Whilst the final may have been contested between two old enemies; this year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi demonstrated both how far the women’s game has come in many other nations, and how the standard of goaltending has risen across the board.
It was, essentially, a ‘given’ that either Canada or Team USA would take home gold in the women’s hockey tournament – but where Amanda Kessel et al were the focus before the tournament, it was two European netminders who ultimately stole the show.
On this week’s One Puck Short Podcast, EIHA Development Strategy author Matt Lloyd joins me to discuss the proposal, what the motivations behind it are and how the recently announce IHUK ‘review’ of British hockey fits in to the landscape.
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Among other things, we’ll be looking at the proposed EIHA Development Strategy, the EIHL rule changes and our own hopes for the sport in the UK.
You can listen live from 6pm via the website – www.peterboroughcityradio.co.uk
Following the Elite League’s recent rule changes to the number of non-British trained players eligible in a game, I joined regular hosts Patrick, Davy and Neil on A View From The Bridge’s first off season show to discuss what the move means for the league and the sport in Great Britain.
From Steve Yzerman’s double overtime goal in ’96 to Cam Ward’s Cup final heroics in 2006, every post season has its moments which live on in hockey folklore forevermore. Careers can be forged, or destroyed, in the play-offs.
Claude Lemieux became a star, winning four Cups and a Conn Smythe trophy, whilst Marc Andre Fleury’s reputation may never recover. All off the back of their play-off performances.
The 2014 post season is fast becoming Corey Crawford’s coming out party – with the hockey world finally waking up to the Blackhawk’s stoppers talents.
The story of the New York Islanders sale continues to gather steam; with Sports Business Journal’s Chris Botta reporting that Andrew Barroway has lined up the necessary funds and investors to meet current owner Charles Wang’s asking price.
Botta has previously mentioned an “unwritten, non-binding understanding” that the asking price for the Islanders would be in the region of $400m; allowing Barroway to seek the support he would need to continue his flirtation with the franchise.
Whilst the hedge fund managers interest in the Isles excited many fans, the saga is far from over – nor is it as straight forward as it may have at first appeared.
On this weeks One Puck Short Podcast; I’m flying solo as the Conference Finals appear over the horizon.
In this episode, I look at:
- Montreal vs Boston
- Habs Cup chances
- Bruins next step
- Pittsburgh at a cross roads
- Who’ll win the battle of California
- Ducks goaltending controversy
- San Jose’s summer moves
- Islanders ownership situation
I always love to here from the wider hockey family – so any questions, comments or thoughts you might have on the NHL, the British game or anything else hockey related can be fired across to me on Twitter, @RobMcGregor35, or you can email email@example.com.
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