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[Signing] Drew Miller to Braehead Clan (Glasgow) EIHL


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#1 Bodee

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 02:27 AM

I have to say it, these guys going to the EIHL are in for a shock and I can only assume they just want to visit what is a beautiful country as more than a tourist.

Good luck to Drew and others bold enough to make the journey..........I hear there are other EIHL teams with NHL signings in the pipeline. Frankly, I don't know where they are getting the money from, the crowds up to now have been small in comparison to other European Leagues, although the acquisition of these players and the improved coverage by Sky Sports should help to increase interest.

For my own team, Fife Flyers, this will be a bit of a setback as they rely very heavily on homegrown players and whilst their first season (2011-12) was a disaster in more ways than the obvious (read my thread on "Any of you guys like to play in Scotland?") they have started this season well with 7 wins from 11 However, there is no way Fife will be able to afford an NHL player.
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Posted 09 October 2012 - 02:37 AM

For my Canadian friends on CDC this is a pretty good article on Anthony Stewart going to Nottingham Panthers and the EIHL

http://www.nytimes.c...ngham.html?_r=0
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Posted 09 October 2012 - 04:54 AM

Big signing for them.

I'm in Glasgow so I might pop over to Braehead for a game one day. It's pretty affordable.
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Posted 09 October 2012 - 08:09 AM

Big signing for them.

I'm in Glasgow so I might pop over to Braehead for a game one day. It's pretty affordable.


It would be interesting to get your first hand thoughts on how he performs, S7C. On face value I would say he is a cut above the other NHLers coming over or rumoured to be.
It would be only fair to judge him after he has got 5 or 6 games under his belt though. I must say I think the Clan have got a diamond ...............I wish he was coming to my team. :)


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Posted 09 October 2012 - 08:36 AM

what color kilt will he be wearing?...do they wear full gear under them? could be rough, getting a knock on the noggies. how is bonny wee scotland?
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Posted 09 October 2012 - 12:19 PM

Elaborate, what do you mean "they'll be in for a shock?". Do you mean playing conditions or rough and tumble style of play?
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Posted 10 October 2012 - 02:12 AM

what color kilt will he be wearing?...do they wear full gear under them? could be rough, getting a knock on the noggies. how is bonny wee scotland?


Purple and white. Here is the jersey. Yes they get full protective gear..............just as bonnie as ever. :)

http://www.braeheadc...art-alex-s12952
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Posted 10 October 2012 - 02:49 AM

Elaborate, what do you mean "they'll be in for a shock?". Do you mean playing conditions or rough and tumble style of play?


Firstly, you have to understand where hockey rates in British Sports. We have Football (soccer to the backward :) ) Rugby Union, Golf, Fishing, Cricket, Rugby League, Speedway,...........all ahead of hockey in popularity.

Because of this, hockey survives in traditional hotbeds all over these Islands with teams supported by fanatics. My home town Kirkcaldy is one such place. These fans tend to be working class, rough, tough and without being unkind "coarse"

I wont make a guess at the average crowd size but suffice to say the arena capacity of some of the teams are as follows.

Cardiff (Wales' only representative ) 2500
Coventry, one of 4 English teams.....2600
Dundee, one of 4 Scottish teams ....2300
Hull, England ...................................2000

Braehead will hope to fill their 4000 capacity arena if they are to get any return on signing a player of Drew Miller's calibre.

My team Fife Flyers is one of the most intimidating places to play (this is not my bias it is a view expressed by many import players from other teams ).............3280

Drew is not scheduled to come to Kirkcaldy until after Christmas but this is a taste of the atmosphere in Fife..........although I would say there would likely be a shut out if he is still with the Clan when the match is played (many fans think the NHL players will go home for Christmas and will not return )

The point I would like to make is these fans are under no illusions about their League's place in the World of hockey........but try showing anything less than 100% effort and your reputation will count for nothing. You will be told and in no uncertain terms. The opposite is equally true, lay it all on the line and they will adore you.


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Posted 14 October 2012 - 08:22 AM

I thought some of you may have been interested in what a visiting Sheffield Steelers fan wrote on their website after attending Fife Ice Arena to see his team defeated 4-2 by Fife Flyers on Saturday night.

Quote: I went last night.

It was a good night of Hockey. The Flyers simply outwitted the Steelers.

I loved the Fife Club.

You could feel the tradition from 2 hours before the game; it was great to be a part of. The rink is an old bump and grind sort of place; the food was reasonably priced and delicious. It was like home made food not the plastic junk we witness at home. The bars were reasonably priced and welcoming. The fans were welcoming - the rink announcer was welcoming; not once did he feel the need to try and belittle the away team - RESPECT!

Earwigging the period break chatter around the rink I heard seasoned, educated Hockey fans with their near perfect analysis of the game so far. (And I understood the accents too) What great fans. I loved the way they jumped on the back of our new guy (NHLer Sestito) - and actually, not since Barry Neikar have I seen a player lap up the banter and seem to enjoy it so much.

When Fife won, their chants for their team reminded me of the prison scene at the end of the film "The Italian Job" where the gangster walks down the steps inside the jail to the unison chorus and banging of tea trays. To a man the Flyers fans chanted the victory of their team in Unison. It was a pleasure to behold - even though we were the losers.

Despite the humiliation on the ice (yes humiliation) it was a good night of Hockey. I'll be back !

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 09:31 AM

For my Canadian friends on CDC this is a pretty good article on Anthony Stewart going to Nottingham Panthers and the EIHL

http://www.nytimes.c...ngham.html?_r=0


I think most (key word most) people on CDC are Canadian lol
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Posted 23 October 2012 - 06:37 AM

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