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Bruce Graham is the latest guest to join host Dan Kerry on The Nottingham Panthers' Audio Experience, in association with The Nottingham Building Society.The 6'6" forward scored 44 goals during the Panthers' 2012/13 Grand Slam campaign, where he was part of one of the deadliest lines to ever take to the ice in the EIHL era alongside David Ling & Brandon Benedict, and he breaks down that historic season from inside the locker room.All the big moments from that season are covered including how Bruce almost retired before the season even began, which other EIHL teams tried to capture his signature, why he chose Nottingham, his early season struggles, when everything started to click for him, what made the Grand Slam team so special, his lethal partnership with David Ling and much, much more.Bruce left the Panthers after the 2012/13 season but returned for the 2014/15 campaign which saw the Panthers take part in the Champions Hockey League and there are plenty of stories from that season to enjoy as well.It's another not to be missed episode of The Nottingham Panthers' Audio Experience, in association with The Nottingham Building Society.
Everett Fitzhugh is the latest guest to join host Dan Kerry on The Nottingham Panthers' Audio Experience, in association with The Nottingham Building Society.One of the voices of the Seattle Kraken, the NHL's newest expansion franchise, Everett talks about his journey as a broadcaster in the wonderful world of ice hockey that has led him to the position of Radio Play-by-Play Announcer of the Kraken.In a conversation full of laughter & good times Everett tells tales from his time working in the ECHL with the Cincinnati Cyclones, getting a recommendation from the legendary Mike "Doc" Emerick, meeting Wayne Gretzky, getting to work with John Forslund, how the Kraken are a progressive team for a progressive city, the games he already has mentally circled on the calendar and much, much more.When he was hired by the Kraken Everett became the first full-time black commentator in NHL history and is the only black commentator at any level of professional ice hockey in North America, whilst never setting out to be a trailblazer the native of Detroit talks about how he has embraced that status since acheiving one of his life goals and how it has added even more fuel to his fire.It's another not to be missed episode of The Nottingham Panthers' Audio Experience, in association with The Nottingham Building Society, and is sure to put a smile on your face throughout.
Brendan Cook is the latest guest to join host Dan Kerry on The Nottingham Panthers' Audio Experience, in association with The Nottingham Building Society.The speedy forward iced for the Panthers during the 2008/09 season, spending most of his time on a line with Matthew Myers & Jade Galbraith, and he gets into all the big moments and games from an eventful EIHL campaign.Brendan takes us inside the locker room when the term "Team Hollywood" moniker was applied to the Panthers by then Coventry Blaze Head Coach Paul Thompson, a phrase he would live to regret as a fired up Nottingham team would start to dominate the the Skydome outfit on a regular basis - a trend that has continued to this day.The native of Brandon, Manitoba also gets into the impact of British players such as David Clarke & Matthew Myers, the rivalry with Sheffield, Johan Molin's white skates, how Rumun Ndur captivated the locker room and much, much more in another not to be missed episode of The Nottingham Panthers' Audio Experience, in association with The Nottingham Building Society.
Jamie Leach is the latest guest to join host Dan Kerry on The Nottingham Panthers' Audio Experience, in association with The Nottingham Building Society.The former Panthers' captain starts the conversation by getting into his hockey beginnings, breaking into the NHL & winning the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins alongside future Panthers' team mate Jim Paek before getting into his move to the UK.Jamie's first season in the UK was with the Sheffield Steelers during the 1996/97 British Ice Hockey Super League (BISL) season before making the switch to the black & gold of the Panthers for the 1997/98 season & he would remain in Nottingham for four seasons in total.Appointed captain of the team for three of those seasons (98/99, 99/00 & 00/01) Jamie led the team to a B & H Championship (98/99) and into the inaugural season inside the state-of-the-art Motorpoint Arena (00/01), a campaign that saw the infamous bench-clearing brawl between the Panthers & the Steelers.There are stories about the old Nottingham Ice Stadium, playing for Team Canada in Nottingham, characters such as Barry Nieckar, Paul Adey, Mike Blaisdell, Alex Dampier & much more in another not to be missed episode of The Nottingham Panthers' Audio Experience, brought to you in association with The Nottingham Building Society.
