As a new ice hockey season dawns, NIHL fans leave behind a summer which brought about the shocking collapse of Sheffield Spartans, the drastic transformation of last seasons’ league leaders and the introduction of five new imports to the Moralee Conference in preparation for the rollercoaster-of-a-campaign which lies ahead.
Category Archives: NIHL
When Team GB made the trip to the World Championships in Zagreb last month, it was clear that the Northern connection was at full strength. Travelling to Croatia with former Vipers Jonathan Weaver and Colin Shields, reserve netminder and one-time Warrior Thomas Murdy, ex-Jester David Clarke and Durham-born Assistant Coach Tom Watkins, former Billingham Bomber Robert Dowd completed Pete Russell’s squad following a return from injury which had previously prevented the forward from competing at the 2018 Winter Olympic pre-qualifying tournament in Cortina back in February.
With so many of these individuals having an influence in games on the world stage, here’s what the Northern Stars have to offer GB…
Though only a month has passed since playoff weekend, there has already been several adjustments made to teams in NIHL North Division One, with much discussion surrounding the departure of key players from Moralee champions Blackburn Hawks.
Setting himself the challenge to raise at least £20,000 for a cause close to his heart, Barons’ captain Rob Eley has taken to the ice for one last time to conclude his testimonial season with the club he has served for over a decade.
Emma Hill reviews the NIHL North Playoff Weekend from 9th-10th April.
With the NIHL North playoffs fast approaching, just who are the contenders in the Moralee and Laidler Conferences and what have they brought to the ice this season?
Whilst the presence of imports in British Ice Hockey is a topic widely discussed by coaches, players and fans alike, the icing of British ice hockey players abroad is a theme largely overlooked within the sport.