EIHL Team By Team 2012 Review
The 2012 EIHL is now over. Belfast won the title whilst Nottingham gained the Challenge Cup and playoff title. There was also a new old team as the Fife Flyers returned to the top flight. But how did each team do?
The Giants finish the season as league champions, Challenge Cup runner up and playoff semi finalists. Some may argue that this Giants side that won the league rather comfortably should have done better but bear in mind only one side has ever won all three trophies. All in all the Giants will be pleased with their efforts this season with winning the league title for the first time in 6 years and recording the most points in Elite League history.
By Sheffield standards this was not a good season. Despite finishing the season in second place. The Steelers missed out on a Challenge Cup semi-final spot and on the playoff finals weekend. It is the first time since 2007 that the Sheffield outfit have failed to win a trophy. Highlights will of course include the trip to Denmark for the Continental Cup but even there the performances didn’t live up to the very high standards set by Steelers sides of past years.
Whilst the elusive league title did not find its way to the NIC the Panthers will be rather happy with their season. Corey Neilson’s men picked up the Challenge Cup for record breaking third season in a row. Whilst Neilson also guided his side to the playoff trophy for a second season in a row there will still be some questions over his job as the Panthers continue to spend big and miss out on the league title.
seasons world record run of 23 wins in a row it was always going to be a difficult task to emulate that. It was a task made even more difficult by off ice ownership problems and the mid season loss of talisman Brad Voth to injury. The Devils though whilst not being in the title hunt did make it to the Challenge Cup semi-finals and a playoff final. However they will look for more next season and be back in the title race.
It was not the best of seasons for perennial title chasers the Coventry Blaze. Hampered by off ice financial problems and on ice up and down form the Blaze some what limped home. Failing to make the Challenge Cup semi-finals and the playoff finals is unheard off from the 4 time champions. They will be looking for better next season.
The Clan started the season well and had hopes for making it into the top four. A poorer second half to the season put paid to that. The Clan though did make the Challenge Cup finals and missed out on the playoff finals by an overtime goal in Nottingham. At the end of the day though when the dust settle on this season the Clan will be pleased with their efforts this season. The Clan also take the Scottish bragging rights for the second season in a row.
A very poor start and finish to the league season looked to have overshadowed their season. However a playoff quarter-final victory against the Sheffield Steelers rescued their season and sent the Stingrays to their first playoff finals. The Stingrays may be a little disappointed with their performance in the semi final but a first ap
pearance at the finals will still mean it is a memorable year.
The Stars had started the season with promise but by Christmas that was over and cost head coach Dan Ceman his job. The
change to Brent Hughes behind the bench did make some improvements as the Stars limped into the playoffs by 2 points.
The Capitals ha
aehead Clan for the top Scottish Side in the league. That did not last as the Capitals took a turn for the worse after Christmas. Poor runs that saw them finish the season 2 – 8 – 0 – 0 meant the Caps missed out on the playoffs before the last game of the season.d started the season with great deal of promise as they looked to be in a position to challenge the Br
It was a season lows and highs for the Flyers. The team started their first season in the Elite League with only 8 imports and the gulf in class between the SNL and the EIHL was clear to see. However additional imports gave the Flyers an improved second half although the loss of Matt Siddell and Christmas hampered a push for the playoffs. Despite finishing bottom of the EIHL table the Flyers attracted strong crowd and proved that ice hockey is alive and well in Fife.