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The Athletic's Josh Cooper and former NHL defenseman Shane O'Brien dive into the SoCal hockey scene, covering all things Ducks and Kings, twice a week.

Come for the hockey analysis, stay for the Keanu Reeves references.

Point Breakaway: A show about the LA hockey scene The Athletic

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The Athletic's Josh Cooper and former NHL defenseman Shane O'Brien dive into the SoCal hockey scene, covering all things Ducks and Kings, twice a week.

Come for the hockey analysis, stay for the Keanu Reeves references.

    OB takes the Player Poll, and Kings top prospect Alex Turcotte joins.

    OB takes the Player Poll, and Kings top prospect Alex Turcotte joins.

    OB and Coop discuss Drew Doughty's frustrations with the Kings slow rebuild, and LA consistently being in the bottom third of the NHL.

    The guys also take a look at how California native Chase De Leo did in his short time with the Ducks, and what he has to do to stay up with the hometown Anaheim Ducks.

    Coop asks OB to take the Athletic player poll. 392 players took part in the poll, and Coop compares OB's answers, to those of the players.

    Finally, Josh and Shane welcome Alex Turcotte, the Kings 1st round pick, 5th overall in 2019 to the POD to discuss his development, attending classes at Wisconsin, his season to date, his struggles at the World Junior Championship, facing his best friend Trevor Zegras, who is Anaheim's top prospect, and playing for former LA King Tony Granato at Wisconsin.

    • 48 Min.
    Alec Martinez on the trade block? Corey Perry's awkward return to Anaheim?

    Alec Martinez on the trade block? Corey Perry's awkward return to Anaheim?

    Coop and OB discuss Alec Martinez trade rumours, as the valuable defender is on the block with a year remaining on his contract. The boys discuss his game, what the Kings could get for him and what teams could use the Michigan native. Staying with the Kings. OB tells us why he thinks Adrian Kempe should not be on the trade block. Kempe has finally found his game, with 10 points in his last 16 games on the wing.

    Down in Orange County, the Ducks struggles are escalating. Dallas Eakins lit into his club after the loss to Chicago on Saturday night. They are 11-21-5 since they started the year 6-2-0. Coop asks OB if the players pay attention to coaches post game comments, negative or positive.

    Finally, the boys look back on Corey Perry's return to Anaheim last week, the tribute, and his salute to the fans.

    • 34 Min.
    Bold Predictions for the Ducks and Kings in 2020. Cal Peterson of Ontario Reign

    Bold Predictions for the Ducks and Kings in 2020. Cal Peterson of Ontario Reign

    The first Point Breakaway of 2020 with Coop and OB dissects the LA Kings and Anaheim Ducks seasons to date, and if the rebuilding California teams will be players leading up to the deadline in February. Plus, Coop shares his bold predictions for the Kings and Ducks with Shaner, including will Getzlaf score 20 goals, will Jeff Carter be moved at the deadline and will Adrian Kempe rebound from his brutal start?

    In the second half of the pod, Coop and OB chat with Cal Petersen, the Kings top goaltending prospect, currently lighting it up with Ontario of the AHL. Cal shares his thoughts on making the AHL all-star team, what a chill dude Jonathan Quick is, and his passion for common projects.

    • 48 Min.
    Nate Thompson on converting to Judaism, OB and Coop's holiday traditions.

    Nate Thompson on converting to Judaism, OB and Coop's holiday traditions.

    On this holiday edition of Point Breakaway, Coop and OB welcome former Duck and King, Nate Thompson of the Montreal Canadiens. Thomer joined the boys to talk about his conversion to Judaism, celebrating the holidays in Montreal, playing for the storied Habs, and who has the better delicatessen? Montreal or LA .

    • 29 Min.
    Kovi gets waived, with many to blame for this brutal signing.

    Kovi gets waived, with many to blame for this brutal signing.

    Ilya Kovalchuk is placed on unconditional waivers, in a move that many predicted would eventually happen when Los Angeles signed him to a deal last year. Where does he wind up? Back home to Russia, or will one of the other 30 NHL teams take a chance on Kovy?
    In Anaheim, Daniel Sprong is very frustrated with the Ducks, after scoring 14 goals in half a season with Anaheim, he's stuck in the AHL. Has he asked for a trade? Tune in to OB and Coop to find out.

    • 39 Min.
    Bryan Berard joins Shane, Josh and Kevin Connolly from Action Park Studio in SoCal

    Bryan Berard joins Shane, Josh and Kevin Connolly from Action Park Studio in SoCal

    Former NHL defenseman Bryan Berard joins OB, Coop and Kevin Connolly to talk about his 11 year career in the league, his devastating eye injury and his triumphant return from it, and how he lost millions to a fraud involving an unscrupulous financial adviser. Buy Bryan's book, Relentless: My Life in Hockey and the Power of Perseverance. It's a great read.
    Also, Coop and OB, recap the redemption of Erik Gudbranson, who faced the Caps and Garnet Hathaway for the first time since 'spit-gate' and so much more.

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