This Week: 14th October
There was one story dominating this week but coaches too have been in the spot light and there was some good news for one of the smaller teams too.
Campbell Suspended for 47 Games
Hull Stingrays forward Derek Campbell was handed a 47 game suspension for by EIHL head of discipline Moray Hanson. Campbellâ€™s ban for excessive force, kneeing to head, attempted eye gouging and fighting of the ice during the Stingrays home game with the Dundee Stars. Campbell was subsequently released by the Hull Stingrays with immediate effect. Campbell who has also iced with Manchester, Sheffield Steelers, Coventry Blaze and the Sheffield Steeldogs during a British career that had won him plaudits for his physical play and his consistent point scoring.
Tigers Look to Roar with New Owners
Telford Tigers are looking to the future have securing a new owner. Red Hockey Limited who are head up by the Tigers sponsor Red Media Limited have taken over from the supporter led Tigers Society who rescued the club in 2010. It is a major boost for the Shropshire side who have survived on a shoe string budget and is a boost for the EPL as it will secure the present numbers of teams in the league.
Is Doug Under Threat?
Last week it was the Cardiff Devils poor start to the season that left Gerard Adams in the spotlight. So much so that Devils owner Paul Regan had to publish a statement supporting him. Now though the attention is turning to the Sheffield Steelers head coach. Doug Christiansen took over at the Motorpoint in the summer but has had a difficult start to the season. Going into Sundayâ€™s home game with the Cardiff Devils the Steelers had a 2 and 3 record. But it could have been worse with the Steelers trailing 1-0 in midweek to table topping Dundee 2 goals in 2 minutes in the third period turned the game around. Christiansenâ€™s team did bounce back on Sunday after a defeat in Belfast with a 6-3 over Cardiff that will strafe of any doubters for little bit longer.
With the league season now established sides are starting to show their true potential. In EIHL Belfast showed what they were capable off with a win over the Sheffield Steelers and followed that with a win in Coventry for a 4 point haul over teams that will not be settling for mid table.
In the EPL too the Manchester Phoenix and the Guildford Flames showed it will be a tight season at the top between them. In back to back games between the sides the wins were split leaving Manchester on top for now but they will need to prove themselves next week against the Basingstoke Bison.
Coming up this next week there is midweek action in the EIHL as the Belfast Giants travel to Cardiff on Thursday but pick of the EIHL action is on Sunday. Belfast are visitors to the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield with the Steelers being to turn things around and the Giants starting to show their championship potential. There is also the Forth Derby in Edinburgh with both Capitals and the Flyers need to get some wins.
In the EPL high flying Manchester have another opportunity to show their intent this season as they travel to third placed Basingstoke on Saturday. Another game that will interesting to watch will be the Swindon Wildcats facing the Milton Keynes Lightning as both teams have had an inconsistent start to the season.
The National League program next week throws up a curious match up between the Manchester Minotaurs and the Telford Titans. The Titans showed a remarkable change of form over the weekend to lose to table topping Billingham by one goal and the Minotaurs should prove a more even match. On Sunday though the pick of the action is in the Moralee Conference with Solway travelling to Blackburn and Sutton heading to Hillheads to face Whitley Bay.