March 23, 2010
When we started working with Michael Raphael on Puck Tracks, he thought of the series as the soundtrack to an NHL player's life on the road, filled with songs of homesick yearning and nostalgic bliss.
That was before we all realized how much damn Metallica these cats listen to all the time.
You hear him talk about Daughtry's "September" or "Back Where I Come From" by Kenny Chesney, and you completely understand the mental strain on a 21-year-old farm kid traveling from city to city as a professional athlete; as well as how much home means to him.
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.
Here's Brandon Sutter talking about bittersweet memories, life on the road and his relationship with his father, Calgary Flames head coach Brent Sutter.