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Backhand Shelf with Justin Bourne


Justin Bourne and Rob Pizzo banter about the hot button NHL issues of the day.

Justin Bourne and Rob Pizzo banter about the hot button NHL issues of the day.
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Justin Bourne and Rob Pizzo banter about the hot button NHL issues of the day.






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Backhand Shelf - Trade Deadline Summary

Justin Bourne, Thomas Drance and Scott Lewis review all of the trades that did and did not happen, discuss speculation on the day, and opine on the future of the affected teams as a result of today's Trade Deadline.


Backhand Shelf Trade Deadline - St. Louis for Callahan Trade

Justin Bourne is joined by Thomas Drance and Scott Lewis to break down the good and bad of the trade deal which sends Martin St. Louis to the NY Rangers and Ryan Callahan to the TB Lightning.


Backhand Shelf - January 22 2014

Justin talks to Patrick Burke, Director of Player Safety for the NHL, about his job, the process, and what its like working with hall of famers.


Backhand Shelf - January 8 2014

We're back! It's a New Year! It's a new show! Well, not really, but it's the same show you've come to know and love periodically and sporadically over the 2013/14 NHL season! We're joined today by Sean Gentille, National NHL writer for The Sporting News, to discuss all things Olympic hockey. Then we'll answer some Tweets and hit the road for Sochi. Thanks for sticking with us!


Backhand Shelf - November 27 2013

The BShelf Podcast is excited and pleased to have Wendel Clark join us today to talk about his life in the NHL and Kraft Hockeyville, the organization with which he is involved which helps keep hockey alive for families in local rinks all across Canada. Visit for more information. We'll also welcome Down Goes Brown to the show to talk the current concussion lawsuit launched by former NHL players, our opinion on the new Islanders jerseys, and the NHL salary cap...


Backhand Shelf - November 26 2013

We welcome The Globe and Mail's Media Reporter Steve Ladurantaye to the 'cast to discuss the Rogers Media acquisition of NHL broadcast rights in a monster 12 year, 5.2 billion dollar deal which gives Rogers exclusive rights to broadcast NHL games in Canada.


Backhand Shelf - November 14 2013

We're joined today by theScore's Scott Lewis in studio to discuss Brian Burke's comments at the sports management conference, Steven Stamkos, Nazem Kadri, the Oilers, the current GM meetings, and lots more. Then we'll talk with Joe Yerdon, writer for ProHockey Talk and Sabres & Leafs correspondent for, about the recent shake-up in the Sabres organization, namely the firing of GM Darcy Regier and Head Coach Ron Rolston.


Backhand Shelf - November 1 2013

The 'cast does a general wrap on this week in the NHL with special guest Scott Lewis who provides his insight and humour. We'll talk a sad, pathetic, bizarre story from Dallas Eakins and the Oilers. We'll discuss whether or not the Sabres are historically bad, the Islanders trade of Thomas Vanek for Matt Moulson, the Jon Scott suspension, and a tiny bit of Leafs talk too. Are they REALLY legit this year? Then we'll answer some Twitter questions. And finally, we'll enjoy the weekend.


Backhand Shelf - October 30 2013

It is with great pleasure that we welcome The Godfather of Hockey, Bob McKenzie, to the podcast today. Among a multitude of topics, Bob will tell us about his beginnings in the world of hockey journalism, how he's cultivated his connections in the hockey world over the years, what Twitter means to him, and of course, his opinions on some current NHL issues.


Backhand Shelf - October 23 2013

The Backhand Shelf welcomes the Score's own Thomas Drance into the Podquarium 2.0 today to talk the Eller/Eakins gotcha back that occurred after last night's game, refs stepping in to break up fights before they happen and how the helmet rule may affect that, trending teams and players in the NHL and for the Olympics, Tim Thomas, John Tortorella, Tyler Seguin ... and lots MORE!


