It is 8 o’clock in the morning at an ice rink in Uzbekistan’s capital, Tashkent, and little can be heard over the shouting, scraping skates, smacking pucks and the ref blowing on his whistle. It is training time for kids at Binokor, a hockey club with a complicated past and, its supporters believe, a hopeful future. When the club appeared in 1971, it was a sensation. Tashkent was the southernmost city on the planet to host an ice hockey team. Seventeen years later, the team folded. And then, in 2012, the club was brought back to life. Management hopes Binokor will revive the winter sport’s fortunes in a nation not often associated with cold weather. One of the loudest voices heard at the Binokor rink is that of chief trainer Alisher Azimov, one of only a few people in Uzbekistan to have made a living playing hockey. It is thanks to Azimov that the sport has received another lease on life. “When I came back to Tashkent in 1989, after doing my service in the … [Read more...] about What the puck? Uzbekistan dreams of ice hockey
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I don’t think we can start anywhere else other than the heroic performances from Team Great Britain last week. Led by our own captain Jonathan Phillips the national side set new standards in delivering promotion to Pool A. This time next year our boys will be battling it out with the likes of Canada, United States, Sweden, Finland and Russia. How exciting!The Steelers boys did their duty. Not only the captain who will surely go down as not only our greatest leader but also our country’s. Back-to-back promotions, a decade wearing the GB uniform Jonathan Phillips is a unique athlete, leader and person. A credit to his family and to our club.Ben O’Connor was named defencemen of the tournament, Davey Phillips was again reliable, solid and inspirational. Robert Dowd led from the front scoring goals including the important first in that final game against Hungary. Young Liam Kirk started game one on the bench, by Game 2 was on a regular shift and created and made chances … [Read more...] about Simmsey column: Sheffield Steelers’ lads did our nation proud in Pool A-bound Great Britain ice hockey team
Humboldt (Canada) (AFP) - Mourners in the tiny Canadian town of Humboldt, still struggling to make sense of a devastating tragedy, prepared Sunday for a prayer vigil to honor the victims of a truck-bus crash that killed 15 of their own and shook North American ice hockey. Police said a collision late Friday between a transport truck and a bus carrying players, coaches and team personnel of the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team claimed 15 lives and left the other 14 people on the bus injured, some critically. Volunteers, many red-eyed, lined up chairs on Sunday at the Broncos' arena in Humboldt -- not for the playoff game that fans had excitedly anticipated but for a somber vigil set to begin at 7:00 pm (0100 GMT Monday). Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was due to join the large crowd expected for the remembrance event in the town of about 6,000 people. Hockey players were expected to sit on the ice together, many in uniform. An additional 1,000 chairs were set up at a local curling … [Read more...] about Canada town prepares somber vigil to honor hockey crash victims
Hockey-mad Canada was in mourning on Saturday after a bus carrying a junior ice hockey team collided with a semi-trailer truck in Saskatchewan province, killing 14 people. In a country where love of the sport is almost a religion, the crash sparked an outpouring of grief among players and fans on social media, while national political leaders expressed their sympathies. "We can now confirm 14 people have died as a result of this collision," the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in a statement, which did not say how many of the victims were players or coaches of the Humboldt Broncos team. Of the total 29 people on the team bus, including the driver, 15 were taken to hospital with injuries. "Three of these people have injuries that are critical in nature," the RCMP said. They gave no information about the status of the truck driver. The team comprises 24 players, all from Canada, with the youngest aged 16 and the oldest 21. The crash took place at around 5:00 pm (2300 GMT) Friday on … [Read more...] about Canada shaken as 14 killed in hockey bus crash
England 6 April 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-43654831 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Related TopicsLondon violence Another day, another death. Another headline about someone being killed in London. On the first Monday of this month, Tanesha Melbourne, 17, died in her mother's arms after being shot in … [Read more...] about London killings: Why are they happening?