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Episode #54 featuring Utica College Pioneers men’s ice hockey team Gary Heenan!
This episode features an interview with the head coach of the third-ranked Utica College Pioneers Gary Heenan! We chat about the season so far and the challenges the team has faced, the Thanksgiving Showcase, the Teddy Bear Toss, recruiting, his very famous relative, and more! Then the boys discuss the Utica Comets, firings in the NHL, and potential moves for the New York Rangers!
Episode #53 featuring Andy Derminio of WIBX 950 AM Radio!
Andy Derminio of First News with Keeler in the Morning on WIBX 950 Radio out of Utica, NY joins the show to discuss sports and especially the Utica Comets! We discuss the team’s unbelievable start, the keys to their success, the MVP and unsung hero, and the effect the team has had on Utica in general! The panel also discusses the Utica College Pioneers Thanksgiving Showcase, managerial changes in Montreal, “Bitegate”, and more! Our apologies for the difficulty with the live feed of the show, Scott and his limited computer knowledge are still trying to figure out the technical end of things!
Episode #52 featuring Sean O’Brien of the Calder Farmcast AHL Podcast!
Episode #52 of Marty’s Illegal Stick features Sean O’Brien from the Calder Farmstead AHL Podcast! We discuss the AHL record-breaking Utica Comets, the AHL North Division, and the other powerhouses in the American Hockey League! You can find Sean’s AHL analytical work at http://bit.ly/datadumpandchase and the Calder Farmstead: an AHL Podcast can be found on YouTube and all major podcast platforms! After Breakaway Trivia, Scott and Jeremy discuss the big upcoming Thanksgiving Showcase tournament hosted by the Utica College Pioneers men’s ice hockey team, the new third uniforms for the LA Kings and NJ Devils, and is it time to panic on Long Island?
Episode #51 featuring Armand Klisivitch of thepuckauthority.com!
In this episode of Marty’s Illegal Stick, we welcome Armand Klisivitch of thepuckauthority.com to talk about the Adirondack Thunder! The Thunder are the ECHL affiliate of the Utica Comets, and Armand gives us a look at the team and the league! In Hot Takes, we discuss the hot starts of the Utica Comets and Utica College Pioneers, a certain Twitter controversy, and our thoughts on the Jack Eichel trade!
Episode #50 featuring the President of the Original Hockey Hall of Fame Larry Paquette!
This episode of Marty’s Illegal Stick features Larry Paquette, the President of the Original Hockey Hall of Fame! The original Hockey Hall of Fame is located in Kingston, Ontario, Larry tells us how this hall came to be, its similarity to how the Baseball hall of Fame was founded, and its relationship with the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto! We then talk about the roots of the game, the artifacts at the original hall including the first puck (it was square!), one of the first ever hockey sticks, Don Cherry’s relationship to this hall, and so much more!
Episode #49 featuring Coach Gary Heenan and our Utica College Hockey preview
Episode #48 featuring Joe Konze of Buffalo’s Trainwreck Sports!
In this episode of Marty’s Illegal Stick, we bring in Joe Konze from https://trainwrecksports.com to talk some Buffalo Sabres hockey! Trainwreck Sports is a Buffalo based multi media sports site, and Joe gives his opinions on the current state of the Sabres, Jack Eichek, the Pegulas, the future of the team, and more! In Hot Takes we talk Nikita Kucherov’s latest injury, Evander Kane, and the Utica Comets season opening victory!
Episode #47 featuring our Utica Comets season preview!
Episode #46 (Season #2) featuring our 2021-22 NHL season preview show!
This episode features our 2021-22 NHL preview show! We also announce our first ever contest, and Gump talks about drinking with the 1972 Boston Bruins! The Zamboni Time Machine looks at three brothers who risked everything to play hockey in North America!
Episode #45 featuring Connor Green of the Puck Lines Podcast!
In this episode of Marty’s Illegal Stick, we welcome in Connor Green of the Puck Lines Podcast! Puck Lines is a Boston Bruins based podcast and we chat about the outlook for the Bruins, strengths and weaknesses of the team, will Tukka Rask be back, and more! We then talk about the rest of the Eastern Conference, the top ten player list from NHL.com, and more! The Zamboni Time Machine takes a look at an iconic hockey TV program!
Episode #44 featuring Devils State of Mind Podcast host Neil Villapiano!