Backhand Shelf - October 16 2013

Justin Bourne welcomes the Score's own writer Dave Lozo (@DaveLozo) to the podcast to talk Lapierre's hit on Dan Boyle and Kaleta's ten game suspension as a result of his hit on Jack Johnson. We'll also talk about the value of advanced stats, Joe Thornton's comments on his penis, Peter Chiarelli's comments on Tyler Seguin, and the Devils' and Rangers' horrible starts this season


Backhand Shelf - October 9 2013

Steve Dangle joins us today in studio to talk about all kinds of Leafy related things and other stuff as well! We'll cover thoughts on a possible Jake Gardiner trade, Bozak and Kadri's performance in last night's games vs. Colorado. Also, we'll talk Tomas Hertl's 4 goals last night and whether the last one was a little too flashy? Maybe? Then we'll finish off with a fun game of hilarious names in the NHL, and an explanation of the punk test.


Backhand Shelf - October 8 2013

Peter Laviolette's firing in Philly brings us to today's conversation with Frank Seravalli, beat writer for the Philly Daily News, writer of Frequent Flyers, and @DNFlyers on Twitter. We'll talk about Lav's firing, new head coach Craig Berube, and whether Paul Holmgren should be worried about his job. All of that plus lots more Flyers talk!


Backhand Shelf - October 1 2013

It's finally here! The season is finally here! This is better than Christmas! In honour of the new season, we've brought in a couple of mystery guests to make some predictions for awards, winners, losers, and just plain ridiculous events this season. Only time will tell who is right and who is wroooooooong.


Backhand Shelf - Sept 24 2013

James Mirtle, hockey writer for Toronto's Globe and Mail Newspaper joins us on the show to discuss his article from this morning concerning the Toronto Maple Leafs 'Goon Culture' and the recent Leafs/Sabres brawl.


Backhand Shelf - September 19 2013

We are pleased to welcome Hockey Night In Canada's Elliotte Friedman to the podcast today to do a live on air version of 'Thoughts on Thoughts', Justin Bourne's thoughts on Elliotte Friedman's weekly '30 Thoughts'. Man, that's a lot of thoughts!


Backhand Shelf - September 18 2013

With pre-season games underway, we thought it would a great time to invite Corey Pronman of ESPN and Hockey Prospectus onto the show to talk rookie prospects for the coming season! Corey will fill us in on which prospects to watch, which teams have good and bad prospect systems in place, and his predictions for possible Calder trophy candidates this year. Then we'll answer some tweets and emails! Hey. THIRTEEN DAYS UNTIL THE SEASON!! GET PUMPED!!!


Backhand Shelf - September 11 2013

We're baaaaaaaaaack! We are TWENTY DAYS away from the start of the 2013-14 season! Can you believe it?!? That's right, The Backhand Shelf Podcast is back with a new, slightly different format we know you're going to enjoy as much as we enjoy bringing it to you! On today's show, we welcome ProHockeyTalk's Mike Halford to discuss the real story (maybe?) behind Tyler Seguin's trade from the Bruin's according to "Behind the B's", 3-on-3 OT hockey gaining traction with the NHL, expectations for...


Backhand Shelf - August 22 2013

Pavel Datsyuk inadvertently makes a statement on gay rights, Alexei Morozov says Russians in the NHL 'always get blamed', the Leafs still haven't inked a deal with Nazem Kadri, and Roberto Luongo says he 'just wants to play'. As well, tickets for the Heritage Classic in Vancouver are not selling. We'll give our hypotheses on why. Then we'll answer some Tweets and call it a day.


Backhand Shelf - August 15 2013

Hey, it's been a month or so! Time for another edition of the Backhand Shelf! Today, we'll discuss the details of Daniel Alfredsson's departure from the Senators as outlined in his press conference this morning. Then it's on to news of New Jersey and Phoenix team franchises being bought by a bunch of rich dudes! The Islanders may be back in Nassau for some games, Whitey Bulger is a bad, bad man who wants to keep his Canadiens ring, Sid tries cutsies at the DMV, and finally, some Tweets! It's...