Sunday, 29 March 2015

End of an Era - Part I

Check out this week's first show right here.

It was truly a testing night at the Ice Dome. Tony Hand's last ever game on home ice. The Great One of British hockey skates his last and his shirt is retired. It is truly the end of an era.

Not just him but Adam Walker completes his third tour of duty for Manchester and, in doing so, ends his playing days in league hockey. He will be greatly missed. Sure, he has been elsewhere on and off, but he's sewn into Manchester Phoenix and we will miss him - (I shall miss him as one of my favourite interviewees over the years and a hockey friend too - BK).

Not just that but Andy Dutton of the match night stewarding team has hung up his hi-viz but he'll be back to watch the Phoenix from an actual seat!  Still, one of the huge family of Phoenix staffers.

And finally, Paul Turner, a fixture at Phoenix and one of the rink's most familiar faces, has left the Bench. Years of hard work and he too will be missed.

All of that and there was some hockey too. It was a tetchy game in places and there will be bumps and bruises but Phoenix did make Bison look a mess at times.  Skinns was made to look very sloppy in the first but the pace got to the Phoenix in the end and they will travel to Basingstoke with a goal to recover before they put this to bed.

Joe Graham joins us at the end of the game to talk playoffs, next season and his awesome news - he's going to be a daddy!  Congratulations from all at the podcast.

Now boys, get to Coventry. Stat.

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