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Blachford, Cecil (- )
Club Career : Played for Montreal Wanderers 1906-10.
Medals : Won the Stanley Cup in 1906, 1907, 1908 & 1910.
Honours : Captain of Montreal Wanderers 1905-08.
Black, Jim (- )
Club Career : Played for Billingham Bombers 1975-76.
Black, Shaun (1978- )
Club Career : Played for Whitley Warriors 1992-93 & 1994-95 and Newcastle Warriors 1995-96.
Black, Stephen 'Steve' (1927- )
Born in Fort William, Ontario, Canada. Left-wing.
Club Career : Played for St Louis Flyers 1947-49, Detroit Red Wings 1949-50, Detroit Red Wings & Chicago Blackhawks & Indianapolis Capitals & Milwaukee Seagulls 1950-51, St Louis Flyers 1951-52 and Calgary Stampeders 1952-54.
Medals : Won the Stanley Cup in 1950.
Honours : NHL All-Star Roster 1950.
"Black and Gold"
Published in 1988 by News Review Publications.  The 64 page booklet by David Litchfield was sub-titled The Rebirth of Ice Hockey in Nottingham and covered the Nottingham Panthers from 1980 to 1988.
"Black Ice"
Published in 2004 by Stryker-Indigo Publishing of New York. The 236 page hardback by George and Darril Fosty is sub-titled The Lost History Of The Colored Hockey League of the Maritimes, 1895 -1925.
Blackburn Arena
Blackburn, Lancashire, England. Completed in 1991. (The original team at the rink, the Blackburn Blackhawks had to play their first seasons games on the road as there was no roof on the Arena!). The Arena is owned by Peel Holdings after the original owners, Blackburn Council sold it. Planning permission was granted at the time of building for an extra 1,000 or so seats at the back of the Arena. It was built to coincide with Manchester's 1996 Olympic bid, with the possibility of boxing contests being held there. It staged one rock concert by Status Quo in 1992.
Home ice for : Blackburn Blackhawks, Blackburn Hawks
Capacity :
3,200 seats
Ice pad size : 197 feet x 98 feet.
Blackburn Blackhawks
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Blackburn, Lancashire, England. Founded in 1990, name changed to Blackburn Hawks in 1992. Played in the English League 1990-91 and the British League Division One 1991-92.
Home ice : Blackburn Arena
Team colours : red, white & black
Head coach : Pete Murray 1990-91, Doug McKay 1991-92 (ex coach at Toronto Maple Leafs)
All-time best players : Fred Perlini
Blackburn Eagles
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Blackburn, Lancashire, England. Played in the northern conference U16 'B' League. Played in EIHA Under 16 North 1 2004- .
Home ice : Blackburn Arena
Team colours : red, black & white
General manager : Vince Bullock
Head coach : Eddie Cooper
Honours : Won the northern conference of the U16 'B' League 1997-98.
Blackburn Firehawks 
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Blackburn, Lancashire, England. Played in EIHA Under 16 North 2 2004- .
Home ice : Blackburn Arena
Team colours :  
General manager : Martin Frost
Head coach : Chris Meikle/Steve Nurse
Blackburn Harriers
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Blackburn, Lancashire, England. Under 14 'B' team.
Home ice : Blackburn Arena
Team colours :  
Blackburn Hawks [web site
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Blackburn, Lancashire, England. Re-named in 1992 (formerly called Blackburn Blackhawks), name changed again in 1997 to Lancashire Hawks but back to Blackburn Hawks for the 1998-99 season. Blackburn Hawks appeared in the first British League match to be shown LIVE on SKY TV, when they visited the Nynex Arena to take on the Manchester Storm in a top of the table clash in November 1995. Hawks won 12-9 in front of a 8,974 crowd. Later the same season, in February 1996 Hawks again visited the Nynex Arena to face local rivals Manchester Storm in a league title decider that generated a then British Attendance Record of 16,280.
Played in English League 1992-93, British League Division One 1993-96, Northern Premier League 1996-97, did not play under this name for the 1997-98 season - see Lancashire Hawks, English League Premier Division 1998-99, English League Division One North 1998-00 and English National Hockey League Division One North in 2000- . 
