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1PS Podcast – On the Road Again

The One Puck Short Podcast goes back to its roots with an episode recorded on the road!

Team GB’s slimmed down squad comes under the microscope, with pre-World Championship games against Poland on the horizon, while the NHL playoff race is in full swing on the other side of the pond.

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GB’s O’Connor Scores Slick Penalty Shot Goal

It’s the goal that swept across the internet; featuring on Puck Daddy, Bar Down and a whole heap of other hockey sites.

If somehow you missed it; here’s Team GB’s Ben O’Connor pulling off an immense move on a penalty shot against South Korea yesterday:

O’Connor’s slick finish proved to be the game winner, with GB topping their opponents 3-2 at the World Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands. It also moved them in to pole position in Division 1 Group B with 8 points.

After regulation wins over Estonia and South Korea, and an overtime victory against Croatia, GB face hosts the Netherlands on Saturday before (hopefully) going for gold on Sunday against Lithuania.

You can follow the teams progress on Twitter @TeamGBicehockey

1PS also caught up with Team GB #1 Ben Bowns before the tournament – you can read the interview here

Bowns Ready for World Championship Test

With a new Head Coach and some fresh blood in the line up; Team GB’s 2015 World Championship campaign begins tomorrow against 2014 silver medallists Croatia.

With five games in the space of just six days, the tournament is intense and leaves little room for error – but puck stopper Ben Bowns believes Great Britain are up to the challenge.

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Team GB Name World Championship Roster

New Great Britain Coach Pete Russell has named his final 23-man roster for the Division 1 Group B World Championship tournament in Eindhoven, Netherlands between April 13th and 19th.

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Lack of Accountability Killing British Game

As if British hockey hadn’t already received enough of a bloody nose on the international stage, losing to ‘inferior’ nations like Croatia and Lithuania at the recent World Championships, it has now come to light the Under 20 side will be relegate from Division 1B after registering an ineligible player for the tournament in December.

Blue liner Adam Jones was ‘mistakenly’ registered for Team GB for the competition in Dumfries, and when the U18 tournament rolled around the error was discovered.

So what’s the outcome of this? Who is accountable? And what will be done?

Nothing apparently. British hockey in a nutshell.

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One Puck Short Podcast – Rule Britannia?

In part 2 of this weeks special double header of the One Puck Short Podcast; Patrick Smyth, host of A View From the Bridge (The Official Podcast of the Belfast Giants), joins me to talk about the British game!

A subject very close to the hearts of Paddy and I, we discussed:

  • Team GB’s performance in Lithuania at the World Championships
  • Player Development in the UK
  • The need for a goal and leadership in the British game
  • Will one players success abroad inspire others?

You can listen to the podcast now on Spreaker; or you can find The One Puck Short Podcast on iTunes, so you never miss an episode!

You can find Part 1, where we discuss the first round of the NHL play-offs, here.

Thanks to Patrick for joining me. You can follow him on Twitter @PatrickSmyth. You can also follow A View From The Bridge at @AVFTB.

As always; any questions, comments or thoughts on the NHL, the British game or anything else hockey related can be fired across to me on Twitter, @RobMcGregor35, or you can email

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The Secret is Out

For those that didn’t already know, the secret is out – Great Britain isn’t quite as good as people seem to think it is on the international stage.

Today’s 4-0 loss to Croatia was the ninth straight defeat for Team GB; for some it represented a new low, as Doug Christiansen’s side went down to a side ranked ten places below them. For others, this had been coming for some time.

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