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On the Bench with Beeks

On the Bench with Beeks

By Cody Beekman
We are a scrappy collective of hockey lovers reaching out to the furthest reaches of the hockey-sphere! Our goal is to connect and expand the hockey community. Also with hopes that we inspire more people to love the very beautiful game of hockey. We feel that we owe it to the sport and all of the wonderful people we have met while playing and being apart of this incredible community to give back somehow. And this podcast is our continuous ode to that which provides so much to us everyday, the good ol’ game of Hockey!
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Episode 48. Back And Better Than Ever ft. Mike Chambers
This week the boys on the Bench welcome back the always opinionated, Colorado Avalanche beat writer, Mike Chambers. Take a listen to hear about how this NHL season is going so far and how hockey journalists are reacting to the recent changes of protocols and procedures in the NHL. Mike also joins in on OTBWB’s newest segment the “Player Spotlight,” say goodbye to the late Ralph Backstrom and so much more!
01:08:60
February 21, 2021
Episode 47. How Long Will This (Season) Last?
This week the boys on the Bench take a look back on the first month of this NHL season and the effects of the Covid virus. They speculate how sustainable the new protocols and league mandates can help the combat of the virus transmission and if the league can finish the planned 56 game season. The boys also chat their favourite retro jerseys they’ve seen in action and bring you a new segment, the “Player Spotlight” where each week one of the boys will shine a light on a player that’s either turning heads or taking a nosedive.
01:20:22
February 12, 2021
Episode 46. Sharp As A Hawk ft. Ryan Hawk
This week the boys on the Bench welcome back another past guest, Ryan Hawk hops back on the first line to throw down another crucial episode. He breaks down his incredible new hockey podcast that’s taking the world by storm, the Hawkey Talk Podcast! We get into the importance of shedding light on poignant aspects of hockey that passers by aren’t normally privy to. We get into a whole bunch of hockey hulla-balloo. This baby will rock your eardrums!
58:02
February 1, 2021
Episode 45. Hockey vs Everybody
This week the boys on the Bench decide to get scientific. They decide to compare the top 4 team sports in the world to the game of hockey. We take an in depth look at Football, Soccer, Baseball and Basketball and discuss the correlation with hockey. Is hockey the all encompassing sport? Are hockey players the all encompassing athletes? Find out our thoughts in this episode.
01:52:36
January 22, 2021
Episode 44. The Clorox Chronicles Part 2 ft. Gabe Gauthier
This week the boys on the Bench the one and only Gabe Gauthier to continue his travels through hockey. They discuss the importance of keeping an open mind to playing different roles on different hockey teams, the mindset you need to have while playing minors and being called up to the pros, the culture on and off the ice in Germany and so much more on this sqeaky clean episode of OTBWB
59:57
January 15, 2021
Episode 43. It’s Not Just Another Tournament (WJC Reactions)
This week the boys on the Bench turn their sights on the current IIHF Under 20 Men’s World Junior Championship tournament. They share their thoughts on why this tournament is so important, their favourites to win and all of the players/teams that have stood out to them. They also break down all of the recent news coming out of the NHL such as Chara’s decision to play in the US capital and the sad news surrounding King Henrik’s heart condition.
01:01:40
January 8, 2021
Episode 42. The Players That Make Us Cringe; Top 5 Most Hated Players
‘Tis the season of peace and goodwill towards man. So the boys on the bench wants to tell you which hockey players they can’t stand the most! With the help of all of our friends and listeners this episode goes in depth about of the least enjoyable players around the NHL. Get ready for some major animosity ladies and gentlemen!
02:01:47
January 1, 2021
Episode 41. Southern Style Hockey, Done Right ft. Kyle Sullivan
This week the boys on the Bench invite podcaster and milehighsticking.com contributor, Kyle Sullivan on to talk a whole lot of puck. Kyle breaks down hockey in Alabama, chats Avalanche hockey and they all speculate how the league will work through this season, now that we will officially have a 56 game NHL season! Also check him out on Locked On Avalanche podcast and his new podcast Fourth Line Minutes!
