DAVE SIMMS has polarised opinion in the world of British ice hockey for over 30 years, with the current Sky Sports presenter having been involved in just about every level of the game during that time.

Slapshot Scotland’s Austin Young had the chance to sit down with him after a recent “Audience With” in Kirkcaldy, to discuss conferencing, fans and the merits of each Elite League team in Scotland.

by Craig Anderson; photo courtesy of Derek Black (www.centre-ice.co.uk)

SCOTS ice hockey fans are in for a bumper treat in September when all four Elite League sides north of the border face off in an Autumn Cup to be held in Fife.


The Rapid Solicitors Elite League have announced the names of the two Conferences will be after two famous names in British ice hockey history, Carl Erhardt and Charlie Gardiner.

THE ELITE Ice Hockey League have announced changes to the Challenge Cup format ahead of the 2012/13 season, they have confirmed.

by Craig Anderson; Fixtures courtesy of the Elite League

FIFE FLYERS and Edinburgh Capitals will contest the first Scottish derby of the season in the Challenge Cup following the release of the Elite League fixtures for the new season.

by Craig Anderson

JADE GALBRAITH has been named the Elite League’s Player of the Year after a phenomenal first season with Braehead Clan.

TALE OF THE TAPE: Nottingham Panthers vs Hull Stingrays (Play-off Semi Final, 5pm)

by Craig Anderson

SATURDAY climaxes with a meeting between two teams, who, by this time last Saturday weren’t tipped to be even involved in the play-offs. Now both teams are 60 minutes away from the final.

TALE OF THE TAPE: Belfast Giants vs Cardiff Devils (Play-off Semi Final, 1pm)

by Craig Anderson

THE most exciting weekend of the year is upon us and as the eight teams that began the play-offs are whittled down to four, Nottingham awaits as they battle it out for the last trophy of the season.


IT'S OFFICIAL THEN. Belfast Giants are the 2011/12 Rapid Solicitors Elite Ice Hockey League regular season champions and deservedly so.


WE BEGIN this week with a hearty congratulations to the Nottingham Panthers, who claimed the Challenge Cup for a third successive season, beating Belfast Giants 5-3 in the second leg tie at the NIC to give them a somewhat commanding 10-4 aggregate win.

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A HUGE week in the Rapid Solicitors Elite Ice Hockey League, starting on Wednesday night with the Challenge Cup Final 1st Leg in Belfast, where Nottingham are the visitors, aiming to set themselves up for a third successive victory in the competition.

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