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December 2005 Feature

New Book

Martin Harris looks at every venue ever to host ice hockey in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

The world's first mechanically frozen ice rink opened in London in 1876, and the first British Ice Hockey League began in 1903. 

Canadian expatriates in both London and Oxford formed the most influential teams and helped to spread the sport to many new ice rinks all over the country after the First World War.

The book contains a wealth of information on each building, including team histories, statistical information, architectural details and many illustrations, this is a fascinating book for anyone with an interest in ice hockey.

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November 2005 Feature

Absolute Xtreme

Looking for something different in the way of greetings cards?

Here are details of a web site called Absolute Xtreme, which offers - in their words - "Unique,  Individual & Different" greetings cards with a hockey theme - just the thing to send your hockey mad friends at Christmas this year.

The company also cover birthdays, weddings, retirement - in fact, they probably have hockey themed cards for most eventualities.

Gift tags, postcards, memo pads, party invites ... you think of it and they'll be only too pleased to help.

To find out more or to place an order, visit their web site by clicking here.

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October 2005 Feature

The A to Z Gallery

We are expanding our Gallery section with player, team and action photographs from bygone years.


We are also displaying the artwork from game programmes, book dust jackets & covers.

Some of the pre-war artwork is very nostalgic - like this Empress Stadium programme cover from the  1936-37 season featuring a match held on Wednesday 25th November 1936 between Earls Court Rangers and Harringay Racers.

Martin Harris has already supplied a large selection from his collection but we are always looking for more hockey pictures and programme covers to add to our

If you have a contribution to make, please send your images in .jpg format to gallery@azhockey.com

To visit our
Gallery click here.

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September 2005 Feature

Hockey Talk Radio

Millian is the owner of a talk radio network in Las Vegas and he has launched an NHL hockey talk show called The BlueLine. 

It airs on Fridays at 8PM PST, is one hour long, has a toll free number & chat rooms, and the talk is all hockey.

The show is on www.AllTalkRadio.net and is has its own web site at www.bluelinetalkradio.com

For those fans not able to join the show live, you can e-mail the show and if you sign up to the site, you can listen to the archived shows.

The www.bluelinetalkradio.com web site has many features as well as a news stream for the NHL.

Join in the chat or just have a listen ... in addition to the hockey talk, you'll also hear some good hockey music - just the thing to get you ready for the new season.

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August 2005 Feature

Stats, Stats, Stats Part 2

The Society for International Hockey Research (SIHR) based in Canada, was founded in 1991 at Kingston, Ontario - the home town of founding President - Bill Fitsell.

The purpose of the Society, "is to bring together dedicated researchers and historians to apply even more diligent research to record and preserve .... so that a 100 years hence the record will be as clear and as accurate as it can be."  

The Hon. President is Brian McFarlane.

There is an annual mebership fee payable.

The Swedish Icehockey Historical and Statistical Society (SIHSS) based in Stockholm, Sweden, was founded in 1994. The society is connected to the Society for International Hockey Research (SIHR). The major goal for the society is research of the origin ice hockey in Europe 1895-1945.

The society invites interested researchers from all countries to write for exchange of findings and discussion of co-operation.

There is no membership fee - a list of members with contact e-mails is provided on the web site. 

For more information visit their web sites by following these links ...


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July 2005 Feature

Stats, Stats, Stats Part 1

Keeping statistics during a game is the job of the scorer - the Off-Ice Official who fills in the game sheet during the match and records goals and penalties. But we all know that many fans at matches also keep their own records, if you are one of those fans, you'll know that keeping tabs on just one team can be problematic.

So, my hat comes off to those web sites that try to keep statistics for all teams & players - in particular, Ralph Slate's Internet Hockey Database and Mike Ewer's Eurohockey Net. There are other statistic sites but these two are, in my view, the best.

At the A to Z we have never tried to include year by year stats for players because these two sites already do an excellent job on that front.  We also try and avoid duplicating what Team web sites might offer in terms of career stats analysis for their players. Once a player has retired, we may include a summary of his career stats.

To find out more about the Internet Hockey Database and the Eurohockey Net Database click these links.

Next month we will be featuring statistical societies & groups.

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June 2005 Feature

GBSC founders elected to British Ice Hockey Hall of Fame

Great Britain Supporters Club
Logo © Great Britain Supporters Club

(GBSC) founders,
Allan & Annette Petrie
have been inducted into the
British Ice Hockey Hall of Fame.

