Good morning, hockey fans.
We’re now in the final days before the play-off final weekends take place in Nottingham (Elite League) and Coventry (NIHL) and excitement builds for what looks like being two fantastic events. There’s this, the climax to the Women’s World Championships and further reaction to the weekend that was.
Let’s get going as we start in Dumfries as GB Women picked up a silver medal as they completed their Division II Group A campaign.
Head coach Cheryl Smith was pleased to pick up second place and says the future of the women’s team is in safe hands (Ice Hockey UK)
There’s disappointment in Scotland as Glasgow Clan and Fife Flyers failed to make it into the final four as BBC Sport Scotland and The Herald report on what happened in their respective quarter finals.
Staying in Scotland, Glasgow Clan Chief Operating Officer Gareth Chalmers sums up his thoughts and extends his thanks after his team were beaten in the quarter finals by Guildford Flames (Glasgow Clan)
It was another trophy for Peterborough Phantoms, who won the NIHL South Play-offs at the weekend for their third trophy of the season and now have the NIHL crown in their sights (Peterborough Telegraph)
On Twitter, it appears former Coventry Blaze forward Marc-Olivier Vallerand is heading back to the UK next season. But where, as he teased Elite League fans with some cryptic tweets, starting with this one:
— Marc O. Vallerand (@VallyTown15) April 8, 2019
Also, we’re running a poll all through the week about who you think will win the Elite League play-off finals weekend. We’ll post it here every day this week, so here it is if you haven’t aleady seen it
So let's get it started then.
Who do you think will win the 2019 Elite League Play-offs?
Polls close at noon on Saturday.
— British Ice Hockey 🏒 (@BritIceHockey) April 7, 2019