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Sharing stories of how to overcome loneliness. Because sometimes the best medicine is a good laugh in friendly company... Brightlife is part of the National Lottery funded Ageing Better programme set up by the Big Lottery Fund to help combat social isolation and loneliness. BrightlifeCheshire.org.uk Presented and produced by Clare Freeman/ASFB Productions.
 
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…that is the question on many NHL players’ minds right now, when it comes to deciding whether to take up their spot on the Olympics rosters of their home countries (if selected of course). But what would a potential positive COVID result mean for the fans, for their NHL clubs, for their mental health, and for their bank balance? On this episode of …
 
If you had to describe what you can and can't do someone in the NHL... I wonder how long it would take to get to saying... "oh yeah, you can't bite an opponent!" Anyway, this week that's exactly what happened and it's on our list of things to talk about. Montreal have fired their longstanding GM and we look at what's next for a team which were only…
 
This episode, we pay huge respect to the player Kyle Beach, who has almost single-handedly challenged an entire institution to do better, and to be better in dealing with instances of sexual abuse reporting. This week a major investigation revealed there HAD been a systemic failure in how the Chicago Blackhawks handled Kyle’s abuse in 2010, and sin…
 
Seattle Kraken make their debut, plenty of first-time NHL goals ticked off for rookies across the league and electric to hear fans back in the building! Episode title courtesy of Edmonton Oilers’ Leon Draisaitl, commenting on Connor McDavid practicing his one-timers. Also, we all wanna drive a Zamboni now that Brady Tkachuk AND Cam Atkinson’s grand…
 
Hey up, we’re back for a fourth season! And this time there’s four of us: Clare Freeman (Toronto Maple Leafs fan), Jolon Kemp Walker (Toronto Maple Leafs fan), Matt Day (Dallas Stars fan) & fresh in from Covering the Puck Pod, Craig Jones (Colorado Avalanches fan)! On this ep of NHL Fans From Afar - 1st period: Off-season recap, if you’ve been on a…
 
Could the secret to winning the 2021 Stanley Cup be in having a good rear end? It's nothing new that great goaltending has always been key in keeping an NHL team's silverware hopes alive, but it seems that both New York Islanders and Vegas Golden Knights are keeping up their success with some impressive stats and scoring opportunities from their de…
 
Bruce Cassidy gets his knickers in a twist after a tumultuous game 5 between Boston Bruins and the New York "Saints", sorry - he meant Islanders... It looks like Colorado Avalanche and Vegas Golden Knights are going to go the full hog in their series... Could Tampa Bay Lightning shutdown Carolina Hurricanes in game 5 or 6? And say what.... Montreal…
 
Mark Scheifele takes his kids to work…quite literally. He really did take a couple of goats to the rink for practice… In the meantime, the rest of the grown ups are already deep in the mud of round one in the 2021 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. There’s some big match ups too - it’s crazy to think that Washington Capitals OR Boston Bruins won’t progress …
 
Dallas Stars fan Matt isn’t a happy bunny but hey congratulations Nashville Predators...#awks So the Stanley Cup Playoff berths have been set… Woo. But when will round one start?! It was a busy week - head coaches John Tortorella and Rick Tocchet as well as NYR's GM AND their president all said bye bye... Connor McDavid bagged 100 points AND there …
 
On the menu today: Breaking news - We react to the headlines that Washington Capitals’ Tom Wilson has been fined AGAIN. But will it really make a difference? Jolon compares the $5k fine as “just another parking ticket”… It’s the final dash to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for Nashville Predators vs Dallas Stars and St Louis Blues vs Arizona Coyotes. Plu…
 
Some geekery over the individual NHL trophy awards - Clare couldn’t give two hoots about following who’s in the running or not, Jolon tries to convince her why they can be interesting! From the Calder, to the Norris, to the Vezina - the NHL Fans From Afar team look through the list of former winners, where they got their names from and who’s in wit…
 
Who's in and who's out? Playoff predictions are back...and we look closer at the super tight races for fourth place the West and Central divisions. Will Arizona Coyotes tip St Louis Blues? Will Nashville Predators take out a battered and bruised Dallas Stars team? Over in the East, the seedings are all to play for between Washington Capitals, New Y…
 
The team 'pick' apart what just happened in the last 24 hours of the NHL 2021 Trade Deadline. Matt has a rant about how unfair it is that Vancouver Canucks get a 7 day extension to their regular season, unlike his team Dallas Stars. After a couple of decent deals for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Jolon is even feeling chipper and upbeat when defending N…
 
Lost in a sea of fruit bowl analogies, Clare and Jolon pick apart who's in and out of a playoff spot at present, express concern for Jack Campbell's crotch, look ahead to the upcoming Trade Deadline, and debate whether the NHL was right to suspend referee Tim Peel for 'that' on mic penalty call. Plus, ever named your pet after an ice hockey player?…
 
