The Elite Ice Hockey League in the UK, and the buoyant transfer market hots up

The EIHL – Elite Ice Hockey league – established in 2003 is set to become a magnet for Europe’s best players. The league has 12 British teams that have a sizeable Canadian contingent spread amongst them. A wholesome total of 16 nationalities are currently represented throughout the league teams. Whilst it’s great that ice hockey is doing its bit for cultural harmony in the world, the real benefit is the action on the ice. Great players inject a new dynamic into the roster, and bring an attacking sharpness to the game, along with some fresh tactical ideas picked up along the way.

Nottingham Panthers team logo

Nottingham Panthers' latest signing for the 2018/19 season is Canadian Dylan Olsen. He brings a shed load of experience, and at 6’2” tall and 223 lbs, he’ll cast a large shadow in defence. He's appeared in 128 NHL games for the Chicago Blackhawks and Florida Panthers, and over 200 games in the AHL. It’s easy to see why the Panthers are delighted to have him.

Milton Keynes team logo

Milton Keynes Lighting welcomes the 29-year-old Czech winger Radek Meidi. His schooling at the Sparta Praha organisation almost certainly guarantees his quality. At 6’4” and 209lbs, he’ll be easy to spot on the ice. He's the top goals and points scorer at his former Polish club Orlik Opole. His first appearance in British ice hockey probably won’t be his last.

Dundee team logo

Dundee Stars were over the Scottish moon recently as they signed defenseman Mike Sullivan. Holding dual nationality, Italian stroke Canadian – how does that work? – he arrives with a wealth of experience. The nimble defender with Italian international duty under his belt, not to mention an Italian super cup champion, should fit in well. Good luck with the Dundonian.

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The Belfast Giants bring in their 194th player for the 2017/2018 season, Canadian born netminder Tyler Beskorowany, a former DEL goalie of the year. He may have a mixed reception from the Giants' fans that remember his match winning performance against them when he played for Edinburgh Capitals. Tyler is a very flexible and imposing figure in front of goal. He posted a 0.920 save percentage whilst with Dusseldorfer. No wonder Belfast were happy to have him.

Manchester Storm team logo

Manchester Storm are thrilled to snap up defenseman Ryley Stadel from the Dundee Stars. The 22-year-old Canadian’s formative ice hockey years were spent in the WHL playing for the Kelowna Rockets. Coach Ryan Finnerty said, “Riley is a young player that skates really well. He’s works in defences, and can play forward, and is good under pressure. I’m excited to have him in Manchester.” It sounds like Storm are in the ascendancy.

Guildford team logo

The Guildford Flames report that Kevin King is set to wear the Flames colours for the upcoming season. The 6’1”, 210 lb Canadian forward shot 28 goals last season with the MK Lightning. Born in Calgary, Alberta, the experienced King has played in the WHL and AHL, and represented Canada at the world Universiade Games where he produced 5 goals to win the Bronze medal. He surely adds an offensive depth to the Flames.

“The 16th EIHL 2018-2019 season is shaping up to be the best yet. In the coming months, the EIHL will be a hot bed of gossip and transfer news, and with 5 different winners so far, can the Cardiff Devils win back-to-back titles? Who knows?