Elite Ice Hockey League

    BETTERIDGE: WE CANNOT REST ON OUR LAURELS

    Date:04/26/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Great Britain forward Ollie Betteridge is delighted with the progress of the national team in the World Championships so far – but has urged his team-mates not to lose focus. As Pete Russell’s side head into their second rest day, they have two wins from three, with two big games to come against Italy and hosts Hungary. And the Nottingham Panthers man was pleased to pick up his first...


    RICHARDSON PLEASED AT CHARACTER IN POLAND WIN

    Date:04/25/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Great Britain defenceman Mark Richardson says he was pleased at how the team came together to secure the 5-3 win over Poland in the World Championships. Richardson, who made his 75th appearance for his country, picked up an assist in the opening goal by Brett Perlini to help GB on their way. And he spoke of his pride at reaching such a milestone and how much he enjoys playing for the nation...


    O’CONNOR DESCRIBES ‘SPECIAL’ GOAL

    Date:04/25/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Great Britain defenceman Ben O'Connor says his game-winning goal against Poland was a ‘special way’ to mark his 50th international appearance. The Sheffield Steelers D-man struck one from the blueline as GB made it two wins from three in the World Championships Division 1 Group A section in Budapest. And he revealed there was a frank discussion at the second interval which led to...


    RESULT: GREAT BRITAIN 5 POLAND 3

    Date:04/25/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Great Britain head coach Pete Russell paid tribute to his players after picking up their second win in three games with a 5-3 victory over Poland in Budapest. The result sees GB in third place after three games in Division 1 Group A, but level on six points with leaders Kazakhstan and Italy. And Russell was on hand to deliver with the plaudits post game as his team racked up another impressive v...


    WATTERS RETURNS TO REINGITE FLAMES

    Date:04/25/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Guildford Flames coach Paul Dixon says every reference he received about forward Ian Watters was right as he welcomes him back to the Spectrum for a second season. The 26-year-old winger impressed last season in his – and the club’s – first Elite League campaign. And Dixon admits Watters exceeded expectations in a successful that saw the Flames reach the play-offs. &ldquo...


    GARRIGAN SEALS MOVE HOME TO DUNDEE

    Date:04/25/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Dundee Stars coach Omar Pacha says he’s looking forward to working with promising youngster Craig Garrigan after he returned home. The 20-year-old, from the city, comes back after four years in North America, the last two with NA3HL side Skyland Kings. And Pacha believes the Scot has what it takes to succeed at the Stars and can be an asset. “Craig is a very fast and skilful player ...


    GB DUO RECEIVE LANDMARK PRESENTATIONS

    Date:04/25/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Great Britain duo Mark Richardson and Ben O’Connor received special presentations to mark landmark appearances prior to today’s game with Poland. Cardiff Devils defenceman Mark Richardson received a special 75th cap, the ninth player to reach that landmark while Sheffield Steelers blueliner Ben O'Connor was awarded his 50th cap, the 24th player to get there. Both players were pre...


    FERRARA PROUD OVER FIRST GB GOAL

    Date:04/24/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Great Britain forward Luke Ferrara says he’ll never forget his first goal for his country – but admitted disappointment that it wasn’t part of a win for the team. The Coventry Blaze man netted in the early stages to put them in front in the World Championship second game against Kazakhstan, with the opponents finishing 6-1 winners. However it didn’t detract from Ferr...


    PHILLIPS UPBEAT DESPITE GB LOSS

    Date:04/24/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Great Britain captain Jonathan Phillips reckons there is no shame in losing to Kazakhstan and believes his team performed well despite the 6-1 scoreline. It was a sobering result for GB after Sunday’s 3-1 win over Slovenia, as they head into tomorrow’s game with Poland with a win and a loss so far. And the Sheffield Steelers talisman insists the team will be ready for the third game ...


    RESULT: GREAT BRITAIN 1 KAZAKHSTAN 6

    Date:04/24/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Luke Ferrara’s early marker for Great Britain to continue from where they left off, but found themselves beaten as Kazakhstan won 6-1 in this World Championship encounter. Both teams had opening wins on Sunday and looked to make it two in a row, but it was GB who came up short in Budapest. Coventry Blaze forward Ferrara got his first GB goal when he fired home from the slot with just under...


