Around the Rinks: Play-offs time

Good morning, hockey fans!

We’re only three days away from the start of the Elite League play-offs and excitement is building as the final tournament of the season gets underway.  Let’s take a trip around the rinks and get the words from the camps.

GB Women got their World Championship campaign off to the best possible start with a 2-1 victory over Australia in Dumfries (Ice Hockey UK)

DOPS news as Fife Flyers’ Brett Bulmer is banned for three games after the incident involving Glasgow Clan’s Brendan Connolly during their game on Sunday (Elite League)

Cardiff Devils managing director Todd Kelman receives standing ovation for his passionate speech at the club’s End of Season awards night (Dai Sport)

Manchester Storm’s coach and general manager Ryan Finnerty offers up some final thoughts at the end of their season that saw them miss out on the play-offs (Manchester Storm)

Party season continued as we learned who the big winners were at the end of season nights for Belfast Giants Cardiff Devils and Guildford Flames (courtesy of Eagle Radio)

Belfast Giants legend Colin Shields talks retirement, a possible Grand Slam and how he’s never won any of his three league title on the ice (The Herald)

Nottingham Panthers are gearing up for their games with Fife Flyers this weekend as they spoke to head coach Rick Strachan and defenceman Dylan Olsen as they prepare for the quarter final tie.

Fife Today take a look at eight players who have adorned the colours of both Fife Flyers and Nottingham Panthers

Plus the local press in Fife look back at the memorable play-off quarter final between Flyers and Panthers in 2013 that saw controversy and broken plexi glass

As Milton Keynes Lightning bow out of the Elite League, their owners extend their thanks for the support they’ve received (Milton Keynes Lightning)

And finally, our pals at FreeSports made an announcement regarding one of the quarter final ties this weekend:

 

 

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