Daryl Lipsey Podcast Interview.
Daryl, originally from North Battleford, a small town in Saskatchewan in Canada arrived in the UK, you could say by accident, after a move to Stuttgart in Germany fell through.
His agent was quick to offer an alternative slot on a team in the UK, his first words when offered the UK move were;
Do they actually play hockey
So, in late summer of 1984, a 20 year old Daryl signed for the Bournemouth Stags.
The Stags played in Division one of the British Heineken League. He was classed as an import forward, joining his fellow imports, Canadians Kevin McNally and player – coach Paul Kite.
So Daryl arrived at the Bournemouth Arena, known locally as the Westover Ice Rink and situated above a car dealership.
On seeing the rink for the first time, he was in for a big surprise, he recalls;
They were hanging up fish netting, no plexi.
I saw hand rails on the inside of the barriers facing the ice!
Thinking this was a practice rink I asked where we played our games,
– only to be told “this is it buddy”
Daryl talks of his time with the Bournemouth Stags ice rink and we then move on to talk of 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.
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