01:37:15
December 18, 2020
Episode 40. You Gotta Be In The Right Head Space ft. Cali aka TeenyTendy
This week the boys on the Bench get in the right head space with Cali aka TeenyTendy. Cali hops on the Bench to tell the boys about her ride from semi-pro snowboarding to creating her own fitness program to hoping in between the pipes to become the goalie she is today! They also discuss the importance of mental health and dives into the wonderful things The Goalie Guild is doing with #liftthemask. All that and more comes at you like a clapper from the Blueline in this incredible episode.
01:07:35
December 11, 2020
Episode 39. Fighting on the Front Lines ft. Dimitris Kalyvas
This week the boys on the Bench gear up for a fight. They welcome World Championship Hockey silver medalist and face of Greek hockey, Dimitris Kalyvas. He discusses the trials and tribulations of trying to advance the Greek National hockey team. It’s not all tragic, Dimitris eludes to the inspirational, unforgettable and positives about his involvement with his teammates and people around. He explains why and what he is doing to help save hockey in Greece, and also what us as a hockey community can do it to help!
58:31
December 4, 2020
Episode 38. How Did You Manage That? ft. Marcus Filipsson
This week the boys on the Bench invite on fellow podcaster Marcus Filipsson! He is the host and producer of the Sports Management Podcast where teaches you and discovers new and different aspects of the sports management career. They all sit down to discuss life working at Bauer Hockey Sweden, what hockey teams are doing to fight the COVID pandemic, the differences in Swedish and Greek hockey culture plus so much more!
01:04:43
November 27, 2020
Episode 37. Is There Anywhere You Haven’t Been? ft. Hannah Westbrook
This week the boys on the Bench go on a worldwide tour of the hockey scene! They welcome on Hannah Westbrook, former Division 1 NCAA Women’s hockey player, professional women’s hockey player, Assistant GM, Coach... the list goes on and on! The point is Hannah has been all over the world spreading the game we love! Tune in to hear about all of the incredible places she has been all because of the game of hockey!
01:02:58
November 20, 2020
Episode 36. Make Way For The Duke Of Denver! ft. Milan Hejduk
This week the boys on the Bench welcome on Avalanche royalty, Stanely Cup champion, Olympic Gold medal winner and all around incredible person, Milan Hejduk! In this epic episode the boys get to chat with “Hedgie” about his illustrious hockey career and have a few laughs along the way. Learn about how Milan started playing, how Cosmo Kramer helped him learn English and so much more!
01:21:52
November 13, 2020
Episode 35. Public Relations Old-Time Hockey Style ft. Michael “Sully” Sullivan
This week the boys on the Bench score an incredible dialogue about some Old-Time Hockey! The boys welcome on former public relations director, Americans Executive Club creator and current Colorado Avalanche usher, Michael Sullivan. Sully treats the boys several stories about his Amerks’ days, talks current hockey and they all look back on Travis Roy’s legacy.
01:19:56
November 6, 2020
Episode 34. I Don’t Mean To Burst Your Bubble (Division)
This week the boys on the Bench set their sights on the future. They dissect the possibility and practicality of the proposed bubble divisions for the NHL’s 2021-22. They also say goodbye to Edmonton Oilers beloved locker room assistant, Joey Moss, discuss the Dallas Stars odd choice for a reverse retro jerseys and take a look at the success of this past years rookies.
01:01:21
October 30, 2020
Episode 33. Lights... Camera... HOCKEY!
This week the boys on the Bench serve up a juicy smörgåsbord of hockey talk! They decide who the winners and losers of the NHL free agent frenzy are, say goodbye to Mike “Doc” Emrickand majorly speculate on next year’s little known but highly anticipated “Reverse Retro” jerseys. That’s not all either, the boys put on their movie critique hats and dissect the 1977 hockey hit Slap Shot!
01:32:45
October 23, 2020
Episode 32. Hockey Podder and the Chambers of Secrets ft. Mike Chambers
This week the boys on the bench open up season two with a bang. They welcome on 20 year Denver Post veteran and Avalanche beat writer, Mike Chambers. He shares what it’s like to follow one of the most exciting teams in the NHL today. Him and the boys elaborate on what means to be a ‘beauty’ in hockey teams and discuss being apart of the Pro Hockey Writers Association. Also, stay tuned for an official scouting report of the new improved Avalanche lineup and prospect pool. We definitely opened up Chambers of (Avs) secrets on this one.
