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IceMen Insights Podcast #413:
Return of the Petey

Next Episode Airs Wed. March 16
(Podcast Online Thu. March 17)

It’s another special edition of “IceMen Insights,” as IceMen Broadcaster John Peterson once again joins us to talk some hockey…

Along with “Petey,” Derick and I discuss the IceMen winning three straight only to then lose to the league’s worst team, Christopher Bengtsberg attempting to score an empty-net goal, Mike Duco’s game misconduct for abuse of officials, Donnie Harris’ Evansville return, franchise records in jeopardy, injuries aplenty, the best barns around the ECHL, the league’s weekly player awards, overtime penalties and subsequent shootout participation, and the schedule down the stretch.

Plus: Well, I’ll just leave this right here…

To download and listen (MP3 format), simply click below!

Episode 413 – Aired March 9, 2016 (38:28 – 36 MB)

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About the Show

“IceMen Insights” is produced by IceMenManiacs.com, offering IceMen fans a FREE podcast about Evansville IceMen hockey. Airing regularly (as schedules allow) during the season and also occasionally during the off-season, the show is hosted by former IceMen play-by-play broadcaster Derick “The Mouth of the IceMen” Benigni and IceMenManiacs.com Webmaster and Senior Writer Michael “Shocker” Shockley.

The “IceMen Insights” podcast is offered exclusively online right here on IceMenManiacs.com. The show originally airs on Evansville’s WYIR (96.9 FM) and online via WYIR.com and TuneIn.com at 4 PM (CT) on Wednesday, and is then made available for FREE download on IceMenManiacs.com on Thursday (usually in the morning). Each podcast is presented in MP3 format and should play fine on virtually any computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone, or portable MP3 player.

Visit our Podcast, Video, Photos & More page for more information about the show, details about how you can make comments about or submit questions for the show, and a complete archive of past “IceMen Insights” episodes and comedy bits.

IceMen Insights Podcast #411:
Another Year Without Playoffs?

Next Episode Airs Wed. Feb. 24
(Podcast Online Thu. Feb. 25)

After a few weeks off, “IceMen Insights” is back with your recommended dosage of nonsense…

Derick and I discuss just how slim Evansville’s playoff hopes are at this point, Daultan Leveille and Tyson Fawcett chasing the franchise ECHL record for goals in a season, Jordan Sims’ impressive plus/minus rating, Nathan Moon potentially surpassing Josh Beaulieu as the longest-tenured IceMen player, who could be trade bait at the deadline, and a second IceMen alum making his NHL debut.

Plus: The John Peterson Show, Derick and the Kiss Cam, playoff mullets, Ivy on the mic, rockin’ out “Wayne’s World” style, John Scott in the NHL All-Star Game, and the much-anticipated return of Mad Speculation with the Doctor Dirty D!

To download and listen (MP3 format), simply click below!

Episode 411 – Aired Feb. 17, 2016 (34:28 – 32 MB)

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About the Show

“IceMen Insights” is produced by IceMenManiacs.com, offering IceMen fans a FREE podcast about Evansville IceMen hockey. Airing regularly (as schedules allow) during the season and also occasionally during the off-season, the show is hosted by former IceMen play-by-play broadcaster Derick “The Mouth of the IceMen” Benigni and IceMenManiacs.com Webmaster and Senior Writer Michael “Shocker” Shockley.

The “IceMen Insights” podcast is offered exclusively online right here on IceMenManiacs.com. The show originally airs on Evansville’s WYIR (96.9 FM) and online via WYIR.com and TuneIn.com at 4 PM (CT) on Wednesday, and is then made available for FREE download on IceMenManiacs.com on Thursday (usually in the morning). Each podcast is presented in MP3 format and should play fine on virtually any computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone, or portable MP3 player.

Visit our Podcast, Video, Photos & More page for more information about the show, details about how you can make comments about or submit questions for the show, and a complete archive of past “IceMen Insights” episodes and comedy bits.

Bonus Podcast: John Peterson on WYIR

Although yours truly was unavailable due to personal reasons, this week’s “IceMen Insights” timeslot was still filled with a half-hour of hockey talk from a pair of your favorite puckheads. Derick was joined in studio at WYIR by John Peterson, the play-by-play voice of the IceMen – and we’ve got the full interview here for you as a special bonus podcast…

Among other things, Derick and “Petey” discuss the team’s recent 9-day road trip that featured 6 games in 5 different cities, a plethora of injuries resulting in players playing out of position, killing time on the bus when the DirecTV goes out, jersey issues on Garfield & Odie Night in Indy, and observations about barns around the ECHL.