This episode features the host of the Devils State of Mind Podcast Neil Villapiano! The Devils State of Mind Podcast focuses on the New Jersey Devils, we chat with Neil about the Devils prospects that could be playing Utica this season for the Comets, the Devils/Rangers rivalry. Zdeno Chara, our way too early picks for the Stanley Cup Final and more! The Zamboni Time Machine looks at a game that sparked the formation of the “334 Club”1
Episode #43 featuring the return of Utica College Mens Ice Hockey Team Head Coach Gary Heenan!
In this episode of Marty’s illegal Stick, we welcome back Utica College Mens Ice Hockey team Head coach Gary Heenan! Coach Heenan gives us a preview of what to expect for the upcoming season of Pioneers hockey, the preparations that go into a hockey season, how the team got started, and his experience on TV for the Utica Comets! Then the panel discusses the season outlook for the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Edmonton Oilers while Dave The Save dreams of space travel. The Zamboni Time Machine takes a look at legendary series of tournaments that defined Cold War hockey!
Episode #42: Building the ideal hockey player!
In episode #42 of Marty’s Illegal Stick, we take a shot at building our ideal hockey player! Gump, the Professor, and Scott channel their inner Dr. Frankenstein and piece together their ideal hockey player using the hockey DNA of any player, past or present in twelve different categories! Who’s wrist shot would they take? Who’s checking ability? Who’s hair? In Hockey Hot Takes, we discuss the Arizona Coyotes getting a new arena and is it worth it for them to stay? Then, The Zamboni Time Machine takes a look at a legendary goaltender who has a trophy named for him!
Episode #41 featuring co-host of the On Thin Ice Podcast Ed Stefaniak!
Episode #41 of Marty’s Illegal Stick features the co-host of the On Thin Ice Podcast and fellow beer leaguer Ed Stefaniak! Ed shares his experience in youth hockey, the Proctor Raiders, college hockey at MVCC, and then sticks around to give his unabashed opinions during Hockey Hot Takes! Then, The Zamboni Time Machine takes a look at the time the Montreal Canadiens bought an entire league just to get one player!
Episode #40 featuring former Mohawk Valley Prowler Mark Kotary!
Episode #40 of Martys Illegal Stick features New Hartford native and former Mohawk Valley Prowler Mark Kotary! We talk about his playing days, including leaving home early to play prep school hockey and his standout college career! We then chat about his opportunity at a San Jose Sharks camp, his days with the Prowlers including the unique coaching style of Dave “The Hammer” Schultz, and Mark’s store “Mark Kotary Hockey Supply”! After discussing news from around the hockey world, the Zamboni Time Machine takes a look at a short lived, but dominant, US Coast Guard hockey team!
Episode #39 featuring the return of Jimmy “The Iceman” MacNeil
This episode of Marty’s Illegal Stick, recorded on August 18th, 2021, features the return to the show of Jimmy”The Iceman” MacNeil! Jimmy was the Zamboni Company’s “Driver of the Year” in 1999, and drove across Canada on a Zamboni Ice Machine in 2001 for the “Drive For Gold”! We chat about the Drive For Gold, analytics in hockey, his book “The Red and White Zamboni Ice Machine”, and much more! In Hot Takes, we discuss ads on jerseys and a certain billboard in Buffalo while The Zamboni Time Machine looks at a team owner that changed the game forever but then went to prison!
Episode #38 featuring former NHLer and Utica Devil Jim Thomson
Here’s the latest episode of Marty’s Illegal Stick featuring former NHLer and Utica Devil Jim Thomson! Jim tells us about the superstar he had to cover in his first NHL game, his time with the Utica Devils and coach Tom McVie, the toll fighting in the game takes on players, some incredible insight into the 1993 Stanley Cup Final – including illegal sticks, and much more! After we cover the news in Hot Takes, The Zamboni Time Machine takes a look at the night a coach stepped out from behind the bench and played goal!
Episode #37 featuring Kelly Kalichman from the EmPowerPlay Project
Episode #37 features Kelly Kalichman from The EmPowerPlay Project! The EmPowerPlay Project is an organization dedicated to the growth of dekhockey by providing an affordable alternative to ice hockey as well as helping build dekhockey rinks all over the country! We also talk about the great Montreal sports scene of the 1960’s and 70’s, hockey in Southern California, and how The EmPowerPlay Project is achieving its goals. In Hot Takes we cover the Ryan Reaves trade, John Tortorella’s new job, while The Zamboni Time Machine looks at the further adventures of Eddie Shore – this time as a team owner (You won’t believe some of the things he did)!
