Friday November 22, 2019

 Ricards Birzins

Fife Flyers, sponsored by Arnold Clark Mercedes-Benz, Latvian defenceman Ričards Birziņš may not have won Flyers fans' unsung hero award this season, however he has gone about his job in the Flyers defensive zone perfectly.

Birziņš, 28, in his second season in the Elite Ice Hockey League having iced with the Manchester Storm in their debut season back in 2015/16. This season sees Birziņš return to the playoffs for the first time since 2015, when he was icing in the ECHL with Tulsa Oilers.

"Winning is always fun, especially when you have a great group of guys like we do this year, it feels great! I'm just happy to play in the playoffs because I haven’t been in the playoffs the last two seasons I played.

"It is a lot different than the regular season, I think it’s fun for the players and the fans as well because everybody knows that it may be the last game and every guy has to bring their best to the table!

"The playoff finals weekend is a lot different to other playoff hockey, as it’s a one game series anything can happen and one mistake can cost dearly."

This Saturday Flyers go head to head with Cardiff Devils the back-to-back Elite League champions, in the first semi-final game of the PredictorBet Playoff weekend, and Birziņš knows it will be a tough task, but will go into the game as fully prepared as possible.

"Everybody knows their role in the team, and when a couple of guys got hurt different guys stepped up for them which is great.

"Todd and Jeff have had us mentally prepared us for every game each time, so it makes a bit easier for the players as well!"

EIHL PredictorBet Playoff Semi-final


Sheffield Steelers Sheffield 14 18
Belfast Giants Belfast 11 18
Glasgow Clan Glasgow 12 17
Cardiff Devils Cardiff 10 14
Coventry Blaze Coventry 13 14
Fife Flyers Fife 13 13
Guilford Flames Guildford 12 12
Nottingham Panthers Nottingham 13 11
Dundee Stars Dundee 15 7
Manchester Manchester 11 7
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Elite Ice Hockey League

The Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) is a professional ice hockey league in the United Kingdom formed in 2003. The league currently consists of 10 teams, with Belfast (NIR), Cardiff (WAL), Coventry (ENG), Dundee (SCO), Fife (SCO), Glasgow (SCO), Guildford (ENG), Manchester (ENG), Nottingham (ENG) and Sheffield (ENG).

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The Fife Flyers, established in 1938, are the oldest professional ice hockey team in the United Kingdom. The team has a history of success through the ages, with over 60 Scottish and British cups and titles to their name.

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