Around the Rinks: One day to go…

Good morning, hockey fans!

Here we are.  The play-offs in the Elite League begin tomorrow with eight teams fighting it out for the four places up for grabs in Nottingham next week, so, as well as the Women’s World Championships in Dumfries, here’s what’s been happening around the country.

Let’s start in Scotland where the GB Women’s team were beaten 4-2 in the second game of their World Championship campaign against Slovenia (Ice Hockey UK)

Belfast Giants had a date with the Lord Mayor of the city at a civic reception to mark their Elite League title win last week (Belfast Telegraph)

Nottingham Panthers forward Jon Rheault says play-off time is the best time of the year as they get ready for their quarter final with Fife Flyers (Nottingham Panthers)

Cardiff Devils defenceman Gleason Fournier talks about how his time with Andrew Lord’s side has made him fall in love with ice hockey again (Dai Sport)

Sheffield Steelers captain Jonathan Phillips admits his team are underdogs going into their play-off quarter final with Cardiff Devils (British Ice Hockey)

Fife Flyers are using their absences as motivation to get them through their quarter final tie with Nottingham Panthers (Fife Today)

Bracknell Bees coach Doug Sheppard wants to bring trophies to the club ahead of their NIHL Play-off South Final against Peterborough Phantoms this weekend (Bracknell News)

They’ve won two trophies already this season, but Peterborough Phantoms coach Slava Koulikov insists they want more (Peterborough Today)

Hull Pirates’ Kevin Phillips says the decision to return was a ‘no-brainer’ (Hull Daily Mail)

Invicta Dynamos coach Kevin Parrish is moving upstairs after 15 years on the bench as he concentrates on his new role with the club as their owner (Invicta Dynamos)

Dundee Stars commercial director Elliot Shaw is saying his goodbyes from the club to take on a role with Rangers Football Club (Dundee Stars)

There was another departure from Tayside as Dundee Stars forward Lukas Lundvald Neilsen announced he is moving on after they failed to reach the play-offs:

The paint job has been done in Nottingham:

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