Three of the guys are back and Aaron is off being a tired, tired new father! This time around we talk coaching, try to make sense (again) of the NIHL, Russian conspiracies, linesman throwing, seizure inducing three-way interactive hockey and goal scoring netminders.
Lightning hope for strike of luck with new coach
MK Lightning have named their new coach as Doug McKay, of former Maple Leafs and NJ Devils’ fame.
Panthers’ Clarke to hang up the skates at the end of the season
David Clarke has announced his intention to retire from hockey at the end of this season and has immediately ruled himself out of international duties for GB. A storied career comes to an end, well done Clarkey.
NIHL…..stuff happened…..we think…..
So from what we could find, it seems that three out of the four NIHL conference (?) titles were decided over the weekend past, with Basingstoke Bison, Sutton Sting and Sheffield Steeldogs picking up top spots in their respective competitions. If anyone knows what’s going on in the fourth can you let us know, please?!
Seattle – sealed deal
With a stellar Season Ticket pre-sales, it’s pretty much a done deal – so who’s a Seattle fan already?!
Read about their season ticket sale here.
Interfering with the rough rule book…
Goaltending interference has been a hot topic recently and with a questionable decision in Toronto, it’s become one that the NHL has committed to reviewing in the off-season.
Take a look at the goal that led to this, and Mike Babcock having a giggle at the ridiculousness of it all!
Korrupt Hockey League?
The KHL is being used as a political tool by Vladamir Putin? Surely not! Well, actually…maybe it is…have a read of this and see what you think yourself.
1/ So, here is what's happening in the KHL, for those who still can't quite grasp the banality of evil, Russian style… The entire league has been set up this year to allow SKA to win. It's Putin's team, this is Putin's election year, it's chock full of OAR Olympians…
— Slava Malamud (@SlavaMalamud) March 8, 2018
click the tweet to read the whole thread.
Who skates on a rink and is gaudy as hell?
Check out these beauts of jerseys worn by the Indy Fuel and Cincinnati Cyclones (home of former EIHL coach Marc Leflevbre!
F is for friends who do stuff together
U is for you and me
E is for everyone should come to our #NickelodeonNight tomorrow
(The L is hopefully for the @CincyCyclones) pic.twitter.com/rbgdUhVTFo
— Indy Fuel (@IndyFuel) March 8, 2018
Throw down…the lino?
Not something we see everyday, but players getting (mildly) physical with the stripeys is always a little funny (right?), especially when they make it look this easy!
A three way ‘table-top’ hockey VR game from Sony….yeah, glad it’s still in development!
Ice for 251 hours at -30 degrees….until done…(in Oilerville? come on John!)
Some awesome human beings doing some epic hockey charity work! 251 hours of hockey in sub-freezing temperatures? it’s nothing to these guys as they raise money (and lots of it) for great causes!
John – Star Game
There can only be one! It’s THAT Challenge Cup win for the Belfast Giants!
Dave – Star Goal
The Checkers’ netminder gets his second goal in two seasons in the AHL, and doesn’t miss his chance to celebrate this time!
Marty – Star Goal
NCAA side St. Cloud State’s Ryan Poehling goes between the legs for a stunning goal v North Dakota (skip to 1:12 to see it).
NIHL pass out more big bans for big (dirty) hits
Another NIHL player sees big digits in the suspension numbers following a hit to the head.
The guys also discuss the language used in the NIHL’s press releases, and wonder how the EIHL has measured up with them this season on discipline…
EIHL gives out just a few bans this time around
Matthew and Jonathan both asked us what we thought of the recent level of officiating in the EIHL, and specifically since the introduction of the 4-man system.
Do you think after what we seen in the Refs on Sat night against the Clan.Should the league have got new made up Refs trainning before starting 4 man system?It was a very poor showing.
— Jonathan Hughes. (@CRUES1) March 12, 2018
Near 3 months of 4 man system in eihl what’s your thoughts on how is doing ? The new ‘junior’ refs are they pretty much threw in and not really giving any structure to help them develop by the looks of weekends game at sse …
— matthew patton (@matthewpatton1) March 12, 2018
[SPOILER ALERT] we think it needs work!
Jo asked us whether its too early to be talking about a conference title after the Challenge Cup win for the Giants.
Ssssshhhhh!!!! Stop it!!!! pic.twitter.com/hYAp66rEV8
— Door 14 Hockey (@Door14Hockey) March 12, 2018
That pretty much sums up our answer Jo!