Home ice : Blackburn Arena
Team colours : teal, grey, black & white 1992-94; red, yellow, black & white 1994-
General manager : Mike Cockayne 1995-97, John Neville 1998-99, Peter Sheffield 2002-03 
Head coach : Steve Moria 1992-94, Mark Stokes & Rocky Saganiuk 1994-95, Ryan Kummu 1995-96, Jim Pennycook 1996-97, Bobby Haig 1998-07, Ian Hough & John Dunford 2007-08
Team captain : John Haig 1995-96, Neil Abel 1996-97, Simon Mills 1998-99, Gordon Whyte 2002-03, Michael Brunton 2006-08
All-time best players : Steve Moria, Kevin Freckleton, Ged Smith, Mike Flood, Mark Stokes, Elliot Andrews, Brad Penner, Tom Diceman, Ari-Pekka Mikkola, Simon Ferry, Darren Durdle, Trent Kaese, John Haig, Tony Cimellaro, Neil Morgan, Robin Davison, Troy Kennedy, Jon Cotton, Steve Chartrand, Oleg Sinkov, Ryan Kummu, Ismo Rockala, Patrik Ferlander, Todd Bidner, Jim Pennycook, Bobby Haig, Neil Abel, Billy Price, Tom Burridge, Andrew Dickson, Lamonte Polet, Colin Downie, David Sheffield, Gordon Whyte 
Honours : 
Retired jersey numbers :
Match Programme Cover
Blackburn Ice Hockey Development Association (BIHDA) [web site]
Logo © Blackburn Ice Hockey Development Association
Formed in 1994 by the parents of local hockey playing children. BIHDA run five junior teams: Blackburn Merlins, Blackburn Sparrowhawks, Blackburn Kestrels, Blackburn Eagles and Blackburn Thunderhawks.
Blackburn Icehawks
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Blackburn, Lancashire, England. Played in EIHA U19 North 2 2004- .
Home ice : Blackburn Arena
Team colours :  
General manager : Steve Pritchard
Head coach : Mark Ward/Steven Hetherington
Blackburn Kestrels
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Blackburn, Lancashire, England. Played in the northern conference U14 'B' League. Played in EIHA Under 14 North 1 2004- .
Home ice : Blackburn Arena
Team colours : red, black & white
General manager : Joe Boryczko
Head coach : Bob Hall
Honours : Won the northern conference of the U14 'B' League 1997-98.
Blackburn Merlins
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Blackburn, Lancashire, England. Play in the northern conference U10 'B' League.
Home ice : Blackburn Arena
Team colours : 
Blackburn Phoenix
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Blackburn, Lancashire, England. Name changed from Blackburn Seagulls in 1997. Played in the English League 1997-98. The team folded in November 1998 due to lack of finances.
Home ice : Blackburn Arena
Team colours :
Blackburn Seagulls
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Blackburn, Lancashire, England. Name changed to Blackburn Phoenix in 1997.
Home ice : Blackburn Arena
Team colours :
Blackburn Sparrowhawks
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Blackburn, Lancashire, England. Played in the northern conference U12 'B' League. Played in EIHA U12 North 2 2004- .
Home ice : Blackburn Arena
Team colours : 
General manager :
John Amos/Gill Bolton
Head coach :
Garry Fearon
Blackburn Thunderhawks
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Blackburn, Lancashire, England. Played in the northern conference U19 'B' League. Played in EIHA U19 North 1 2004- .
Home ice : Blackburn Arena
Team colours : 
General manager :
Mark Kinder
Head coach :
Bobby Haig
Honours : Won the 'B' league playoffs in 1997-98 to gain promotion to the Northern 'A' league.
Blackhawks IHC
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Founded in 1947.
Home ice : Ringwood Ice Arena
Team colours : black, red & white
Honours : 
Blackpool Beavers
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Blackpool, Lancashire, England. Under 21 team. Played in the Southern 'B' League 1974-77.
Home ice : Blackpool Ice Drome
Team colours :  
Head coach : Les Cartwright 1973-76
Blackpool Ice Drome
Blackpool, Lancashire, England.
Home ice for : Blackpool Seagulls
Capacity : 1,000 seats
Ice pad size : 130 feet x 90 feet.
