Around the Rinks – Fri 11 Jan 19

Good morning, hockey fans!

There’s a big weekend coming up domestically, continentally and internationally so we’ve done our best to round up all that’s going on in this handy piece.

Enough from us, let’s get started…

We start in Belfast as the Continental Cup begins today as the Giants look to become the second British team to win the competition in three years.  Former player Sebastien Sylvestre reckons to win it would mean everything to everyone connected with the club (British Ice Hockey)

Former Giant Chris Higgins is out of retirement and back with the club and joins them for this weekend’s Continental Cup trilogy, as he spoke to BBC Sport Northern Ireland

Nottingham Panthers defenceman Stevie Lee recalls his own experience of winning the Continental Cup and gives his verdict on Belfast’s chances (British Ice Hockey)

Information on how you can watch all the action from Northern Ireland can be found on the Belfast Giants website

GB Men’s senior head coach Pete Russell has named his squad to take on KHL side Dinamo Riga in an exhibition game in Coventry next month (Ice Hockey UK)

Dundee Stars forward Jordan Cownie was named in the GB squad and told us he has his sights firmly set on a place on the plane to the World Championships later this year (British Ice Hockey)

The GB Women’s Under 18 campaign resumes in Dumfries today when Cheryl Smith’s side take on China, but they enjoyed a second rest day yesterday and had a review of what’s happened so far (Ice Hockey UK)

If you haven’t seen it, check out the drama of Wednesday’s dramatic shootout win over Norway, courtesy of 247 TV and Ice Hockey UK:

The GB Men Under 20’s team are in Tallinn ahead of their World Championship campaign beginning on Sunday and enjoyed another victory, this time against Spain in a warm-up game.  Info here on the Ice Hockey UK website.

Sheffield Steelers legend Ron Shudra gives his verdict on the season so far and reckons fans might just have to accept what’s happened this season (Sheffield Star)

There’s been an injury update to Robert Farmer as Nottingham Panthers host Manchester Storm on Saturday, courtesy of Nottingham Panthers website

James Livingston has arrived in Cardiff and ready for his debut this weekend after joining the Devils earlier this week

Glasgow Clan look ahead to their home double header by highlighting the danger men when they play Cardiff Devils on Saturday then Milton Keynes Lightning on Sunday

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