The Fighty Pucks


The Fighty Pucks is the story of the most violent hockey team on the planet. A team of lovable bad boys, misfits and bruisers, led by a teenage boy - AJ Galante. Together with his father, a powerful business man with a dark past, AJ ran the team as they went rampaging on a path to glory. But all the while, the team was being secretly watched by their toughest opponent of all - the FBI.

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Our Editor's Take

True crime and the world of sports are two areas that would not seem to overlap. Yet The Fighty Pucks is a podcast that tells the outrageous story of one of the most infamous minor league hockey teams ever to exist. Another crazy occurrence appears when one thinks the story cannot get any wilder. This podcast is a combination of GoodFellas and Rocky. The series has both underworld and underdog overtones.

The Fighty Pucks podcast is about the Danbury Trashers. They were a minor league hockey team from Connecticut. The team was active during the mid-2000s. However, nothing about them was conventional, and they soon began garnering a lot of attention. Sometimes it differed from the kind of attention one would want for their business.

James Galante owned the Danbury Trashers. He was an associate of the Genovese crime family. James also owned several waste management companies. This was where the team got its name and trash can logo. In a move that no one saw coming, James would go on to name his 17-year-old son, A.J., as the team's general manager. The team's league, the United Hockey League, thought this was an April Fool's joke. However, Galante was serious about his son managing his new hockey team. This podcast tells what happens next.

The team had a simple mandate at the outset of its founding. They set out to assemble the most violent, physical squad they could. The hope was to put together a team that would always deliver visceral hockey. Things would only get wilder from there on out.

The Fighty Pucks podcast is funny, compelling, and thrilling. It tells the story of this improbable hockey team. The franchise would only exist for two years, but it would leave an indelible mark on minor-league hockey. The team folded after the FBI caught up with the Galante family.

Netflix did a documentary about the club. Hollywood is planning a feature film. Musician Drake even wore a Danbury Trashers jersey. With The Fighty Pucks podcast, listeners can hear all the improbable but true stories behind this franchise.

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