Behind the Bench with Neil Francis
Behind the Bench Episode 20 - Chirping with Vez

Behind the Bench Episode 20 - Chirping with Vez

March 7, 2021

Hot off the Heels of the glorious return of the podcast, we have a bonafide Devils Legend sitting behind the bench with us today, the one and only Vezio Sacratini.

 

Vez as he was affectionately known is one of British Ice Hockey's most recognisable figures, making Cardiff his home for over a decade Vez tells us his journey before arriving, and his unique tale about how he came to stay in the Welsh Capital.

 

In this episode!

 

- How an Italian household runs itself in Canada

- Being an Olympian

- In the land of the Giants in Cardiff

- Will One Punch identity be revealed? 

 

All this and whole lot more on Behind the Bench! 

Episode 19 - Conversations with the Coach - The Jarrod Skalde Adventure

Episode 19 - Conversations with the Coach - The Jarrod Skalde Adventure

February 25, 2021

We are back! and we mean business. Behind the Bench with Neil Francis continues are open door to guests for them to step behind the bench and tell their stories.

 

And what a set of stories we have, from the newly installed Cardiff Devils coach Jarrod Skalde. Skalds has played for some of the most famous NHL teams and had one of the most unique hockey journeys, and he doesnt hold back in telling his tale.

In this episode 

 

- Tales of Eric Lindros

 

- What really happened the weekend Skalde was drafted

 

- How do you navigate being claimed on Waivers 5 times in 5 months, with a pregnant wife? Skalde will show you how

 

- And New Team member on board! Welcome to Producer Hubbs.

 

All this and so much more on Behind the Bench with Neil Francis. 

Behind the Bench Episode 18 - ‘A horrible group of Men’ the 14/15 Challenge cup winners

Behind the Bench Episode 18 - ‘A horrible group of Men’ the 14/15 Challenge cup winners

June 21, 2020

In a week where Andrew Lord announced he will be leaving the Cardiff Devils, we talk to him and his team that started it all for the Devils New Era as we go back to re live the victory of the 2014-2015 Challenge cup winning team.

 

Bringing together almost the entire roster from Captain Tyson Marsh to Devils Legend Jake Morrissette to Devils GM Todd Kelman we re live how the roster came together, the journey through the Challenge Cup to the victorious win at the final.

In this episode 

- Big Blue Tent Memories

- Hotel Bills 

- Todd Kelmans sheffield arena ban.

- Carl Hudsons fake thumb

 

And so so much more. 

Behind the Bench Episode 17 - The Rise and Rise of Joey Haddad

Behind the Bench Episode 17 - The Rise and Rise of Joey Haddad

May 29, 2020

It's a Behind the Bench first as we sit down with current Devil Joey Haddad. 

 

We go through Joey's Junior and Pro career to find out the story about what made the player you see today on the Ice at the Viola arena, the set backs and triumphs and of course the stories!

In this episode:

 

- The Haddad - Culligan Connection

- Joey's first encounter playing with Andrew Lord in north America

- Brent Walton vs a Table

- Joey's first trip to the BBT

 

and so so much more. 

Behind the Bench Episode 16 - The class of 89/90

Behind the Bench Episode 16 - The class of 89/90

May 4, 2020

If you've started following the Devils since Day 1, or you have only recently stepped foot in the Viola Arena, there is a fair chance you have heard of the 1990 playoff final.

Transcending hockey, this final went all the way to penalty shots, pushing back the Snooker coverage on BBC as an entire nation was glued to its television, to see who would come out victirious, would it be Murrayfield led by the best British player of his generation in Tony Hand? 

Or would the Cardiff Devils do the impossible and win the playoffs to go along with their League title in their very first year of being promoted to the top divsion.

In the paraphrased immortal words of Barry Davis - You don't need me to tell you, the Cardiff Devils were victorious. 

