It’s August and how us hockey fans have longed for this time. It’s just over 4 months since the puck finally dropped on the ice, Cardiff walking away from our den carrying the Playoff trophy aloft.
Time once more to go back into our EIHL time machine and visit another season in the archives. This time we go back into season eight, the 2010-11 season. Coventry Blaze had captured their fourth crown the season beforehand, could they win back to back titles for the second successive time and make it five titles in just eight years? Only one way to find out…
Continue reading The Elite League Years: 2010-11
It’s a new season ahead for us all, and for the Sheffield Steelers it’s no exception. Last season was a disappointing one for the Steelers as they failed to pick up any silverware at all and had a very inconsistent season all round. Can the new look Steelers right that wrong? Let’s look at the roster, position by position.
The second day of the UK Charity All Stars took place at Ice Sheffield yesterday; Sunday. Last year’s winners Dreams Come True were leading the pack at the conclusion of day one with a 100 per cent record from their opening 4 games. Could they maintain it and keep their title? Or would one of the challengers come out of the pack and take it from them?
Yesterday saw the opening day of the annual UK Charity All-Star weekend, where fans from around the country gather to raise money for charity. After being spent at Ice Arena Wales for the last two years, the tournament headed north and back to the Bauer Arena at Ice Sheffield. Here’s the report from day one. Continue reading Charity All Stars – Day 1 Report
The 2018 NHL Draft is officially over. Over 24 hours, we have felt the electric nerves, seen spirits rise and fall and watched the futures of hundreds of young ice-hockey hopefuls begin in the NHL. Being held at the American Airlines Centre in Dallas was a proud feeling for the Stars, who were graced with appearances from current Captain Jamie Benn and for Captain Mike Modano during their first round pick. Speaking of picks, let’s take a look at the Dallas Stars Draft Class of 2018.
Dallas Stars First Round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft was Ty Dellandrea. A 17-year-old Centre, Dellandrea started his career on the ice with the Central Ontario Wolves MHA youth team, and then went on to spend two seasons with the OHL’s Flint Firebirds, were he amassed a total of 83 points over two seasons. Dellandrea also received a Hlinka Memorial Gold Medial during the 17/18 season.
The Star’s Round 2 pick was Albin Eriksson. At 17- years old, Eriksson has previously skated for Skelleftea in both the SHL and the Swedish Junior League. The 6ft 4” Right Wing also represented Sweden at the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, and skated away with a bronze medal after playing 5 games. He also picked up the J20 SuperElit (North) Most Penalized Player and a SHL SM- silver Medal in the 2017-18 season.
Round 3 saw the Stars pick up Oskar Back. This 18-year old, 6ft 3” Right Wing also skated in the SHL and the Swedish Junior League in the 2017-18 season. Another draftee that skated in the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, he too played in five games and and also took to the ice for seven games at the 2018 IIHF Under-18 World Championship, aiding Team Sweden secure the bronze medal.
In Round 4, the Stars picked up Adam Mascherin. This 20- year old Left Wing is coming to Dallas from the OHL, where he played four season with the Kitchener Rangers. Mascherin was ranked first in the club on points and goals, second in assists and finished the OHL 2017-18 season tied eighth in goals and ninth on points. He played in the OHL Playoffs for 19 games and also made the OHL Third All-Star Team after previously playing in the OHL First All-Star Team in 2016-17.
Another Round 4 Pick brought Curtis Douglas to the Stars. This 18-year old 6ft 8” Centre split the 2017-18 season between the OHL’s Barrie Colts and the Windsor Spitfires. His debut with the Colts in 2016-17 saw him post 9 points over 53 games. In the following season he made 18 points in 28 games with 37 penalty minutes before he was traded to the Spitfires, where he posted 28 points and 28 penalty minutes in 38 games.
Round 5 brought Centre Riley Damiani to Dallas. Damiani previously played for the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers, where he posted 37 points over 64 games during the 2017-18 season. He ranked fifth in goals and tied fourth for power-play goals. During the OHL Playoffs he appeared in a total of 19 games and tallied 12 points. He also skated for the Rangers in 2017, but only for five games and amounted just 2 points.
In Round 6, the Stars picked Dawson Barteaux. Barteaux is coming to Dallas after spending the 2017-18 season with the Red Deer Rebels of the WHL. This 6ft 18-year old defenseman was ranked fifth among the Rebels in assists and finished the season second out of the defensemen on the team in both points and assists. Barteaux played five games in the 2018 WHL Playoffs and has spent time with not only the Rebels, but also the Regina Pats.
Last but not least, in Round 7 the Stars drafted 20- year old Left Wing, Jermaine Loewen. Loewen played four seasons with the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers, where he led in points and goals. He also shard third in the club on assists. Over the four seasons with Blazers, he has tallied 96 points and appeared in the WHL Playoffs in both 2016 and 2017. He has also acquired a bronze medal in the Western Canada Challenge Cup.
Photo credit to nhl.com, Elite Prospects, Red Deer Rebels, Blackout Dallas, The Colour of Hockey and Dobber Prospects.
Right okay, the drafts done so now we can say who had a great and who had an awful draft before these kids have even hit the ice.
It sounds unfair but it’s what hockey fans want so it’s what hockey fans get, the days after the draft are either full of hype or full of character assassination, you’ll have to find out where this post falls by reading on further.
Arizona, you had the fifth pick, Filip Zadina was available when nobody expected him to be, so with the fifth overall selection the Arizona Coyotes select…Barrett Hayton?