A Chat with Eddie Garcia of the Puck Podcast posted by Jeff Ponder
Sometimes the best way to learn about a sport is by talking with one of its biggest fans.
Eddie Garcia is a California-native who has followed the Los Angeles Kings for as long as he likes to remember. He started a podcast with his long-time friend Doug Stolhand after reading a story in a local LA newspaper about a few average Joe's that started their own successful baseball podcast. Eddie approached his friend about the story, and they sought advice from the baseball podcasters. 3 ½ years later, Eddie and Doug are the only hockey podcast featured on FoxSports.com, and the Puck Podcast has followers from all over the world, making it the number one rated hockey podcast on iTunes. Eddie had a few minutes to go over his thoughts over the success of his show with me, along with a few thoughts about growing up in LA as a hockey fan and rumblings from around the league.
He had to know that he could not get by without talking about his co-host though. Eddie explained that Doug Stolhand, who also works for Fox Sports in the marketing department, is truly as cynical as his listeners think he is.
“Doug is very cynical. I'm not as quite as dry and cynical as he is, but I think that its a good mix for the show.”
Eddie also revealed his reason for becoming such a big hockey fan. No surprise coming from a California boy.
“It was Wayne Gretzky,” Garcia boasted, “Even people in California who don't know anything about hockey knew who Wayne Gretzky was.”
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