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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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Chasing the… Predictions

Predictions are great. That’s why it was necessary for me to pester all of the CTP EIHL writers to make some picks on what they reckon will shake out in the forthcoming 2018/19 EIHL season. As fair forewarning, there are some shameless homers and there are some wildcards. Some genuine ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ even, but that’s what makes it fun. AMIRITE? There is also potential for a revisit at the end of the season to calculate exactly how stupidly wrong everyone was. Already stoked for that.

Colin Cowan – Belfast Giants

Team Picks

  • Challenge Cup: Cardiff Devils, Andrew Lord has guided his side to the last four Challenge Cup finals and this has seen them lift the trophy on two occasions.
  • League: Nottingham Panthers, with the experience that has come in I expect the Panthers to have a successful season and I can see them pipping the Devils for the title.
  • Playoffs: Belfast Giants Much like the Panthers, the Giants have had a lot of changes this offseason with 12 new players coming in. I think the team, build on size and speed is tailor-made for a good run at the Play Offs.
  • Most Underrated: Guildford Flames

Player Picks

  • Top Points: Luke Pither
  • Top PIMs: Zack Fitzgerald
  • Top N/M: Tyler Beskorowany
  • Looking forward to watching (Giants): Francis Beauvillier, coming straight from the AHL and drafted in the 2012 NHL draft by the Florida Panthers. He will be looking to impress in his debut season in Europe. Another player on the Giants roster that has come through the University system and he will be hoping he can make a similar impact to the one made by Darcy Murphy last season.
  • Looking forward to watching (rest of league): Mike Hedden, he joins the Devils after three consecutive years in the DEL where he put up good numbers. He also has an abundance of experience in the AHL early on in his career. He has already looked impressive for the Devils in their early Champions Hockey League games and I’m looking forward to seeing if he can continue this form in the Elite League.

Hailey Sawle-Mason – Cardiff Devils

Team picks

  • Challenge Cup: Cardiff
  • League: Cardiff
  • Playoffs: Cardiff
  • Most Underrated: Dundee

Player picks

  • Top points: Mike Hedden
  • Top PIMs: Trey Lewis
  • Top N/M: Beskorowany
  • Looking forward to watching (my team): Ben Blood
  • Looking forward to watching (rest of league): Patrick Killeen

Ollie Hampson – Cardiff Devils

Team picks

  • Challenge Cup: Cardiff Devils
  • League: Nottingham Panthers
  • Playoffs: Belfast Giants
  • Most Underrated: Guildford Flames – people are talking about them, but not as seriously as they should be.

Player picks

  • Top points: Luke Pither – Nottingham
  • Top PIMs: Zach Fitzgerald- Glasgow
  • Top N/M: Tyler Beskorowany – Belfast
  • Looking forward to watching (my team): Stephen Dixon – really shown a lot of promise and really growing with each game in the pre-season and CHL, looks like a really tough, gritty player.
  • Looking forward to watching (rest of league): Kevin Morris – Coventry Blaze, looks like a mean piece of work. Going to cause hell physically and on the scoresheet, really impressed me so far.

Adam Partoon – Coventry Blaze

Team picks

  • Challenge Cup: Pessimist – Belfast / Optimist – Coventry
  • League: Pessimist – Cardiff / Optimist – Coventry
  • Playoffs: Pessimist – Cardiff / Optimist – Coventry
  • Most Underrated: Coventry

Player picks

  • Top points: Morris
  • Top PIMs: Trey Lewis (trying to recreate all his Fortnite Gaming on the ice)
  • Top N/M: Bowns
  • Looking forward to watching (my team): Ben Lake – was a pleasure to watch last year, and this year he is even more ignited. He seems like a man on a mission and his aggressive play is great.
  • Looking forward to watching (rest of league): Bryce Reddick – well, more precisely, Reddick when he is playing Blaze. He seems to have formed quite a rivalry after dropping gloves in pre-season!

Robin Allen – Coventry Blaze

Team picks

  • Challenge Cup: Cardiff
  • League: Cardiff
  • Playoffs: Cardiff
  • Most Underrated: Coventry

Player picks

  • Top points: Luke Moffatt
  • Top PIMs: Liden Springer
  • Top N/M: Miika Wiikman
  • Looking forward to watching (my team): Jake Hansen
  • Looking forward to watching (rest of league): Joey Martin

Jaq Inglis – Dundee Stars

Team picks

  • Challenge Cup: Belfast Giants
  • League: Cardiff Devils
  • Playoffs: Nottingham Panthers
  • Most Underrated: Dundee Stars

Player picks

  • Top points: Matt Beca is pretty productive at this level
  • Top PIMs: Zach Fitzgerald
  • Top N/M: Pontus Sjögren
  • Looking forward to watching (my team): I have a lot of love for Lukas Lundvald, hard working wee guy. He can put a few away too.
  • Looking forward to watching (rest of league): Tyler Biggs just on a fan intrigue level, he was talked about a lot, coming out of juniors.

Andrew Birrell – Fife Flyers

Team picks

  • Challenge Cup: Panthers
  • League: Devils
  • Playoffs: Panthers
  • Most Underrated: Dundee

Player picks

  • Top points: Perlini
  • Top PIMs: Zack FitzGerald
  • Top N/M: Shane Owen
  • Looking forward to watching (my team): Everyone
  • Looking forward to watching (rest of league): All the teams

Mhairi Dobbin – Glasgow Clan

Team picks

  • Challenge Cup: Nottingham
  • League: Cardiff
  • Playoffs: Belfast
  • Most Underrated: Clan!

