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November 14, 2017

As my adventure to the spiritual home country of hockey ends with me sat in seat 39G of Air Canada’s flight to London, I find myself at a loose end and able to start to reflect on what has been a trip of a lifetime. I really should mention that this trip wouldn’t have happened if not for my amazing fiancée Catherine either, so now that’s the mushy part…

October 30, 2017

 

So, I’ve been in Canada a little under a week now and I’ve been to my first ever NHL game at the Bell Centre (Centre Bell to the native Québécois Montrealers) and so far the hockey experience here has been very different to that I’ve experienced back home in Belfast.

Firstly, the scale of it is on another…

October 04, 2017

A few weeks ago, many of you will have read our prediction blogs on all three conferences.

 

Some of you may also have read the specific section in my (John’s) Erhardt Conference predictions blog concerning the Nottingham Panthers, which I have included for reference (click the photo to read the whole Erhardt prediction blog).

 

As you will undoubtedly note,…

October 02, 2017

It has been 25 years since District 5 skated onto our screens and became known worldwide as the Mighty Ducks. We watched in awe as Gordon Bombay lead a rag tag bunch of unlikely hockey players to not only become local Pee Wee champs, but also world champions.

It what has become a firm favourite hockey movie, Disney’s Might Ducks franchise was a monster hit, spawning three movies, a short-lived…

September 02, 2017

 

Last up we take a look at the last, and newest, conference in the form of the Patton Conference. We have already discussed the Patton conference with team fans and you can read that blog here. However let’s take a more in depth look at the conference and those all-important predictions.

Coventry Blaze

The Blaze had a really tough 2016/17 EIHL campaign. Not only did they struggle for most of…

September 01, 2017

So we’ve seen the Gardiner Conference reviewer by Marty. This time around John turns the attention to the Erhardt Conference, or as many are calling it; the Arena Teams.

The Belfast Giants, the Cardiff Devils, the Nottingham Panthers and the Sheffield Steelers will duke it out for conference silverware and perhaps even the league trophy itself, the Monteith Bowl. The four teams look to each other as the main competitors for…

August 31, 2017

This is it, with only days to go to the official start to the Elite League season and our first podcast done and dusted, we thought it would be a good idea to take a look at the league this year with its new teams and new Conference structure.

While exhibition games play a part in helping the teams shake of some rink rust and build together as a team…

August 14, 2017

With the first competitive games of the Hockey season coming in just over a weeks time, in the form of the CHL, we thought it would be a good time to look at the competition for the 2017/18 season. Wether your new to the competition or have watched it this last few seasons, here are 10 things you should know about the CHL:

10. The CHL started in the…

July 31, 2017
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With the start of the season just around the corner I thought it would be an idea to engage with some of the fans from around the league. So, I picked the Patton Conference as there was so much unknowns with 2 new team, Storm with new coach and the Blaze in rebuild mode after a disappointing season.

Starting by reaching out to each team using their official channels (Minus…

July 23, 2017
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As the 2017/18 season kicks off, it’ll officially be 10 years since I arrived in Belfast from a small place called Fife (some of you may have heard of it). Nine years since I got to know Marty, around eight since Dave finally accepted me into the group and seven since I took Aaron, a guy I’d met a handful of times before through the other two to a…