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.
With Great Britain returning to the top division of the IIHF World Championships for the first time since 1994, they’re embarking on an elaborate course of preparation for the competition in May, with their first test coming against Dinamo Riga next month.
On February 6th, GB will play host to the Latvian side who play in the Kontinental Hockey League, in the first of five games before the World Championships.
Great Britain’s Under 20s side have arrived in Tallinn, Estonia ahead of the IIHF Division 2A World Junior championships, and straight away the team coached by Slava Koulikov made a statement of intent just days before the opening puck drop.
With GB facing Lithuania in their opening game on Sunday night, they took to the ice on Wednesday in the first of two warm up games in preparation for the tournament, where they’re among the favourites to secure a medal and could even bring back gold and promotion to Division 1B.
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?
As the second half of the EIHL season begins, the Cardiff Devils have added an extra body to their lineup.
Cardiff currently sit top of the EIHL table with a game in hand over second place Belfast, and the league’s highest scoring offence with 28-year-old winger James Livingston.
In an announcement this morning Coventry Blaze have announced the departure of Miroslaz Kopriva with immediate effect following his short return to the Blaze.
Chasing The Puck have now been holding a weekly vote for the fan chosen EIHL Netminder of the Week vote for a season and a half. We are proud to be showcasing the best goalies in the top flight of British Hockey.