Player picks

  • Top points: Mike Hammond
  • Top PIMs: Gratton
  • Top N/M: Bowns
  • Looking forward to watching (my team): Joel Rumpel. Kelly Cup Champion, Hobey Baker finalist, looking forward to seeing what he does with the Clan.
  • Looking forward to watching (rest of the league): Jordan Buesa. Played for Clan last year as a youth, curious to if his playing style will change at all now the cage is off

Aidan Grant – Glasgow Clan

Team picks

  • Challenge Cup: Clan
  • League: Panthers
  • Playoffs: Devils
  • Most Underrated: Guildford

Player picks

  • Top points: Hurtubise
  • Top PIMs – Doty
  • Top N/M: Beskorawny
  • Looking forward to watching (my team): Brendan Connolly, in particular working with Pitt and Beca.
  • Looking forward to watching (rest of league): Mike Hammond, will be interesting to see how he does without Pitt and Beca!

Mike Maidens – Guildford Flames

Team picks

  • Challenge Cup: Panthers
  • League: Devils
  • Playoffs: Guildford Flames. I think it’s our best shot at silverware and I genuinely think we can do it

Player picks

  • Top points: Dunbar
  • Top PIMs: Hard to look past Fitzy
  • Top N/M: Bowns or Garnett
  • Most excited to see Crooks for Flames: Excellent sniper who on his day should destroy some defences. Baldwin in D is going to be very interesting also as he adds some much needed size and strength to our defence
  • Rest of League: Hedden and Blood immediately spring to mind @Cardiff, but Olsen @Panthers looks handy

DinoBillington – Manchester Storm

Team picks

Challenge Cup: I think Belfast will retain.
League: Cardiff (again…)
Playoffs: Storm
Most Underrated: Storm

Player picks

  • Top points: Hammond
  • Top PIMs: Bakker
  • Top N/M: Bowns, man’s a god
  • Looking forward to watching (my team): Dallas Ehrhardt
  • Looking forward to watching (rest of league): Ben Bowns

Hazel Rayson – MK Lightning

Team picks

  • Challenge Cup: Nottingham
  • League: Cardiff
  • Playoffs: Belfast
  • Most Underrated: MK Lightning

Player picks

  • Top points: Luke Ferrara
  • Top PIMs: I don’t want it to be Zack FitzGerald, but I think it might be. Or Trey Lewis of the Coventry Blaze, the last couple of games have shown he’s not afraid to get stuck in.
  • Top N/M: Tyler Beskorowany
  • Looking forward to watching (my team): Patrick Killeen
  • Looking forward to watching (rest of league): Miika Wiikman

Will Hobson – Nottingham Panthers

Team picks

  • Challenge Cup: Nottingham Panthers
  • League: Cardiff
  • Playoffs: Nottingham Panthers
  • Most Underrated: MK

Player picks

  • Top points: Alex Guptill
  • Top PIMs: Zack Fitzgerald
  • Top N/M: Ben Bowns
  • Looking forward to watching (my team): Alex Guptill – by far our best player in pre season. For me an ultimate player, he has speed, good skating ability skill and knows where the net is.
  • Looking forward to watching (rest of league): Eric Neiley – MK – always rated him when I saw him for Steelers in Nottingham and think he will a vital cog in the MK side.

Mark Duell – Sheffield Steelers

Team picks

  • Challenge Cup: Panthers
  • League: Cardiff
  • Playoffs: Cardiff
  • Most Underrated: Giants

Player picks

  • Top points: Martin (Devils)
  • Top PIMs: Lepine
  • Top N/M: Bowns
  • Looking forward to seeing as a Steeler: Ryan Rupert
  • Looking forward to seeing elsewhere: Mike Hedden of Cardiff

The Blaze – Reignited

The Coventry Blaze ‘Meet The Players’ night on Thursday 23rd gave a fascinating insight into the team for the upcoming season.

It has been a year and one day since the last team took up their sharpies and spent the evening crammed into Crosbys bar at the Skydome. Whilst in many respects, the evening was the same, but there was something different this year.

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Devils finish up roster with former AHL Blueliner.

With pre-season in full swing for the Cardiff Devils, rumours of a final signing have been circulating for weeks, and just ahead of their second clash in two days against Slovakian side HK Poprad on Sunday night, the Devils finally unveiled the last piece of the 2018/19 roster.

After teasing an announcement on Twitter earlier in the day, the Devils announced the arrival of 25-year-old Tom Parisi, who conducted the ceremonial face-off before the game began.

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Devils add experienced veteran to help defend league and playoff titles

The Cardiff Devils are one step closer to finalising their roster for the upcoming season, announcing the signing of 36-year-old forward Charles Linglet.

The arrival of Linglet comes with less than two weeks until the Devils drop the puck on their pre-season campaign, beginning with a home and home series against the Nottingham Panthers.
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How did Liam Kirk fare in the physical stakes at the 2018 NHL Combine?

 

The 2018 NHL draft is all about the star Swedish D man Rasmus Dahlin, but this week the UK’s own Liam Kirk got the opportunity to showcase his off-ice talents to the North-American hockey elite at the NHL Combine in Buffalo – A one-stop-shop for NHL personnel to examine both the character and physical prowess of 104 draft-eligible prospects before making their selections on the 22-23 of June.

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