Tag Archives: British Ice Hockey

RUMOUR: GB to face three KHL sides ahead of World Championships

There’s some rumblings on social media regarding how the Great Britain National Team are to prepare for the 2019 IIHF World Championships that take place next spring in Slovakia.

According to a couple of reports, three Kontinental Hockey League teams will take on the GB National Side, with at least one of the games to take place in Sheffield, but all three games will be in the UK.

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Manchester Storm All-Stars (Part 1)

It is now over 15 years since Gary Cowan was forced to put the original Manchester Storm into receivership, and perhaps the perfect opportunity to reflect upon the great former players that have donned the infamous Storm jersey. This article will outline an All-Star squad and comprise solely of players from 1995-2002, vintage you could say…but definitely one for old school hockey lovers! Plus it might help distract you from the Black Friday madness…

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Top 25, 25 and under in the EIHL – 25 – 11

The Elite Ice Hockey League might not be known for harbouring an abundance of young talent (Liam Kirk is an exception to that rule), but there are still a lot of young players plying their trade in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

While a move to play professional hockey in Europe might be appealing to a grizzled veteran who’s doesn’t want to put up with the grind of the AHL for example, there are still some solid young players in the EIHL, both home grown and imports.

So lets take a look at the picks 25 through 11 in our Top 25 EIHL players who are 25 or younger.

Only players on full time EIHL contracts are considered, not players on two-way contracts, terms and conditions apply.

 

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Hockey Hall of Fame – Cardiff Devils addition

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.

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Challenge Cup matchups set

The Challenge Cup matchups for the first knockout rounds have been determined after the live draw took place following the conclusion of the Group Stage.

Eight of the 11 EIHL teams remain in the competition, with the top three seeded teams able to pick who they’ll face next, with the fourth seed having to pick up the team left by the top three sides.

Coming into the knockout rounds, the Belfast Giants occupy the top spot so held the first pick in the draw.

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What is behind a name?!

Whenever you’ve watched the great sport of Ice Hockey or Hockey (depending on where in the world you are) have you ever found yourself wondering or thinking why a team has gone for a certain name? Is there any reasoning behind it? Or is it just marketing? Are they good names, bad names or just downright terrible names?

I have gone for a few teams around the British leagues and tried to find out where on earth the names have come from. Some are relatively easy to guess, while some are just clever tie-ins.

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Liam Kirk promoted to the first line and earns first star honours in another win for the Petes

It’s been a dream start for Arizona Coyotes prospect Liam Kirk in the early part of his OHL career, helping the Peterborough Petes to a perfect 3 – 0 record.

Last night against the Niagara Ice Dogs in the first of a three game home stand was the best game of his short career in North America.

After starting the first two games on either the second or third line, Kirk was promoted to the first line, playing alongside team captain Zach Gallant and fifth year player Adam Timleck.

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