The most popular hockey podcast in the world occasionally leaves the ice for the links. Former NHL defenseman Ryan Whitney spends his days co-hosting Barstool Sports' Spittin' Chiclets in between rounds of golf. Whitney sometimes ends episodes talking about his most recent play in tournaments.
The show has also found creative ways to produce content while getting their golf fix. In August of 2019, the show posted its first golf crossover piece. Whitney, along with co-host and former NHLer Paul Bissonnette, played a round against Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon. The video has over 1.3 million views.
Bruins winger Chris Wagner and current KHL skater Brandon Yip were the next duos to golf against Whitney and Bissonnette. The four squared off at Plymouth Country Club. The half hour video was an entertaining watch for hockey and golf fans alike.
Whitney and Bissonnette got most of the camera time, so Wagner was not prominently featured in the video. However, he was able to get some funny lines out. Wagner does not let out a ton of personality during interviews. So Bruins fans will enjoy seeing him in a more relaxed environment.
There are many explanations why Spittin' Chiclets has resonated so much with NHL fans. Their chemistry, humor, and breakdowns of the league are quite compelling. Another reason for their success is their ability to highlight aspects of professional hockey players the public rarely sees.
The podcast has been able to get many Bruin and Massachusetts natives on throughout the years. Torey Krug and Charlie McAvoy were both guests early on in the show's history. While Dorchester's Kevin Hayes and Milton's Keith Yandle have become recurring contributors.
There are many Boston connections filtering throughout this podcast. New England hockey fans should continue getting a kick out of Spittin' Chiclets.
Story by Chad Jones
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