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EIHL 18/19 – 24 Leave in Opening 15 Weeks

With Manchester Storm announcing the departure of Brendan Brooks yesterday, the EIHL player departure headcount now sits at 24. In just 15 weeks, 7 of the 11 teams have lost at least 1 player, and in a couple of cases, also their coach. This week alone has seen 5 casualties – Is it poor recruitment, poor pay, or is the league just not a place players want to be?

There is an argument for all of the above, and hockey players getting gassed or moving mid-season certainly isn’t a new phenomenon. In season past, numerous EIHL players have changed teams, but to lose so many so soon? And alarmingly, the list of 24 does not include Danick Paquette or Tom Parisi, both who left their teams (Coventry & Cardiff respectively) before the season officially got underway.

CTP’s own Lucy Hamilton, has been tracking the movements for each club:

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7/11 – Ben Blood

4/12 – Justin Faryna

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4/12 – Miika Wiikmann

4/12 – Kelin Ainsworth

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3/10 – Kevin Phillips

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26/10 – Marcus Basara

20/11 – Jindrich Pacl

23/11 – Dylan Anderson

6/12 – Brendan Brooks

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2/11 – Joonas Houvinen

14/11 – Head Coach Doug McKay

21/11 – Eric Neiley

1/12 – Rihards Grigors

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18/11 – Jacob Doty

27/11 – Sam Gospel

29/11 – Tyler VanKleef

3/12 – Tyler Biggs

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17/9 – Matt Rupert

17/9 – Ryan Rupert

1/10 – Head Coach Paul Thompson

24/10 – Brendan Brooks

28/10 Chris Lawrence

30/10 Jiri Gula

25/11 Bradley Day (loaned to Hull Pirates)


The League?

Despite dropping to 11 teams, the EIHL appears to be in good shape and is arguably more competitive than in recent times. The Devils have strengthened over the summer, but certainly do not look like they have the stranglehold on the league that they did last season. At the other end of the table, Dundee & MK have shown they can compete, and win, against anyone when on their game. The UK in general is still seen as a tourist destination, and is a big selling point for players who come to play in the league.

Poor Pay/Benefits?

On our list of 24, not all have been gassed by their teams. Several have moved to take up opportunities elsewhere. Is it purely money? Are there greater opportunities outside of the game which prompts the move or is it simply career progression? Regardless of motive, Cardiff were open in saying they were compensated for the loss of Ben Blood, but were Coventry compensated for Ainsworth?

Poor Recruitment /Coaching?

The Rupert brothers immediately spring to mind, but both appear to be picking up points since their return to the ECHL. Of course, clubs rely on various methods to pick up players, such as word of mouth or their contacts from years past, but does the blame lie with the contacts, or with the coach making the signings? In the case of the Rupert’s, was it purely the coach not knowing how to play them?

One thing is for sure – The issue with the vast amount of roster changes head resulted in some fans feeling somewhat disconnected from their teams. Coventry have seen 5 netminders this season, Sheffield have lost 6 players already, MK lost arguably their best player, Guildford lost a loyal Brit who was loved by many and Cardiff have lost 2 fan favourites. All mid-season.

Your Thoughts?

There is no doubt the player merry-go-round will continue, but what can teams do to stop the better players in the league from leaving? Or does the EIHL in general need to do more to promote itself and make it more appealing in general?

Information correct at time of publication [12:00 07/12/18] will be updated as things change

Guildford Flames – October Review

Following a mixed bag of results in September, the Flames would have been hoping for better in October. The month consisted of 9 games for the Flames, 8 of which counted towards the league and just 1 towards the Challenge Cup group. The outcome? Things are on the up!

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Guildford Flames – Kevin Phillips Departs

Veteran defenceman, Kevin Phillips, has departed the Guildford Flames today after a little over 3 seasons at the club.

It’s come a little surprise, given his lack of ice time this season, but does leave a question mark over the roster plans moving forward for the Flames as to whether they move for a new Brit forward, keeping Lindhagen in defence, or look for a new Brit defender as a like-for-like replacement.

Kevin came to us today to explain where he is at,” said Paul Dixon.

“The fact is that he is getting very little ice time at the moment, and we completely understand where he is in his career and what he is looking for.”

“We cannot blame him one bit for wanting to get somewhere to take a more prominent role. He has been an excellent representative of this team for the past 3 seasons, and a big part of a Cup and Playoff championship when he first arrived.”

“Kevin is a high quality character and he has put together an outstanding career. We have appreciated his contribution to our success over the past 3 seasons, including his help in our move to the Elite League, and we wish him every success as he moves away from his time here.”

At 32 years old and with over 400 EIHL games to his name, the former GB junior will not be without a team for long, but it remains to be seen whether he remains in the Elite League or moves back towards the north east in order to play in the NIHL.

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Preview: Guildford Flames Vs. Sheffield Steelers 16/09/2018

Whilst the Flames will have to sit out of any action on Saturday night, the game at the Spectrum on Sunday marks the first of 4 games over an 8 day period. It also marks the first league game of the season for the Flames, and sees the return of the Sheffield Steelers, who very much made their mark against the Surrey side last season.

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