The Suspendables is a weekly podcast with former NHL star Russ Courtnall and his pal, comedian Jungle Jim Jerome. Listen in for classic, hilarious NHL stories; great discussion on the hottest NHL news; and interviews with some of hockey's biggest names. A new episode every Wednesday morning.
#127 Three Things That Always Tell the Truth
In this week's show, it's safe to say money comes pretty easy to the Great One. Russ discusses balancing NHL life and a young family and how his daughter and her fiance - NFL star Eric Kendricks - are helping raise money and awareness on Instagram for mental health (https://www.instagram.com/wearedualcitizen). Russ has the best punch line about 3 things that always tell the truth. The boys swap some stories about pot, brownies and guzzling wine with Cheech from Cheech and Chong. Russ remembers some of the best NHL tough guys, best mentors and best rivalries during his career. The time Markus Naslund drunk dialled Russ. Jim has a fun story about having Bobby Hull on as a radio guest after a hard night of drinking.
#126 Standin' in the Hall of Fame
In this episode, the boys discuss this week's latest inductions into the Hockey Hall of Fame - former Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla, three-time Stanley Cup champion Marian Hossa, defencemen Kevin Lowe and Doug Wilson - and Canadian women's national team goalie Kim St-Pierre.
Edmonton Oilers general manager Ken Holland goes in as a builder. They discuss COVID shutting down the Ottawa Senators, with 10 players going into COVID protocol. John Tortorella has some unsolicited advice on ESPN for Connor McDavid. Also, Russ recalls his days in prep school at Notre Dame in Saskatchewan, including the hazards of Hall Sliding, a food called Icky Krafty (or something like that) and the school nurse that he and most of his teammates were smitten with.
#125 Our Special Guest: NHL Winger BOBBY RYAN!
A great conversation today with free agent NHL forward Bobby Ryan. We discuss Bobby's unusual NHL draft day in 2005 when he was drafted 2nd overall right behind Sidney Crosby. Bobby recalls his first pro hockey game where things got a little out of hand. He talks about what it was like to play in Anaheim and then Ottawa and how different the hockey spotlight was in each city. We ask him about the pressure of effectively replacing Daniel Alfredsson, the most beloved player in Ottawa Senators history. A funny story about Kevin Dineen - Bobby's favourite coach - who once jumped in a boat and hit him with a surprise training session. We also get into some alternative uses for peanut butter and a funny story about the time Bobby went golfing with our producer Steve. And some serious discussion as well as Bobby talks candidly about this time in the NHL player assistance program for alcohol issues. And the incredible story of Bobby's childhood, including his father's issues that led to Bobby moving around and even changing his surname.
#124 Halloween and Montreal's Scary Start
In this one, the boys discuss their respective Halloweens and get into the Montreal Canadiens early season struggles. They take more listener emails, such as how each of the guys got their nicknames; What would Russ tell his younger self? They get into how tricky it is to balance NHL hockey with having a new family. What NHL legend showed up four hours before game time? You'll want to hear about the unique pre-game meal he and Russ shared in their Montreal days. Russ remembers the time that teammate Glen Healy stopped him in his tracks when he tried to make a dressing room fashion statement. Some memories and stories about Petr Nedved; current TV shows the boys are watching and who was faster? Russ or Mike Modano? Will Jim ever remember our show's email address?
#123 The Leafs are Strrrruggling Out of the Gate
This week, Russ just got home from a cross country trek to South Carolina to see his son play in the East Coast League. He talks about a chance encounter with a listener. Jim tells his favourite joke of all time. The boys talk about the brutal honesty and wit of Brett Hull. Mark Messier has a new book and Russ shares a few memories of playing with Mess in New York. The Leafs are off to a very poor start. Russ believes strongly in road ice advantage. The boys disagree about Alex Ovechkin's ugly hit from behind on Ottawa forward Nick Paul. And they discuss the fan who gave back Tom Brady's record setting game ball that, had he kept it, could have been worth over half a million bucks!
#122 Gretzky and Messier Debut as Regular TV Analysts
This week the boys review their recent interview with Dan Quinn. Listenership continues to skyrocket! Russ tells a great story about a classic burn from Paul Coffey. The guys get into the times Russ got suspended - once from The Keg and once from his 6th grade playground. They discuss whether coaches or managers actually ask their players to cross the line. Lenny Dykstra made how much money from his car wash business? The guys review how their pals - Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Chris Chelios, Rick Tocchet and others - made out in their new TV debuts. Imagine being on a 2 on 1 with Gretzky and setting him up perfectly. Russ did just that in New York. Russ talks about his trade to Montreal, why he chose #6 and how he wished he'd been able to learn French. And they take listener emails, one of which set Russ on an emotional road, talking in detail about the tragic story of his father.
Incredible combo with Jim & Russ.
This podcast is hilarious! Couldn’t stop laughing at some of the stories these two were saying. So cool to hear about Russ and his NHL career aswell, I remember watching him play for the maple leafs. Great podcast.
Laughed at Jim’s dating advice!
Great pod, even for non NHL fans!
“Maybe that’s why it’s called a dirty martini” Russ Courtenall