PUCK YEAH 46: Ice Blacks goalie Rick Parry

PUCK YEAH! New Zealand’s hockey podcast is back.

We’re sorry it’s taken this long but it’s been a busy NZIHL season and we’re just two guys, so the podcast had to take a short hiatus while we focused on providing all the visual and written coverage for what was an exciting season.

The past month has seen the West Auckland Admirals crowned NZIHL champions for the first time in the team’s history and the New Zealand Ice Blacks claimed a historic series win over the Australia Mighty Roos at the 2018 Winter Games.

One player who’s been a key part of both sides for many seasons now is goalie Rick Parry. The masked man recently joined us at the Puck Yeah studios to chat about his career highlights, including doing the Kurt Baker Challenge twice, playing under the bright lights of Spark Arena, and the 2011 IIHF tournament in Melbourne.

Quick note: Puck Yeah will no longer be a weekly podcast. You can still expect features and interviews to run on our website and Facebook page regularly, but podcasts will be typically saved for discussing the big topics and longer-form interviews.

Main photo: James Allan

PUCK YEAH 45: Steven Huish, An Admiral Original

This week we’re joined in the studio by one of the original West Auckland Admirals, Steven Huish!

He’s been with the team since the NZIHL began in 2005 but only recently retired to focus on other ventures – we look back at some of the best and worst years for the Admirals and how things have changed since those early days.

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Never one to shy away from the grind. Photo: Mike Froger

Puck Yeah is a weekly hockey podcast produced in Auckland, New Zealand. Subscribe on iTunes, SoundCloud, or with your favourite podcast app to get every episode free.

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Main photo: Mike Froger.

PUCK YEAH 44: Kelowna Rockets assistant coach Travis Crickard

Travis Crickard is currently in New Zealand working as the Botany Swarm’s assistant coach for the 2018 NZIHL season. Bringing his expertise in breaking down plays via video analysis, Travis is challenging the Swarm to think about the game differently as they strive to get back on top of the league.

He joins us in the studio this week to talk about his NZIHL summer job, his pathway to the Kelowna Rockets and how a Canadian major junior hockey team operates, plus learning how to be a better coach from the All Blacks.

Puck Yeah is a weekly hockey podcast produced in Auckland, New Zealand. Subscribe on iTunes, SoundCloud, or with your favourite podcast app to get every episode free.

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PUCK YEAH 43: The 2018 NZIHL Pre-Season Whip-Around

The NZIHL drops the puck on the 2018 season this weekend and on this week’s podcast Logan and Joe do a whip-around of the league, calling up all five teams to see how their preparations have fared following the pre-season.

Thank you to Travis Gibbons (Thunder head coach), Adam Blanchette (Stampede head coach), Chris Eaden (Red Devils captain), Nick Craig (Admirals alternate captain), and Ian Wannamaker (Swarm head coach) for taking the time to chat with us. Special mention goes to Justin Daigle…you’ll know why if you listen.

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PUCK YEAH 42: The Wellington Seals

Puck Yeah ran a feature back in November introducing the hockey world to Wellington’s only team, the Seals. They’re a chilled out bunch of guys and girls who just want to play the game, they don’t care who their opponents are or what the rink might look like.

We might as well start writing that Disney movie script because this team is all about Kiwi ingenuity on ice! Taika Waititi is slated to direct it (not actually, but call us bro).

Since that introduction, the Wellington Seals have gone on to play in the BHL’s Holiday Classic tournament and more recently the 2018 New Zealand Masters Games in Dunedin. The team have big plans for that crucial game time, including making the trip south for the Erewhon Cup.

Luke Turner calls in to chat about the origins of the team, their unique training environment and how they’ve transitioned to bigger sheets of ice, the insane amount of beer that gets drunk during a rec league tournament, plus is this the beginning of a possible NZIHL team in Wellington?

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THE WELLINGTON SEALS | Back row (L-R): Liam Bissell, Matt Kent, Zark Zeung (Assistant Coach), Paul Edlin, Guillaume Carrier, Luke Turner (Team Manager), Suzanna Bauer, Jason Tyson, Scotty J Abbott. Front row (L-R): Cam Belworthy, Johan Gouws, Jordan Boyle, Gina D Rienzo, Tania Bermudez (Captain). Absent: Danny Compton (Assist. Captain) , Heinz Wieser, Omar Habeeb, Doug Vrame, Ryan O’Donnell (Head Coach)

PUCK YEAH 41: The Team Canada Special

The 2018 Ice Hockey Classic is just over a month away! Recently Puck Yeah co-host Logan racked up an expensive phone bill calling Finland and Toronto to speak with Team Canada captain Nolan Yonkman and coach Paul Rosen ahead of their arrival in New Zealand.

It’s not all #IceHockeyClassic talk however. Yonkman delves into his playing career including being the only Canadian on a Finnish side that won the 2018 Champions Hockey League, while Rosen has one of the most inspirational sports stories you’ll ever hear. Plus we talk about the recent tragedy surrounding the Humboldt Broncos and what they plan to do to help the survivors.

The phone bill wasn’t that bad really. Skype credit is a saviour for a podcast like us!

Puck Yeah is a weekly hockey podcast produced in Auckland, New Zealand. Subscribe on iTunes, SoundCloud, or with your favourite podcast app to get every episode free.

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PUCK YEAH 40: Coach Dean Tonks

This week Canterbury Ice Hockey Association’s head coach Dean Tonks calls into Puck Yeah to talk about what’s happening in Christchurch to develop the next-generation of NZ hockey players, the UK elite league, plus winning a NZIHL championship with the Canterbury Red Devils.