Billy Ryan is the latest guest to join host Dan Kerry on The Nottingham Panthers' Audio Experience, in association with The Nottingham Building Society.The forward was one of the stars of the 2010/11 season and he recaps a memorable campaign that had a little bit of everthing from the bench clearing brawl in Coventry to lifting the Challenge Cup & Playoff trophies.Now a scout for the Florida Panthers Billy gets into what happened when he left the Panthers, how he ended up working for our NHL namesake, how the process of scouting players works and how it feels to still be involved in the game after all these years.All that and much more plus stories about your favourite characters from the 2010/11 season such as Corey Neilson, Craig Kowalski, Jade Galbraith, Gui Lepine, Rob Bellamy & Rick Strachan in another not to be missed episode of The Nottingham Panthers' Audio Experience, brought to you in association with The Nottingham Building Society.
Rebecca Johnston, three-time Olympic medallist with Team Canada, is the latest guest to join host Dan Kerry on The Nottingham Panthers' Audio Experience, brought to you in association with The Nottingham Building Society.At just 20 years of age and still at college Rebecca, who's brother Jacob played two years with the now defunct Edinburgh Capitals, was called up to Team Canada to take part in her first Olympic games scoring her first Olympic goal and picking up her first Olympic gold medal.Two more Olympic games would follow where she picked up another gold and then a silver (in an agonising shootout defeat against the USA) in what has been a sparkling career in the game of ice hockey so far.Rebecca was also part of the Calgary Inferno team that won the last Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL) championship prior to the league folding, a move that saw the Sudbury, Ontario native link up with her fellow interational team mates in joining the Professional Women's Ice Hockey Association (PWHPA).There's a ton of great stories for your enjoymen in here from one of the worlds best players, who got to showcase her talents at the 2020 NHL All-Star Weekend in St. Louis, in another not to be missed episode of The Nottingham Panthers' Audio Experience, brought to you in association with The Nottingham Building Society.
Jake Hansen is the latest guest to join host Dan Kerry on The Nottingham Panthers' Audio Experience, in association with The Nottingham Building Society.The Minnesota native joined the Panthers in October of 2019 from Slovakian side HKM Zvolen for his second stint in the Elite Ice Hockey League, after spending the 2018/19 season with Midland's rivals Coventry.When Jake hit the ice in black & gold he got off to the hottest of starts, scoring at over a point per game in his first ten outings, firstly playing alongside Dylan Malmquist & Georgs Golovkovs before an injury to the Latvian saw the American winger moved alongside Brett Perlini & Sam Herr to form the EIHL's deadliest line.This episode is a comprehensive look back at the fascinating 2019/20 EIHL season and there are stories from all the big games/moments in another not to be missed episode of The Nottingham Panthers' Audio Experience.
Season three of The Nottingham Panthers' Audio Experience, in association with The Nottingham Building Society, starts with a bang as club legend, and owner of the now retired #22 jersey, Paul Adey joins host Dan Kerry for over an hour and a half to talk about his life in the wonderful world of ice hockey.Paul, who joined the Panthers in 1988, talks about where ice hockey came into his life, what it was that motivated him to improve his skating as a youngster and his time in the IHL prior to making the move across the pond to join Nottingham. That move saw the Canadian join Alex Dampier's Nottingham Panthers as the lone import forward, a mold-breaking move by the coach who went against the grain using two of his import slots on defenceman, and Paul talks about he enjoyed the pressure of that role (despite not being informed of it beforehand) and matching up with the British Hockey League's (BHL) best whilst lining up at centre, a position that was unfamiliar to him.There's tales of Wembley '89, the old Nottingham Ice Stadium, the British Ice Hockey Super League (BISL), leaving the Panthers only to return to the UK as a Sheffield Steelers (where he won a Grand Slam) before hanging up the skates and taking the reigns as Head Coach of The Nottingham Panthers for four seasons (2001 to 2005) during which time he had his #22 retired.The conversation then shifts to Paul's experiences coaching abroad, returning to the Elite League as Head Coach both on the continent and with the Belfast Giants (where he won the Elite League title in just one season as a Head Coach) before becoming one of the voices of the Elite League as part of the FreeSports television team.One thing's for certain, it's another not to be missed episode of The Nottingham Panthers' Audio Experience brought to you in association with The Nottingham Building Society.
