Monthly Archives: October 2013

GUEST POST – Arto Palovaara on ‘Connecting the worldwide hockey family’

NOTE: We have obviously been very quiet on the posting front recently, by virtue of Chris being in Australia and myself taking on an internship (read more about this in State of the Union), but we hope to continue bringing you great hockey content throughout this period and into the future. One of the ways we’ll be doing this is by having terrific guest writers and first up is Arto Palovaara, who covers the Finnish Liiga for Betsafe, on Get Real Hockey and on his own page http://www.thelionchronicle.com. Myself and Chris cannot thank Arto enough for taking the time to write for us, and we hope you enjoy his take on the hockey world as much as we do!

Image courtesy of hockeysfuture.com

Image courtesy of hockeysfuture.com.

That headline has been my motto since I began to write about hockey. Why? You might ask. What does it mean? You might ask further. And those are just questions. Because I have been asking myself where did I get that from and what does it mean for me?

My guest blogging for Ice nation UK is a sign of a true connection between members in the worldwide hockey family and I feel such honour to be a part of this, to have such a nice connection with Sam and Chris, and this hockey page in the UK.

I didn’t think about it before, but when I began to write about hockey, I realized one thing or actually many things. One thing or so called insight, is that we have to cut the prestige. What do I mean by that?

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ICE NATION UK – STATE OF THE UNION

NHL Fight Sydney

Check out dem mad photo-shop skillz.

G’day, Ice Nation UK readers!

It’s been a little quiet of late on the blog, so I thought I should clarify the situation.  Coincidentally, myself and Sam have both entered periods of massive life transition AT EXACTLY THE SAME TIME.  Selfish git that he is*, Sam decided that at the very same moment I moved from the United Kingdom to Sydney, Australia, he would go out, kill an interview, and get a stonking good job at a popular magazine.

Knowing it would take me a while to get settled in Australia – i.e. I wouldn’t be able to access the interwebs regularly until we found a house – Sam has not only taken over managing the site, but also my spot covering the Anaheim Ducks at thefarmclub.net.  He’s already got a couple of brilliant articles up there, as well as a couple of updates on the NHL as a whole over here, but combine that with a new job and he’d have to be a special kind of omnipotent to keep on top of things.  As it stands, he’s done a remarkable job and I am eternally grateful for his efforts.

In particular, he’s kept up an active presence on the blog’s Twitter account (@icenationuk), engaging all you wonderful people in hockey talk, and has also been working hard helping me try to recruit more writers, securing a redesign of our Twitter avatar, and coming up with bright ideas to enhance the blog as a whole.

As for myself, well I am still on the hunt for a house and a proper job, but the end is in sight and rest assured the first thing I will be doing is getting connected to the web and watching a damn good game of hockey!  And then writing about it.  Because that’s what we do.

On a sidenote, we now have our own Facebook page!!!  Better late than never.  Give us a “like” and you will be rewarded with hockey talk, news and analysis.  Spread the word, you won’t regret it!

So, don’t worry, IceNationUK is not going anywhere.  We will be getting regular pieces up again as soon as we can, but in the meantime please continue to engage us in great conversation on Twitter and Facebook.  Thankfully, I have unlimited free access to those two bastions of social media, so I’m not totally out the loop.  In fact, a fun game might be to guess which of Sam or myself is in control of the @icenationuk handle at any one time….

Speak soon, faithful readers!

 

*He’s not really a git, I don’t think so anyway.

NHL – Three Stars of the Night

Image courtesy of sports.yahoo.com.

Image courtesy of sports.yahoo.com.

A simply stunning night in the NHL yesterday, with the eight games throwing up plenty of goals, excitement, a wealth of impressive comebacks and the odd shock. There was even time for an ownership appreciation ceremony, a couple of Stanley Cup hats and one individual drawing a bruin on his face.

Stanley Cup finalists’ and perennial winners Boston, with Louis Eriksson and Jarome Iginla in their line-up, opened their new campaign at TD Garden against a Tampa Bay Lightning side looking to improve on an abject display last year. The Penguins also looked to start their quest for the cup with a victory, against a New Jersey Devils team whose off-season had been devastated by the retirement of star Ilya Kolvachuk.

Meanwhile, a young Florida Panthers, with the exception of newly acquired goaltender Tim Thomas, were looking to ruin the start of the Dallas Stars’ new era and coaches Alain Vigneault and John Tortorella took charge of each-other’s former team for the first time; with the Rangers taking on the Coyotes in an emotional night in Arizona and the Canucks heading to the Shark Tank to face San Jose.

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NHL Returns – Puck drops on a new season

The Blackhawks celebrate last year's triumph by raising  the traditional commemorative banner to the rafters at United Centre. (Image courtesy of news.yahoo.com.)

The Blackhawks celebrate last year’s triumph by raising
the traditional commemorative banner to the rafters at United Centre.
(Image courtesy of news.yahoo.com.)

Y esterday, the 2013-14 NHL season began with an almighty bang, a distinct lack of defence from the teams involved and most importantly, the chants of faithful fans, emerging from their summer stupor in legions and bathing in the chance to see their teams on the ice again.

This post reflects on the thrilling match-ups from opening night. At the Bell Centre, historic foes Toronto and Montreal clashed in a feast of goals. Meanwhile in Chicago, the Blackhawks raised their Stanley Cup banner before battling the Washington Capitals and last but not least, two Canadian teams looking to improve on disappointing campaigns last year faced-off in Edmonton; new Oil head coach Dallas Eakins’ first regular season game in charge was the visit of the Winnipeg Jets.

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