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.
#157: Our Special Guest...Former NHL Defenceman JASON YORK!
We're joined in this one by former NHL defenceman Jason York. Yorky talks about owning and coaching a junior hockey team and the difference in today's players. He discusses his own junior OHL career which started out badly due to the toxic environment fostered by former coach Bill LaForge. He talks about getting passed over in the NHL draft twice...and then almost a third time! Yorky chimes in on Colorado's Stanley Cup victory over Tampa. He reacts to his former teammate Daniel Alfredsson who makes the Hall of Fame and Luke Richardson getting the head coaching gig in Chicago.
#156: The Game Today is Like Pond Hockey
In this one, we discuss the Stanley Cup Finals so far. What happened to Tampa in Game 2. We talk about why Jon Cooper's son now has the Honda bike Russ bought for one of his daughters. The Memorial Cup is underway and just like the Stanley Cup, Russ also has some regrets from his Victoria Cougar days about not winning that trophy. Russ says the game today is like pond hockey, at least compared to the old days. We touch on the US Open, get a great email from an amazing listener, and Russ tells us what his buddies had to pay this week to fix his golf cart after they totalled it at the Sherwood member-guest. Plus much, much more!
#155: "The Hockey This Spring Has Been the Best I've Ever Seen"
In this one, Russ tells a hilarious story of last week's member-guest event at Sherwood that went very, very wrong. We discuss the Stanley cup Final matchup between Colorado and Tampa and how this year's playoffs have been fantastic. There are a lot of players putting in Conn Smythe level performances so far. Will Brayden Point and Nazem Kadri be able to play? Russ thinks Kadri might be able to play, even with a bad thumb. Should Joel Quenneville get another NHL head coaching job? Russ has never watched video of himself, playing in the Stanley Cup Final??? Hockey and rugby guys get along the best. And LIV golf continues to dominate sports headlines. The boys wonder why golfers are getting such a hard time when so many companies out there get a pass on their deep Saudi business interests.
#154 Rocky Mountain High: Colorado Wins the West
Jim had a tough week, dealing with insurance after his big car accident. The boys talk abut the Avalanche sweeping the Oilers. They get into some of their experiences with the Stanley Cup, including Russ and his brother Geoff having a day with the Cup in Victoria to celebrate the City's 1925 Stanley Cup title. Yes, the Victoria Cougars actually won it all. Russ thinks the Oilers need to upgrade their goaltending. In the East, Russ says Tampa looked out of sorts in the first two games. But they're awake now and it's going to be tough for the Rangers or Avalanche to dethrone the kings. Jim recalls the 80s Oilers who lost the 1983 Cup to the New York Islanders and how that team inspired them. Jimmy's pal Dustin Johnson quits the PGA Tour to play in the LIV golf league. Wayne Gretzky says the closest defenceman we've seen to Cale Makar is Bobby Orr. Jim wonders how that will go over with his longtime hall of fame teammate, Paul Coffey. Russ is pumped for his member guest event.
#153: Russ's Mouth Sometimes Got Him in Trouble
In this one, Jim describes his bad car accident this week. We discuss the Stanley Cup playoffs, with only four teams remaining and the excitement level this time of year. Russ gets into his days in Montreal that included a screaming match with Habs coach Pat Burns. There was definitely no love lost there. He also relays the story of tequila shots with Jyrki Lumme. Minnesota tough guy Shayne Churla was the ultimate "chirping wingman" for his teammates. Russ has a great take on why the retiring Jason Spezza is an outstanding hire for the Leafs. The Manson family are on opposite sides in the Edmonton-Colorado series. Russ had dinner with members of the LA Rams this week and Bones McKay, Phil Mickelson's longtime caddy who left NBC to work for Justin Thomas and immediately wins a PGA Championship.
#152: Our Special Guest...Hockey Night in Canada's KELLY HRUDEY!
We're joined in this one by former NHL goalie Kelly Hrudey, now an analyst on Hockey Night in Canada. Kelly talks about life behind the scenes on the broadcast, his journey to the NHL, how he became a goalie, and how he was cut from every top team until he turned 17. We discuss his scrappy days in the Western Hockey League, he provides some great advice for young goalies, and how he when he knew it was time to retire. We also get into how honoured Kelly was when Patrick Marleau recently gave him a shout out on his way out the NHL door. Darryl Sutter's ability to turn the Flames around has been a big story but Kelly definitely isn't running Sutter's fan club.
Podcasts don’t get better than this
Jimmy and Russ have a dynamic that just works. Their guests are always great, P.J. Stock is just one of many must-listens. How it is that Russ got me addicted to White Claw without the company becoming the title sponsor is a mystery. Hello White Claw… Definitely put this podcast in your weekly rotation, you’ll laugh and you’ll cry, it’s that great. Do go back and start from the beginning.
Amazing hockey podcast
Such a great hockey podcast.
Absolutely hilarious, great hockey stories.
Love hearing all the talk about sobriety and addiction as well. Really helps.
This pair of hosts are very entertaining. Great mix of truth and honesty with tremendous storytelling.