    PERLINI PLEASED AT GB CONTRIBUTION

    Date:04/24/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Great Britain forward Brett Perlini says he was pleased to play such a key role in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Slovenia. With game two against Kazakhstan very much on the horizon, the Nottingham Panthers player scored the third and clinching goal in such a big win against a team ranked 15th in the world. And he believes the confidence gained from that result can take them into today’s game...


    BROOKS MINDFUL OF KAZAKH'S SPEED

    Date:04/23/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Great Britain forward Brendan Brooks has warned of the speed among the ranks of the Kazakhstan players ahead of their World Championship meeting on Tuesday. Pete Russell’s side will be hopeful of a second straight win to follow on from Sunday’s impressive 3-1 scalping of Slovenia. And Brooks reckons there is a confidence among the squad that they can do well this week. “They a...


    SHIELDS: GB ‘WON’T GET CARRIED AWAY” BY BIG WIN

    Date:04/22/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Great Britain forward Colin Shields insists his team won’t get ahead of themselves after stunning Slovenia with a 3-1 win in Budapest in the opening game of the World Championships. The Belfast Giants man picked up his 85th cap as Pete Russell’s side got the best possible start to the Division 1 Group A campaign. And Shields believes there can be a lot of momentum taken from such a l...


    LACHOWICZ REFLECTS ON ‘SPECIAL’ VICTORY

    Date:04/22/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    GB forward Robert Lachowicz says Sunday’s 3-1 win over Slovenia in the World Championship Division 1 Group A was one of the most special games in his international career. The Nottingham Panthers forward played a part in the win that gave Pete Russell’s men the perfect start to their campaign this year. And Lachowicz says there are so many positives to take as they look ahead to the ...


    DOWD HAILS GB SPIRIT AFTER MASSIVE WIN

    Date:04/22/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Great Britain forward Robert Dowd hailed the team’s spirit and character after defeating group favourites Slovenia in the World Championships in Budapest. The Sheffield Steelers forward got the game-winning goal in the 3-1 win as GB took a major scalp against a team who competed in the Winter Olympics earlier this year. But Dowd has reminded of the fact there are four more games to come in...


    RESULT: GREAT BRITAIN 3 SLOVENIA 1

    Date:04/22/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Great Britain stunned Winter Olympic participants Slovenia to take the points in a 3-1 win to start the World Championship campaign in the best possible way. The Slovenians are ranked 15th in the world and this outcome must surely rank as one of the best results for the national team in recent years. And the goals from Ben O’Connor, Robert Dowd and Brett Perlini, on his international debut...


    KIRK ENJOYING ‘AMAZING EXPERIENCE’ WITH GB

    Date:04/21/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Great Britain forward Liam Kirk is looking forward to the step up when he makes his senior team debut on Sunday. The 18-year-old comes in after winning a gold medal with the Under 18’s at the start of the month. But the Sheffield Steelers youngster has already observed the step up in quality before GB begin their campaign against Slovenia on Sunday. “It has been very special so far ...


    LEE: WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS HAS A ‘SPECIAL FEEL’

    Date:04/21/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Great Britain defenceman Stevie Lee reckoning this tournament has a ‘special feel’ about it on the eve of Sunday’s opening game. The Nottingham Panthers captain, who re-signed for the club earlier this week, is part of Pete Russell’s side as they look to build on last year’s success in Belfast. And Lee is pleased about making the step up to Division 1 Group A, ...


    BOWNS SET FOR TOUGH SLOVENIA TEST

    Date:04/21/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Great Britain netminder Ben Bowns says it will be a tough task for the team in Budapest this week, but is looking forward to the challenge ahead. GB will begin their World Championship Division 1 Group A campaign against Slovenia in the opening game of this year’s competition And the Cardiff Devils netminder says the squad have had a good couple of days of practice ahead of Sunday’s ...


    CAPTAIN LEE SEALS RETURN FOR PANTHERS

    Date:04/20/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Nottingham Panthers have announced the return of captain Steve Lee for the new season.   The 27-year-old joined the Panthers in 2009 from Hull Stingrays and has amassed over 600 appearances in all Elite League competitions.   He also becomes the first signing for new coach Rich Chernomaz, who was announced as Corey Neilson’s successor earlier this week.   In announcing t...


