Around the Rinks: Russell picks 28 for GB

Good morning, hockey fans!

We’re at the weekend and there’s plenty to get through as the latest GB squad is announced, the NIHL reaches its climax and the Elite League title race enters another chapter so take five minutes and have a look and see what’s been happening.  Did we say five? We meant 10

GB coach Pete Russell picks a 28-man squad for games against Italy and Hungary next month, with it being whittled down to 25 for the World Championships (Ice Hockey UK)

In the NIHL, Peterborough Phantoms celebrated their capture of the NIHL South Cup, as they defeated Basingstoke Bison over two legs to make it a cup double this season (Peterborough Today)

Phantoms coach Slava Koulikov thanks the fans on the back of his team’s latest success (Peterborough Today)

It’s a big weekend in the NIHL as the Division One titles in both North and South will be decided this final weekend.  Sheffield Steeldogs coach Ben Morgan weighs up his team’s chances in a three-way fight in Division One North with Telford Tigers and Hull Pirates (Sheffield Steeldogs)

Fife Flyers coach Todd Dutiaume has spoken out against DOPS after recent flashpoint involving players from his team (Fife Today)

Staying in Kirkcaldy, forward Chase Schaber could miss the rest of the season after picking up a concussion in their game with Sheffield Steelers last week (Fife Today)

In Elite League action, Coventry Blaze head to Belfast Giants for the first of a double header and forward Ben Lake is keen to frustrate Adam Keefe’s men to help their play-off cause (British Ice Hockey)

Belfast Giants’ Challenge Cup hero Tyler Beskorowany hails team-mate as he previews clash with Coventry Blaze (Belfast Telegraph)

Dundee Stars’ Matt Marquardt insists the play-off race is far from over (Dundee Stars)

Omar Pacha’s side are getting ready for their latest game when they head to Glasgow Clan tonight, as previewed on the Dundee Stars site.

At Glasgow Clan, Chief Operating Officer Gareth Chalmers blogs about this season and working with Pete Russell (Glasgow Clan)

The game with Dundee Stars at Braehead Arena has been confirmed as a sell out (Glasgow Clan)

It’s business as usual for Sheffield Steelers coach Tom Barrasso despite an imminent appointment of his replacement (Sheffield Star)

Nottingham Panthers defence man Stevie Lee talks GB and their two home games this weekend (Nottingham Panthers)

Four more names added for Sam Bullas’ Testimonial next month (Swindon Wildcats)

Paisley Pirates coach Ian Turley says his team have made progress this season (The Gazette)

How Liam Kirk is forging a path to the NHL (British Ice Hockey)

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