The Nottingham Panthers' Audio Experience's final episode of 2020 sees Tim Wallace, Head Coach of the Panthers during the 2019/20 season, return to the show for his third appearance alongside host Dan Kerry.Tim iced in over 100 games in the NHL and in this special "Tales from the Show" edition of the Audio Experience he spends over an hour talking about his time playing in ice hockey's premier league.The native of Anchorage, Alaska played for the Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning & Carolina Hurricanes during his time in "the show" and played alongside players such as Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Marc-Andre Fleury, Kris Letang, John Tavares, Steven Stamkos, Victor Hedman, Eric Staal & Cam Ward & he talks about what sets guys like that apart from the rest plus what it's like to be part of those organisations.Tim also gets into what he learnt from his coaches in the NHL, sacrificing his offensive capabilities to accept a role that saw him have to drop the gloves regularly, his views on fighting in ice hockey (have they changed over time?), playing on a line with Steven Stamkos, what it's like to watch Sidney Crosby up close and reveals that there was one team mate among all the greats he played with that he got an autograph from.All of that and much more in another not to be missed edition of The Nottingham Panthers' Audio Experience, brought to you in association with The Nottingham Building Society.
The word legend is thrown around all to freely these days but the latest guest to join host Dan Kerry on The Nottingham Panthers' Audio Experience, in association with The Nottingham Building Society, is a true legend forever enshrined in the folklore of Nottingham ice hockey, it's #44 Barry Nieckar!As it's a time of year to spend with family Barry is joined on the show by his wife Candace, who offers her unique perspectives on being married to a professional ice hockey player & her views on the big moments/incidents from Barry's time in Nottingham.The British game was first introduced to Barry Nieckar when he made the move across the pond to join the London Knights of the British Ice Hockey Super League for the 1999/00 season meaning he go to play in the old Nottingham Ice Stadium as a visitor & he talks about his memories of that rink & the Panthers' fans.Nottingham fought off interest from other teams in the Super League to bring Barry to Nottingham for the 2000/01 season, the first season in the now Motorpoint Arena, & both he and Candace get into what went into that decision, their initial impressions of the city, starting the annual player's Halloween party (that continues to this day) & of course the infamous bench clearing brawl against the Sheffield Steelers.Barry & Candace spent three seasons in Nottingham (2000 /01, 2001/02, 2002/03) & there are stories aplenty about characters such as Paul Adey, Scott Allison, Alex Dampier & Jamie Leach plus why it is fans of the Belfast Giants dislike him so much.All of that & much more in another not to be missed episode of The Nottingham Panthers' Audio Experience, in association with The Nottingham Building Society.
Chelsey Goldberg is the latest guest to join host Dan Kerry on The Nottingham Panthers' Audio Experience, in association with The Nottingham Building Society.The conversation starts with the California native talking about where ice hockey came into her life, when she decided she wanted to pursue it as a professional, why she decided on Northeastern University & what it was like moving across the country to just outside of Boston to pursue her dream.Chelsey broke her fibula in her left & right legs just one year apart during the first two seasons of her college career and she talks about both the physical & mental journey it took to battle back from those set backs, getting drafted in both the NWHL (National Women's Hockey League - 8th overall) & the CWHL (Canadian Women's Hockey League - 6th overall) & why it was she chose to go with the CWHL's Boston Blades.The defensive then gets into why she chose to join the PWHPA (Professional Women's Hockey Player's Association), being inducted into the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, winning the prestigious Beanpot championship & much more in another not to be missed episode of The Nottingham Panthers' Audio Experience, in association with The Nottingham Building Society.
Craig Kowalski is the latest guest to join host Dan Kerry on The Nottingham Panthers' Audio Experience, in association with The Nottingham Building Society.The netminder back stopped the Panthers to nine championships in five seasons, from 2010 to 2015, and he talks about all the big moments in a conversation that is sure to bring a smile to your face as you go down memory lane.There's stories a plenty about characters such as Jordan Fox, David Ling & Corey Neilson plus the netminders perspectives on the Challenge Cup, Playoff & Elite League triumphs during his time in black & gold - all told with the razor sharp wit you'd expect.He also gets into the bench clearing brawl in Coventry (did he say anything to Brad Cruickshank to instigate the incident?), European adventures in the form of the Continental Cup/Champions Hockey League, why he fell in love with Nottingham, how injuries took there toll on him in his last few years as a player and much, much more in a not to be missed episode of The Nottingham Panthers' Audio Experience, in association with The Nottingham Building Society.
