Episode S1E04. The Daryl Lipsey Interview.
Daryl came to the UK from Canada when a move to German club Stuttgart fell through, his first words when offered the UK move was:
do they play hockey over there.
Daryl tells of his first impressions of his new club, the Bournemouth Stags ice rink and his move to the Swindon Wildcats 2 years later.
After 9 years at Swindon as a player and then coach we learn how, in 1995, ‘Lipper’ as his friends call him, was offered the job of player and assistant coach while at a charity golf tournament and became the first employee of the new franchise, the Manchester Storm.
Daryl became the Storm’s Head Coach for season 2001-02 and although having a disappointing season managed to guide them to the end of season Playoff Finals before losing out to rivals the Sheffield Steelers on penalty shots.
In the autumn of 2002, due to the Storm’s agreed shirt sponsor pulling out and with the teams revenue flow down to a trickle, in late October 2002, having played just 6 SuperLeague games, the team folded.
From being the first man in, in 1995, to the last man out, in 2002, the phrase:
Will the last man out please turn off the lights
seems to have been written especially for Daryl.
Read the extended Blog Post of Daryl’s interview here.
I also mention the following UK Hockey Podcasters:
Patrick Smyth of the Kingdom of the Giants Podcast
– which is actually called “A view from the bridge” Podcast.
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