To download and listen (MP3 format), simply click below!

Petey Podcast – Aired Feb. 3, 2016 (34:45 – 33 MB)

IceMen Insights Podcast #410:
100% Unscripted

Next Episode Airs Wed. Feb. 17
(Podcast Online Thu. Feb. 18)

PLEASE NOTE: This episode was recorded a few hours before it was announced that the IceMen are officially moving to Owensboro next season. Although the context is now just a tad different, we feel that the vast majority of our conversation is still relevant. Please just keep the timing in mind as you listen. Thanks!

After a lengthy break, “IceMen Insights” is back! And for the first time ever, the show is 100% unscripted…

Derick and I discuss the recent struggles of the IceMen after a strong December, the additions of Danny Hobbs and Mike Duco, and…well, then it’s pretty much all about the elephant in the room.

How viable is Owensboro and the Sportscenter plan? What went wrong with the City of Evansville in the Ford Center lease negotiations? Where do emotions belong in what is fundamentally a business and political issue? If the ECHL is no longer an option, can Evansville succeed with an SPHL team? And ultimately, at any level, how vital is winning hockey games with respect to financial viability and marketability?

Plus: IceMey Iggy drama, The Evansville Snow Equivalency Scale, Long Duk Dong, Derick’s adventures in exotic locales like Iowa and Arkansas, and Shocker breaks out the Fic impression again!

To download and listen (MP3 format), simply click below!

Episode 410 – Aired Jan. 20, 2016 (33:52 – 31 MB)

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About the Show

“IceMen Insights” is produced by IceMenManiacs.com, offering IceMen fans a FREE podcast about Evansville IceMen hockey. Airing regularly (as schedules allow) during the season and also occasionally during the off-season, the show is hosted by former IceMen play-by-play broadcaster Derick “The Mouth of the IceMen” Benigni and IceMenManiacs.com Webmaster and Senior Writer Michael “Shocker” Shockley.

The “IceMen Insights” podcast is offered exclusively online right here on IceMenManiacs.com. The show originally airs on Evansville’s WYIR (96.9 FM) and online via WYIR.com and TuneIn.com at 4 PM (CT) on Wednesday, and is then made available for FREE download on IceMenManiacs.com on Thursday (usually in the morning). Each podcast is presented in MP3 format and should play fine on virtually any computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone, or portable MP3 player.

Visit our Podcast, Video, Photos & More page for more information about the show, details about how you can make comments about or submit questions for the show, and a complete archive of past “IceMen Insights” episodes and comedy bits.

IceMen Insights Podcast #409:
Interview with John Peterson

Next Episode Airs Wed. Jan. 20
(Podcast Online Thu. Jan. 21)

It’s another special edition of “IceMen Insights,” as IceMen Broadcaster John Peterson returns to the WYIR studio for another scrap with your two favorite chuckleheads…

Along with “Petey,” Derick and I discuss last weekend’s wild losses to Fort Wayne and Quad City, Cody Reichard’s scary injury, the rarity of getting a 2-on-0 while short-handed, the evolution of 3-on-3 OT, home/road swings in the upcoming schedule, the annual Teddy Bear Toss, and New Year’s Eve fireworks.

We also talk aboot the Alaska trip, the Instagram adventures of the Blizzard bobblehead, John’s budding friendship with IceMen Trainer Sean Berberich, the comedic duo of Al Sims and Johan Lundskog, recording TV reports with players doing silly things in the background, fun on the road, and killing time on the radio during in-game delays.

Plus: Brian Vaal’s lack of testicular fortitude, crazy-long trips to Wendy’s, conky talk, Derick’s thrilling work travel, Petey gets another nickname, “Slap Shot” and flight attendants, crappy old barns, and What Happens in Alaska Stays in Alaska!

To download and listen (MP3 format), simply click below!

Episode 409 – Aired Dec. 9, 2015 (34:05 – 31 MB)

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About the Show

“IceMen Insights” is produced by IceMenManiacs.com, offering IceMen fans a FREE podcast about Evansville IceMen hockey. Airing regularly (as schedules allow) during the season and also occasionally during the off-season, the show is hosted by former IceMen play-by-play broadcaster Derick “The Mouth of the IceMen” Benigni and IceMenManiacs.com Webmaster and Senior Writer Michael “Shocker” Shockley.