    MURPHY WANTS MORE GLORY FOR GIANTS

    Date:04/20/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Belfast Giants forward Darcy Murphy wants to bring more silverware to the club after doing it last season with the Challenge Cup. The 25-year-old has agreed to another campaign in teal and becomes the first name on the roster for the new season as coach Adam Keefe begins his recruitment drive. And Murphy admits to loving his time in Northern Ireland in a season where they delivered a trophy in K...


    PACHA: DOW CAN BE A STAR IN DUNDEE

    Date:04/20/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Dundee Stars coach Omar Pacha reckons new signing Drydn Dow can be a success after becoming the first new face in their roster. The 25-year-old is turning pro after five years with the University of Calgary team and becomes the fourth signing of a busy summer so far for Pacha. And the Stars coach outlined the qualities Dow has that will serve him well in the season ahead. “We’re ext...


    LAKE EYEING UP SILVERWARE FOR BLAZE

    Date:04/19/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Returning Coventry Blaze forward Ben Lake reckons a repeat of their late season form that got them to the play-offs can help them challenge for honours. The 27-year-old has agreed a return to the Skydome, the third player to do so as Danny Stewart starts to shape his team for the campaign ahead. And Lake says he was grateful for the opportunity to play regularly, which was a factor in his decisi...


    DIXON DELIGHTED BY RETURN OF 'KEY PLAYER' DAVIES

    Date:04/19/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Guildford Flames coach Paul Dixon says returning forward Ben Davies was a big part of their success last season. The Welshman, currently on international duty with GB at the World Championships was an ever-present as Flames reached the play-offs in their first Elite League campaign. And Dixon is pleased to have him back, labelling him a ‘key player’ after moving from Coventry Blaze l...


    STEWART HOPING FOR NATIONAL TIME FOR CLEMENTS

    Date:04/19/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Coventry Blaze head coach Danny Stewart hopes returning defenceman David Clements will be knocking at the door of the GB national team after agreeing on a two-year deal. The 23-year-old has committed to another couple of years at the Skydome, where he has established himself under Stewart. And the coach says he’s improved following regular ice time in the last couple of years. “Davi...


    SULLIVAN GLAD TO LIVE HIS GB DREAM

    Date:04/19/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Great Britain defenceman Zach Sullivan admits he was shocked to be included in Pete Russell’s squad for this week’s World Championship – now he wants to impress. The Braehead Clan stalwart is set for his first crack at senior international level when he travels to Budapest for the Division 1 Group A campaign, which starts on Sunday. And he’s viewing it as a great developm...


    GUTWALD RETURNS FOR BRAEHEAD

    Date:04/18/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Braehead Clan coach Pete Russell says the return of defenceman Michal Gutwald will help give him flexibility in his roster. The 24-year-old is the first of last season’s team to confirm for another campaign after signing for the club last November. And Russell was pleased with the feedback he got on the Czech Republic native as he secured his third signing so far. "I’m delighte...


    DAVIES: WE'RE UP FOR GB WORLDS CAMPAIGN

    Date:04/18/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Guildford Flames forward Ben Davies says the GB camp is upbeat as they prepare to travel to Budapest for the World Championships. The Welsh forward is back in the national fold after missing the last two campaigns and featured in Sunday’s 7-2 loss to Lithuania. And he says he and the rest of the team want to hit the ground running when they take on Slovenia in Sunday’s opening game. ...


    RUSSELL DELIGHT OVER FITZGERALD RETURN

    Date:04/17/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    Braehead Clan coach Pete Russell says the club have a ‘warrior’ in returning defenceman Zack Fitzgerald, who has signed from Sheffield Steelers. The 32-year-old has spent the last three years with Paul Thompson’s side, with whom he won the Elite League title and the play-offs. And Russell also explained the decision behind making him the new captain, taking the ‘C’ ...


    ELITE LEAGUE STATEMENT

    Date:04/17/2018   Source:Elite Ice Hockey League  

    The EIHL Board met on Tuesday for their regular monthly meeting. The EIHL discussed in detail the issues relating to the Edinburgh Capitals and the ice time agreement at Murrayfield Ice Rink. The league can confirm that it has received an application from Racers Leisure Ltd for inclusion in the Elite League starting in the 2018/19 season.   The EIHL has today written to all interested...