All posts by Ollie Hampson

Journalism graduate trying to move into the sports media world

Liam Kirk shines for Peterborough

The Peterborough Petes took to the ice at home on Sunday afternoon for a meeting with the Ottawa 67s, with newly acquired Ryan Merkley making his debut after a huge trade brought him over from the Guelph Storm.

Peterborough we’re looking to bounce back from a crushing 6 – 1 loss to Guelph on Friday, where Cameron Butler grabbed the loan goal for Rob Wilson’s men.

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Statiscally speaking, the Cardiff Devils are better this year

The Cardiff Devils currently sit second in the EIHL with 38 points, two points off top spot with two games in hand. That’s a very favourable position to be in.

There has been a lot of criticism of this team that I’m not going to get too into, What I am going to do is explain how the Devils have actually improved from last year, the issue is so has the league.

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Huge trade brings top prospect to Liam Kirk and the Peterborough Petes

We’ve brought you many a story about how Liam Kirk has been doing in his debut OHL year for the Peterborough Petes.

While we’re obviously going to try and spin this article to focus on the nations hockey sweetheart, it’s more about his newest teammate.

The Peterborough Petes have completed a trade with the Guelph Storm (who they actually faced hours after the trade was announced, ending in a 6 – 1 victory for Guelph) with the Petes sending one player and a bunch of draft picks to the Storm for just one player.

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How Layne Ulmer quietly became the joint top scorer for the Devils this year

If I told you that Joey Martin leads all Cardiff Devils in goals scored this year in League, Challenge Cup and Champions Hockey League action, you’d believe me right?

Well, he is top with 19 goals, but he’s not alone. One other player shares that lead and its 38-year-old Layne Ulmer who’s had a great start to the season, especially in Challenge Cup and CHL action. Also it is worth noting, there is a question about whether a goal in the Devils overtime loss to the Glasgow Clan should also be awarded to Ulmer, so if that changes then it means Ulmer has the lead on the team with 20.

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Doucet returns to the EIHL

After he was recently released by the financially stricken Milano Rossoblu side from the AlpsHL, it hasn’t taken long for Guillaume Doucet to find his way back to the EIHL.

He’s had stints in Hull, Nottingham, Cardiff and Milton Keynes, and now for the rest of the season, the one time 40-goal scorer will head to the Glasgow Clan for the rest of the 2018/19 season.

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The bumpy road to a fifth straight Challenge Cup final

Not all roads to your destination are smooth, trust me, I’ve driven (well had driving lessons) in the UK, I know all about bumpy roads.

The Cardiff Devils may have had a somewhat smooth ride of things over the past two years, but they’ll have a big test Friday night when they welcome the Glasgow Clan to the Viola Arena in the second leg of their Challenge Cup quarter-final.

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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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