Around the Rinks: ‘It’s why we play the game’

Good morning hockey fans!

We’re still reflecting on the Challenge Cup Final from Sunday as we start to look ahead to another big weekend all over the country.  Let’s get started

Belfast Giants forward Patrick Dwyer was pleased to get his hands on his first trophy after his team won the Challenge Cup in Cardiff on Sunday (BBC Sport NI)

Jordan Smotherman says the Giants success on Sunday is why ‘we play the game’ as he celebrated their success in beating Guildford Flames in the final (Belfast Telegraph)

Giants netminder Tyler Beskorowany was the focus of appreciation from his team-mates after his role in the victory too (Belfast Telegraph)

GB Under 18’s Men’s coach Martin Grubb has made a change to his squad, with Alex Graham coming in for Cade Neilson (Ice Hockey UK)

The Elite League have confirmed who will take the Continental Cup place with Belfast Giants, who won the Challenge Cup and Cardiff Devils both qualified for the Champions Hockey League, should either of those win in Nottingham next month and it’s a route into Europe for possibly Nottingham Panthers or Glasgow Clan

Adam Harding’s hat-trick gave Basingstoke Bison a big win over Bracknell Bees in the NIHL at the weekend (Basingstoke Gazette)

A frustrated Omar Pacha saw another big decision go against his Dundee Stars team on Sunday, but he still believes his side can make the Elite League top eight (BBC Sport Scotland)

In yesterday’s Monday After blog, we gave you the impossible choice of how could be the EIHL Coach of the Year (British Ice Hockey)

We ran a poll on the back of it to ask who you think should be crowned the award.  Here are the results:

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