Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Poke Check Professor...

One of my blurry, distant childhood memories is watching a cartoon puck talk about the some of the greatest moments in hockey on "Hockey Night in Canada". I don't have very many memories before I was five but Peter Puck is definitely one of them. I remember having one of the three Peter Puck books, which is apparently a collectors item now.

The show was created by Hanna-Barbera, and only nine original episodes were made. The nine 3-5 minute episodes were played between the first and second periods over two seasons. Over the next five years, the creators spliced in clips of Peter with live action footage to create "The Story of the Stanley Cup" segments to keep Peter Puck alive. Click here for a detailed outline of the Peter Puck story.

Over the last year, there has been a bit of a comeback for our little puck friend. All of his episodes are now available on DVD, there is a Peter Puck fanclub on Facebook and according to the Globe and Mail:

"A line of Peter Puck apparel [has hit] store shelves and a national financial institution has secured a three-year deal in which Peter will be its official 'spokespuck'... [there are] big plans for the character, which could involve books, toys, breakfast cereal — even his own computer animated television program ... there's been interest from various broadcasters in a half-hour television program depicting the adventures of Peter Puck."

I can't see anything that would be negative about a Peter Puck comeback. I think it would be a great idea for Versus/NBC and the NHL to add to their broadcasts. Some new, younger viewers is something the NHL could definitely use.

If you really need your fix, episodes 1, 2, 3 and 4 are available on YouTube. Otherwise, check out Peter Puck in the introduction clip to "The Story of the Stanley Cup":

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