Around the Rinks – Tue 05 Feb 19

Good morning, hockey fans!

Let’s get a good start to the day with some headlines from around the rinks.

Hunter Bishop has announced his retirement from ice hockey, leaving Belfast Giants as he gets ready for a new role back home (Belfast Telegraph, Belfast Giants, British Ice Hockey)

Elsewhere in Belfast, latest arrival Jordan Smotherman talks about his last minute trip to help the team out as injury took hold ahead of their game on Sunday (BBC NI Sport, Belfast Telegraph)

Cardiff Devils coach Andrew Lord praises his young guns after their win over Sheffield Steelers on Sunday (Dai Sport)

Glasgow Clan keep climbing the table after picking up five points from six at the weekend as BBC Sport Scotland rounds up the action involving the Scottish teams

ENTP announce their Power of 12 group (EIHA)

Telford Tigers booked their place in the NIHL North Cup final (Telford Tigers)

Basingstoke Bison also booked their spot in the southern equivalent (Basingstoke Gazette), but Peterborough Phantoms and Bracknell Bees have another leg to play.  However Phantoms coach Slava Koulikov was not a happy man (Peterborough Today)

McDonald’s are back on board with Ice Hockey UK’s media team and their coverage ahead of the World Championships later this year (Ice Hockey UK)

And, speaking of GB, head coach Pete Russell prepares for the stern test of KHL side Dynamo Riga on Wednesday (British Ice Hockey)

Anyone wishing to watch Wednesday’s game from the Skydome can purchase the webcast by clicking on  the Clean Cut Live website.

And to finish off, former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was the guest of honour at a KHL game yesterday, but his ceremonial puck drop to start the game went well until he went to leave the ice

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