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.
#72 Russ' Backyard PGA Party: WHAT HAPPENED??
• On today's episode, Russ talks about the PGA's Zozo Championship and the 4 day party in his backyard right on the 4th hole.
• The guys get into the story of Mitchell Miller, an 18 year old draft Arizona Coyotes draft pick. He and the Coyotes are under fire after news broke this week about Miller's horrible, violent, and racist behaviour toward a developmentally-delayed black classmate back in Grade 8.
• Jim has a hilarious tale of revenge involving sports owner Bill Comrie, founder of The Brick Furniture chain.
• Russ hates to see a good cigar wasted
• The boys talk about the possibility of the NHL going with an all-Canadian division to get them through COVID.
• Russ tells us which NHL goalie got burned with "The Credit Card Game."
• He also gets into what it's like to be traded and the emotions that go with that.
• and he briefly reveals his frustration with current California state politics.
#71 Harold Ballard Saved Tim Horton's?
Russ is hosting a party at his place while a PGA event is going on just a few feet away. With NHL Free agency in full swing, Russ talks about his experiences as a free agent.
Russ was at a family dinner at a high end restaurant when the champion Lakers walked in.
This week is the 25th anniversary of the Montreal Canadiens firing GM Serge Savard and Coach Jacques Demers. They brought in Rejean Houle as GM and Mario Tremblay as Head Coach. How much did all that change the course of history for the Montreal Canadiens?
TV Ratings are down in all sports, even though COVID is keeping more people home.
Russ' daughter Ally is a model in SI's Swim Search.
Russ gives some examples of crazy hockey parents, including one who probably felt terrible after his son paid for his actions.
Why there might not be a Tim Horton's coffee shop chain if not for Harold Ballard.
#70 Our Special Guest: Rick Tocchet
Arizona Coyotes head coach Rick Tocchet joins us and crushes it with some amazing stories.
• The time he and Cam Neely drank with actor Dennis Leary and got an amazing, unique souvenir out of it
• How Craig Berube, when he was still an enforcer, had an amazing strategy for slowing down opponents who started running around
• How Rick got a MAJOR surprise when he tried to console Paul Coffey
• Memories of Dale Hawerchuk and playing in the 1987 Canada Cup
• Rick played with AND coached with Wayne Gretzky. He talks about what he was like as a coach and how one of Gretzky's fun, motivational techniques went very, very wrong
#69 It's Our First Listener Appreciation Day!
On this week's episode, Both Jim and Russ have hilarious stories about encounters with NHL Commissioner Garry Bettman. Russ has a guy in mind who should be actually handing out the Stanley Cup instead of Bettman. With the NHL draft being held this week, Russ looks back on his NHL draft memories when he was taken 7th overall. The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League is adding much harsher penalties to players who fight. Russ says there might be consequences if the NHL ever goes that direction and those pushing for it should be careful what they wish for.
And it's listener appreciation day with lots of emails. Uh, Jim finally checked the show email account.
#68 You Name Dropper!
What do Pat Flatley, Shane Churla, Ryan Walter, Gary Bettman, Bill Gates, Joe Montana, and Rick Bowness all have in common?
They all made their way into the podcast !
Russ made Churla cry.
Jimmy got man handled by Mariah Carey's security team.
Pound for pound Kenny Linesman was the toughest guy out there.
Wait til you hear Jon Coopers background.
What are all those coaches doing behind the bench and upstairs? Russ says there are too many of them.
Jerome doesn't know how to gamble.
#67 Revenge Pranks
Today, Jim and Russ look back at Canada's incredible roster the 1987 Canada Cup. Russ has a hilarious story about a buddy who pranked him
making him think he'd been invited to play for that team. Russ' Revenge was sweet.
Russ is not very programming or computer savvy. Not much for meetings either.
Alex Ovechkin likes the celly maybe a little too much?
Pat Maroon is a great guy with a great goal celebration.
Russ isn't a fan of those Carolina Hurricane post game cellys.
Russ has some great memories of making 1991 Team Canada and found out he'd made the team from an unlikely source. The guy he beat out!
Jimmy keeps the prank stories coming with some beauties between Gord Miller and Chris Cuthbert.
We discuss the NHL's Soviet invasion.
Why does Russ think the conditions at the US Open are a joke?