Champions Hockey League

“Don’t write about something you love.”

A retired journalist once told me that. And at the time, I believed him. I had no reason not to; he was a battle-scarred veteran of the field. There was, however, one thing that he wasn’t and that was an ice hockey fan.

I was approached by the Champions Hockey League shortly after travelling back from Sweden, where I conducted work experience for the organisation, to create content for the upcoming (2018/19) season. My responsibilities included writing match previews, recaps and the odd feature, which you can read below.

Previews

Vienna Capitals vs Aalborg Pirates (1st Sep 2018)

“At such an early stage in the tournament, there’s still plenty of time for the Pirates to cause more trouble in paradise against teams who they’ll feel have been on vacation too long. Vienna on the other hand will be looking to use their experience to take the edge out of the Aalborg Pirates and shipwreck their first European adventure.”  

Munich set the stage for Red Bull showdown. (8 Jan 2018)

“Locking horns in this battle of the Red Bulls are two fierce competitors who will be anything but neighbourly once the puck drops on Tuesday. German champions Red Bull Munich will face-off against last year’s Erste Bank Eishockey Liga runners up Red Bull Salzburg in this historic fixture where neither side can continue to claim the title of underdog. More importantly however is the concluding chapter for one of these two teams who’re already competing at a higher altitude than they’ve previously ascended. The reward; a place at the illustrious peak otherwise known as the Champions Hockey League final against either the Frölunda Indians or HC Pilsen.”

Recaps

LATE STUNNER BY HUGHES ROCKS KÄRPÄT

“There was one more twist in the tale of this fixture which came with just 23 seconds left on the clock when Salzburg forward John Hughes skated onto a pass in the opposition third. While not appearing to have the puck completely under control, he managed to turn the last defenceman in his path before slotting his shot over the shoulder of Veini Vehviläinen.”

SALZBURG HOLD ON TO REACH SEMI-FINALS

“Kärpät Oulu Head Coach Mikko Manner must have resorted to questioning the idea of superior forces being in control of a game where his side fought relentlessly with no avail. Instead he watched on as his team found themselves a goal down in the first period despite putting double the amount of shots on net as Red Bull Salzburg. The Austrian’s opened the scoring at 14:23 when a disjointed play in front of the net seemingly dumbfounded three players, including two defencemen, who could only watch on as the puck crawled to the conveniently positioned Alexander Rauchenwald.”

Features

THE CAPTAINS: LUNDQVIST WITH EDGE OVER WOLF?

“In under a week the Frölunda Indians and Red Bull Munich will enter both familiar and new territory respectively.

There is however, somewhat more on the line for a player on either side, born only 14 months apart, who will be battling it out as part of their legacies with their own team. Both need little introduction in their own countries, having made their names at the top of their own leagues, and for their national teams, over more than a decade.”

REDDOX AND HYTÖNEN LEAD WITH EXPERIENCE

“Two of the best leaders in European Hockey will captain their sides into the Champions Hockey League Final this season; both with a wealth of experience from top leagues.””Two of the best leaders in European Hockey will captain their sides into the Champions Hockey League Final this season; both with a wealth of experience from top leagues.”

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