Ahhh it's the most wonderful time of the year.... playoffs are coming and covid is going, we're gald you are heeeerrre! Dallas Stars fan and NFFA regular Matt Day joins Jolon to talk about the upcoming NHL Trade Deadline. They look at who is buying, selling or sticking with their rosters ahead of the deadline on April 12th. Also how will Covid and …
 
Is it a case of Tom Wilson being Tom Wilson, or was his reputation punished rather than the hit? Did the league react because of the backlash on Twitter? Either way, Boston Bruins responded with a 5-1 win after Brandon Carlo exited the game. Eventually the Washington Capitals' winger was suspended for seven games. It’s hard for Toronto Maple Leafs’…
 
Which teams, players or coaches have raised your eyebrows - for good or bad - in the last few months? The league is still going (just), but what’s surprised you most about the NHL 2021 season so far? The NHL Fans From Afar team discuss surprises at Minnesota Wild, Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes. Matt has a valid moan about the terrible upco…
 
After THAT game in Lake Tahoe, was the NHL Outdoors series a thing of beauty or just another NHL embarrassment? Does the 1,000 games player marker do it for you? That’s after Sidney Crosby chalked up his name in the record books. From whales to ‘turd burgers’... Should retro jerseys be a think of the past or remembered with fondness for years to co…
 
Which team(s) will you be backing during this weekend’s NHL Outdoors series at Lake Tahoe? Colorado Avalanch or Las Vegas Golden Knights? Boston Bruins or Philadelphia Flyers? How Brad Marchand and Mika Zibanejad settled another post warm up stare off with a game of rock, scissors and paper… There’s more on Brian Burke and Ron Hextall’s appointment…
 
Luckily loads of NHL news broke just before we recorded so Jolon could discuss the latest news with Stars fan Matt Day and Coyotes writer James Reeve. The Penguins hire a new GM in Ron Hextall & a new President of Hockey Ops Brian Burke. The surprise retirement of former Minnesota Wild captain and 16 year NHL veteran Mikko Koivu. Loads of Columbus …
 
What does it take to be a great GM in the NHL? There’s a job going at Pittsburgh Penguins after Jim Rutherford’s “shock” exit…But what’s the going rate for a general manager anyway? He may be ‘free’ for a quick trade, but would you want Tony DeAngelo in your locker room? He’s on waivers after a dispute (and supposed punch-up) with New York Rangers.…
 
Patrik Laine v Pierre-Luc Dubois trade - who was the winner here: Columbus Blue Jackets or Winnipeg Jets, or were they just ‘trading problems’? Washington Capitals are fined by the NHL for hanging out in their hotel room...Yet Dallas Stars (and two other clubs) are allowing fans in their stadiums to watch?! The NHL also suspends former Arizona Coyo…
 
Which teams are clawing for their spot in this year’s playoffs? Who fared well in week one, and who didn’t? Why are San Jose Sharks homeless? Who’s ‘Flyers Reporter Mike’? Plus should professional athletes jump the queue for the COVID-19 vaccine? As NBA star Charles Barkley wades into the debate calling for "preferential treatment for higher tax pa…
 
All 31 teams were set to go this week and then…COVID-19 struck. Boo. What are the chances of a full 56 games being played by all NHL teams this season? Who’s moved where? Who’s injured? And will this year forever have an asterisk next to it in Stanley Cup history because of a shorter journey to the lifting the cup - a cheat year as some may say? Cl…
 
This episode looked at NHL Free Agent Frenzy and all the moves and signings made in the last week or so. NHL Writer James Reeve joined Jolon Kemp Walker to de-brief who got better and who had a tough free agency. Leafs made some big moves and we took a deep dive into the Goalie moves that took place. ASFB Productions. --- Send in a voice message: h…
 
He reignited Tampa Bay Lightning’s lacklustre power play with just 2:47 of ice time…but Steven Stamkos and the team’s 2020 Stanley Cup win was years in the making. Particularly thanks to their clever selection of young draftsmen, like third round pick Brayden Point. What next for Dallas Stars & Khudobin? Can they afford to keep him in Texas? ‘That’…
 
Once upon a time, Rick Bowness was Jon Cooper's mentor in his early days as an NHL coach...Now, the pair will go head-to-head - in their first chance to bag the ultimate hockey prize. They say it’s unlikely you’ll ever see stars at the same time as lightning but that’s what will be on our screens for the next week as Dallas and Tampa Bay meet in Ed…
 
Vegas Golden Knights, New York Islanders, Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning have all made it through the third round of the dance. In the East - will it be the team who play their first conference final in 27 years, or the club which shows up for the fourth time in 6 years who progresses? Over in the West - it’s tight….as we reflect on how Vanco…
 
Usually Clare Freeman brings her wealth of podcasting experience and curates a careful list of NHL topics to chew over.... However she's away this week so Jolon was forced out of his annual Leaf playoff exit funk to bring you this week’s NHL Fans From Afar. To ensure this wasn't 60 mins of pure "What will the Leafs do next season?" "Where is the ri…
 
