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11-20-2003, 07:12 AM
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It was the Knights, but they've taken a one year absence from the league, with the chance of a return for the 2004-05 season.

Yeah, the hockey's still on 5. Last night we had the 2am face-off Detroit vs Columbus. The show's still as wooden as ever, sadly.

Hockey's gotten less open here from what I've seen this season. We had quite an eventful summer this year, and hopefully things are going towards a healthy future for the pro leagues and Britain as a talent producing nation. Most teams are full of 'dutiful' players, but they're are only a handful of game breakers, along with some excellent goaltending. Hopefully this is transitional though. Although the EIHL (kinda the equivalent of the Knight's old league) has a few more Scandanavians it's still a North American style that dominates.

A few stars are: Jim Craghead, ex-Canucks enforcer who is scoring very well at Nottingham. Manchester fans seem to like George Awada, their captain, but to my mind goalie Jayme Platt is their star. Sheffield and Belfast are still the top-2 clubs, and Mark Dutiaume and Jason Ruff lead those teams. Ashley Tait is the leading Brit, with 10+9 in 20 games.

Nice thread title BTW.

Liam

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