This Summer 4 European teams will travel across the waters to face Manchester Storm and Fife Flyers in what has been dubbed as a 4 Nations Showcase. I take a look at the first two teams to face the EIHL sides all the way from the Metal Ligaen of Denmark.
The University of Manitoba Bisons are no strangers to European Hockey and have made it a regular occurrence to challenge teams during their Summer off season from across the pond and beyond in preparation for the season ahead. This year the Bisons will challenge Patton Conference Champions Manchester Storm, Gardiner Conference Champions Fife Flyers and Challenge Cup winners Belfast Giants.
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Young British talent is beginning to shine at the highest level in Ice Hockey recently and now, thanks to the extended press from Liam Kirk, I am sure we can all agree the future is looking bright for our little island nation.
One thing that Manchester were criticised for in the 2017-2018 season was their goalkeeping, specifically the way that our goalkeeper seemed to always be at the centre of nets that had a tendency to move…
One thing every Storm fan has been sweating over during the summer break is wether or not the league’s leading scorer would be back with us for the 2018-2019 season.
Today we got our answer.
The 28-year old British born, Canadian trained forward is the 12th signing of the Manchester Storm and is without a doubt the most important in my eyes.
When a single player records 83 points in 56 games, you want to make sure you tie that contract up quickly. Hammond was without a doubt the most instrumental player on the ice last season in the Storm push for the Patton title.
After his exploits with team GB in the world championships many believed that Hammond could return to previous club Braehead/Glasgow Clan. Thankfully he stayed where he belongs!
Head Coach Ryan Finnerty was equally ecstatic to have the leagues top man back in board:
“We are really happy to have Mike back at the club, he was a big part of our success last year. Along with his point production he also came up with some big goals in some key games. We need more of the same this year as we look to push the teams at the top”
Welcome back to the shelter Like and I hope you keep on being awesome!
The Manchester Storm team of 1995 will go down in history for a number of reasons. The club immediately won their division as they were watched by crowds of 6,300+ in the newly built NYNEX arena and the Storm went on to become a founding member of the Ice Hockey Superleague.
This last season at Manchester the Storm enjoyed their most successful season since they reformed in 2015. One thing that was echoed around Twitter and Facebook however was the term “Goon Squad” other teams fans were sulking because a physical sport was being played the way it was intended.
Our new signing Harrison Ruop is the epitome of old school, hard hitting Ice Hockey. He hits first and asks questions later and this 25-year old former Arizona Coyote draft pick is totally fearless.
Goals and assists are on the backburner for this wrecking ball, he is here to stop your team from getting to our goalkeeper and at 6’3″ 195lbs he is built for damage.
He has accrued 846 penalty minutes in 468 games and doesn’t look like he is going to stop dropping the gloves and teaching lessons anytime soon.
Welcome to the Storm Ruopp, I look forward to seeing those bone crunching checks and seeing the fire in your eyes!