Ovi, Crosby, Matthews We Are Coming For You
So who has recovered from Saturdays drama in Hungary? Seemingly not many people if the Team GB feel good tweets are anything to go by.
Whilst we all feel great about moving up to the World Championships next year what happens now that Team GB and British ice hockey. Well we hope that the Elite League and NIHL PR machine kicks into full force. For 2 weeks in Slovakia next year British ice hockey will be in full view of the world playing against some of the biggest stars in the world.
It is the perfect chance to entice new sponsors and get new bums on seats in arenas across the country. It could also attract better quality to the EIHL with players more aware of the quality of players in the league. Perhaps the Worlds will provide a shop window for some of our players to get a change in the KHL, SHL or North America. Will GB be competitive perhaps not but with some training camps and a longer break between the playoff final and start of the Worlds there i
s more preparation time. It also the perfect excuse to get rid of the “who cares” 3rd place playoff at the Finals and replace it with a GB side against an EIHL select team or a select team made up of the losing semifinalists.
The biggest thing though is that the EIHL and NIHL are in media and using the interest from the promotion to sell the game in the UK. Sadly though we could be looking at the sport shooting themselves in the foot again as the Edinburgh Capitals situation descends into confusion for those on the outside.
questions about the EIHL structure.
After the Hand brothers won the ice time tender at Murrayfield their Racers side were denied entry to the EIHL but no reason was given. Nor have they made any other announcements on other bids. It now looks like Hull Pirates will be set to take the Capitals spot but that then leads to yet another shake up in the structure. If Hull do move up to the EIHL it leaves
What would happen to the conference system? Would Hull return to the Gardiner Conference with the Scottish sides or would there be a bigger shake up? And what would happen in NIHL? Where would that leave the Moralee Conference?
Last summer was a horrid summer with the collapse of the EPL and structures changing several times. It was not good for the GB ice hockey brand and not good for the fans as rumours swirled and fingers pointed. Really if British ice hockey is to make most of its spot in the World Championships it needs some consistency and any chances domestically well communicated.
The Capitals saga will continue yet so lets still enjoy the Team GB success.