Last week I took a look at the UK’s Elite Ice Hockey League, and so I thought it might be fun to turn this into a world tour by starting up a series about leagues in countries some of us may not know as much about. If you’re anything like me, even just a little bit, it’s always fun to get to know a new sporting culture and learn something that can either open a new door for you or make you appreciate the league you know and love even more. So, round two of this journey takes us to a place where I hope to log some serious vacation hours in years to come, glorious Spain.
Monthly Archives: January 2014
There was a time when magical moments on the ice were a regular occurrence in Edmonton, the glory days of the 80s raining manna from heaven upon the fans of perhaps the most talented hockey team ever to grace frozen water.
Those heady days of championship wins, cup rings, scoring records, trophies and parades gave way to heartbreak and dark days.
Then came the Little Team That Could: little in talent, but big on passion, will to win and purpose, culminating in one glorious spring that reignited the passions of Oiler fans everywhere.
Once again, heartbreak and dark days, the Little Team dispersing and becoming those that couldn’t, dragged into descent by Satan’s sleigh ever further into Hockey Hell.
But every so often, every once in a wonderful while, the Hockey Gods smile upon the natives of Oil Country, offering hope of perhaps brighter days ahead.
A whole bunch of trade news this week, as action starts to heat up (a) in the run up to the Olympic roster freeze (February 7th-23rd) and (b) in the time remaining before the subsequent NHL trade deadline (March 5th).
The National Hockey League, and many other leagues around the world have come far in terms of staging outdoor matches and it’s only continuing to grow. I’m excited to see the NHL take it the game to Dodger Stadium and Yankee Stadium this weekend; it will really be a treat for those fans.
The Anaheim vs Los Angeles event at Dodger is by far the greatest leap of faith they have taken in planning a game outside, and if it’s a success, it will surely open the door for far more outdoor games in non-traditional markets. A very exciting thought for sure. Here’s a list I’ve assembled of some I’d like to see, not just here in North America, but also abroad.
Now that a sizeable chunk of this NHL season is completed, it seems like a good time to see how some of the most high-profile UFA signings of the last offseason are panning-out. I’m going to analyse the numbers for the big-money signings, and in my next post I’ll take a look at how some of the value signings are performing by comparison.
Editor’s Note: As part of our increasing coverage of ice hockey in the United Kingdom one of our newest writers, Dylan, continues to take us all on a journey around European hockey. In this edition, he explores the EIHL and what makes it such an interesting and entertaining league to follow.
Further to this, don’t hesitate to take a gander at David Elson’s Mid-Season EIHL report for an update on the league as it stands.
When my journey into international hockey began, it began with the Elite Ice Hockey League (UK). Hockey is my long time sport, but a few years back I was getting more into soccer and reading up on Premier League and Football League Championship relegation practices; I was specifically interested in Nottingham Forest.
After some YouTube searches for football highlights, I stumbled upon a reel featuring the Nottingham Panthers – I think it was a summary of a playoff match against Sheffield, well known rivals. The footage panned across the crowd and I was impressed to see such a showing of enthusiasm for the game in a country not exactly known for its hockey prowess.
I studied Sociology in college and have always been intrigued by culture and geography, so it was a natural fit to combine that passion with my love of the game. Sports in the United Kingdom were always an interest of mine, but how did I not know they had such fantastic professional hockey?
Thanks to other commitments, I haven’t been able to touch on this week’s busy news cycle until now, so our apologies for that. There has of course been a lot going on the last couple of weeks, particularly with regard to the Olympic Rosters being finalised for all participating teams. As I did with the Team USA Forwards, I will be analysing all 12 teams, so keep an eye out for that. For now however, I will be concentrating briefly on the main stories out of the NHL.