Getting to know the GB U20s – The goalies

Not every player who’s thrown on a GB U20 jersey on goes on to make a career in the EIHL, but some do. That’s why it’s important to keep an eye on the potential Brit stars of tomorrow.

While the top group of the 2019 IIHF World Juniors get their tournament underway on Boxing Day, we’ll have to wait a little while to see the GB team in action in division 2A.

On January 13th GB get their tournament started in Tallin Estonia so with a month to go, we’re starting a three part series looking at the 13 forwards, seven defensmen and two goalies selected by Head Coach Slava Koulikov, and for part one we’re starting between the pipes.

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Washington Re-Capitals: Week Ten

Jakub Vrana has four points (2G/2A) this week after being held scoreless for three games straight to close out the month of November.

Vrana is four goals away from matching his career high of thirteen (2017-18) and five assists from his career high of fourteen assists (also during 2017-18). With nine more points this season, Vrana will also match his career high, all of which look easily within reach. He’s been a monster at even strength, with every one of his goals and all but one of his assists coming at even strength, and while his shooting percentage is hovering around 17%, he’s making the most of good linemates and scoring opportunities.

This increase in offense coming despite a two minute increase in average ice time for game means that Vrana, despite some minor slips here and there, is adjusting nicely to a scoring role on the Capitals. As his ELC (expiring in July 2019) comes to a close, making gains on career highs across the board is a very good sign for Vrana’s future earning opportunities and could secure himself a spot on the Capitals well past the Seattle Expansion Draft.

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Never Gonna Give You Up: A Weekly Steelers Perspective

Supporting the Steelers is never an easy ride.

The club always gives you a rollercoaster of emotions. One minute it’s the pit of despair, the next you’re high as the proverbial kite. It’s enough to make you think you’re sat strapped down to go on the Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. These last few days have certainly been ones that given you food for thought. Time to read my thoughts… Continue reading Never Gonna Give You Up: A Weekly Steelers Perspective

The old school hockey way

When young Brit, Declan Balmer bravely dropped the gloves with Panthers captain Guillaume Lepine the Shelter instantly believed again. The midweek comments made by Ryan Finnerty “we will work our way out of this [losing streak] the old school way” evidently had an impact on the blueliner, whose effort clearly boosted the home bench. By the time Balmer returned to the ice Storm had scored twice and the home fans were buoyant. In a hugely entertaining encounter, which was witnessed by a significantly larger crowd than in midweek (kudos to the Panthers travelling supporter who filled at least two blocks), Storm’s losing streak came to an abrupt end.

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Belfast Beat: Giant Thoughts for 2018/19

Road Warriors.

That’s the best description you could put on Adam Keefe’s Giants of 2018-19. On Sunday night, the Giants returned to home ice in the “O” against the Cardiff Devils after playing an astonishing 16 game road trip. No NHL side does this but the Giants take the “road trip” description to a new level. Here’s some thoughts on this excursion for the men in teal.

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