Around the Rinks: Barrasso set for step into unknown

Good morning hockey fans!

As ever, it’s time to take a few minutes and find out what’s been happening around the country as another action packed weekend begins to loom into view.

Sheffield Steelers coach Tom Barrasso gets ready for his first taste of an unfamiliar system in the play-offs when his team meet Cardiff Devils (Yorkshire Post)

Sheffield Steelers need to go for Cardiff Devils’ jugular this weekend, according to the Sheffield Star

Nottingham Panthers are building up to their play-off last eight clash with Fife Flyers with an update heading into the games, along with interviews with Robert Farmer and Patrick Munson about the games against Todd Dutiaume’s side.

Belfast Giants forward Colin Shields says he was blown away by the ovation he received from the fans after their win over Dundee Stars last Saturday (British Ice Hockey)

FreeSports commentator Aaron Murphy looks ahead to the four Elite League play-off quarter final ties and predicts his final four (British Ice Hockey)

Dundee Stars coach and GM Omar Pacha shares his reflections after their season ended last weekend (Dundee Stars)

Milton Keynes Lightning are holding an equipment sale later today (Milton Keynes Lightning) while their players left messages to the fans thanking them for their support:

Coventry Blaze are having a full team signing session on Sunday after their game with Belfast Giants at the Skydome (Coventry Blaze)

And the Blaze have provided all the information we need about the game this weekend as play-off hockey returns (Coventry Blaze)

Glasgow Clan are looking ahead to their play-off clash with Guildford Flames this weekend, but two more players have been added to the injury list.  However sales are good for the home leg on Sunday.

Beth Scoon opened her international duck for Great Britain in their opening Women’s World Championship game against Australia on Tuesday (Fife Today)

GB pair Shannon Douglas and Katie Marsden talk about their life in hockey and discuss their studies and hockey in North America ahead of today’s game with Slovenia

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