwing! Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. […]

  • 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. […]

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