Episode #36: Gil Martin of the Locked On Islanders Podcast!
In this episode of Marty’s Illegal Stick, we welcome back Gil Martin of the Locked On Islanders Podcast and author of Ice Wars, along with an appearance by the Emmy Award winning “Chicoutimi” Rich Massucci! We chat all things Islanders and then cover the NHL Expansion Draft, the Entry Draft, and the winners and losers from Free Agent Frenzy! Then The Zamboni Time Machine looks at a time a Hall of Fame defenseman drove through a blizzard with half of a windshield to get to a game?
Episode #35: Our NHL Expansion Draft preview show!
In this episode, Scott, Gump, the Professor, and Dave the Save preview the NHL Expansion Draft! We were originally going to do a mock draft but social media leaked the actual picks before our show, so we discussed the surprises, the Seattle sports market, and we compare/contrast the Vegas Entry Draft. In Hot Takes, we discuss Jack Eichel possibly going to the Rangers, should number one draft picks turn pro right away, and the NHL in the Olympics, while The Zamboni Time Machine looks at the time Wayne Gretzky almost broke into the NHL in the Province of Quebec?
Episode #34: Part 2 of our round table discussion of the Eastern Hockey League and old time hockey!
This episode is part 2 of our round table discussion of the Eastern Hockey League and old time hockey! The panel from last week returns and we are also joined by former Clinton Comet Pierre Prevost! We discuss the Philadelphia Ramblers connection to American Bandstand, the oldest (and still active) youth hockey organization in the United States, characters like Norm Defelice, Art Dorrington, The Flying Fathers, stick fighting in the old days and so much more!
Episode #33 featuring part 1 of a round table table discussion about the EHL and old time hockey!
This episode is part 1 of our roundtable discussion about the Eastern Hockey League and old-time hockey! The panel features original Philadelphia Rambler Rocky Rukavina, former EHL player and NY Rangers prospect Terry Mulvey, administrator of theehl.com and Brian MacFarlane Award winner Tom Telaar, and Barry Shelley from the Rink of Dreams! There was so much to talk about that these gentlemen are coming back next week to talk some more! Since this episode is one big history lesson, The Zamboni Time Machine gets a break this week!
Episode #32 featuring author and Editorial and Education Facilitator for the Hockey Hall of Fame Kevin Shea!
Kevin Shea is a legendary author and hockey historian as evidenced by the 19 books he has written on the sport! We chat about the books he has written with legends like Larry Robinson and Derek Sanderson among others! We talk about his work with the Hockey Hall of Fame, the ScotiaBank Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer, the Society for International Hockey Research, his time as an executive in the music industry, and much more! Kevin then takes part in Hot Takes where we discuss the State of the League Address as well as the NHL Awards, and The Zamboni Time Machine takes us back to a kid who used to fly to hockey practice?
Episode #31 featuring former NHLer and current NHL scout Mark Mowers!
This episode of Marty’s Illegal Stick features former NHLer and current scout for the Minnesota Wild, Mark Mowers! We chat about Mark’s early influences and rivalries while playing for Whitesboro High School, his standout career at the University of New Hampshire, his career in the NHL, playing in Europe, what he looks for in a player as a scout, and much more! Hot Takes covers sled hockey and the NHL Playoffs, while The Zamboni Time Machine looks at the original clown prince of hockey!
Episode #30 featuring EHL Historian Tom Telaar!
This episode Of Marty’s Illegal Stick features a chat with Eastern Hockey League historian Tom Telaar! Tom runs the Eastern Hockey League Facebook page as well as http://www.theehl.com! We talk about how the Eastern Hockey League started, it’s influence on southern hockey, of course, the Clinton Comets, and so much more! In Hot Takes we discuss the Gerard Gallant hiring, Owen Power, and the NHL Playoffs, and The Zamboni Time Machine takes a look at an arena where teams had to skate uphill!
Episode #29 featuring Dom Reile of Reile Talk!
In this episode we chat with fellow hockey nut Dom Reile from the Reile Talk Podcast! We cover a variety of hockey topics including the unknown hockey hotbed that is Central New York (and what a Mohawk Valley Hockey Hall of Fame could look like), the NHL Playoffs, the Rangers, the Sabres and so much more! Then The Zamboni Time Machine takes a look back at a goalie who was once arrested while being naked?
