After dismantling Cardiff Devils, the defending champions, 8-1 in their own arena will anybody stop Belfast this season? The table toppers are 15-1-0 since the beginning of October and that record its even more impressive which you consider the current fixture run, ten away games in a row. After a brief return home for the Continental Cup this week (which they could see them pick-up their first piece of silverware this season), the Giants will be back on the road for another seven straight. As a result, this group of players were rightfully called road warriors by Head Coach, Adam Keefe, in a recent interview. Moreover, this time on the road appears to have bonded a largely new group and could well make them the team to beat this year. Continue reading Belfast Giants: The Road Warriors
This week some of the best hockey players and influencers had the honour of being inducted into the prestigious Hockey Hall of Fame, where the plaque to commemorate them will hang among the likes of Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe, Bobby Orr and many other hockey greats.
So that got me thinking, what if there was a Hall of Fame in the EIHL, and rather than spend the time dividing opinion that much among an entire league fan base, why not focus in on my local team. Also, it’s a fan base that seems to need cheering up so hopefully this helps.
What if there was a Hall of Fame for Cardiff Devils players. So that’s what I’m going to do, put forward my picks for the Devils HoF, with a twist. In the over 30 year history of the team, seven players have had their jerseys retired, so to me that’s seven guys already in.
Now I’m back from a weekend trip in Italy, it’s time to write up the week that was in Kings hockey with what the week brings ahead with the end of the homestand.
The Week That Was
With apologies to KISS; the first rock band I ever listened to at the tender age of five.
It’s certainly been a crazy time for us Steelers supporters. Another new signing, the Challenge Cup draw, a home goal fest and the extension of an unwanted record. All of these packaged into one week. It’s never dull at all these days. Welcome to my thoughts of the Steelers week that was, thoughts which are not those of the club itself or its staff.
A remarkable performance from the Manchester Storm second line ensured victory over the lowly Milton Keynes Lightning. In a typically tenacious encounter in Altrincham, there were 68 penalty minutes, 7 goals, 2 fights and 1 game misconduct. What more could you want on the small-ice?
Hopefully this is the first in a series of new posts on CTP Hockey about memorable or epic away days following the sport we love. This post is about my very first trip to Arizona to see my beloved Coyotes. Having watched the Coyotes from across the Atlantic since their arrival in Phoenix, it has been a long long wait to see the Coyotes play in person. Like most NHL fans, when the schedule is announced, you look for homestands to make a trip worthwhile.
Former Coventry Blaze and Sheffield Steelers Head Coach Paul Thompson is back in hockey employment. Today Deutsche Eishockey League (DEL) side Schwenninger Wild Wings announced they had appointed him in succession to Canadian Pat Cortina who was relieved of his Head Coach duties towards the back end of last month.