Around the Rinks – Fri 21 Dec 18

Good morning, hockey fans!

Another busy one for you to enjoy as we countdown to the final weekend of action before Christmas comes and there’s been plenty going on.  So let’s get you up to speed.

Belfast Giants were shocked by the news that Francis Beauvillier has decided to move on to take up a position outside of ice hockey (Belfast Giants)

Sheffield Steelers’ exit from the Challenge Cup has created a financial ‘hole’, reports Sheffield Star

Belfast Giants are getting ready for a Storm-y double bill when Manchester Storm head to Northern Ireland for two games, starting tonight (Belfast Telegraph)

Cardiff Devils returned to form with a 3-0 shutout win over Milton Keynes Lightning to stay in second place behind Belfast at the top of the table (BBC Sport Wales)

Glasgow Clan’s new signing Guillaume Doucet has arrived in Scotland and will make his debut against Fife Flyers on Saturday night (Glasgow Clan)

Durham Wasps legend Paul Smith has passed away at home, reports the Northern Echo

Nottingham Panthers are building up to their game on Saturday when they take on Milton Keynes Lightning, with interviews featuring Dylan Olsen and Alex Bolduc

Glasgow Clan have released how their Christmas jerseys will look, which they’ll wear against Sheffield Steelers (Glasgow Clan)

Eagle Radio in Surrey reported on Guildford Flames’ progression into the Challenge Cup semi finals after their victory over Sheffield Steelers.

Telford Tigers visited Princess Royal Hospital to hand out soft toys from their recent Teddy Toss, this from Shropshire Star.

Fife Today look back on the stories around Fife Flyers in their long history, with this tale about they almost lost their player-coach and new signing to deportation in the 80’s (Fife Today)

And they also look back at the club’s first mascot – The Burrd (Fife Today)

The National League are working with players, coaches and officials in two initiatives (EIHA)

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