Monthly Archives: June 2013

DRAFT DAY THREAD: 1st Round Draft Board

Who will go first? Image courtesy of theprovince.com.

The biggest day of the off-season is here at long last!  For fans of teams not in the playoffs, we have been waiting for two months to reach this point: the NHL Entry Draft.

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IceNationUK Mock NHL Draft! (well everyone else is doing one…)

Image courtesy of nhl.si.com.

What with the NHL Entry Draft taking place all day tomorrow, and with every man and his dog expressing his, her or it’s opinion on who their team should take, I thought I’d chuck my hat into the ring.  Yeah yeah, mock drafts are two-a-penny these days, but they’re a fun exercise (for the writer at least!) and at the very least allows a quick glimpse at 30 of the top draft prospects.

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CALLING ALL BUDDING WRITERS, BLOGGERS AND UK ICE HOCKEY FANS!

You didn’t think we’d use any other image, did you?  Image courtesy of historyinanhour.com.

We here at IceNationUK truly enjoy bringing you all the latest news from around the hockey world, no matter the league, the continent or the country.

That said, we recognise we have a massive bias towards the NHL, with probably over 95% of our posts geared towards that league.  It might also seem a little hypocritical of us to be calling ourselves “IceNationUK” when we don’t even cover the UK!  Unfortunately, myself and Sam simply don’t follow other leagues enough to provide a fair and competent analysis of the various goings on in other leagues.

That is where you, our loyal readers, come into the equation.  We have decided that the time is right to add another member to the team, this time focused on ice hockey in the United Kingdom, be it the EIHL, the NIHL, or GB Hockey, preferably at least two of those, but the priority in this case is the EIHL.  The EIHL is the UK’s top Men’s league, and provides some fantastically entertaining hockey – but is not covered nearly enough by the UK media or the blogging scene (although many of the blogs out there that do cover it obviously produce some fantastic content).

Content would include news updates (signings, league announcements, team announcements, scores/standings etc.) and feature articles on, well, anything that might be of interest to hockey fans!  Our primary concerns at this site are to grow interest in the game in this country, and to provide original, interesting and informative insight.

Unfortunately we will not be able to offer any monetary compensation in return for your contributions, the site in its current form is simply not geared to do that, but rest assured if you have journalistic ambitions we will do our best to help, or if you are simply looking for an outlet for your hockey passion we will gladly accommodate you!

Anyone wishing to find out more about this opportunity should contact us using the form below.  Applicants will be expected to submit a small feature (1000-2000 words, not strictly but as a guide) on a topic of their choice within the realms of ice hockey in the UK; please send these to icenationuk@gmail.com.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Bob McKenzie posts final Prospect Rankings ahead of Sunday’s Entry Draft

Image courtesy of TSN.

TSN panelist Bob McKenzie, regarded as one of the most well-connected men in hockey, has posted the final installment of his Draft Rankings, in preparation for the NHL Entry Draft which takes place this year on Sunday 30th June.

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NHL NEWS: Bryzgalov bought out; Tortorella brought in; Berglund re-signed; Kipper to retire?

It’s not all bad, Ilya. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

A few more items of interest have emerged over the last day or so.  Let’s take a look; all stories as per TSN.

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NHL Playoffs 2013 – Finals Return to Boston – Stanley Cup on the Line

The Blackhawks' dominant Game Five victory has put them in pole position to clinch the cup. (Courtesy of naplesnews.com)

The Blackhawks’ dominant Game Five victory has put them in pole position to clinch the cup.
(Courtesy of naplesnews.com)

After Patrick Kane’s double and Corey Crawford’s stunning efforts sealed a 3-1 victory for the Chicago Blackhawks at United Centre, they head into Boston tonight carrying a 3-2 series lead and a historic shot at glory; the opportunity to win a Stanley Cup on enemy soil for the second time in four years.

Regardless of the similarities between tonight’s setting and Philadelphia in 2010, still not quite sure how that Patrick Kane OT winner found the net, the Bruins will not simply lie down and let the Hawks stride away from Beantown with the cup. They will battle for every inch of ice and hope they can repeat their heroics from two years ago, where they won Games Six and Seven to trump the Vancouver Canucks.

After Chris Hext wetted your appetites for the drama ahead, this post takes a look at the factors that will determine whether Boston can stave off Game Six elimination on home ice and ensure we get yet another dramatic instalment in this enthralling series.

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