S2E09 – The Garry Unger Podcast Interview Part 2 – the Heineken Years
For the very first time since starting the Podcast back in 2014 I’ve decided to split an episode into two parts.
Garry has had such an amazing career and with over 3 hours of quality content recorded I could not possibly fit everything into a one hour episode.
After retiring in the summer of 1983 Garry remained with the Edmonton Oilers organisation, becoming an assistant coach for one of their junior teams and doing television work on their games.
The following year he agreed to help in a friend’s new business venture getting players “over the pond” to play in Europe.
The following year Garry received a call from Tom Stewart of the UK’s Heineken Premier League Dundee Rockets, Tom was looking for quality imports and after flying into Alberta, to check out potential new signings, persuaded Garry to come out of retirement and travel to Scotland to sign for his team as player-coach.
We move on to talk about how and why, after just one season, he chose to move to the East Midlands and drop down a division, to sign for the Peterborough Pirates.
We talk of his three seasons with the East of England club, their promotion to the Premier division, their struggle in that division, his rise to club Head Coach and also the deterioration between Garry and the teams new owners which eventually lead to him choosing to step down from his first team duties.
If you haven’t listened to Part 1 of the Garry Unger interview, click Here Now.
A big Shout Out goes to Phil Doherty who messaged me to say:
listened to your chat with Steve Carpenter on the Podcast this morning on my trip to Bristol, great interview, made my journey go quick and a great reminisce, especially of the Arches and the 1998 Playoff weekend.
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