It's a brand new week on The Nottingham Panthers' Audio Experience and it's another netminder in the hot seat as Noora Räty joins host Dan Kerry for another not-to-be-missed episode of the show.Noora is a veteran of the game having represented Finland at four Olympic Games, backstopping them to two bronze medal finishes, and nine World Championships, picking up four bronze medals and most recently a silver in a heart breaking shootout loss to Team USA in 2019.She made the jump to The States in 2009 to pursue a career in the game and joined the University of Minnesota, becoming team mates with Audio Experience alumni Megan Bozek, and proceeded to lift two NCAA Championships one of which came during an undefeated season and takes us behind the scenes to talk about the big moments and games from those seasons.After graduating Noora returned to Europe where she became the first female to play in the Metsis (Finnish second division) before joining Chinese side Kulun Red Star who did play in the Canadian Women's Hockey League, which include some unbelievable cross world road trips, before that league folded (an event that led Noora to sign up with the Professional Women's Hockey Player's Association) and they joined the Russian Women's Hockey League.It's another fascinating conversation with one of the world's premier hockey players that includes all of the above and much more such as her goals of signing up with the PWHPA, why she loves Minions so much, was it always netminding for her and just how many Finnish curse words did she teach her team mates at the University of Minnesota when she made the move to North America.
Sam Gospel is the latest guest to sit down with host Dan Kerry on The Nottingham Panthers' Audio Experience, in association with The Nottingham Building Society.The conversation starts with where the game of ice hockey came into Sam's life, which players stood out to him in his early days as a fan, when netminding came to the forefront and who he's modelled his game on over the years.Sam then gets into how he got involved with the Panthers, why training with the main team in Nottingham gave him a huge advantage over others his own age, his interactions with then Head Coach Corey Neilson and what he learned from players such as Craig Kowalski.The netminder then takes us behind the scenes of his Panthers' debut which came during the 2012-13 season when he was part of a three netminder shut-out and talks about his mad cap dash to Belfast the night after the Panthers secured the league title.One of the more infamous games to ever take place at the Motorpoint Arena came when Sam was drafted in as an emergency starter for the Sheffield Steelers, in the second leg of the 2014/15 Challenge Cup Semi-Finals, and he breaks down how that transpired and his memories of a painful night for Panthers' fans that saw him lead our arch-rivals to a dramatic penalty shootout victory.Sam joined the Panthers full-time during 2017/18 season and formed partnerships with the likes of Patrick Galbraith, Patrick Munson & Michael Garnett over a two season spell before a loan spell to Telford (18/19) and a couldn't be turned down opportunity with the newly formed Leeds Cheifs (19/20) came to fruition.All of that and much, much more in another not to be missed episode of The Nottingham Panthers' Audio Experience, in association with The Nottingham Building Society.
Kevin Carr makes his second appearance on The Nottingham Panthers' Audio Experience, in association with The Nottingham Building Society, as he joins host Dan Kerry to look back at his year in black & gold.The conversations starts by catching up with the Panthers' 2019/20 starting netminder, talking about what he's up to at the moment & his Kevin Carr Elite Goaltending coaching programme before getting into the 2019/20 season.Kevin takes us inside the locker room for all the big moments & games such as the Continental Cup, the EIHL's December schedule, the home double header against Belfast in November, the EIHL's December schedule, the eventual cancellation of the league in March & much more.He also gets into how he copes with the pressures of social media, why he believes in being all business whilst at the rink, if netminders prefer breakaways or penalty shots & tells us why it isn't goalies that are the crazy ones.It's another not to be missed episode of The Nottingham Panthers' Audio Experience, in association with The Nottingham Building Society.
It's a brand new week on The Nottingham Panthers' Audio Experience, in association with The Nottingham Building Society, as netminder Patrick Galbraith joinshost Dan Kerry to talk about his time in black & gold.Patrick came to the Panthers straight out the DEL to compete with Michael Garnett for the starting role between the pipes and he starts off by talking about what brought him to Nottingham in 2017, why he was still available in October after a strong year in Germany, his first on-ice session with then Head Coach Corey Neilson and his whirlwind start to life in the UK.The netminder also gets into the importance of the Panthers' British contingent, what it was like in the locker after the announcements that Corey Neilson would be moving on & David Clarke retiring, what he was told about the Elite League playoffs after getting the nod as the starter, going from the highs of that dramatic quarter-final against Belfast and the lows of the semi-final against Sheffield.Patrick left the Panthers at the end of the 2017/18 season to link up with his hometown team SønderjyskE to play alongside his brother Daniel but the netminder wouldn't be a stranger to the fans in Nottingham, firstly he came up against his former Panthers' team mates at the World Championships in 2019 before taking on Nottingham in the 2019/20 Continental Cup hosted by SønderjyskE.All that and much more in another episode of The Nottingham Panthers' Audio Experience, in association with The Nottingham Building Society.
