This Week 8th December

This week saw more movers and shakers on the benches as teams start looking ahead to the stretch. There was also a new face announced behind the bench.

 

Coventry Appoint Weber as New Head Coach

The Coventry Blaze announced this week that Chuck Weber will the clubs new head coach. Weber joins the side after a spells in the ECHL and AHL where he won 2 Kelly Cups before spending team in the KHL with Medvescak Zagreb.

 

Weber will join the club in the a few weeks and it can not come soon enough for the Blaze with their league form taking a hit on Saturday with a lose in Hull that leaves them distanced from the top half of the table.

 

Fischmon Enhances the Blaze

The Coventry Blaze are not waiting for their new coach to arrive before making changes. Minnesotan Trevor Fischmon joins the side after spending a long spell in Sweden with Mora.

 

Fussey Departs

Popular former GB international Owen Fussey has been released by the Guildford Flames this week. Fussey had iced 26 times for the Flames this season after spending 2 seasons with the Coventry Blaze in the EIHL.

 

4 Point Weekend Again

4 point weekends and the Edinburgh Capitals have not very often gone together. This season though the Capitals are taking advantage of the import quota increase to pick up points regularly. However 4 points for the Capitals is not good news for the Dundee Stars who now finds themselves looking up further at the Capitals and the playoffs.

 

It was also a 4 point weekend for the Cardiff Devils which is good but the real significance is that it meant no points for the Belfast Giants. The Giants now sit in fifth place after battling for the top spot behind the Devils and 6 points adrift of the Braehead Clan and Sheffield Steelers.

 

 

GB U20’s Take to the Stage

The GB U20’s entered their Division 2A campaign on Sunday. The youths play in Tallinn, Estonia this week against Lithuania, Korea, Romania, Estonia and the Netherlands. It was a top start for the side with 4-2 win over the Netherlands to top the group after day 1.

 

 

It is sad that we enter another update with our condolences to another hockey great’s family. Montreal Canadiens legendary captain and 10-time Stanley Cup winner Jean Beliveau passed away this week and as hockey is one family it is only fitting to send our thoughts to his family.

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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