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By Emma Hill
As one of the biggest talent pools in British ice hockey, the National Ice Hockey League, or the English National League as it was formerly known, prides itself on the production and deliverance of up and coming talent to the EPL and the Elite League. The question is, just how successful is the NIHL as a development league and exactly how much talent has it integrated into the highest tiers of British ice hockey over the last few years?
Scheduled for January 1st 2016, the Winter Classic between the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens will be held at Gillette stadium in Massachusetts. Below are some videos about the lead up to the game.
Here is the link to the youtube playlist – Road to the NHL Winter Classic
With the enforcer role becoming one that is seriously considered in the NIHL, what is it that makes this player type so desirable and how are such characters set apart from the archetypal ‘troublemaker’?
Much has been made about the recent woes of Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier in both local and national press, with the former 1st round draft pick posting an 0-8-1 record in nine games so far this season.
By Jonathan Cowley
As the San Jose Sharks got ready to roll into Edmonton to face former coach Todd McLellan and the Oilers on Wednesday, they faced an unusual prospect. Not only were they facing their previous coach for the first time, but they were about to run into somewhat of a surprise package. Edmonton has a hot goalie, and his name is Anders Nilsson.
Upon the completion of the 2015-16 NHL season, and Stanley Cup playoffs, we get to look forward to the 2016 Entry Draft, in which a talented young Englishman will be eligible for selection.
17 year old Samuel Duggan, from Reading, will turn 18 in July, qualifying him for next year’s draft.
With Callum Queenan, Duncan Speirs, Macaulay Heywood and Connor Glossop breaking through the ranks of junior ice hockey to feature in Tom Watkins’ GB Under 20s squad, just how vital are junior players to teams in the NIHL’s Moralee and Laidler conferences?