Who’d of thought Montreal Canadiens would knock out Pittsburgh Penguins? That Chicago Blackhawks would take out Edmonton Oilers? And how was it a clean sweep for Carolina Hurricanes? Forcing New York Rangers to say bye bye to a chance in the playoffs but hello (probably) to Lafrenière/the NHL Draft first pick... So with no Sidney Crosby, Auston Mat…
 
Was Winnipeg Jets’ coach Paul Maurice right to call out Calgary Flames’ Matthew Tkachuk for his “disgusting” hit on Mark Scheifele? Have the NHL got it wrong when it comes to unity in supporting the Black Lives Matters Movement, Minnesota Wild’s Matt Dumba and the Hockey Diversity Alliance? Does it matter that there aren’t any crowds in the buildin…
 
It was the off-season that none of us wanted…and now - who will win the weirdest Stanley Cup playoff run yet? Will it be a case of youth and enthusiasm vs experienced veterans? Who were the winners and losers of a season reset? Will the more offensive teams cruise through the play-in round like in October? Clare Freeman, Jolon Kemp Walker and Matt …
 
Challenging perceptions of what being old is really like… That’s Joyce Grandma Williams’ newfound mission in her 80s. The former physiotherapist and recently turned sex blogger closes our Discover Brightlife series with a reality check on the surprisingly good things that are waiting for us in our later years. As well as pointing out the 'unthinkin…
 
Is it ever ok to spit during a sport’s game (Caps’ Garnet Hathaway)? Should refs use common sense and throw out the rule book when a man is face down in blood during play (Avs’ Matt Calvert sit)? And who hates LA Kings’ Drew Doughty now?! (Basically everyone) New York Islanders’ fan Rob McGregor and Vancouver Canucks’ supporter Andy Giddings join N…
 
Don Cherry is fired from Sportsnet’s Hockey Night In Canada. Ending a huge chapter in NHL broadcasting history. It’s brought out huge debate across the world amongst fans - but no surprises, things get ugly when sport and politics mix… Is it good for a young guy’s long-term confidence when they’re dropped down to the AHL affiliate team? Why is the …
 
What’s in a number? We look at the NHL players who’ve switched their numbers this season and why, including Sergei Bobrovsky’s deal with new teammate Frank Vatrano over Florida Panther’s number 72. Philadelphia Flyer’s mascot Gritty made an appearance in The Simpsons, we peruse Arizona Coyotes’ unusual choice of locker room anthems, our listener Je…
 
From welder to factory worker, care home manager to Age UK... Over in Winsford, Neil Corbin is in the driving seat of Cheshire's newest Men In Sheds project. The most important thing on the job? Neil says the role isn’t just admin, it’s also about getting the culture right: “You’ve got people who are absolutely hilarious whatever they say. You cann…
 
From sawing to singing... Hartford's Men In Sheds project is overseen by Gus Glynn. After spending several decades working as a self-employed plumber, it’s a job that’s proven full of surprises. But construction and manual labour aren't the only tricks up his sleeve. Outside of work, Gus has made a name for himself as an Irish singer-songwriter. Hi…
 
The story of when Vancouver Canucks' Elias Pettersson met Alien Pope, why hot dogs could be the answer to giving a losing streak the heave-ho and who's hot/who's not when it comes to NHL goalies of 2019/20... Paul Lawson, long-standing Carolina Hurricanes fan and Rob McGregor of One Puck Short/InGoal Magazine join Clare Freeman for another episode …
 
Packed with goalie mask tit-bits (past and present) that will blow your mind... Such as, did you know the Hannibal Lecter mask was actually designed by an NHL custom goalie artist? Under new management - nearly a quarter of teams have a new boss behind the bench, but who are the 7 men and what's their history (chequered and success) with former NHL…
 
Love or hate the St Louis Blues Stanley Cup Rings, are pre-season games worth bothering with, and what connects Neil Young and Green Day with the San Jose Sharks? NHL Fans From Afar’s ‘resident Finnish adviser’/Sharks fan Paul Brown guests with Adam Hoy - who’s staying loyal to Detroit Red Wings, despite their lacklustre hopes for the 2019/2020 NHL…
 
A loyal husband of 50 years, a proud dad and grandad - and a worrier. That’s how Ian Potts describes himself. He’s been coming to the shed in Hartford for 8 years. The sense of isolation after retirement hit him hard. But the project ran by Age UK Cheshire has become an important part of his weekly routine. And it’s been good to know he’s “not the …
 
69 year old Eddie Fallows spent several decades as a chauffeur to the Mayor of Chester, escorting the good and great to Buckingham Palace and gala openings. But retirement left him bored. Without work he lacked purpose and focus. By chance he remembered the Men In Sheds project. It was just what he was looking for - it gave him “that thing to get u…
 
Steve Jackson started his working career as a professional footballer. Then injury suddenly meant three years later he found himself married and having to enter ‘the real world’ at 21. He spent most of his career working in sales. But a heart attack at 57 meant his time of working on the markets was up. Now retired, and a volunteer at Age UK Cheshi…
 
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