Brandon Benedict won seven championships in four seasons (2011-2015) with The Nottingham Panthers and he is the latest guest to join host Dan Kerry on another not to be missed episode of The Nottingham Panthers' Audio Experience.Now the GM/Head Coach of the MJAHL's Valley Wildcats Brandon talks about what originally brought him to the Elite League in 2009 when he signed for the Belfast Giants before getting into his move to Nottingham in 2011.Renowned for his relentless work ethic Brandon became an instant fan favourite in Nottingham and he gets into everything about his love of the city, Head Coach Corey Neilson, winning the Challenge Cup over two legs against Belfast and that goal against the Clan to send the Panthers to the Elite League playoff weekend.From there it's stories aplenty about the Grand Slam season, David Ling, Jordan Fox, Craig Kowalski, the Continental Cup, a miraculous Challenge Cup comeback against the Giants (2014) and being part of the first British team to enter the Champions Hockey league.Brandon then left Nottingham to return to Belfast to start on his coaching journey and despite being back in North America he hopes to one day return to Nottingham to see the Panthers' fans once more.
Megan Bozek, of Team USA, is the latest professional women's player, and first American, to join host Dan Kerry on The Nottingham Panthers' Audio Experience.In a fascinating hour long conversation Megan talks about where ice hockey came into her life, why she decided on the University of Minnesota (where she picked up back-to-back NCAA championships) and what went into her decision to pursue a professional career in the sport she loves.Megan has expeerience in both professional women's leagues in North America (the NWHL and the now defunct CWHL) and talks about the differences between the two, how the closure of the CWHL (Canadian Women's Hockey League) caught everyone by surprise and why she joined the PWHPA (Professional Women's Hockey Player's Association).There's also plenty of international hockey talk as Megan got involved with Team USA in 2009, prior to going to college, and has since played at five World Championships (picking up four gold medals and one silver) and one Winter Olympic games (picking up a silver medal at Sochi in 2014) before being dropped from the national side just prior to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeonchang, a moment that caused her to question her love for the sport.Megan re-found her love for ice hockey though and you can find out how, and what led to her now plying her trade at China's Kunlun Red Star franchise, right here.
Alex Nikiforuk played for The Nottingham Panthers during the 2016/17 season and he is the latest guest to join host Dan Kerry on The Nottingham Panthers' Audio Experience.Part of the history making roster that secured Continental Cup glory Alex tells stories from the European adventure, just whose fault was Jaca's goal in the first round? Listen to Alex make his hilarious case then make up your own mind, that saw the Panthers become the first ever British team to lift a major European trophy.Alex touches on all parts of his time in the black and gold including his relationship with Brian "Big Ern" McGrattan, the importance of the Brits in the locker room, the rivalry with Sheffield, if coming back to Nottingham was ever an option, why the 2016/17 has remained so close and much, much more.The former #9 then talks about leaving Nottingham for Germany before returning to the Elite League as a member of the Coventry Blaze where he still felt love from the Panthers' fans despite joining one of our biggest rivals.
The Nottingham Panthers' Audio Experience is back once again and joining host Dan Kerry on this week's episode is fan favourite defenceman from the 2018/19 season Dylan Olsen.Dylan followed in the footsteps of his father Darryl, who played for the Panthers during the 1996/97 season, when he signed in Nottingham and he talks about how it was always a career goal of his to play for a team his dad did.The talk then moves onto what Dylan's up to at the moment, his memories of Nottingham in the 90s, returning to Nottingham in 2018, his favourite (and least favourite) rinks to visit in the Elite League, how the standard of hockey on these shores surprised him at first and his special relationship with the Panthers' fans.He then gets into the coaching change in January 2019 that saw Rick Strachan take over from Rich Chernomaz, the arrival of Chris Stewart, his almost season ending injury, joining the coaching staff whilst he was out of action and how he rushed himself back to take part in the 2019 playoffs.
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