Ice Hockey Today – The weekend starts here

The working week is over (for some of you) and excitement turns to the next rounds of games across the country so we’ve rounded up the day’s headlines for you to catch up with to get you in the mood.

Sheffield Steelers coach Tom Barrasso says there have been fitness issues with Anthony DeLuca admits he’s a work in progress, as reported by Sheffield Star

There was a surprise departure from Fife Flyers as equipment manager Ian ‘Horse’ Kelly has decided to leave the role he dreamed of after almost a year and a half, reported in Fife Today

Staying in Kirkcaldy, Flyers coach Todd Dutiaume is hopeful last Sunday’s overtime win over Manchester Storm has helped to restore confidence after they ended a six-game losing run.  Interview in Fife Today

Great Britain’s Women’s team will get a pre-New Year workout in the JLMC Winter Classic, taking place in Ice Sheffield between 28th and 30th December (Ice Hockey UK)

Coventry Blaze look ahead to Sunday’s game with Nottingham Panthers with some handy pre-game information for anyone looking to head to the Skydome (Coventry Blaze)

Belfast Giants captain Blair Riley fielded our 2+10 questions, revealing who would play him in a movie of his life (British Ice Hockey)

In the Swindon Advertiser, Swindon Wildcats coach Aaron Nell remains bullish and insists his side’s true form will show itself in their two games this weekend

Fife Today also look back at the sort-lived career in Kirkcaldy of Mike Jeffrey, who made quite the impact in his 14 games for the Flyers.

And as teddy bears and other soft toys are flung on the ice at this time of year, Glasgow Clan are reminding fans it’s their Air the Bear event this Sunday.

To round off the week, you’ve probably seen this already, but here were the scenes at AHL side Hershey Bears when they collected a world record amount over 30,000 cuddly toys.  It certainly was “raining teddy bears in chocolate town”

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