This episode covers the story of that win, from the men who were there. You will hear from: 

Jeff Smith Jason wood John burnicle Stephen Cooper Shannon hope Archie nelson Nicky Chinn Ian Cooper Paul farmer John lawless Doug McEwen Steve Moria Robbie Morris Brian Wilkie Brian Kanewischer

 As they relive one of the greatest moments in Cardiff Devils history. 

 you won't want to miss this one. 

 

This podcast is sponsored by the Ice Hockey players Benevolent fund, a charitible organisation that looks to give financial relief to any player, coach or official who is unable to earn a living due to illness or injury.

 

There's a raffle currently running to win a Patrick Kane Signed Jersey, all of the details and to buy your tickets, please go to: https://raffall.com/15484/enter-raffle-to-win-patrick-kane-blackhawk-jersey-hosted-by-ihpbf-ihpbf 

Behind the Bench Episode 15 - Wally in Cardiff

Behind the Bench Episode 15 - Wally in Cardiff

April 24, 2020

Part 1 of our Brent Walton Episode was record breaking, the highest listened to show we have put out yet, and guess what? we have even more for you! 

This part is all about Walton in Cardiff, we go through all of his favorite Cardiff Stories, and finish where we started at Walton 

In this Episode:

Wally vs Steeler Dan

The story of the talk between Todd and Brent about retirement.

The full story of how he came to be shirtless in the standing section.

his favorite pre game talks. and lots lots more

Behind the Bench Episode 15 - Here’s Wally!

Behind the Bench Episode 15 - Here’s Wally!

April 17, 2020

Fresh off the Heels of our fantastic first guest, we invite another colorful character from Devils history to join us behind the bench, this week it is Brent Walton! 

Brent Joined us from his home in Canada for our very first live video chat, and as you can imagine, had a tonne of great stories and memories from his playing career. In this first part:

 

- Getting up close and personal with Chris Frank

- Fat camp with Bible Frans

- Gooning it up in the AHL.

-And...... An Erotic Photo shoot......

 

All this and so much more in this awesome first part. Get listening and downloading now! 

Behind The Bench Episode 14 - The Birbraer Odyssey - Part 2

Behind The Bench Episode 14 - The Birbraer Odyssey - Part 2

April 2, 2020

So we come to the next exciting chapter of our Birbraer Odyssey, after learning all about Max unique journey to Pro hockey in North America we now turn attention to the life and times in Cardiff. 

all of the ups and downs of life in a Devils shirt, giving us the low down on Team mates, crucial matches and his personal life away from the rink.

In this Episode!.....

 

- When did Max learn he had no rink to play out of when he first arrived in Cardiff? 

- Why didn't Mark Smith light up the league the second time around? 

- Memories of the Record Breakers.

 

And so so much more. We hope this Episode brings you a little bit of a distraction and some smiles while we stay indoors right now. 

Most of all, we hope all of our listeners are currently staying safe. We hope to see you all soon. 

Behind The Bench Episode 14 - The Birbraer Odyssey - Part 1

Behind The Bench Episode 14 - The Birbraer Odyssey - Part 1

March 15, 2020

Very few players have had the impact on the Cardiff Devils that Max Birbraer had, from scoring goals, making hits, and being one of the most popular team mates and fan favorites of all time, his legacy will live on through all of Devils history. 

We were lucky enough to sit down with Max and in this first part, we will learn all about the truly unique story about how a young Kid from Khazakstan ended up getting drafted to the NHL.

In this episode:

 

- How to get an Israeli passport in the 1990's

- language barriers in Junior hockey

- Army Jail with a spiritual intervention (it may have been one punch we aren't sure yet) 

- Life with Mike Danton 

And a whole lot more! 

Behind the Bench Episode 13 - Part 2 - Forwards

Behind the Bench Episode 13 - Part 2 - Forwards

February 24, 2020

So we come to the end of our deliberation for the Cardiff Devils team of the decade, and it is the turn of the forwards. 

The guys all throw in their ideas and then decide who makes the prestigious final Line!

 

Also in this episode

 

- Max talk

- Chris Blight right place wrong time?

- and we definitely definitely don't pick an entire second line because we felt guilty about leaving players out......

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