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Miika Wiikman is in his second season with the GMB Nottingham Panthers and is arguably one of the best net-minders in the Elite Ice Hockey League. This season he has won silverware for the club along with the rest of the team and secured the Continental Cup for the Panthers, making them one of the first British clubs to ever do so as well as qualifying for the Champions Hockey League for next season. Though as always, this interview seeks to take you Behind the Mask and into the mind somewhat of the man who wears it.
Continue reading Behind the Mask #4 | Miika Wiikman: Nottingham Panthers
Braehead goaltender Gary Russell was last seen against Coventry in the Skydome, this time The Blaze travel up to Braehead to take on Ryan Finnerty’s boys in purple.
Continue reading Behind The Mask #3 | Gary Russell: Braehead Clan
Ben Bowns is the starting goaltender for the EIHL’s Cardiff Devils and one of the consistent choices for the Great Britain Ice Hockey team. Having played hockey from a young age, Ben has always been passionate about the game. Chasing The Puck recently got the chance to go behind the mask and find out a bit more about what makes this goalie tick. We discover a bit more about his love of dogs and who his celebrity man crush is.
Continue reading Behind The Mask #2 | Ben Bowns: Cardiff Devils
How much do we really know about what Coventry Blaze’s Kevin Noble has been up to this offseason? I took a few minutes to chat with Kevin about friends, hockey, surfing and going down under.
Continue reading Kevin Noble | I Know What You Did Last Summer (OnFire repost)
Guillaume Desbiens joined the EIHL’s Sheffield Steelers in November of 2015. Coming from Slovenia with his wife Alexa and young daughter Olive, he’d been told good things about the team by long-term friend Zack Fitzgerald and others from the Steel City side. In this interview we discuss how he juggles the role of enforcer, in the light of the new release of Ice Guardians and also his role of Papa, to three year old Olive.
Continue reading Guillaume Desbiens | The Finer Points of being an Ice Guardian and a Parent
The Genting Casino Coventry Blaze had a number of new acquisitions over the summer period and Shawn Boutin, the Canadian hot shot, has quickly become a fan favourite at the Skydome. You think you know Shawn? Read on and spend two minutes with him and see how well you really know Bouts.
Continue reading Two Minutes | With Shawn Boutin
It’s a Wednesday night at the Coventry Blaze Skydome. We’re settling down in Crosby’s bar for a meet and greet with our new coach. The bar is fairly full and everyone seems eager to hear what Danny Stewart has to say on his future with the Blaze. The pints are flowing and everyone seems in good spirits as I settle on the floor at the front to listen and capture the words of wisdom and encouragement that he is, without doubt going to heap on us in droves.
Within minutes, everyone is completely enraptured. The quiet and whispered conversations that had been going on have died off and all eyes and ears are on Danny, hanging on his every word.
Continue reading Danny Stewart on his return to the Coventry Blaze // Part One
I got to speak to Dan Green who is the back-up goalie for the Nottingham Panthers, regarding the plays offs and also life in the Nottingham Panthers.
Continue reading Two minutes | With Dan Green
Defenseman Ben O’Connor has an impressive career behind him. He moved to the USA to live with his uncle and improve and hone his craft. He has also played a season in France and further afield in Kazakhstan and was called up to the squad for team GB this year for the 9th time since first playing for them in the 2004-2005 season in the World Junior Championships.
Continue reading Two Minutes | With Ben O’Connor
Following the game last night at the Coventry Skydome, I managed to catch up with Sheffield Steelers enforcer and all round great guy, Zack Fitzgerald for a quick chat before they headed off home.
Continue reading Zack Fitzgerald | Post Game & The Changing Face of the Enforcer