56:59
October 16, 2020
Episode 31. We Gotta Work on Your Edges ft. Jen Tieche
In the final episode of season one, the boys on the Bench decide to take some skating lessons. They welcome on skate instructor extraordinaire, Jen Tieche to breakdown what it’s like to hold the keys to skating success. Jen is a member of the Professional Skaters Association, and holds multiple ratings and a member of United States Figure Skating. In 2018 she became the first skater in the US to pass the 8th (Gold) Figures Test in 12 years and competed in the 2015 and 2016 World Figure Championships. The boys learn why it’s important to emphasize all of the aspects of skating and how you can become on elite skater when you are willing to think outside of the box.
01:16:33
October 9, 2020
Episode 30. Let’s Do That (Sled) Hockey! ft. Pierce Grandchamp
This week the boys on the Bench dig even deeper into how hockey can change lives for the better. They welcome on local sled hockey player, Pierce Grandchamp, on to elaborate on how much sled hockey makes a positive difference in his life and others alike. Also, Hockey Day in History makes its triumphant return along with other hockey tid bits throughout!
01:12:45
October 2, 2020
Episode 29. Heroes of the Locker Room ft. Nick Meldrum
This week the boys On the Bench find who the heroes of the locker room are. They welcome on the University of Denver’s head equipment manager, Nick Meldrum, to fill us in on the life of slinging equipment! This opens you up to who really are the heroes behind the scenes.
49:56
September 25, 2020
Episode 28. A Little TLC, Tendy Lovin’ Care ft. James Crosby
This week the boys on the bench step inside the goalies crease and welcome on, Bay Area goaltender, James Crosby to talk about all things goalie! James provides his perspective on becoming a goalie, the equipment and so much more. And you better believe our very OTBWB goalie, Keits, had a thing or two to add to the conversation!
01:42:06
September 18, 2020
Episode 27. The Players Who Score. Favourite 5 Forwards ft. Bryce McMillan
This week the boys welcome hockey fan and friend Bryce McMillan to help us breakdown the Western and Eastern Conference Finals predictions. Then the boys share their favorite 5 forwards of all time. Every top five has a little bit of obvious, surprise and  intrigue. Check it out and find out who we would have “on our bench.”
01:49:18
September 11, 2020
Episode 26. Western and Eastern Conference Semifinals Breakdown.
The boys on the Bench sit down and dissect the Western and Eastern Conference Semifinal matchups, Mike Milbury’s latest blunder and announce the first ever on air On the Bench with Beeks quiz, set to happen in two weeks.
44:53
August 25, 2020
Episode 25. First You See It then You Don’t ft. Drew Garza
This week the boys welcome visually impaired hockey player, Drew Garza. Drew breaks down the trials and tribulations of losing his sight and discusses how playing hockey without sight has helped him and the blind community. The boys definitely learn a thing or two in this incredible episode, and you will too!
01:04:43
August 21, 2020
Episde 24. 3rd Period of Dawg Bowl X ft. DN Recipients, donor Matt Martinez & Luke Jones.
The boys on the bench decide to close out the Dawg Bowl by focusing on the reason why everyone is there. The recipients. This heartfelt episode is all the players, families and friends that Dawg Nation has helped in the last ten years and we the information straight from the source as past Dawg Nation recipients sit down on the Bench and tell their stories.
49:31
August 14, 2020
Episode 23. Western and Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Breakdown.
The boys on the Bench breakdown the upcoming matchups of the Western and Eastern Conference quarterfinals. They then stumble on to some pretty outside of the box solutions to how the NHL should award the number 1 pick in the Entry Draft. Don't forget to join our NHL Playoff Bracket Challenge! Just go to the NHL, search for links for the bracket challenge, and join our league called On the Bench with Beeks Brackets. Password is Beeks. 
57:06
August 11, 2020
Episode 22. 2nd Period of Dawg Bowl X ft. Gabe Gauthier, Derek, Easton and Dawson Armstrong.
