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One of the primary missions of Puck Daddy is the extraction of humanity and personality from NHL players; bringing to light facets of their lives that fans actually care about, instead of the usual fluff we see in video packages between periods on television.

To that end, we're proud to finally introduce Puck Tracks, our first podcast, created and facilitated by audio producer Michael Raphael. It features players discussing the music that helps shape their lives and careers. It's their soundtrack on the road or on the ice. It's the music that fuels their competitive passion, or evokes bittersweet memories of childhood and family.

As usual, we're aiming for a wide variety of players to feature. So the debut episode of Puck Tracks focuses on one of the true characters of the last 14 years: Tough guy and metal-head Wade Belak(notes), currently a winger for the Nashville Predators and formerly of the Colorado Avalanche, Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs and Florida Panthers.

Here's Episode One of Puck Tracks. Follow @pucktracks on Twitter for news and updates on subsequent episodes of Season 1, which will continue in 2010.

Puck Tracks is the creation of audio producer Michael Raphael. He spends his days working in public radio, which has taken him to such illustrious hockey cities as Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and now back to his home base of NYC. Michael grew up a New Jersey Devils fan and still cherishes his early childhood photos with John MacLean, Joe Cirella, Jan Ludvig and Doug Sulliman.

This podcast, and other Puck Daddy audio projects, will eventually be available for download on iTunes and other locations. Thanks for listening; any suggestions for future subjects or podcasts, hit us at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com.

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