Blackpool Seagulls 
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Blackpool, Lancashire, England. Played in the Midland Intermediate League 1951-55, the Southern League 1970-78 and the English League North 1978-82. Also played in the English National League 1981-82, the British League 1982-83 and Heineken British League Division One 1983-1988.
Home ice : Blackpool Ice Drome
Team colours : blue & white
Honours : Won the English League North in 1980-81 & 1981-82.
Match Programme Cover
Blacktown Ice Arena
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Home ice for : West Sydney Ice Dogs 
Capacity : 
Ice pad size : 200 feet x 100 feet
Blade
The section of the stick used to hit the puck. It forms a "right-angle" at the base of the stick.
Bladerunner Arena
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England. Opened in 1991 by First Leisure who operated the rink and the ice hockey team. The rink closed in May 1993 but re-opened in the August. The rink was leased from First Leisure in 1995 by MK Ice but closed its doors again in June 1996.
Home ice for : Milton Keynes Kings
Capacity : 2,500 seats
Ice pad size : 197 feet x 98 feet 
Bladon, Tom (1952- )
Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Defenceman.
Club Career : Played for Edmonton Oil Kings 1970-72, Philadelphia Flyers 1972-80 and Edmonton Oilers & Winnipeg Jets & Detroit Red Wings & Adirondack Red Wings 1980-81.
Medals : Won the Stanley Cup in 1974 & 1975.
Blagg, Chris (- )
International Career : Played for Australia.
Blagoev, Borislav (1983- )
Born in Bulgaria. Forward.
International Career : Played for Bulgaria (Junior) 1998-03. 
Club Career : Played for Slavia Sofia.
Blaha, Jaromir (- )
Born in Czechoslovakia. Linesman.
Honours : Officiated at the IIHF Super Cup in 2000 (linesman).
Blahoski, Alana (1974- )
Born in St Paul, Minnesota, USA. Forward.
International Career : Played for USA (Women) in the 1998 Olympics (Women) and the 1997, 1999, 2000 & 2001 World Championships (Women).
Medals : Won Olympic (Women) gold in 1998.
Won World Championship (Women) silver in 1997, 1999, 2000 & 2001.
Blair, Andy (1908-1977)
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Centre.
Club Career : Played for Toronto Maple Leafs 1928-37.
Medals : Won the Stanley Cup in 1932.
Honours : NHL All-Star Roster 1934.
Blaisdell, Mike (1960- )
Born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada. Right-wing. Detroit Red Wings 1st pick (11th overall) in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft. Director of Hockey Personnel for the Sheffield Steelers 2004–05 (based in Saskatchewan - where he was also coaching the Regina Pats).
International Career : Played for Team Canada 1989-90.
Club Career : Played for Regina Pats 1979-80, Adirondack Red Wings & Detroit Red Wings 1980-81, Detroit Red Wings 1981-83, Tulsa Oilers & New York Rangers 1983-84, New Haven Nighthawks & New York Rangers 1984-85, Pittsburgh Penguins 1985-86, Baltimore Skipjacks & Pittsburgh Penguins 1986-87, Toronto Maple Leafs 1987-88, Newmarket Saints & Toronto Maple Leafs 1988-89, Team Canada 1989-90, Albany Choppers & Durham Wasps 1990-91, Durham Wasps 1991-93, Nottingham Panthers 1994-97 & 1998-99 (3 games) and Sheffield Steelers 2000-01 (4 games). Coached Nottingham Panthers 1993-98, Nottingham Panthers & Sheffield Steelers 1999-00, Sheffield Steelers 2000-04 and Regina Pats 2004-  (assistant).
Medals : Won the Challenge Cup in 2000 (coach).
Won the Benson and Hedges Cup in 1994, 1996, 1998 & 2000 (player/coach).
Honours :
Elected to the British Hall of Fame in 2004 (player/coach).
BIHWA Coach of the Year 1995.
BIHWA ISL Coach of the Year 2001.
Blake, Louis R 'Robert' (1914- )
Born in Ashland, Wisconsin, USA.
Honours : Inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame in 1986.
Blake, Rob (1969- )
Born Simcoe, Ontario, Canada. Defenceman.
