Blaze Boss Tips Cardiff For Title

Last updated : 14 January 2011 By PM
Coventry Blaze coach Paul Thompson has tipped Cardiff Devils to win the Elite League title this season.

Thompson takes his side to Devils tonight with the Welsh team having won 21 straight games to surge to the top of the table.

Devils, who celebrate their 25th anniversary this year, have not won the league title since 1994 but they have produced a stunning run of form to move three points clear with two games in hand.

Thompson said to the Blaze official website: "It's an unbelievable run. They are my favourites for the title, anyone who can put a run together like that has to be.

"I have watched a lot of clips of their goals and the puck has been bouncing for them but that is what happens when you get on these kind of runs. It has happened to us before."

Thompson knows his side will have to show the same fighting spirit they displayed in the back-to-back games against Devils over the Christmas period.

He added: "We got a point off them in overtime on Boxing Day and battled hard down in Cardiff the following night and that was with a decimated team.

"They are a good team but they are not invincible and we have to go out and prove that. We can't hide, we can't bury our heads.

"No-one is feeling sorry for us right now, they are licking their lips."

Only two weeks have past since the Blaze and Steelers fought it out in the rin' with the Steelers securing the points after a close bout!

This Sunday, at 6pm, the Sheffield outfit return to the Skydome for round 2!

Paul Thompson's not prepared to throw the towel in yet so expect big hits and big blows, right to the final bell in what's expected to be a high intensity, high energy fight!

In the Exmedia gameworn shirt raffle, this Sunday, forward Luke Fulghum will be giving up his jersey and presenting it to one lucky fan at the end of the game! Luke will also be at the signing table after the game joined by injured defenceman Brian Lee.

With the tickets for 'THE BIG FIGHT' selling fast make sure you book yours today at the Skydome Arena box office, on 024 76 630 693 (option 0).
Prices have been announced for the Play-Off Weekend in Nottingham. The eighth play-off finals weekend will take place on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd April 2011 at the National Ice Centre (NIC) in Nottingham.

Tickets go on sale via the 10 Elite League clubs (please find details on respective club websites and in the media) on Wednesday 19th January until Monday 28th February. All remaining tickets will then go on sale via the NIC box office on Friday 11th March.

Elite League chairman, Eamon Convery, said: "This is always a fantastic weekend of ice hockey, the culmination of a terrific season.

"In Nottingham's National Ice Centre we have one of the best facilities in Europe, and the arena and the city always welcomes the event year after year.

"Play-off finals weekend is always a terrific sight to behold and this season there'll be supporters from 10 different clubs packed into the NIC, I can't wait."

On the Saturday, the first semi-final will take place at 1pm, with the second semi-final at 5pm (doors open 11am).

Meanwhile on the Sunday, the annual junior international starts at 11am, with the play-off final having a 3pm face-off (doors open 10am).

Please find below the pricing structure for this year's event…

Discounted (sold via the clubs) from 19th January to 28th February
Saturday - Adult £36, Concession/Student £30
Sunday - Adult £40, Concession/Student £32
Weekend - Adult £72, Concession/Student £50 and family £195 (consisting of two adults and two concessions)

From the NIC from 11th March onwards
Saturday - Adult £45, Concessions/Students £35
Sunday - Adult £50, Concessions/Students £40
Weekend - Adult £80, Concessions/Students £55, and family £215 (being 2 adults and 2 concessions)