by Patrick Hoffman on 06/05/10 at 10:48 AM ET
As I’m sure all of you are aware, there are many great hockey podcasts out there that all deserve our attention.
Today, I bring you Eddie Garcia of Puck Podcast, a hockey talk show based out of California. Eddie was kind enough to take time out of his hectic schedule to tell us about how he got into the sport we all love, how he and Puck podcast partner Dough Stolhand came up with the show, as well as his thoughts on the current landscape of hockey podcasts.
Take it away, Eddie:
PH: How did you get into hockey?
EG: My interest in hockey began in the late 80’s and was fueled by the Wayne Gretzky trade to Los Angeles. When The Great One became a King I started watching more and more games on TV. Prior to the 1992 season I decided I was going to really invest the time in following the Kings from the start of the season to the end. Little did I know the Kings would make a surprising run to the Stanley Cup Finals. I became a huge fan of both the team and the sport from that year on. My love in the sport had grown each year and I also have been playing hockey for the last 9 years.
PH: Growing up, who was your favorite team/player? Why?
EG: I became a Kings fan mostly because they were the only team in California at the time and I could watch all their games on TV. As much as I have admired players like Gretzky, Robitaille, etc, my favorite players have always been guys that were hard workers and played a physical game. Rob Blake was drafted and joined the team around the same time I started to become a Kings fan and he quickly became my favorite player until he left the team in 2001.Now my favorite player is Dustin Brown, another player that works very hard and loves to play a physical game.
PH: At what point in your life did you know that you wanted to be involved in hockey as a podcaster/blogger?
EG: About 4 years ago I became very upset when the LA Times announced they would not send a reporter to cover Kings road games anymore. Fed up with the lack of hockey coverage by the local media I decided to take matters into my own hands and with my friend Doug Stolhand.
PH: What outlets have you covered hockey for?
EG: I’ve covered the NHL for the Fox Sports Radio Network, FoxSports.com and covered the LA Kings for 570 KLAC in Los Angeles.
PH: How did you come up with the “Puck Podcast”?
EG: I saw a newspaper article about two local men that had started up a successful baseball podcast. I found there website, wrote them an e-mail and asked for advice on starting my own podcast. Then I listened to other hockey podcasts to find out what I liked and didn’t like about the format.
PH: What are you trying to bring the listeners of the “Puck Podcast”?
EG: Very simply we offer hockey fans a two hour show that talks nothing but hockey.
PH: How has your podcast grown/evolved since you started it?
EG: We have tweaked it a lot since it started. We are not afraid to try different things but the core of the show has remained the same. We will discuss and debate all the big hockey news over the past week.
PH: How do you think hockey blogs/podcasts will evolve even further?
EG: In Los Angeles I think we have already seen the future. The Kings hired a local reporter, Rich Hammond formerly of the LA Daily News, and he covers the team on a daily basis for the team’s web site. It seems like a conflict of interest but so far, with the all-access he has with the team on the home and road, he has provided the best coverage of the team I have ever seen. I think the teams themselves are fed up with the lack of coverage they get in the mainstream media and are deciding to do the reporting themselves including podcasting exclusive interviews.
PH: Any words of wisdom for readers here at Kukla’s Korner?
EG: Don’t be discouraged with the lack of hockey coverage in the mainstream media. It may take a little more looking but there are quality blogs and podcasts out there that provide great coverage of a great sport. AND….listen to the Puck Podcast!
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