The “IceMen Insights” podcast is offered exclusively online right here on IceMenManiacs.com. The show originally airs on Evansville’s WYIR (96.9 FM) and online via WYIR.com and TuneIn.com at 4 PM (CT) on Wednesday, and is then made available for FREE download on IceMenManiacs.com on Thursday (usually in the morning). Each podcast is presented in MP3 format and should play fine on virtually any computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone, or portable MP3 player.

Visit our Podcast, Video, Photos & More page for more information about the show, details about how you can make comments about or submit questions for the show, and a complete archive of past “IceMen Insights” episodes and comedy bits.

IceMen Insights Podcast #408:
Erratic Palpitations of the IceMen Spirit

Next Episode Airs Wed. Dec. 9
(Podcast Online Thu. Dec. 10)

The 2015-16 season is nearly a quarter of the way done, and “IceMen Insights” is back with a look at how things are going! Among the analysis and nonsense in this episode…

Derick and I discuss the IceMen finding some victories in Alaska, signs of life for the offense, first-period scoring woes, the Moon/Zarbo trade, strong play in net, injuries aplenty, old CHL teams finding success in the ECHL, IceMen arena lease worries, and the next week of IceMen games.

Plus: The long-awaited return of Mad Speculation with the Doctor Dirty D, Billy Idol is HOW old?, long road trips, and Terry Ficorelli’s tongue!

To download and listen (MP3 format), simply click below!

Episode 408 – Aired Dec. 2, 2015 (32:56 – 31 MB)

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About the Show

“IceMen Insights” is produced by IceMenManiacs.com, offering IceMen fans a FREE podcast about Evansville IceMen hockey. Airing regularly (as schedules allow) during the season and also occasionally during the off-season, the show is hosted by former IceMen play-by-play broadcaster Derick “The Mouth of the IceMen” Benigni and IceMenManiacs.com Webmaster and Senior Writer Michael “Shocker” Shockley.

The “IceMen Insights” podcast is offered exclusively online right here on IceMenManiacs.com. The show originally airs on Evansville’s WYIR (96.9 FM) and online via WYIR.com and TuneIn.com at 4 PM (CT) on Wednesday, and is then made available for FREE download on IceMenManiacs.com on Thursday (usually in the morning). Each podcast is presented in MP3 format and should play fine on virtually any computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone, or portable MP3 player.

Visit our Podcast, Video, Photos & More page for more information about the show, details about how you can make comments about or submit questions for the show, and a complete archive of past “IceMen Insights” episodes and comedy bits.

IceMen Insights Podcast #407:
Interview with John Peterson

Next Episode Airs Wed. Dec. 2
(Podcast Online Thu. Dec. 3)

It’s another special edition of “IceMen Insights,” a start-to-finish interview with new IceMen Broadcaster John Peterson!

Derick and I begin by prodding John about life before Evansville – where he grew up, being the oldest of 5 siblings, playing hockey as a kid, calling his first hockey game in Arizona of all places, broadcasting high school games near the Canadian border, working for the Minnesota Wild, and whether or not he had ever even heard of Evansville before taking the IceMen job.

We then delve into his new life in Evansville – how he got the job, his love of the Ford Center, broadcasting with a color commentator, excellent intermission interviews, hosting IceMen Live and working with Brian Vaal, being the new guy in town, his thoughts about the IceMen fans, “Miracle on Ice” Olympian Dave Christian’s upcoming appearance, and his excitement about the team’s Thanksgiving trip to Alaska.

Plus: Dumped on the 4th of July, Petey and Beaner, adjusting accents, discovering the Fall Festival, getting kicked out of Beef O’Brady’s, getting destroyed in ping-pong, difficult pronunciations, avoiding dead air, really really long games, and revisiting Derick’s infamous TV special!

To download and listen (MP3 format), simply click below!

Episode 407 – Aired Nov. 11, 2015 (33:57 – 31 MB)

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About the Show

“IceMen Insights” is produced by IceMenManiacs.com, offering IceMen fans a FREE podcast about Evansville IceMen hockey. Airing regularly (as schedules allow) during the season and also occasionally during the off-season, the show is hosted by former IceMen play-by-play broadcaster Derick “The Mouth of the IceMen” Benigni and IceMenManiacs.com Webmaster and Senior Writer Michael “Shocker” Shockley.

