Category Archives: EIHL

Team GB: The Northern Stars

When Team GB made the trip to the World Championships in Zagreb last month, it was clear that the Northern connection was at full strength. Travelling to Croatia with former Vipers Jonathan Weaver and Colin Shields, reserve netminder and one-time Warrior Thomas Murdy, ex-Jester David Clarke and Durham-born Assistant Coach Tom Watkins, former Billingham Bomber Robert Dowd completed Pete Russell’s squad following a return from injury which had previously prevented the forward from competing at the 2018 Winter Olympic pre-qualifying tournament in Cortina back in February.

With so many of these individuals having an influence in games on the world stage, here’s what the Northern Stars have to offer GB…

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Life on the Blue Line: The NIHL Defender

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Home to the powerful penalty killer, the long-distanced lamp lighter and the speculative shooter, the NIHL blue line has presented its fair share of defencemen over the years, but just how important is the role of NIHL defender and why is the hard work of blue liners so frequently overlooked?

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Hockey In London – Where To Get Your Pre-Christmas Fix

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So the nights are drawing in and the clocks are falling back, winter is on its way and well it’s the time the perfect time to go and see a game or two. I live in London so I’m just giving a small guide on where you can catch a few games.

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EIHL League Title: A Fight to the Finish

The Elite League title returns to Sheffield this season, but the title race was down to the wire.  It was a fight to the finish for the Sheffield Steelers, Cardiff Devils and Braehead Clan.

Heading into the weekend of 14th March, Sheffield knew that if they won their remaining four games they would take the league.  Braehead similarly needed to win their remaining games, but had to hope the Steelers fell down in just one of those four.

Cardiff, coming from behind to challenge Sheffield and Braehead, had the same hope.  Of those four games left for each team Braehead had the easier run; Sheffield and Cardiff were to meet twice in what could have lost the league for both teams.

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EIHL – The Challenge Cup – Match Reports

The Challenge Cup may well have been named the Panthers Cup, given that the Nottingham Panthers have won it seven times, and for the last five years.  In a change to the format of previous seasons, the Final was to be one game, rather than the aggregate home and away matches of old.

The Final was set for the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield on March 8th.

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EIHL: The Season So Far

With the bulk of the Challenge Cup qualifying done, the concentration for most teams has shifted to the league.  Ten games in to a 52 game season and some teams are finding their stride, while others are still struggling to find winning ways.

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