Category Archives: Opinion Piece

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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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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Last minute Christmas shopping

As the festive shoppers brave the cold to rush around high streets and market stalls, we take a quick look through the list of current free agents that have recent Elite League experience. The names on his list might have a few front office’s tempted to shuffle the deck or bolster the ranks before the hectic New Year schedule… Continue reading Last minute Christmas shopping

Jordan Cownie (He’s one of our own)

Hometown heroes are great for any club. Luckily there are a few in the EIHL. Ben O’Connor for Sheffield, Matt Myers of Cardiff and Robert Farmer of Nottingham to name a few. The Stars organisation were thankful to have had the service of John Dolan at all levels for almost 15 years. A solid depth player in recent years in the EIHL with terrific hockey sense and a good eye for goal. He was generally good for 25-30 points a year and even handy in the shootout. This until the 2016/17 season when it became apparent he would not return for the Stars at the top flight.

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Belfast Beat: An Appreciation of “Murph”

Players will come and go, that’s the hockey business.

However Belfast have had their fare share of players who seem to stick around season after season, current Head Coach Adam Keefe is an example of an import who loves just the Northern Irish capital. There are Brits too who enjoy it such as Mark Garside and Colin Shields, who will be in a feature I will write about sometime in the near future, but this piece is about the man who this season celebrates 10 years as a Giant with a well earned testimonial. This is about you, Stephen Murphy.

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Young Brits Abroad…is this the answer or the problem?

The largely splintered and fractious nature of the junior system’s within British ice hockey has seen the majority of the most talented youngsters leave for foreign programmes, especially in recent times. Which leaves plenty to question, is allowing the most talented youngsters to leave the answer for the British game or does the trend highlight the lack of development available in our junior system’s? Continue reading Young Brits Abroad…is this the answer or the problem?

Each EIHL teams top prospect

With Great Britain returning to the top group of International Ice Hockey for the first time since 1994, and Liam Kirk being drafted into the NHL, it’s an exciting time for British Ice Hockey, so what better time to examine each EIHL teams top prospect.

Now to define “top prospect” I’ll be looking at players who are on either a one-way or two-way deal with an EIHL team currently and are 23-years-old or younger, and British. If you want to see more about the top young stars of the EIHL from all nations, click here to see our countdown from 25 – 11, and here to see our countdown from 10 – 1 of our list of the top 25 players aged 25 or younger.

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