The “IceMen Insights” podcast is offered exclusively online right here on IceMenManiacs.com. The show originally airs on Evansville’s WYIR (96.9 FM) and online via WYIR.com and TuneIn.com at 4 PM (CT) on Wednesday, and is then made available for FREE download on IceMenManiacs.com on Thursday (usually in the morning). Each podcast is presented in MP3 format and should play fine on virtually any computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone, or portable MP3 player.

Visit our Podcast, Video, Photos & More page for more information about the show, details about how you can make comments about or submit questions for the show, and a complete archive of past “IceMen Insights” episodes and comedy bits.

IceMen Insights Podcast #406:
Another Openin’, Another Show…

Next Episode Airs Wed. Nov. 11
(Podcast Online Thu. Nov. 12)

The 2015-16 season is officially underway, and “IceMen Insights” is all over it! Among the analysis and nonsense in this episode…

Derick and I discuss the final additions to and subtractions from the IceMen season-opening roster, Evansville naming Jarret Lukin as team captain and choosing to rotate through four alternates, positive takeaways from the home opener despite the loss, opening-night attendance, and the next few weeks of IceMen games.

Plus: Our worst injuries, Derick gripes about the Hoosier Hockey Championship Belt (again), spurning the Swamp Rabbits, fans going nuts over player moves, Free Fallin’, and Derick prepares to celebrate both his birthday and anniversary on Halloween!

To download and listen (MP3 format), simply click below!

Episode 406 – Aired Oct. 21, 2015 (33:32 – 31 MB)

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About the Show

“IceMen Insights” is produced by IceMenManiacs.com, offering IceMen fans a FREE podcast about Evansville IceMen hockey. Airing regularly (as schedules allow) during the season and also occasionally during the off-season, the show is hosted by former IceMen play-by-play broadcaster Derick “The Mouth of the IceMen” Benigni and IceMenManiacs.com Webmaster and Senior Writer Michael “Shocker” Shockley.

The “IceMen Insights” podcast is offered exclusively online right here on IceMenManiacs.com. The show originally airs on Evansville’s WYIR (96.9 FM) and online via WYIR.com and TuneIn.com at 4 PM (CT) on Wednesday, and is then made available for FREE download on IceMenManiacs.com on Thursday (usually in the morning). Each podcast is presented in MP3 format and should play fine on virtually any computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone, or portable MP3 player.

Visit our Podcast, Video, Photos & More page for more information about the show, details about how you can make comments about or submit questions for the show, and a complete archive of past “IceMen Insights” episodes and comedy bits.

IceMen Insights Podcast #405:
Interview with Bridget McDonald

Next Episode Airs Wed. Oct. 21
(Podcast Online Thu. Oct. 22)

The 2015-16 IceMen regular season begins THIS WEEKEND! In the spirit of getting the season started off on a fun note, this week’s special edition of “IceMen Insights” features a start-to-finish interview with IceMen Director of Marketing and Game Day Operations Bridget McDonald!

Derick and I begin our interrogation discussion by asking Bridget to explain her role and what a typical game day entails for her. We also talk about the physical demands IceMen staffers face during home games, as well as the biggest challenge of Bridget’s job. Plus, all 3 of us offer up our predictions for the 2015-16 home opener attendance.

We also get Bridget’s “insider” take on a bunch of IceMen promotions, including the home opener, “Back to the Future” Night, Education Day, Prostate Cancer Awareness Night featuring “Miracle on Ice” Olympian Dave Christian, Mascot Night in celebration of Blizzard’s birthday (with Blizzard bobbleheads), the Teddy Bear Toss for 911 Gives Hope, New Year’s Eve with post-game fireworks, “Star Wars” Night, Disney/Marvel Night, Pink the Rink Weekend with pink ice, Baby Races, St. Patrick’s Day with green ice, Autism Awareness Night, and the home finale featuring the ZOOperstars.

Plus: Stephen Rickard in heels, Derick is easy, Ron Geary is a 5-year old, courting the Hanson brothers, Save The Wieners, and something gives Derick “the feels” in his nether regions!

To download and listen (MP3 format), simply click below!

Episode 405 – Aired Oct. 14, 2015 (34:09 – 31 MB)

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About the Show

“IceMen Insights” is produced by IceMenManiacs.com, offering IceMen fans a FREE podcast about Evansville IceMen hockey. Airing regularly (as schedules allow) during the season and also occasionally during the off-season, the show is hosted by former IceMen play-by-play broadcaster Derick “The Mouth of the IceMen” Benigni and IceMenManiacs.com Webmaster and Senior Writer Michael “Shocker” Shockley.

