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.
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.
It’s another huge weekend for Adam Keefe and his Belfast Giants as they chase their first trophy of the season. The Giants are in the Super Final of the IIHF Continental Cup, bidding to become the second Elite League winners of the prize after Corey Neilson led the Nottingham Panthers to success in 2016-17. Most people view the Giants as the outsiders of the four finalists, but anything is possible. Here’s our preview of the tournament; which is being held in the Odyssey (or SSE Arena for commercial branding), Belfast this weekend.
This weekend just gone, the Belfast Giants faced their latest challenge as they bid to win their first EIHL crown since 2014. Their opponents were Tom Barrasso’s Sheffield Steelers, whom they had shared a double header series in the House of Steel last month. Which side would finish out on top in the latest instalment between these two hockey heavyweights?
A tough and gritty home performance from the Manchester Storm was just enough to outlast the Nottingham Panthers and ensure the hosts remained within touching distance of the play-off berths. Despite the numbing temperatures in the rink, a hotly contested encounter saw Storm captain Dane Byers roll back the years with a crucial overtime winner, courtesy of a well placed penalty shot.
Following yesterday’s piece assessing the viability of the Dutch team joining the Elite League, the Tilburg Trappers have officially confirmed their intentions to remain in the Oberliga until 2019/20.
Welcome back to the Steelers Perspective.
For this article, I am going to do something a little bit different to what this column usually has been. It’s an appraisal of some sort about one of the current Steelers roster, and if recent form guides are a yardstick then it’s well deserved indeed. I hope you enjoy this, as I said it’s something different.