Puck Yeah is a weekly hockey podcast produced in Auckland, New Zealand. Subscribe on iTunes, SoundCloud, or with your favourite podcast app to get every episode free.

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PUCK YEAH 39: Ice Fernz captain Helen Murray

As a hockey player that we greatly admire, Helen Murray is someone we’ve been wanting to have as a guest on the podcast since we began.

Along with being the New Zealand Ice Fernz captain, Helen also plays for the national women’s inline hockey team. Away from the sport, she recently earned her PhD and now works as a scientist at Auckland University’s Centre for Brain Research.

Helen joins us to talk about how she juggles her busy life between those studies and her hockey career, the Ice Fernz’s recent travels, the influence of inline hockey, and so much more!

Puck Yeah wants to support women’s hockey as much as we can, so having a highly motivated figure like Helen on our podcast to hopefully inspire NZ’s next-generation of players makes this a special episode.

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Helen taking in her first NHL game during the Ice Fernz’s recent training camp in Toronto.

Puck Yeah is a weekly hockey podcast produced in Auckland, New Zealand. Subscribe on iTunes, SoundCloud, or with your favourite podcast app to get every episode free.

PUCK YEAH 38: Bringing the Ice Hockey Classic to NZ

Kerry Goulet, the man bringing the Ice Hockey Classic to New Zealand, was recently in the country to promote the tour and meet with passionate hockey communities in Auckland, Wellington, and Queenstown.

This week he joins Puck Yeah in studio to talk about all the exciting things happening within the events this June, including how it’s going to help the development of local ice hockey.

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June 23rd will see Wellington’s Westpac Stadium transformed into an outdoor hockey rink. Photo: Logan Swinkels.

Puck Yeah is a weekly hockey podcast produced in Auckland, New Zealand. Subscribe on iTunes, SoundCloud, or with your favourite podcast app to get every episode free.

PUCK YEAH 37: Ice Blacks legend Corey Down returns to the ice

This week we’re in Wellington where Logan catches up with Ice Blacks legend Corey Down to talk about his time both as a national player and coach, his next career move, plus a few curly questions from the audience (aka the Puck Yeah Facebook).

The former New Zealand captain will be making his long-awaited return to the game when he laces up for the June 23rd curtain raiser game outdoors at Westpac Stadium between the current Ice Blacks and the NZIHL All-Stars as part of the 2018 Ice Hockey Classic.

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Back in the day with the 2009 Ice Blacks. Photo: NZIHF

Puck Yeah is a weekly hockey podcast produced in Auckland, New Zealand. Subscribe on iTunes, SoundCloud, or with your favourite podcast app to get every episode free.

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PUCK YEAH 36: Ice Blacks captain Nick Craig

Puck Yeah is back and we’re now the official podcast of the NZIHL! After a long break we’ve returned with a refreshed focus to learn more about ice hockey in New Zealand and the people around it.

This week recently named Ice Blacks captain Nick Craig joins us in our new studio before the team headed off to Europe for the 2018 IIHF Worlds.

Puck Yeah is a weekly hockey podcast produced in Auckland, New Zealand. Subscribe on iTunes, SoundCloud, or with your favourite podcast app to get every episode free.

NZIHL partners up with Puck Yeah

We are pleased to announce that Puck Yeah has teamed up with the NZIHL as the official media partner for New Zealand’s premier national ice hockey league.

The podcast began in 2017 because hosts Logan Swinkels and Joe Durie were two guys that just wanted to hang out and talk hockey. They discovered that with the right tools this could be a great platform to promote the New Zealand game and the local communities around it. With the vision of providing more coverage than ever before, this new partnership is the key to making it possible.

Included in the new partnership fans can expect the following throughout the 2018 NZIHL season: weekly podcasts featuring interviews from around the league, game highlight packages, animated GIFs posted on the NZIHL Twitter feed of key plays moments after they happen, plus additional video and written content for the recently upgraded NZIHL website and the official NZIHL Facebook page.

Live streaming will continue as is from last season, with the five teams and their hard-working volunteer crews providing this service. However, live streams will now be moving from Facebook to the NZIHL’s YouTube channel instead. If you’re interested in getting involved with the video production that is needed to make the live streams possible, we encourage you to get in touch with your nearest NZIHL club.

With Joe’s digital media expertise that sees him capturing the antics of the Alternative Commentary Collective team and engaging Radio Hauraki listeners with an array of visual mediums, he brings to the NZIHL the kind of social media savvy that a hockey league needs today to stay in touch with fans across numerous platforms.

Logan’s involvement with the league has grown since 2015 where he traveled the country with Slapshot Productions to film games and produce a weekly online show called ‘TopShelf’, to now becoming the Director of Media and Communications for the NZIHL. With his sports media background working for Newshub and currently The Crowd Goes Wild, his experience will help see the league’s news coverage grow – both internally and nationwide.

NZIHL General Manager Paul Scott is excited about the new partnership and what it means for the league. “Since this partnership was formalised, we have seen a more professional media production for our League. Followers will have noticed an increase in coverage of the recent Ice Fernz campaign and the 2018 Ice Hockey Classic series. I look forward to the season and the exciting media opportunities ahead,” said Scott.

With the new season beginning May 26th, Puck Yeah is now searching for hockey writers to help with the coverage of all five NZIHL teams. We are also in need of two graphic artists/designers. If you’re interested in volunteering in either role for the 2018 season, send your submission to Logan Swinkels at logan@nzihl.com – please include a couple of examples of your work if applicable.

Main photo: Mike Froger.