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Hit The Dek podcast A podcast about hockey in sneakers.

  • 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. […]

  • HIT the DEK Episode 117 - Game On!
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on December 1, 2018 at 12:26 am

    We're not dead!  First off, thanks for coming back.  We missed you.  For your convenience we're hitting the high points right up top.  Those being how we spent our hiatus, a new dek rink in the city of angels, and the continuing misadventures of a certain giant orange gremlin. It's like we never left. Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. […]

  • HIT the DEK Episode 116 - TTFN
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on October 12, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    Let's call this one the last game of the season.  We're taking a small hiatus for a good reason, but not without explaining ourselves. Plus, the Isles are teaching street hockey in our own backyard.  We're a little pumped.  And, we're debuting a brand new recurring segment.  Orange you going to listen? Garbage time is for chumps.  Game on. Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. […]

  • HIT the DEK Episode 115 - Pro Motion
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on October 5, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    It's that time again...  To celebrate the start of hockey season, this episode of HtD is almost entirely devoted to the NHL.  (There's still a little bit of ball hockey.  It's right there in the name, after all.)  Anywho, the League will feature some pretty sweet alternate jerseys this year.  Quack.  Plus, Disney is giving you a Fastpass to watch games just about anywhere.  And why isn't the Stanley Cup ten feet tall by now?  Funny you should ask. The American Rhino has a literal screw loose.  Never stopped us before. Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. […]

  • HIT the DEK Episode 114 - HR Violation
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on September 28, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    This week we make some predictions about the coming NHL season, but that's not why you're here.  You're here for GRITTY.  We may or may not debate what kind of God would allow such a creature to roam the Earth unchecked. There's also some stuff about injuries in "meaningless" games, digital Spider heroes, and giant robot cars that ruled our childhood.  This one got a little wild.  There's a lot here to unpack. The orange colossus is awoken.  Sleep lightly. Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. […]

  • HIT the DEK Episode 113 - Olive Branches
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on September 21, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    Who says hazing isn't that bad?  We do, actually.  In one specific instance.  Don't forget your gear.  Plus, the Penguins may be a divisive team, but building hockey rinks is something we can all get behind.  And Tampa is Bolting to Mouse territory to spread the hockey gospel.  If you've ever wanted to beat someone senseless at a baseball game, this might be the show for you. Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. […]

  • HIT the DEK Episode 112 - Gamesmanship
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on September 14, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    Toys 'R Us may be gone (RIP) but we still don't want to grow up!  This week Gary is using his brand new LEGO Voltron as a jumping off point to talk about all kinds of useless Nintendo stuff that saturated his childhood.  Oh, and there's also hockey.  EA just released NHL '19, and it looks fantastic.  Plus, the Arizona Coyotes have done more to grow the game than a desert-locked team has any obligation to.  And the world's largest ice skating facility is finally coming to New York.  Maybe?  Or possibly not.  We'll see. This one's a little weird at first, but we think you'll like it.  Oh yeah. Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. […]

  • HIT the DEK Episode 111 - Kid Gloves
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on September 7, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    Interview time!  Meet Nolan Lenhart:  Not only a true hockey player, but wise beyond his years.  He and his dad, John, are here to talk about an awesome ball hockey camp in LEOMINSTER, KID!  Plus, even bad hockey is good hockey?  What's that now?  You read that right. Little guys make for big podcasts.  Gear up. Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. […]

  • HIT the DEK Episode 110 - Fair Play
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on August 31, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    Oh yeah.  This feels right.  We're celebrating the return of our equipment by throwing a hockey party!  Well, talking about throwing a hockey party, anyway.  Plus, we're taking a road trip in our minds to the New York State Fair.  It's the hockey capital of NY... for thirteen days, or so.  And how do you get there?  In a classic hockey car, of course. Everyone come join the fun. Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. […]

  • HIT the DEK Episode 109 - Salvage Operation
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on August 19, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    It lives!  Reports of our demise have been exaggerated.  (Though only slightly.)  While this episode is a bit of a stitch job, it doesn't stop us from telling you about a hockey charity that's breaking the ice ceiling to embrace dek, Johnny law taking it to the street (hockey), and the Arizona Coyotes building this city on stick and ball.  Plus, witness the birth of the hottest new trend: Dek hockey birthday parties! You just can't keep a good podcast down.  Or us, for that matter. Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. […]

  • HIT the DEK Episode 108 - Re-Tourn Engagement
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on August 10, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    Welcome to the second half of our Tournament coverage, featuring Exalted Demiguy of the RSHL, Kevin Frost.  Look upon his works, ye mighty, and nod respectfully.  Kevin's back to talk about the Summer Shootout A & B divisions.  You should totally watch those, if you haven't already.  Plus, we've got some stories about the US women's under 20 team.  They're the real deal, brother! Watch the RSHL Summer Shootout A Division, B Division, and C Division. Spoiler-free at 49:23. Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. […]

  • HIT the DEK Episode 107 - Tourn, Tourn, Tourn
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on August 3, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    Tourney time!  This week we're joined by pod friend Kevin Frost to catch us up on the RSHL's Summer Shootout tournament.  We've been watching you Kevin...  Plus, the American Rhino can't take a vacation from hockey.  Every time I think I'm out... Watch the RSHL Summer Shootout A Division, B Division, and C Division. Spoiler-free at 48:40. Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. […]

  • HIT the DEK Episode 106 - Wheeled Warriors
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on July 20, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    We're back.  Did you miss us?  This week we're celebrating Rusev Day by talking about some real super athletes.  It's a whole tournament full of players in motorized wheelchairs.  Piece of advice:  The next time you want to complain about running yourself ragged?  Don't.  Plus, there's a smoking hot tournament heating up in Raleigh, and your American Rhino reviews a pair of specialized goalie sneakers, courtesy of Hagan Hockey. Machka! Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. […]

  • HIT the DEK Episode 105 - Fireball Island
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on July 6, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    You animal!  You blew it all up!  On this episode of HIT the DEK, the American Rhino is coming in hot, and no pucks are given.  We wrap up our World Championships coverage and talk about the Navy SEALs training hockey players, but that's not really why you're here.  Gary has an unpopular opinion to share about John Tavares, and James tries desperately to stop hemorrhaging listeners.  Good luck with that. Spicy takes abound, so strap in. Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. […]

  • HIT the DEK Episode 104 - Double Dek
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on June 29, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    Today, the name of the game is...  Well, it's dek hockey, same as always.  HOWEVER, what are TALKING about in this episode is tournaments.  For fun, for the community, for national pride and international glory.  We're also talking about a blast from the past that's a little bit gakked up.  Bring a towel. On your mark...  Get set...  POD! Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. […]

  • HIT the DEK Episode 103 - RIP Van Stink Kill
    by Gary McComiskey and James Saggese on June 22, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    Everybody reeks sometimes.  But hold on, because we've got some deodorizing tips for you and your gear, just in time for summer.  Glamorous, to be sure.  We're also talking about a program that teaching STEM subjects to hockey fans, and a Great interview series hosted by a certain Mr. Gretzky.  Plus, Gary almost kills James.  Fun times abound. Spin up the podcast.  Rod Hockey said so. Check out the exclusive content on our YouTube channel.  Stay current with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. […]

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