Episode #28 featuring the Number Game!
In this episode of Marty’s Illegal Stick, we play the Number Game! Who was the best to wear number 9? Who was the best to wear number 10? We debate those and seven other numbers as well! Hot Takes covers The Draft Lottery and the NHL Playoffs, and The Zamboni Time Machine takes a look at a goaltender and forward who had mishaps on the ice you simply can’t make up!
Episode #27 featuring former Western Hockey League Referee Brian Mack!
In this episode of Marty’s Illegal Stick, we chat with former Western Hockey League Referee Brian Mack! Brian tells us about his experiences refereeing junior hockey in the 80’s and the future Hall of Famers he shared the ice with along the way, and then transitioning to reffing in roller hockey! In Hot Takes we cover the NHL playoffs and the Ovechkin post game shouting incident, the The Zamboni Time Machine takes a look at the Joe Namath of the NHL!
Episode #26 featuring former NJ Devil Tim Sestito!
In this episode of Marty’s Illegal Stick we chat with former NJ Devil Tim Sestito! Tim tells us about his experiences with the Oilers, Devils, in the AHL and KHL!, and becoming a firefighter in his hometown of Rome NY! In Hot Takes we cover the NHL playoffs and LTIR loopholes, and The Zamboni Time Machine takes a look at Evel Knievel the hockey player?
Episode #25 the NHL playoff preview show!
In this episode of Marty’s Illegal Stick, the boys do our NHL playoff preview show! Scott, Jeremy, and Rich give their predictions on who gets upset, who advances, and who ultimately lifts Lord Stanley’s hardware! In Hot Takes, we cover coaches getting fired, the Jack Eichel situation, and Connor McDavid’s incredible season! The Zamboni Time Machine takes a look back to a team that had a strip club in the basement of its rink?
Episode #24 part 2 with former New York Ranger Dale Purinton!
This episode is part 2 of our interview with former New York Ranger Dale Purinton! This time we talk about his first NHL goal, advice from Mark Messier, a behind the scenes look at the daily operation of an NHL team, his career in the AHL, and his struggles with alcohol and the law he had post hockey and how he overcame them! In Hot Takes we cover the Tom Wilson incident, the AHL playoff situation, and will Jaromir Jagr ever stop playing? The Zamboni Time Machine takes a look at the time a historic goalie mask was stolen from the Hockey Hall of Fame and it’s mistaken identity!
Dale was very open and candid about everything, and it takes a lot of guts to that!
Episode #23 featuring former New York Ranger Dale Purinton (part 1)
In this episode of Marty’s Illegal Stick, it’s part 1 of our interview with former New York Ranger Dale Purinton (after the show we realized there was so much we didn’t get to that Dale is coming back on again next week)! We talk about Dale’s time in junior hockey and with the Rangers, fighting in hockey and CTE! Hockey Hot Takes covers what if Vladislav Tretiak had actually played for the Montreal Canadiens as well as the NHL playoff format, and The Zamboni Time Machine takes us back to when Muhammad Ali fought an NHL enforcer!
Episode #22 featuring Jimmy “The Iceman” MacNeil!
In this episode of Marty’s Illegal Stick, we chat with Jimmy “The Iceman” MacNeil! Jimmy has been involved with Zambonis for just about his whole life, his father was the first ever official Zamboni repairman in Canada! Jimmy has been named the Zamboni company’s Driver of the Year (wait until you hear this story), toured 79 Canadian cities on The Drive For Gold, and even wrote a Zamboni themed childrens book! Jimmy also does a podcast for the Zamboni company which can be found at http://www.zamboni.com! In Hot Takes we cover Patrick Marleau’s milestone and other topics and The Zamboni Time Machine takes us back to look at a forgotten NHL trophy!
Episode #21: The Marty’s Madness Tournament!
Now that March Madness is over, in this episode we have Marty’s Madness! It’s our tournament to determine who the best NHL team post 1967 is! Will it be the 1982 Islanders? The 1994 Rangers? The 1977 Canadiens? The 1985 Oilers or perhaps another team? In Hot Takes we discuss our impressions of the NHL Trade Deadline and The Zamboni Time Machine takes us back to when Vince McMahon owned a hockey team?
Episode #20 featuring author Gil Martin!