International Career : Played for Canada in the 1991, 1994, 1997, 1998 & 1999 World Championships Pool A, the 1996 World Cup of Hockey and the 1998 & 2002 Olympics.
Club Career : Played for Los Angeles Kings 1989-00, Los Angeles Kings & Colorado Avalanche 2000-01, Colorado Avalanche 2001-04, Colorado Avalanche 2005-06, Los Angeles Kings 2006-08 and San Jose Sharks 2008- .
Medals : Won Olympic gold in 2002.
Won the Stanley Cup in 2001.
Honours : Won the James Norris Memorial Trophy 1997-98.
NHL All-Star First Team defenceman 1997-98.
NHL All-Star Second Team defenceman 1999-00, 2000-01 & 2001-02.
NHL All-Stars Roster 1994.
NHL North American All-Stars Roster 1999 & 2000.
Captain of the Los Angeles Kings 1995-01.
Blake, Hector 'Toe' (1912-1995)
Born in Victoria Mines, Ontario, Canada. Left-wing.
Club Career :
Played for Hamilton Tigers 1932-34, Hamilton Tigers & Montreal Maroons 1934-35, Providence Reds & Montreal Canadiens 1935-36, Montreal Canadiens 1936-48, Buffalo Bisons 1948-49 and Valleyfield Braves 1949-50. Coached Valleyfield Braves 1950-51.
Medals : Won the Stanley Cup in 1935, 1944 & 1946.
Honours : Elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1966 (player).
NHL Leading Scorer 1939 (See Art Ross Trophy).
Won the Hart Trophy in 1939.
NHL All-Star First Team left-wing 1938-39, 1939-40 and 1944-45.
NHL All-Star Second Team left-wing 1937-38 and 1945-46.
NHL All-Star Roster 1937 & 1939.
Jersey/Shirt numbers worn : 6 8 16 21
Blanchet, Alain (- )
Forward.
International Career : Played for France in the 1979 World Championship (Pool C).
Medals : Won World Championship (Pool C) bronze in 1979.
Blaze Bar, The [web site]
A ten minute walk from the SkyDome Arena in Coventry, England, is an Irish bar/pub called the Four Provinces and it has a bar dedicated to the Coventry Blaze - known as The Blaze Bar.
Blight, Rick (1955- ) 
International Career : Played for Canada (Junior) in 1974-75.
Blinco, Russ (1908- )
Born in Quebec, Canada. Centre.
Club Career : Played for Windsor Bulldogs & Montreal Maroons 1933-34, Montreal Maroons 1934-38 and Chicago Blackhawks 1938-39.
Medals : Won the Stanley Cup in 1932.
Honours : NHL Rookie of the Year 1933-34.
NHL All-Star Roster 1937.
Blind Pass
A pass made by a player who hasn't looked up to see who the puck is going to.
Blinov, Yuri (- )
Left-wing.
International Career : Played for the USSR in the 1972 Summit Series.
Blocked Shot
A shot that is prevented from reaching the net by a player other than the netminder.
Blocker
Attached to the stick side glove it is used by the goaltender in handling and deflecting the puck. The maximum size of the blocker is 21 cm x 42 cm.
Blomé, Gert (1934- )
Born in Sweden. Played both forward and defence. 
International Career : Played 151 games for Sweden between 1957 and 1967 (21 goals). 
Club Career : Played for Gävle Godtemplares IK and Västra Frölunda IF
Medals : Won World Championship gold in 1962. 
Won European Championship gold in 1962.
Won Olympic silver in 1964. 
Won the Swedish Championship in 1957 and 1965.
Honours : Won the Guldpucken Award in 1964-65. 
Blomqvist, Göte 'Vicke Hallon' (1928- ) 
Born in Sweden. Forward. Swedish record holder for most goals in a Swedish premier league game - he scored 8 goals in a 12-7 win over IFK Stockholm on 13th February 1955.
International Career : Played 108 games for Sweden between 1947 and 1957 (68 goals). 
Club Career : Played for Södertälje SK.
Medals : Won World Championship gold in 1953. 
Won European Championship gold in 1952 and 1953 
Won Olympic bronze in 1952. 