The boys on the Bench continue their coverage of Dawg Bowl X by welcoming on, 2-time NCAA Championship winner and hockey extraordinaire, Gabe Gauthier to chat about his adventures in hockey. They also get a chance to sit down with notorious NHL tough guy Derek Armstrong and his two sons, Easton and Dawson, about what they’ve been doing in quarantine! We’ve got a great eppy coming at you, enjoy!
53:06
August 7, 2020
Episode 21. 1st Period of Dawg Bowl X ft. Tyler Poulsen, Troy Terry & Will Butcher.
Period 1 of Dawg Bowl X. The boys on the Bench talk about the NHL exhibition games and what it takes to rise above the different playing environment. But that’s not all OTBWB’s podcast gets crashed by some incredible guests! Tyler Poulsen, Troy Terry and Will Butcher hops on the mic to drop some major knowledge on the boys!
45:11
July 31, 2020
Episode 20. Freeman’s World ft. Mike Freeman.
This is easily the most profound episode of On the Bench with Beeks. The boys welcome Mike Freeman On the Bench to talk about the Jeremy Roenick lawsuit against NBC and the incredibly deep aspects of being a CU Buffaloes quarterback and how his experience correlates to hockey and his roll with Dawg Nation. Mike adds fuel to the fire by explaining the ins and outs of the upcoming Dawg Bowl Ice Hockey Tournament That truly changes people’s lives!
02:02:30
July 24, 2020
Episode 19. And the Award Goes to...
Surprise! Here is an extra instalment of On the Bench with Beeks! With a jam packed regularly scheduled episode coming to you on our usual release day, Beeks and Daniel thought they should run through all of the several NHL award finalists that have recently been announced! Spontaneity is truly the spice of life! Enjoy
36:21
July 22, 2020
Episode 18. What’s the Price on That? ft. Todd Sawatzky.
This week the boys on the bench discuss who they think deserves the Ted Lindsay Award. And they invite on Todd Sawatzky, pro memorabilia appraiser and former Hockey Hall of Fame employee, on to chat about his travels through hockey’s most historical memorabilia.
01:14:38
July 17, 2020
Episode 17. Drop the Puck Ref ft. Samantha Hiller.
This week the boys dive further into Phases 3 and 4 of NHL’s Return to Play Plan and tackle the Chicago Blackhawks decision to keep their logo. They welcome on Samantha Hiller to talk about the ins and outs, ups and downs of being a USA Hockey official! This episode is a certified BEAUTician!
01:52:06
July 10, 2020
Episode 16. Take Me to Your Leader.
This week the boys on the bench celebrate Canada Day, dive into the Draft Lottery, the results of the first round of COVID tests and dig really deep into the staunch saga of the current Buffalo Sabres. This one is packed full of deep insight! Enjoy and Happy Canada Day! This episode was was recorded July 1st 2020.
01:22:50
July 3, 2020
Episode 15. A Couple that Plays Together, Stays Together ft. Dana Robbins & Christina Montoya
This week the boys on the bench rejoice! For there will be hockey soon! They get into the wonderful news from the NHL and IIHF. It isn’t all positive as the heavy subject of Dan Carcillo’s lawsuit but the boys end on a high note by shedding light on what it’s like to be on the same team and date your defence partner.
01:06:29
June 26, 2020
Episode 14. The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree ft. Yanis Zanders & Phil Beekman.
This week the boys pay tribute to the men that paved their way to hockey podcast greatness! It’s a Father’s Day special on the Bench. Enjoy!
01:47:59
June 19, 2020
Episode 13. A Glimpse Behind the Scenes ft. Dan Williams.
This week the boys On the Bench talk Phase Two of the NHL’s return to play plan, the formation of the Hockey Diversity Alliance and they welcome Dan Williams on to talk about the ins and outs of what it takes to be a camera man in the NHL.
01:15:56
June 12, 2020
Episode 12. A Clash of the Titans ft. Brandon and Ryan from The Hockey Minute.
This week the boys On the Bench welcome Brandon and Ryan from The Hockey Minute. Two worlds collide as they discuss background, fandom and and who might just take home Lord Stanley’s coveted trophy.