The “IceMen Insights” podcast is offered exclusively online right here on IceMenManiacs.com. The show originally airs on Evansville’s WYIR (96.9 FM) and online via WYIR.com and TuneIn.com at 4 PM (CT) on Wednesday, and is then made available for FREE download on IceMenManiacs.com on Thursday (usually in the morning). Each podcast is presented in MP3 format and should play fine on virtually any computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone, or portable MP3 player.

Visit our Podcast, Video, Photos & More page for more information about the show, details about how you can make comments about or submit questions for the show, and a complete archive of past “IceMen Insights” episodes and comedy bits.

IceMen Insights Podcast #404:
Going Long – REAL Long!

Next Episode Airs Wed. Oct. 14
(Podcast Online Thu. Oct. 15)

Is It October Yet? Well yes, as a matter of fact, it is! And this week’s “IceMen Insights” is super-sized in order to get you ready for the start of the season! Among the analysis and nonsense in this extended episode…

Derick and I discuss which players have been sent down to Evansville by Binghamton and Ottawa (and why a goaltender is not among them), all of the players the IceMen have signed to ECHL contracts, the ECHL’s opening-day roster deadline, and this weekend’s Guns & Hoses hockey game at Swonder.

For the first time this season, “IceMen Insights” goes into OVERTIME, our podcast-exclusive bonus segment that does not air on WYIR. This edition of OT (which begins at the 29:23 mark in the MP3) gets started with a Derick rant on 3-on-3 OT and a look at the new IceMen radio broadcasting arrangement, which does not actually include over-the-air radio. We then transition to the conclusion of our series of NHL off-season recaps, beginning with some updates on teams we’ve previously covered in Season 4 – including news about a player with Evansville ties making an NHL roster at the age of 19.

We finally delve into the 5 teams we ran out of time for during our previous 3 episodes. Derick’s beloved Toronto Maple Leafs threw a ton of money at Mike Babcock, traded Phil Kessel, and brought in a bunch of cheap veterans. The Penguins acquired the aforementioned Kessel, the Sharks spit out their longtime coach and goaltender, the Kings made a big trade with Boston and dealt with a pair of headline-grabbing off-ice controversies, and the Ducks made a lot of moves in an effort to finally get over the hump in the playoffs.

We also take an in-depth look at the Central Division, which features some of the Evansville area’s favorite NHL teams. The Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks now look a lot different thanks to salary cap woes, Dallas is starting to look a bit like Chicago South, the Wild didn’t go wild with off-season changes, the Jets largely stayed the course as well, Colorado made some questionable moves, the Predators re-signed a zillion forwards and brought in a couple of nice depth additions, and the Blues are, um, well, we’re not quite sure what exactly they’re doing over in St. Louis.

Plus: Derick tests Shocker’s foul-language censorship skills during OT, Fall Festival stories, rockin’ out with Motley Crue, the sad story of a non-displaced broken penis, the adventures of Bobcat Pabthway, the return of the Jagr mullet, Irish pricks, visiting Arkansas, Derick’s filthy stache, moist sphincters, and Shocker gets his Fic on!

To download and listen (MP3 format), simply click below!

Episode 404 – Aired Oct. 7, 2015 (1:53:12 – 103 MB)

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About the Show

“IceMen Insights” is produced by IceMenManiacs.com, offering IceMen fans a FREE podcast about Evansville IceMen hockey. Airing regularly (as schedules allow) during the season and also occasionally during the off-season, the show is hosted by former IceMen play-by-play broadcaster Derick “The Mouth of the IceMen” Benigni and IceMenManiacs.com Webmaster and Senior Writer Michael “Shocker” Shockley.

The “IceMen Insights” podcast is offered exclusively online right here on IceMenManiacs.com. The show originally airs on Evansville’s WYIR (96.9 FM) and online via WYIR.com and TuneIn.com at 4 PM (CT) on Wednesday, and is then made available for FREE download on IceMenManiacs.com on Thursday (usually in the morning). Each podcast is presented in MP3 format and should play fine on virtually any computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone, or portable MP3 player.

Visit our Podcast, Video, Photos & More page for more information about the show, details about how you can make comments about or submit questions for the show, and a complete archive of past “IceMen Insights” episodes and comedy bits.