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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!

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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.

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!

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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 #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 #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!

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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 #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.

IceMen Insights Podcast #403:
B-B-B-Bingo and the Bolts

Next Episode Airs Wed. Oct. 7
(Podcast Online Thu. Oct. 8)

The 4th season of “IceMen Insights” continues! Among the analysis and nonsense in this episode…

Derick and I discuss which affiliate-contracted players the IceMen could be receiving from Ottawa and Binghamton to start the season, a few more players who will NOT be a part of the 2015-16 IceMen roster, the Evansville Thunderbolts’ first two games, and the latest details about IceMen training camp.

We also take a look at the off-season for the NHL’s Pacific Division. The Oilers have a new franchise player in #1 overall pick Connor McDavid and they made a bunch of other moves as well, Calgary continues to trend in the right direction, the Canucks are rebuilding on the fly, the Coyotes are um still in the league or something, San Jose bid farewell to Antti Niemi, the Kings are dealing with controversy, and the Ducks look primed for another quack-tastic season. Plus, we catch up on leftovers from our previous two shows, checking in with the top-heavy Penguins and Derick’s beloved Toronto Maple Leafs!

Plus: Pardon our French, Derick heads south, celebrating a musical legend, throwing Bill Nadeau under the bus, Derick calls his wife a ho, fun hockey player names, and Derick mistakenly rechristens the ZOOperstars!

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

Episode 403 – Aired Sept. 23, 2015 (32:03 – 30 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 #402:
Workin’ for a Livin’ (Somewhere Else)

Next Episode Airs Wed. Sept. 23
(Podcast Online Thu. Sept. 24)

The 4th season of “IceMen Insights” continues! Among the analysis and nonsense in this episode…

Derick and I discuss the players who will NOT be a part of the 2015-16 IceMen roster, the Gwinnett Gladiators attempting to take over Atlanta, the Evansville Thunderbolts’ impending home opener, Guns & Hoses Hockey, and the IceMen Maniacs Booster Club’s annual election.

We also take a look at the off-season for the NHL’s Metropolitan Division. The Blue Jackets are trending up, the Rangers escaped salary cap hell (for now), the improving Islanders are staying the course, New Jersey’s rebuild is in full effect, Carolina made a bunch of quality moves, the Capitals acquired American Olympic hero TJ Oshie, the Flyers are ready to begin the Dave Hakstol era, and Pittsburgh pulled off the trade of the summer with Toronto. Plus, we tackle the Leafs’ busy off-season after running out of time for them last week!

Plus: Light ‘em mup mup mup, Derick critiques Shocker’s attire, Chuck Goes To Europe, and a long-awaited update on the status of Pab Thwobby!

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

Episode 402 – Aired Sept. 16, 2015 (31:32 – 29 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 #401:
New Timeslot, Same Shenanigans

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

After a long hot summer, “IceMen Insights” begins its FOURTH season by bringing the shenanigans to a new timeslot! Among the analysis and nonsense in this episode…

Derick and I discuss the 2015-16 IceMen schedule, home game start time changes, hosting Alaska and making the trip there as well, the rebranding of the Greenville Swamp Rabbits, ECHL divisional realignment, and the ECHL adopting 3-on-3 OT and scaling back to 3-round shootouts.

We also take a look at the off-season for the NHL’s Atlantic Division. The Bruins look a lot different after making a bunch of trades, Buffalo begins the Jack Eichel era, Detroit says farewell to Mike Babcock, the Panthers are paying a butt-ton of money to players who won’t even play for them, the Lightning will still be good but have salary cap issues, Montreal will continue to ride Carey Price hard, the Senators are hoping their youth will keep trending upward, and Derick’s beloved Toronto Maple Leafs had a rather busy and interesting off-season that we absolutely HAVE to discuss.

Plus: Shocker sort-of drops an F-bomb, rockin’ out with the Stones, Derick cleaning toilets, participating in a conference call on Education Day, and getting ready for football season!

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

Episode 401 – Aired Sept. 9, 2015 (30:45 – 29 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 #321:
Sticking A Fork in 2014-15

Next Episode: September 9

After a lengthy hiatus, “IceMen Insights” is finally back to satisfy your hockey radio cravings! Among the analysis and nonsense in this episode…

Derick and I discuss the historically putrid 2014-15 IceMen season (and we revisit our pre-season predictions), roster turnover of epic proportions, a new approach aimed at minimizing the team’s injury woes, Josh Beaulieu’s departure as Assistant Coach and the future of his #20 banner at the Ford Center, and other IceMen front-office changes.

Topics of conversation also include the 2015 ECHL Kelly Cup Playoffs, broadcaster changes around the ECHL, the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the 2014-15 NHL Awards (and whether or not goalies should be considered for MVP), the retirements of Kimmo Timonen and Martin St. Louis, and a fond memory of USI Ice Eagles hockey.

Plus: Derick drops another F-bomb, Terry Ficorelli’s dance skills, Chuck goes to Europe, Press Your Luck, Derick horribly attempts to yodel, Top Gun, Babcock or Jesus, “This Is A Puck,” and pee-pee herders!

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

Episode 321 – July 15, 2015 (1:11:50 – 66 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 right here on IceMenManiacs.com. The show is generally recorded on Tuesday evening and made available for FREE download on Wednesday afternoon, typically by 5 PM (CT). It originally airs on WYIR (96.9 FM) and WYIR.com at 1 PM on Wednesday, with the podcast version posted on IceMenManiacs.com within a few hours after the on-air broadcast’s conclusion. 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 #319:
Another Spring Without Playoffs

Next Episode: Wed 4/1

Among the analysis and nonsense in this week’s episode…

Derick and I discuss the IceMen losing in spectacular fashion and being officially eliminated from playoff contention, the worst losses in IceMen history, Patrick Kennedy in Kalamazoo, Chris Driedger’s return to the NHL and the hatred some IceMen fans show for him, Jordan Sims’ first ECHL goal and his looming departure, an odd but impressive stat about Zack Currie, and the past week of IceMen injuries and transactions.

Topics of conversation also include Andrew “Hamburglar” Hammond’s insanely hot start with the Senators, South Carolina’s ECHL-record 19-game winning streak, Stingrays goalie Jeff Jakaitis’ record-breaking shutout streak, power problems at the Ford Center, the Pi Day jersey auction, the Maniac Madness bracket contest, the upcoming Maniac bus trip to Cincinnati, and the next 2 weeks of IceMen games.

Plus: Derick fails miserably in attempting to throw Shocker under the bus, Ivy’s mix tape, Mad Speculation, tasty pie, #ReadingHard, ELO, Johnny Kells’ secret sauce makes Derick excited, a super-fresh joke from Brian Patafie, fans just now figuring out that the IceMen aren’t very good, and the long-awaited return of the Maniac Asylum Lunatic of the Week!

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

Episode 319 – March 18, 2015 (1:03:47 – 58 MB)

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About the Show

“IceMen Insights” is produced by IceMenManiacs.com, offering IceMen fans a FREE regular podcast about IceMen hockey. Airing weekly (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 right here on IceMenManiacs.com. The show is generally recorded on Tuesday evening and made available for FREE download on Wednesday afternoon, typically by 5 PM (CT). It originally airs on WYIR (96.9 FM) and WYIR.com at 1 PM on Wednesdays, with the podcast version posted on IceMenManiacs.com within a few hours after the on-air broadcast’s conclusion. Each podcast is presented in MP3 format and should play fine on virtually any computer, laptop, tablet, 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.