Around the Rinks: The aftermath continues

Good morning, hockey fans!

There’s still some reaction to the dramatic events in the Elite League on Sunday that saw Belfast Giants crowned champions as focus now turns to the play-offs.  Here’s the best of the stories doing the rounds.

Cardiff Devils are still reeling from being pipped to the EIHL title, but now they have to pick themselves up for the play-offs starting this weekend (Dai Sport)

While the Devils hurt, their play-off opponents Sheffield Steelers are hoping to finish their season off by denying them a spot in the final four (Sheffield Star)

Belfast Giants took some time out from their celebrations to provide a handy guide of what the play-offs are all about and the terms you’ll hear a lot more of (Belfast Giants)

Giants coach Adam Keefe talks about how he heard that his team had won the league and his reaction  when it was confirmed it was them (Belfast Telegraph, BBC NI Sport)

Check out the reaction on social media to the news of Belfast Giants’ success (British Ice Hockey)

Plus five of the key games that played their part in helped Adam Keefe’s side to success in a fascinating contest all year (British Ice Hockey)

Brendan Connolly’s injury at Fife Flyers has put ‘a downer’ on the team after Glasgow Clan’s win in Kirkcaldy on Sunday (BBC Sport Scotland)

Nottingham Panthers held their End of Season awards night on Sunday as we found out what went on (Nottingham Panthers)

Plus the winners of the prizes at Sheffield Steelers are those were revealed at their night, which took place last night (Sheffield Steelers)

Moving to issues of a more international nature, GB Women begin their World Championship campaign today when they take on Australia in Dumfries in their first game of the tournament and the scene has been set (Ice Hockey UK)

There are seven players making their bow for the full Women’s team and each of them received their first caps ahead of the action starting today (Ice Hockey UK)

Don’t forget, all the GB Women’s games are coming to you live on FreeSports throughout the week:

And finally, GB pair Jodie Bloom and Suzi Pearson shared their thoughts ahead of the opening game later today

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