This Week 21st December

2014-Ice-Hockey-jerseys-Canadiens-12-Dickie-Moore-jersey-Canadiens-Moore-jerseys-size-M-XXXL-embroidedThis week we would like to start by wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and happy holidays. Also we would like to extend our sympathies and thoughts to the friends and family of Montreal
Canadiens and 6 time Stanley Cup winner Dickie Moore who passed on Saturday at the age of 84.

At home the Christmas period is a time for big results and also a few changes.

Blaze Strengthen D with Isaacs

The Coventry Blaze have signed former Dundee Stars defenseman James Isaacs on a short term deal. Long term it could be a spot filled long term by Kyle Hardy who was released by the Panthers this week.

Ozolins Returns to UK

Top EPL sniper Janis Ozolins has returned to the UK with Guildford this week having started the season in his native Latvia with HK Mogo.

GB Youngsters Return with Bronze

The GB youngsters returned from their U20’s World Championship with a Bronze Medal. They missed out on promotion to hosts France and Poland who gained the silver medal.

EIHL

The Cardiff Devils win in Nottingham on Saturday night made sure the Welshmen will be top of the EIHL table at Christmas. At the bottom of the table a 4 point weekend with wins over Dundee and Sheffield have ensured the Coventry Blaze will be off the foot at Christmas. There wins are the Manchester Storms loss as they failed to pick up a point and will be on the foot of the table this year. 2 Conference wins for the Dundee Stars ensure they top the Gardiner Conference whilst Cardiff will top the Erhardt Conference this Christmas

EPL

It was a very good night on Saturday for the Peterborough Phantoms. A win for them over the Flames and surprise losses for the MK Lightning and Basingstoke was enough to send them 5 points clear and ensure they will be top of the table at Christmas.

On Sunday Peterborough strengthened that position by defeating the Manchester Phoenix on penalties taking advantage of the MK Lightning not in action.

Neil Tucker

Neil has written on ice hockey for many websites concentrating on British ice hockey mostly. Neil also covers ice hockey in other countries and organises his Blueliner Hockey Tour. A graduate of the Manchester Metropolitan University Neil turned his hand to hockey writing in 2009. As well as contributing on Blueliner Hockey Neil has contributed to Get Real Hockey and Slapshot Magasine.

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