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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It says a lot about the standard of Cardiff Devils hockey when losing three straight games can be considered a “slump”, but after a tough weekend they couldn’t bounce back on home ice in an overtime loss to the Fife Flyers last night.
Brett Bulmer’s overtime winner sealed the victory for the visitors Just 1:32 into the extra session to end a highly entertaining midweek game.
So now let’s talk about some things I noticed while providing analysis on the game.
Continue reading Commentators Curse – Cardiff Devils 4 – 5 Fife Flyers (OT)
Welcome to the Guildford Flames Legends series. A series which will put the spotlight back onto the great players which formed such a vital part of the history of the club. Players who created many special moments on ice and players who helped build the infrastructure of the club; Cult heroes, championship winners – The very players who we think about when the “good ol’ days” are discussed.
Continue reading Flames Legend Series – Andy Sparks
The retirement of Red Wings captain and forward Henrik Zetterberg due to a degenerative back condition after a 1,082 game career all for the same team raises a big question: who will captain the Red Wings now? Since the mid-1980s, the Wings’ captaincy has been a relatively stable position. Steve Yzerman was captain from 1986-2006, making him the longest tenured captain of any team in any major North American sports league. Following Yzerman, Lidstrom was captain from 2006-2012 and Zetterberg from 2013-2018. Which brings us to present day. Who will don the C next?
Continue reading The Red Wings Captaincy Question
The new NHL season is almost here. Months of ups and downs await us fans as our favourite side battles away for the prestigious prize known as Lord Stanley. As a New Jersey Devils fan, I’m as ready as anyone for it. 16 years have passed since we last lifted the big prize, mind you the Leafs and Flyers fans have been waiting 51 and 43 seasons for their next turn. But for me, Devils have to address the problem of netminding. Who will get John Hynes’ nod as his preferred starter when the big puck drop happens?
Continue reading The dilemma facing John Hynes
A year ago you could be fooled into thinking team mascots in the Elite Ice Hockey League had seen their day. With the possible exception of Clangus, Glasgow Clan’s enigmatic, and bizarrely athletic, bovine, mascot popularity seemed pretty low. From a Nottingham perspective, Paws would wander from block to block on game night, racing up the steps to get in some dance moves before the next play began, then trudge back down again five seconds later. There didn’t seem to be much motivation to engage with the crowd, who barely seemed interested in their giant headed club representatives.
Continue reading Of course it’s hot in here..
The sport of Ice Hockey has some incredible rules and regulations. One of which, in my humble opinion is the fact that there are no draws. Always a winner and always a loser. However, when it gets to the end of the 60 minute regulation time, this is when we all take a deep breath and prepare for Overtime.
Continue reading A Rookies Guide: How to deal with Overtime