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Behind the Bench with Neil Francis

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Ever wondered what really happened in those big moments in Cardiff Devils history, both on and off the ice? Ever wonder if that Rumor you read on the forum was actually true? Every Episode Gareth Huish and John Donovan will sit down with Neil Francis, a man who has done it all as Cardiff Devils coach, be it as a player, Coach or ambassador. Find out the real stories behind your favorite Cardiff Devils players, Games, moments. This is Behind the Bench with Neil Francis.

Ever wondered what really happened in those big moments in Cardiff Devils history, both on and off the ice? Ever wonder if that Rumor you read on the forum was actually true? Every Episode Gareth Huish and John Donovan will sit down with Neil Francis, a man who has done it all as Cardiff Devils coach, be it as a player, Coach or ambassador. Find out the real stories behind your favorite Cardiff Devils players, Games, moments. This is Behind the Bench with Neil Francis.

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United Kingdom

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Ever wondered what really happened in those big moments in Cardiff Devils history, both on and off the ice? Ever wonder if that Rumor you read on the forum was actually true? Every Episode Gareth Huish and John Donovan will sit down with Neil Francis, a man who has done it all as Cardiff Devils coach, be it as a player, Coach or ambassador. Find out the real stories behind your favorite Cardiff Devils players, Games, moments. This is Behind the Bench with Neil Francis.

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English


Episodes

Behind the Bench Episode 20 - Chirping with Vez

3/7/2021
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...

Duration:02:07:19

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

2/25/2021
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...

Duration:02:14:52

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

6/21/2020
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 -...

Duration:01:11:02

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

5/29/2020
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.

Duration:01:49:40

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

5/4/2020
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...

Duration:02:05:59

Behind the Bench Episode 15 - Wally in Cardiff

4/24/2020
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...

Duration:00:48:28

Behind the Bench Episode 15 - Here's Wally!

4/17/2020
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...

Duration:01:03:41

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

4/2/2020
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...

Duration:00:53:42

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

3/15/2020
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...

Duration:00:54:39

Behind the Bench Episode 13 - Part 2 - Forwards

2/24/2020
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......

Duration:01:06:17

Behind the Bench Episode 13 part 1 - Line of the Decade (goalies and D Men)

2/5/2020
The Cardiff Devil have been blessed with some fantastic players in the last decade (and Franny signed most of them!) but with only 5 spots open, the guys who is going to make the Cut? we start with the guys who look after the House, the Goaltenders and the D men, who will Franny, Gaz and John choose? also in this episode! - JD spills the beans about Hothams Hatred - Gaz can't remember the guy from Coventry! - and we even sneak some current season chatter in there! Who are your...

Duration:00:45:40

Behind the Bench Episode 12 - Christmas Cheer

12/23/2019
It's been a whole year of podcasts from Gaz, John and Franny, a year full of laughs and stories and memories. so the guys got together to just have a chat about the past year, and some topics that they wouldn't ordinarily get to talk about. Some of the things to look forward to in this episode: - John Donovan Bingo is completed in record time - We discuss who was the best draftee, Hand or Kirk? - Franny's Face Time addiction. - Where did the idea come from for Wally night? - and what...

Duration:01:07:29

Behind the Bench Episode 11 - Rowe-ling back the years

10/24/2019
With John Donovan unfortunately able to Join the episode this week, a search was on for a replacement, who better to step in than one of the Best Cyclists in the world and HUGE (Credit: Aled Lloyd) Cardiff Devils Fan Luke Rowe! Luke talks about how he has found the Devils and when his first game was, his fondest memories of the Big Blue Tent, some of his favorite players, and just some damn fine general hockey chat. In this Episode! - Luke Rowe owes the Devils money - Find out...

Duration:01:04:31

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

10/12/2019
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!

Duration:00:45:05

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

9/21/2019
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...

Duration:00:44:38

Behind the Bench Episode 9 part 2 - Pre season special

8/25/2019
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...

Duration:00:49:46

Behind The Bench Episode 9 part 1 - Devils on tour

8/17/2019
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...

Duration:00:44:18

Episode 8 - The Sheffield Steelers

8/1/2019
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...

Duration:01:22:02

Behind the Bench Episode 7 - Captains - Part 2

7/16/2019
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.

Duration:01:04:40

Episode 7 Part 1 - Captains

6/25/2019
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...

Duration:01:10:53