All posts by Mark Duell

Hockey fan since 1980, and Sheffield Steelers supporter since 1991 when they first started up. Been to watch hockey all around the world, one ambition left is to see a Game 7 of a Stanley Cup Final and with it a New Jersey Devils win.

A Giant Weekend Ahead

Last weekend was a real roller coaster of emotions for the Belfast Giants. From being on the cusp of Continental Cup glory, the Giants suffered heartbreak in the worst way possible: a penalty shootout loss. But there’s always a bounceback around the corner, and this weekend gives Adam Keefe’s men the best chance of erasing that unlucky loss out of their systems. However, it will not be far from easy.

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Steelers bring in Tom Zanoski

This morning the Sheffield Steelers announced the first of the replacements set to arrive in the House of Steel after the departures of Matt Climie, Stefan Della Rovere and Justin Buzzeo. The latest arrival is Croatian international, Tom Zanoski as coach Tom Barrasso looks to rebuild this season’s roster for an end of season flourish.

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Is the unthinkable, realistic?

My late father was a man who shared many pearls of wisdom to me. He would advise anyone who sought his opinion on this and that. One of the things he taught me was to give it all and put it on the line even if things are sometimes against you. I think you can apply that to whatever sport you play, it was certainly something I applied in the years I played competitive Sunday League football. That was a harsh reality.

Hockey is no different.

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Continental Cup Super Final – Day 3 Recap

It was the third and final day yesterday of the 2019 IIHF Continental Cup. After winning their opening two games apiece, Kazakhstan’s Arlan Kokshetau and the Elite League’s Belfast Giants locked horns to see who would be the latest winners of this tournament. Prior to the Final, GKS Katowice and HK Gomel faced off earlier in a dead rubber game which would determine who would finish in third place. Here’s how it all unfolded.

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Continental Cup Super Final – Day 2 Recap

The second day of the 2019 Continental Cup Final is now complete, and we now know that it will be a last day shootout to see which team succeeds Yunost Minsk as the latest winners. Two teams are left standing from the final four, and 5:00pm on Sunday night will be a battle for gold and a title. Here’s a recap of the action in Belfast on Saturday.

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I Want To Break Free

The poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote a poetic narrative called “The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner” in 1798. It is probably one of the best poems I’ve actually read, and is a masterpiece of English Literature. So what does this have to do with hockey I hear you ask? Well it concerns a curse that befalls someone, and a certain French-Canadian has had his own curse: one he was so willing to end.

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Continental Cup Super Final – Day 1 Recap

Well the first day of the 2019 Continental Cup in Belfast is complete. There will be a first time winner once the final buzzer goes on Sunday, but who is going to be the one who will be celebrating? The IIHF have already confirmed that should the winner come from either hosts Belfast Giants, GKS Katowice or HK Gomel then they would qualify for next season’s CHL providing the CHL organising committee ratify it. Here’s our recap of that opening day.

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