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.
#121 Our Special Guest: Former NHL'er DAN QUINN!
This week we're joined by Russ' old teammate and fellow 1983 NHL first rounder Dan Quinn. Dan talks about his dad, a former Ottawa Rough Rider; He discusses a little golf - being one of the top players on the celebrity golf tour, caddying for PGA star Ernie Els and how Bubba Watson repeatedly snubbed him. Dan recalls how intimidated he was when a 20 on 20 pre-game brawl broke out in warm up before in his first road game in junior. The boys discuss how some players used to scout other teams for information they could use to chirp opponents. Russ remembers the time Dan got off a great line about the bald guys on their team. Dan recounts his days playing with Mario Lemieux in Pittsburgh, how shy Mario was, and the night Mario was stuck at 199 points on the final night of the regular season. Russ tells an amazing story about how some players used to help out other players - even opponents - when they were close to bonuses. Referee Denis Morel was in no mood for shenanigans the night Russ returned to Montreal to face his old team. More tales of NHL initiation. And much more!
#120: Russ Remembers When NHL Rookie Hazing Was Still a Thing
This week's the boys discuss the amazing feedback from last week's emotional interview with Corey Hirsch. Russ talks about his friendship with former Today host Billy Bush, the invitation to his 50th birthday and the infamous recording on Donald Trump's bus. The guys discuss fame and celebrity which definitely has its down side.With the NHL preseason underway, Russ remembers his NHL rookie camp in Toronto when hazing was definitely still a thing. He also recalls how his game had to change when he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens. They discuss Brady Tkachuk, the NHL's last remaining RFA holdout and what's going on in Ottawa. They get into why Paul Henderson should be in the Hall of Fame and Robin Lehner's serious accusations about how some NHL organizations dole out pain medication.
#119: Our Special Guest: Former NHL Goalie COREY HIRSCH!
In this episode, we're joined by Canucks broadcaster Corey Hirsch, former NHL goalie, Russ's former teammate and 1994 Olympic silver medalist. The boys tell some great stories in this one - stories about former NHL coach Mike Keenan and Marc Crawford; golfing with actor Jason Bateman; an incredible story about Russ' wife and an awkward dinner invitation from Bill Cosby; the time Russ and Corey almost got lost at sea; their time at the Playboy mansion; some very expensive IOU's from team card games; how drinking out of the Stanley Cup is kind of gross; the hilarious line that Hirsch uses to deal with hecklers from Sweden; and finally, an emotional conversation about Hirsch's mental health struggles, nearly taking his own life and his incredible, harrowing and inspiring road back.
#118 Nobody Does Retirement Better Than Russ!
This week, we learn that Russ isn't real strong at appropriately responding to Jim's texts. Some great news on some high calibre, upcoming guests. The boys swap some great stories about Chris Chelios, who's coming on the show soon. They talk about Zdeno Chara signing with the Islanders and how retiring from the game is never easy. They get into Matthew Tkachuk chiming in on his brother Brady's contract talks in Ottawa. Russ has some stories about Harold Ballard who was often controversial but was always good to Russ. And the fellas remember Canadian stand-up comedy great Norm MacDonald who passed away this week at the age of 61.
#117 That's the Prime Minister on the Phone!!
The NFL is back and Russ was at the LA Rams home opener on Sunday night. He watched Aaron Donald's father almost as much as the actual game. He also shares his discussion with Minnesota Vikings star linebacker Eric Kendricks, his soon-to-be son-in-law. They get into the fun of tailgating and Jim remembers his hilarious failed attempt to sneak a bunch of booze into his university's big annual football game versus their cross-town rivals. They discuss the amazing run of Leylah Fernandez at the US Open and the intense media pressure the young players face. Russ remembers the time he almost ran for politics and why his wife was super embarrassed after a call from the Prime Minister. The boys get into some advice for young athletes. And they talk about their podcast growth plans with Eddy from Elite Digital Marketing.
#116 Carolina Gets Revenge on the Habs
In this episode:
•The boys talk about the new documentary on a 1990's United Hockey League team run by an alleged gangster who gave the team to his 17 year old son to run.
•The boys swap some old car stories, although Russ says he's not really a car guy...sure you're not, Russ.
•It's no fun playing for a team after they announce they're about to relocate to another city.
•Reaction to the PGA clamping down on fans chirping Bryson DeChambeau
•The night the Habs brawled with the Soviets
•They discuss the Habs decision not to match Carolina's offer sheet to Jesperi Kotkaniemi and tell a great story from 2007 - the last time an NHL team didn't match an offer sheet.
•The incredible story of the time Russ almost died in an Italian cycling crash
•Would Russ like to get into hockey management?
•Russ' old teammate Todd Harvey didn't lack for confidence as a rookie
Definitely a great podcast. The two of you play off of each other so well, and it just works. I have been listening to Jimmy since Way back in the team 1200 days and this is just classic jungle.... definitely and at least my top five, maybe even top three of must listen to podcasts every week. This may not be the place for a suggestion like this, but I really think that you should consider doing something with the Locker Room app. It would be absolutely great for us fans to be able to interact with the two of you in a live setting.
Why did you wreck a good show by putting Judas on it? I’ll give this one a pass.
Best Hockey Podcast
I look forward to my Wednesday mornings when a new pod drops. Jim and Russ are great guys who tell great stories.