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.
#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
#115 Our Special Guest: Former Edmonton Oilers' Captain RON CHIPPERFIELD!
This week we're joined by Ron Chipperfield, who was Wayne Gretzky's captain in his early days with the Oilers. Russ talks about almost getting into a recent scrap with his "little" brother and the time he and his wife booked the suite from the movie "Pretty Woman.". Ron discusses what Wayne was like as he entered the league and reveals one of Wayne's odd dressing room superstitions. The boys swap some stories about Ace Bailey who perished in the 911 attack and also played with the Oilers in those days. Ron talks about his time in pro hockey in Italy where he put up over 4 points per game' what is was like running a player agency for a long time and why a single comment from his client caused him to stop playing golf for 20 years. That and much, MUCH more on this week's episode!
#114: What It's Like to Play for the Montreal Canadiens
In this episode, we read your emails and give a few listener shoutouts. The boys discuss the difficult hockey news from the past week. Russ describes what it was like to play for the Montreal Canadiens and then, later, be around their Hall of Fame alumni. He talks about his pickup hockey games with some of Hollywood's biggest names. Who taught Russ how to fight? Russ gives us some BBQ tips and much, MUCH more!!
#113: Our Special Guest: Hockey Night in Canada's RON MACLEAN!
We're joined today by Hockey Night in Canada's Ron MacLean. They discuss Kevin Bieksa's rising star in broadcasting and how Wayne Gretzky will fare as he jumps into the hockey media. Ron talks about how Hockey Night in Canada handled things after Don Cherry. Speaking of his old partner, Ron tells some classic Grapes stories. Early in his career, Ron suffered from panic attacks and anxiety. The boys discuss Ron's preparation for each broadcast. The time Alex Burrows and his fan base weren't real happy with him.
Well done. Best pod out there, wish you did it more. Better than Chiclets, 31 Thoughts. It’s just a great hour of talking about life with a touch of hockey. Former WMU hockey alum, like Rusty’s kid.
Love the stories and the back and forth chemistry these clowns have. Great trips down memory lane and nice guest interviews as well. My favorite podcast hands down!
Very Candid and funny!
Some “real” hockey stories from past and present. Great interviews and show, boys! Keep these funny stories coming!