49:46
May 29, 2020
Episode 11. The Men on the Blueline. Favourite 5 Defence.
This week the boys dive on in and break down their five all-time favorite defencemen! They also weigh in on new rumblings of a 24 team NHL playoff format with a little help from Keits’ buddy Aaron Shields. This is a cant miss episode!
01:45:14
May 22, 2020
Episode 10. One Step Be-JAN-d ft. Jan Hejda.
The boys on the bench welcome Jan Hejda! We get the low down on his younger days to his emergence into professional hockey and much more! Plus, Janni teaches us how to call yourself up from the minor leagues!
01:10:40
May 15, 2020
Episode 9. The Dawgfather Cometh ft. Martin Richardson.
 This week the Boys on the Bench welcome their very first guest! The boys get deep with Martin “the Dawgfather” Richardson the founder of Dawg Nation Hockey Foundation. They laugh, they cry and it all rolls into OTBWB’s newest episode ever!
01:29:07
May 8, 2020
Episode 8. The Great 8 (th Episode).
This week the boys are finally back together under one roof! They give you some promising details about the NHL along with other positive happenings around the hockey-sphere. Stay tuned to hear about what they’re excited about with the possible return of pro hockey.
01:35:10
May 1, 2020
Episode 7. The Men Between the Pipes. Favourite 5 Goalies.
This week the boys on the bench take a step inside the crease. They break down who their top 5 all time favorite goaltenders are. Stay tuned for a couple extra juicy trivia questions and more!
01:32:20
April 24, 2020
Episode 6. Get Your Fix.
Get your kicks with episode 6. This week the boys on the bench pay respect to Colby Cave and shed light on how strong the hockey community is. They also touch on more NHL developments as well as what Ovi and Gretz are planning for an ultimate NHL 20 showdown.
01:05:17
April 17, 2020
Episode 5. A Stroll Down Memory Lane.
WARNING This episode is very sketchy, we have gotten infinitely better! However, it is a great reminder, for us, of our roots and where we started. The boys on the bench give you an update on how pro players are healing up and possible playoff options and they take you on a stroll down memory and reveal their most embarrassing and memorable moments from each of their hockey careers.
53:21
April 11, 2020
Episode 4. The Saga Continues.
WARNING This episode is very sketchy, we have gotten infinitely better! However, it is a great reminder, for us, of our roots and where we started. The boys on the bench bring you episode 4! Amidst the shutdown we have figured out how to bring you a loose chat about historical hockey moments, a spin off of hockey gear and an insight about what a couple pros want to see happen when the NHL starts back up! Hope you enjoy! Follow us on: Instagram: @onthebenchwithbeeks Facebook: onthebenchwithbeeks Please subscribe on Apple or Spotify @onthebenchwithbeeks
57:34
April 3, 2020
Episode 3. The Hat Trick!
WARNING This episode is very sketchy, we have gotten infinitely better! However, it is a great reminder, for us, of our roots and where we started. In our 3rd installment the boys talk about hockey community. We touch on how players, fans, and teams are doing their part to see that everyone around them is getting the help that they desperately need and deserve during COVID-19. Subscribe on Apple and Spotify! Leave a review! Please follow us on:  Instagram : Onthebenchwithbeeks Facebook: Onthebenchwithbeeks Email: Onthebenchwithbeeks@gmail.com
46:18
March 21, 2020
Episode 2 is Upon Us!
WARNING This episode is very sketchy, we have gotten infinitely better! However, it is a great reminder, for us, of our roots and where we started. The boys welcome a newcomer and they all touch on the Coronavirus. See what they have to say about this affecting the NHL and much more on this weeks episode of On The Bench with Beeks 
39:22
March 14, 2020
Intro to On the Bench with Beeks
WARNING This episode is very sketchy we have gotten infinitely better. However, it is a great reminder, for us, of our roots and where we started. This is a quick intro of what's to come, and what to expect from On the bench with Beeks.   We would love to hear your ideas! E-mail us @ onthebenchwithbeeks@gmail.com
16:02
March 7, 2020