In this episode we talk to Gil Martin, the author of Ice Wars: The Complete Story of New York’s Greatest Modern Sports Rivalry! Ice Wars is an incredible season by season breakdown of the NY Rangers vs NY Islanders rivalry featuring profiles and stories from players, coaches, and broadcasters from both sides! In Hot Takes we talk about news from around the hockey world including the NHL Trade Deadline (the Kyle Palmeri trade happened about 15 minutes after we got done recording), and The Zamboni Time Machine takes us back to a flamboyant NHL team owner who once had a live seal at center ice?
Episode #19 featuring retired NHL defenseman Tom Laidlaw!
In this episode we chat with defenseman Tom Laidlaw, who played for both the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings! We talk about his time, teammates, and rivals from his time in New York, being traded to Los Angeles, and the hysteria of Wayne Gretzky’s arrival – including celebrities in the locker room and being on Gretzky’s 1,850th point which tied Gordie Howe’s all time points record! We also discuss Survivor and Tom’s current project http://www.truegritlife.com.
In Hot Takes we cover changes to the draft lottery and the referee Tim Peel situation, and The Zamboni Time Machine takes us back to when the tradition of a certain sea creature being thrown on the ice started in the Motor City!
Episode #18 an insider look at Utica College hockey with Jeremy Roberts!
In this episode of Marty’s Illegal Stick, friend of the show and Utica College mens hockey insider Jeremy Roberts drops by! We talk about the Pioneers season so far, what the future might hold, and we even talk some youth hockey! In Hot Takes we cover the fallout of the Ralph Krueger firing, Alex Ovechkin’s milestone, does LTIR need to be fixed, and more! The Zamboni Time Machine takes us back to look at USA Hockey’s first miracle on ice!
Episode #17: “The Martys” Awards Show!
In this episode of Marty’s Illegal Stick, we hold our mid season NHL awards show known as “The Martys”! Who has surprised us the most so far? Who has been the biggest dumpster fire? Who’s been the best at what they do? In Hockey Hot Takes we have some sad news, have some congratulations to give out, and talk new TV deals. The Zamboni Time Machine takes us back to take a look at an early forgotten Montreal Canadiens superstar who reminded some of Babe Ruth!
Sorry, no video is available this week, but we promise you’ll be able to see our mugs next week!
Episode #16 featuring an interview with Clinton Comets legend Pierre Prevost
In this episode we interview Clinton Comets legend Pierre Prevost! We talk about the 1967-68 Comets team, the bond he had and still does with his teammates, the Clinton Arena, the Eastern Hockey League and more!
Episode #15: The best of 80’s hockey show!
Episode #14 featuring Barry Shelley from the Rink of Dreams!
Episode #13 featuring Hockey Royalty editor Ryan Sikes!
Episode #12 featuring long time local hockey player Ed Smith!
Episode #11 featuring Utica Comets play by play announcer Jason Shaya!
Episode #10: Hockey’s greatest rivalries!
In this episode of Marty’s Illegal Stick, we discuss hockey’s greatest rivalries! Which battles on the ice make our list, is it Team USA/Soviet Union, Rangers/Islanders, Bruins/Canadians, tune in to find out if your favorites made our lists! Then The Zamboni Time Machine takes us back to the day a future NHL Hall of Famer was traded to two different teams at the same time! All this and more in this episode of Marty’s Illegal Stick!
Episode #9 featuring The Fans Speak!
Episode #8 featuring our favorite hockey video games!
Episode #7 featuring the Mohawk Valley Hockey Club!
Episode #6 featuring our favorite hockey movies!
Episode #5 featuring local former player, coach, and ref John Stephens!
Episode #4 featuring Utica College Mens Ice Hockey Head Coach Gary Heenan!
Hired in 2000 as Head Coach of the Utica College Men’s Ice Hockey team, Coach Gary Heenan’s program has become a model of success. Over the past 20 seasons, Utica College has had 17 consecutive playoff appearances, 7 regular season championships, 2 conference championships, and 20 or more wins in each of the past three seasons. Last season would have arguably been their most successful to date as the Pioneers earned a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament before it was canceled due to coronavirus. In this episode, we talk to Coach Heenan about the impact Coronavirus has had on his program and how it will be dealt with this season. We also talk about the keys to the team’s success, playing in Europe, and more in this week’s Marty’s Illegal Stick.
Episode #3 featuring AHL off ice official Rob Bouck!
Episode #2 featuring long time NY Islanders fan Keith Levatino!
Episode #1 featuring Leo “Gump” Kinville!
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