After months of hockey among some of the best Europe has to offer, the Champions Hockey League draws to a close tonight as the Frölunda Indians search for their third CHL title in four appearances over the past five seasons, and they’ll be taking on Red Bull Munich of Germany who are making their debut in the final, being the first German representative to make it to this stage of the tournament.
Last year was the first time ever a Swedish side hasn’t won the competition, as Finnish side JYP Jyväskylä won a close fought final over the Växjö Lakers, shutting out the Lakers who also hosted the final in a 2 – 0 final score.
It was the first time Frölunda haven’t made the final as well, crashing out in the first knockout round after an impressive group stage performance, while Red Bull Munich also crashed out in the first knockout round for the third straight year, before finally breaking their curse this year and winning a playoff series for the first time.
Continue reading CHL FINAL SUPER PREVIEW: Frölunda chasing third Champions Hockey League title in final against Munich
There’s a bit of a buzz around Belfast at the moment, you can feel in the waters of the Lagan which flows nearby. Adam Keefe has assembled a roster which is challenging for four trophies, the elusive quadruple which no Elite League has ever achieved. It’s a tough ask for it to happen but there is some quiet confidence emanating from the Northern Irish capital that the Giants class of 2019 could actually make it happen.
Continue reading Belfast Beat: The Quadruple Quest
Not all roads to your destination are smooth, trust me, I’ve driven (well had driving lessons) in the UK, I know all about bumpy roads.
The Cardiff Devils may have had a somewhat smooth ride of things over the past two years, but they’ll have a big test Friday night when they welcome the Glasgow Clan to the Viola Arena in the second leg of their Challenge Cup quarter-final.
Continue reading The bumpy road to a fifth straight Challenge Cup final
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.
Continue reading Preview: Guildford Flames Vs. Sheffield Steelers 16/09/2018
Yesterday the EIHL announced the format of the new season ahead of the big fixture reveal on Monday. Here we dissect a few things from this and share a few thoughts on what we think could/should have been done.
Continue reading Conferences, Cups and Confusion
It was a night full of nerves, young prospects showing off what they’ve got and controversy. However when all was said and done the Toronto Marlies emerged victorious marking the first professional hockey championship for the city of Toronto since 1967.
Continue reading The Toronto Marlies are your 2018 Calder Cup Champions
It’s the very best hockey has to offer, a game 7 showdown for the championship. The game 7 in question will decide the winner of the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs. For Toronto hockey fans it sparks memories of utter disappointment while for Texas fans it is a welcome relief, having been able to keep the series alive on Tuesday night.
Continue reading Calder Cup Finals Game 7 Preview: TEX@TOR