Won the Swedish Championship in 1953 and 1956.
Honours : Best goalscorer in the Swedish Division One 1950-51, 1951-52 and 1954-55.
Blomsten, Arto 'Ärtan' (1965- ) 
Born in Vaasa, Finland. Defenceman. Moved from Finland to Sweden with his family at the age of four. Scored the game killing open net goal, for 5-2, in the final of the World Championship against ... Finland in 1992. Winnipeg Jets 11th choice, 239th overall in the 1986 NHL draft. Played two seasons in the NHL.
International Career : Played 65 games for Sweden between 1988 and 1997. 
Club Career : Played for Nacka HK, Djurgårdens IF 1983-93, Winnipeg Jets & Moncton Hawks 1993-94, Winnipeg Jets & Springfield Falcons 1994-95, Los Angeles Kings & Phoenix Roadrunners 1995-96, Västra Frölunda HC 1996-98 and Västerås IK 1998- . 
Medals : Won World Championship gold in 1992. 
Won the European Cup in 1990 and 1991. 
Won the Swedish Championship in 1989, 1990 and 1991. 
Blond, Bernard Le (- ) 
International Career : Played for France in World Championships 1978-83.
Club Career :
Played for CSG Grenoble.
Honours : Won the Albert Hassler Trophy in 1979-80.
Blond, Jean Le (1956- )
International Career : Played for France in World Championships 1977-86.
Club Career : Played for CSG Grenoble.
Blong, Chris (1969-) 
Defenceman.
International Career : Played for New Zealand in the 1998 World Championships Pool D
Club Career : Played for Auckland.
Blong, Darren (1966-) 
Forward.
International Career : Played for New Zealand in the 1998 World Championships Pool D
Club Career : Played for Auckland.
Bloomigton Prairie Thunder [web site]
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Bloomington, lllinois, USA. Founded in 2006. Played in the United Hockey League 2006- .
Home ice : U S Cellular Coliseum
Team colours : blue, white, gold & silver
General manager : Jerry McBurney 2006-
Head coach :
Derek Booth 2006-
Blouin, Jean (1971- )
Born in Beauport, Quebec, Canada. Right-wing. He has played in the International Hockey League, American Hockey League, Colonial Hockey League and the Western Professional Hockey League. He jointly holds a WPHL record for scoring five goals in one game.
Club Career : Played for Muskegon Lumberjacks 1991-92, Louisville Icehawks and Atlanta Knights 1992-93, Thunder Bay Senators and Prince Edward Island Senators 1993-96, Port Huron Border Cats, Grand Rapids Griffins and Carolina Monarchs 1996-97 and San Angelo Outlaws and Port Huron Border Cats 1997-98.
Medals : Won two Colonial Cups.
Honours : WPHL All-star Second Team.
Blue Cross Arena
Rochester, New York, USA. Prior to the 1999-00 season it was known as the Rochester War Memorial.
Home ice for : Rochester Americans
Capacity : 11,200
Ice pad size : 200 feet x 85 feet
Blue Line
There is a blue line, across the width of the rink, on either side of the red line. The blue lines are 60 feet from each goal line. For the team defending the goal, the area between the goal line and the blue line is the defensive zone - for the opponents it is the attacking zone. The area between the blue lines is the neutral zone.
Blue Ridge Bears
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Youth team which plays in the Capital Beltway Hockey League.
Home ice :
Team colours :
Blue Tiger Athletics [web site]
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Founded in 1999. This company's web site features unique and hard to find hockey jerseys. Owner Jeff Hatzenbeller says the company specializes in reproductions of NHL and WHA throwback jerseys. They also stock authentic Russian and German hockey jerseys. Blue Tiger also has an arrangement with Lutch International to source Finnish, Swedish and Czech hockey jerseys.
Bluecol Autumn Cup
Bluecol sponsored the 1984-85 Autumn Cup final at Streatham. See Autumn Cup.
Blueliner
Another name for a defenceman.
Blyth Arena
Squaw Valley, California, USA. The arena where the USA defeated the Soviet Union for the first time, during the 1960 Olympics - the score was 3-2. 
Home ice for :  
Capacity : 10,000
Ice pad size : 200 feet x 85 feet

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