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Hit The Dek podcast A podcast about hockey in sneakers.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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