The British Ice Hockey Association, the governing body back in 1993, gave their permission for the creation of the GBSC (Great Britain and Northern Ireland Ice Hockey Supporters Club). The club now has over 400 members, representatives at most British clubs and raises funds by the sale of merchandise, raffles and special events. The club gives financial support to the national teams at all levels. 

As the world's only fan club for a national team its members are renowned for their fanatical support of their country wherever the team play. 

The GB web site has GB News, Tournament results, Interviews, GBSC Travel details, Merchandise & Fan Forums.

To find out more about the club and its organised trips to World Championship tournaments visit their
web site.

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May 2005 Feature

World Championships

The 2005 World Hockey Champions are the Czech Republic.

Canada won silver and Russia claimed bronze

The 16 teams contesting the tournament were Austria, Belarus, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Russia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Slovakia, Sweden, Ukraine and the USA.

Austria & Germany were relegated.

Italy & Norway are promoted to the 2006 World Championship which will be held in Latvia.

To find out the scores and statistics from the 2005 tournament visit http://web1.icehockey2005.com

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April 2005 Feature

World Championships

The 2005 World Championships that take place in Austria at the end of this month are to be screened on NASN.

The tournament runs from 30th April to 15th May with games played in Vienna and Innsbruck.

NASN will be showing 17 games during the two weeks of the World Championships.

The 16 teams contesting the tournament are Austria, Belarus, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Russia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Slovakia, Sweden, Ukraine and the USA.

To find out more about the tournament visit http://web1.icehockey2005.com

For more on NASN's schedule visit www.nasn.com

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March 2005 Feature

Hockey Fiction

Dawson City Seven

Killing Frank McGee

These two books from Don Reddick are works of fiction based on factual events and people. 

Dawson City Seven, publishe
d in 1993, is a story about a 1905 trip made by a group of Dawson City (Yukon) hockey players across Canada to play the then best hockey team that had ever been assembled.

Killing Frank McGee, published in 2001, was prompted by an article Don Reddick wrote on the story. The article, also entitled "Killing Frank McGee" appeared in the 1999 Society for International Hockey Research Journal. The article was then bought by Total Hockey and included in their hockey encyclopedia (second edition) in 2000. The article was also selected by Glenn Stout, editor of The Best American Sports Writing series for their Notable Sports Writing of 1999 category. The SIHR also awarded Don Reddick the Brian McFarlane Award for distinguished research and writing in May 2001. 

To find out more about the author and/or to buy his books, visit www.donreddick.com

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February 2005 Feature

Hockey Tickets & lots more

Barry’s Tickets Service Inc. (Barrystickets.com) have been providing their clients with hard-to-get and premium tickets to all major worldwide, national and local events since 1984. As a member in the National Association of Ticket Brokers (NATB), reliability and accountability are the cornerstones of their business philosophy.

When the NHL decide to play some  hockey, why not get your tickets from Barrystickets.com. In the meantime, call them if you want to see the any of the 374 NHL players currently playing in Europe - in 19 European leagues. 

But, it's not just hockey tickets they sell, you can find tickets for Auto Racing, Boxing, Concerts, Golf, Horse Racing, LA Events, MLB, NBA, NCAA, NFL,  Rodeo, Soccer, Tennis, Theatre & Wrestling via their site or office.  If you want a ticket for events not listed, they will be happy to locate them for you.

Barrystickets.com, is not just a web-based company. Their customer service is just a phone call (800) 348-8499 or e-mail away.

They are based in Los Angeles where they have four offices and are in the Top 10 of all ticket brokers in the USA. 

It's not just US tickets that Barry’s Tickets Service Inc supply, if you want soccer tickets, including the Premiership and La Liga, they can get them. If you want to see a European Cup game, watch Test Cricket or see a concert anywhere in the world, give them a call. If tickets are made available to brokers, then Barry’s Tickets Service Inc will be able to help you.

To find out more visit the

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January 2005 Feature

Anglo-Czech Hockey School

The school was the brainchild of Milan Figala, one of the first Czech players to play in the UK. Figala's idea was to forge links with his home country, the Czech Republic and to give something back to the sport he loved so much. Figala and a hockey schools director, John Wright got together - Wright became the contact in England while Figala covered Scotland and the Czech Republic. They started by inviting Czech junior teams to visit the UK, competing with teams throughout England and Scotland. Seeing such commitment to the sport in the UK, the Czechs offered an opportunity to take young British players to schools/camps in the Czech Republic, to be coached by the very best. Since 1990, players from the Anglo-Czech Ice Hockey Schools have been selected to take part in the Czech junior program, and several young British players have taken advantage of the opportunity.

To find out more visit the
Anglo-Czech Ice Hockey School

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