Several years ago I was involved with the Cardiff Devils Ice Hockey team when I built their website (designed by the very talented JP of Still Brilliant). When I built the website for the Devils I attended games every week, and even presented a man of the match award to net minder Phil Osaer in a Devils’ 4-3 win.
This weekend I presented another man of the match award at an ice hockey game, this time at the Flintshire Freeze in North Wales. The Freeze had just beaten the Fife Flyers 15-6 at the Deeside Ice Rink, and I was there in my capacity as Technical Director at StuckOn, as StuckOn is a sponsor of the Flintshire Freeze.
During the game we received our sponsor’s shirt, which sports our logo on the arm, and then following the game I presented the man of the match award for both teams.
When I arrived at the rink however I didn’t realise I’d be doing the man of the match, and I was asked if we had a banner with our company branding (for the photograph) which, sadly, I didn’t. This set me thinking that perhaps we should have had some sort of branding for the photo, such as a banner or perhaps T-shirts (like the MrDaz one I had printed a few years ago) or maybe personalised polo shirts with our logo on them. This would have looked great in the pictures but, unfortunately, you’re stuck with my grinning mug (incidentally wearing the exact same coat that I wore when I did the Cardiff Devils presentation – I need to go shopping).
Still, the game was great, the Freeze annihilated the Flyers and there was a great fight in the third period (all you want from an ice hockey game really).
You may have seen Google’s site links? They’re detailed page links that appear underneath the #1 listing for some websites when you make a search. For example, Just Search have had site links for about a year now, which you can see here. Google picks sites it thinks are worthy enough and generates these links, which you can have some control over using Google’s Webmaster Tools.
This means that Google considers this website important enough to have site links, which is nice. Shame they still have a PageRank penalty on me then eh?
It’s not my only site to have site links either, my Transformers website and the Cardiff Devils site have also attained the prestige of site links.
If you’re wondering how your site can get site links such as this, you’ll need to keep adding your content and building up those back links naturally. Google only rewards high quality sites that are updated regularly with site links.
Just a quick note to say good luck to the Devils in the playoffs this weekend as they take on the Blaze in the semi finals on Saturday.
They’ve had a turbulant season playing without a home rink for the first few months, losing their manager and now changing ownership for next season as well. Already British Knockout Cup winners a playoff victory would make this difficult time one of their most successful to boot.
I just wanted to say that Saturday’s hockey game between Cardiff Devils and top of the table Coventry Blaze was probably the best I’ve ever seen the Devils play.
They showed so much hussle and determination to win that even after going a goal down they didn’t quit. Winning 3-1 and ending the game with a full team brawl was awsome. The crowd chanting ‘LOSERS’ at the Blaze was funny too.
Great game, glad I chose to miss the rugby for it.
Saturday was supposed to be the first home game for the Echo Cardiff Devils in their new, purpose-built, ice rink from Planet Ice in Cardiff Bay. Much delayed, and long anticipated the first home game, some 12 games into Cardiff’s season, and against Newcastle (or just Vipers as they’re now known) was going to be a classic. Everyone arrived OK, including the away fans from far oop North, only to be told that the game was off due to ‘unsafe ice’.
What a disaster!
This rink has taken ages to build, is well over due and then its grand opening delves into farce. Hopefully the rink will be ready for Wednesday’s home game against Manchester, and the Devils can finally get their new home, and their season, underway.