Cardiff Devils – The summer so far

The Cardiff Devils made their fifth signing announcement of the off-season yesterday when they confirmed that power forward Joey Haddad was back for his sixth season as a Devil. I thought it was time enough to look back at the first five signings, and see where the rest of the off-season will go. Joey Martin The Goat is back. There’s not much more that needs … Continue reading Cardiff Devils – The summer so far

An Unlikely Acquaintance

Through sports you can meet some amazing and inspirational figures, both on and off the ice (or field). This is true in Ice Hockey, where a communal atmosphere allows even rival fans to put their differences aside. During my work experience with the Champions Hockey League I had the pleasure of meeting one of these figures. Upon arriving in Växjö, Sweden, for the CHL final, … Continue reading An Unlikely Acquaintance

Sunday stat-check

Scoring Leaders Despite sitting 10th in the league, Coventry currently have the top goal-scorer in Marc-Olivier Vallerand who’s put the puck into the back of the net 24 times. Tied on most points is Mike Hammond of the Manchester Storm and Sebastien Sylvestre of the Belfast Giants on 56. Three out of the top five assisting players wear a Guildford shirt, with John Dunbar leading with 41. … Continue reading Sunday stat-check

Merry Christmas Cardiff Devils!

Normally, when I write for this page, I find myself having to write about a few poor results, or the importance of an upcoming fixture. But, as it’s Christmas, I thought I’d give all the Devils fans something to smile about, and perhaps the rest of the league something to worry about. I don’t tend to stream hockey games when I can’t make it to … Continue reading Merry Christmas Cardiff Devils!

“Where do DOPS go from here?”

After another intense weekend of hockey in the elite league, criticism towards the Department of Player Safety (DOPS) has escalated to a dangerous level with one player claiming that “safety is now in the hands of the players.” The catalyst behind the criticism follows the board’s ruling on Sheffield Steelers forward Colton Fretter, who was given a one match ban for charging against Belfast player … Continue reading “Where do DOPS go from here?”

Nice to see you, to see you ice…

After a year since its release in 2016, the hockey documentary ‘Ice Guardians’ is available on Netflix (regions may vary). Fighting veterans Brian McGrattan and Kevin Westgarth, who both endured one season spells in the Elite League, feature in the film which explores the controversial role of enforcers within the sport.

Described in the film as a dying breed, enforcers are quick to be scapegoated when it comes to injuries sustained within the sport. The documentary revealed that fighting in the NHL was only responsible for 5% of injuries that players suffered from with body checks being a more serious issue. Without enforcers, the film suggests that players are more susceptible to cheap physicality from opponents which can go unanswered if officials don’t spot it. They are also given the credit of helping some of the sport’s greatest players achieve their true potential. So why is the role being sacrificed?   Continue reading “Nice to see you, to see you ice…”