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Behind the Bench Episode 10 - Part 2 - The Superleague year

Behind the Bench Episode 10 - Part 2 - The Superleague year

October 12, 2019

In this episode we breakdown the run down of the inaugural Superleague title race that the Devils would eventually win (spoiler!)

along the way of course, there are some diversions! mainly silly stories, so in this episode you can expect

- WNIR Stock check

- The Japanese hockey sensation 'Cannonball'

- Paul Heavey vs a Bin

-Bob Phillips serial blinder....

and many many more. Give us a listen!

Behind the Bench Episode 10 - Part 1 - The Superleague year

Behind the Bench Episode 10 - Part 1 - The Superleague year

September 21, 2019

British Ice Hockey went through it's biggest ever change in the summer of 1996, 8 clubs broke away from the British Ice Hockey Association to form the Superleague, a new league that had an unlimited cap on Imports and Expenditure.

 

It heralded the highest level of hockey Britain had ever seen, and the Cardiff Devils and the Sheffield Steelers went head to head to try and win it.

In Part 1:

- Franny talks about his adventure to Graz 

- We give the background on the 8 clubs who broke away 

- Scott Dobben takes us off his Christmas Card list

- and we find out who scored the second ever Superleague goal.

 

Behind the Bench Episode 9 part 2 - Pre season special

Behind the Bench Episode 9 part 2 - Pre season special

August 25, 2019

We roll into part 2 of the pre season special and we are looking at things a bit closer to home..... Relive the madness that was Andrew Conboy's debut..... as Gaz, John and Franny take you back through some of the most memorable Pre season incidents. 

In this Episode:

 

- What happens when a game ends with a Devils player headbutting an opponent and that's not even the most weird thing to happen?

- What film does John deem appropriate to show a bunch of hockey players from Denmark on a bus trip from Heathrow? 

- Deeds, Danton and the birth of Twitter in the EIHL. 

- Coventry pre season Memories

- and what on earth are Sneaky Saturdays? 

 

and a whole lot more! Download and Subscribe now! 

Behind The Bench Episode 9 part 1 - Devils on tour

Behind The Bench Episode 9 part 1 - Devils on tour

August 17, 2019

It's pre season in British Ice Hockey, a time for teams to forge new game plans, invite new players into the fold, and for those players to ease gently into life in their new surroundings, of course, it doesnt always work out like this.....

 

In This Episode, Gaz, John and Franny look back at some of the Devils pre season tours away from British Soil, breaking down some of the funniest and memorable pre season moments and the real story behind what went on in Devils locker rooms in those early season periods, in this episode: 

 

- The Return of One Punch! 

- What really happened at meet the players evening in 2006

- The debut of Disco Stu in Devils colours

- And the corruption of Steve - O. 

 

All this and so much more in Behind the Bench with Neil Francis! 

Episode 8 - The Sheffield Steelers

Episode 8 - The Sheffield Steelers

August 1, 2019

Ask any Cardiff Devils fan who they want to beat more than any other at the beginning of a season and who will they say? the majority will likely say the Sheffield Steelers.

 

It's a rivalry that has endured for 25 years, but where did it start? where did Sheffield come from to make such a mark on Cardiff Devils history? we have the answers:

 

On this episode:

 

- Steelers beginnings

- Who were the Stars that put the Steelers on the map?

- We find a fact about the 90's ice hockey scene that John didn't know....

- and of course, Dave Simms and his influence on the early days and beyond of the Sheffield Steelers and British Ice hockey. 

Behind the Bench Episode 7 - Captains - Part 2

Behind the Bench Episode 7 - Captains - Part 2

July 16, 2019

So we roll on to the Big Blue Tent and Viola Arena era of Captains, The era were Captains really did go above and beyond in a Devils Jersey. 

 

In this episode you will have: 

 

- The story behind Brad Voth losing the Captaincy

- Mac Faulkner the miracle worker

- The most Successful captain in Jake Morisette

- And just who really cheered up Gerad Adams!

 

All this and whole lot more on Behind the Bench! with Neil Francis.

Episode 7 Part 1 - Captains

Episode 7 Part 1 - Captains

June 25, 2019

To be as Successful as the Cardiff Devils have been over the years, and in order to overcome the adversity the club has gone through in it's 30 year history, it takes a special kind of player to have the respect of their peers to be the leader of the locker room, to be the Captain.

 

In part 1 we go from 1986 to 2004 listing all of the captains during this time, from Farmer to Cooper to Ware and all in between we breakdown what made them the Captains they were, and how they forged their own legacies.

Also in this episode:

- How Close was Franny to Leaving the Devils in the mid 90's?

- Is Stephen Cooper jinxed when wearing the C?

- and just how does Ivan Matulik say goodbye in Welsh? 

All this and a whole lot more in Behind the Bench! With Neil Francis. 

Episode 6 - Wembley Memories

Episode 6 - Wembley Memories

May 31, 2019

Hot on the Heels of the Cardiff Devils latest Playoff Triumph in Nottingham we travel all the way back to the late 80's and early 90's to find out the early playoff memories of the Cardiff Devils.

In this episode:

 

- Wembley Catering

- Back Seat Posse take on the playoffs

- Barry Davies appreciation society

- John Donovan gives all the information you need for a Sking trip to Scotland.

- Devils 12 - 1 victory over the Sheffield Steelers memories.

And a whole lot more!!!!!

Behind the Bench Episode 5 part 2 - the Line that Never was (Forwards)

Behind the Bench Episode 5 part 2 - the Line that Never was (Forwards)

May 2, 2019

So we roll on to the forward lines, the Goalie and D are set we have:

Lehman in Net

Elfring and Weaver as D men.

In this episode Gaz John and Franny will choose 3 forwards to argue their case for inclusion. to complete the line up. 

In this episode:

 

- Franny and Gaz drop the gloves

- The real story behind the Devils pursuit of Colt King

- and the final line is revealed. 

 

All this and a whole lot more on Behind the Bench, with Neil Francis!

Episode 5 Part 1 - The Line that never was…… (goalies and D men)

Episode 5 Part 1 - The Line that never was…… (goalies and D men)

April 3, 2019

Do you ever sit in your seat and say to yourself 'I wish my team could sign that guy?' we've all done it, for a variety of different reasons. 

 

Well in this episode the 3 Amigos sit down and try to create their line of players they would have loved in a Devils shirt.

Each of the hosts will pick their own players to put forward, and then argue it out as to which one should make the final line.

Episode 1 is goaltender and Defenceman.

Also in this episode:

 

- Matt Elich Stories

- John's memory loss post Heineken Era

- Nick Duff (mentioned for about a second, go look at Elite Prospects!)