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IceMen Insights Podcast #415:
Tommy Mason Unfiltered (Part Deux)

COMING SOON:
The Final Episode of IceMen Insights,
featuring Stephen Rickard!
[Exact Date TBD]

It’s another special edition of “IceMen Insights,” as IceMen Public Address Announcer Tommy Mason joins us for the second week in a row, by popular demand…

Derick and I get Tommy to share stories about the St. Patrick’s Day green ice debacle and the subsequent IceMen/Komets line brawl, “Mansicle” Stephen Rickard, longtime IceMen staffers Bridget McDonald and Brian Vaal, official timekeeper Steven Halber, penalty box attendants Jack Howe and Jamie Huff (and Dave Huff too), official scorer Lindsay “Call Me” Mabry, “stadium organist” Chad “Beefcake” Burleigh, Dave’s Taxi, “the ECHL franchise from Indianapolis,” and HEY TOMMY, HOW MUCH’S TIME’S LEFT?

Plus: Tommy has a girlfriend (sorry ladies), spider arms, wrecking the Icicles’ golf cart, where he wants to be buried, cursing over the loud speakers at Bosse Field, pranking a cocky member of the opposition, subtly heckling the officials, subtly heckling the opposition, and Rainbow Butterfly Unicorn Kittens.

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

Episode 415 – Aired March 23, 2016 (36:46 – 34 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 #414:
Tommy Mason Unfiltered (Part One)

Next Episode Airs Wed. March 23
(Podcast Online Mon. March 28)

It’s yet another special edition of “IceMen Insights,” as IceMen Public Address Announcer Tommy Mason joins us for the first time ever, and it’s a good one…

Derick and I get Tommy to spill the beans on his pre-game routine, his struggles when he first started working IceMen games, getting himself into trouble with the officials, players chirping at each other while in the penalty boxes, life in the “fish bowl,” name pronunciations, applying a radio disc jockey mentality to his IceMen announcing, and his new TV gig with 44 News.

Plus: Ploppage of stay, learning the finer points of hockey, getting advice from Brian Patafie, being the object of Derick’s wife’s affection, making inappropriate jokes on TV, wearing make-up, and BREAKING NEWS about the new Evansville SPHL team’s name.

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

Episode 414 – Aired March 16, 2016 (37:38 – 34 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 #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 #412:
Interview with Bridget McDonald

Next Episode Airs Wed. March 9 or 16
(Podcast Online Thu. March 10 or 17)

We’ve got another special edition of “IceMen Insights” featuring IceMen Director of Marketing and Game Day Operations Bridget McDonald!

Derick and I first talk with Bridget about some of the big IceMen home game promotions that are on tap for the remainder of the season – from Pink the Rink and green ice to “baby races” and the home finale, Bridget gives us an inside scoop.

We also spend some time waxing nostalgic about the early days of the IceMen – the rivalry with the Chi-Town Shooters and the antics of Darren Seid, Clay Lewis attacking a linesman during a brawl, “the Dragons,” hosting the AAHL All-Star Game, and (of course) Davidson Cup Championship memories.

Plus: Derick channels Fic, chemistry not involving meth, Puke Friday, IceMen April Fools pranks (including an “official” prank the IceMen organization wanted to do involving the Komets), and Stephen Rickard in a diaper!

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

Episode 412 – Aired Feb. 24, 2016 (32:46 – 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.

 

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 #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 #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 #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.