John Francis Ahearne known as Bunny Ahearne, was an international ice hockey administrator and businessman. He served rotating terms as president and vice-president of the International Ice Hockey Federation from 1951 to 1975, was the secretary of the British Ice Hockey Association from 1934 to 1971, its president until 1982, he began in hockey by managing the last Great Britain team to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympic Games, before moving to the international stage. He implemented business reforms at the IIHF, oversaw the growth of ice hockey to new countries, expanded the Ice Hockey World Championships, he was inducted into both the Hockey Hall of Fame and the British Ice Hockey Hall of Fame in his lifetime, posthumously inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame. Ahearne was secretary of the British Ice Hockey Association from 1934 to 1971, served as the association's president from 1971 to 1982. During this time was the United Kingdom's delegate to meetings of the International Ice Hockey Federation.
During this time he hired Pat Marsh as his secretary, who took over as the BIHA secretary when Ahearne became president. Ahearne was the head coach of the Great Britain ice hockey team which won a bronze medal at the 1935 Ice Hockey World Championships, he continued working on the business management of the team for another three years, appointed Percy Nicklin to take over the coaching duties. Prior to the Ahearne's involvement in the national team, it was composed of current and former army officers, he decreed that the national team needed to play at least four British-born players, augmented the roster with imports. He built a powerful British team by recruiting players living in Canada who obtained British citizenship under the British nationality law, through ancestral linkages to the United Kingdom. Ahearne went to Canada in 1935 with team captain Carl Erhardt to find the best available players; the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association reluctantly agreed to allow permission for any player wishing to transfer, as long as the BIHA would only use such players who were properly transferred.
The combined efforts of Ahearne and Erhardt, went on to win an Olympic gold medal and two silver medals for Great Britain in the next three years. The team earned the gold medal in ice hockey at the 1936 Winter Olympics hosted in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, which determined the 1936 European Championship and the 1936 World Championship. Great Britain won silver at both the 1937 Ice Hockey World Championships and the 1938 Ice Hockey World Championships, won the European championship both times. Ahearne was part of the IIHF delegation who travelled to North American in 1947, to convince the CAHA, the Amateur Hockey Association of the United States to resume being active members, he welcomed the Soviet Union Ice Hockey Federation to IIHF membership in 1952. He served as vice-president of the IIHF from 1951 to 1957 as president from 1957 to 1960 as vice-president again from 1960 to 1963, returned to the presidency from 1963 to 1966, returned to vice-presidency from 1966 to 1969, president again from 1969 to 1975.
The alternating terms as president and vice-president arose from the agreement where the CAHA and AHAUS rejoined the IIHF with the promise of rotating the top position between Europe and North America. The other IIHF presidents during that time were Robert Lebel from Canada, William Thayer Tutt from the United States. During his time with the IIHF, Ahearne is credited with improving its finances, cooperating with the International Olympic Committee, helping to develop and introduce hockey to new countries, he transformed the Ice Hockey World Championships into a well-known annual tournament, implemented the splitting of the event into different tiers of competition. He oversaw the foundation of both the IIHF European Junior Championships and the Izvestia Cup in 1967, he introduced advertisements on the side boards of hockey rinks during the World Championships, secured broadcasting rights for international matches. He is credited for redistributing funds and profit sharing from these events to IIHF members for development.
In 1969, the IIHF voted to allow limited use of former professional players at international competitions. The decision was challenged by the Soviet Union, claiming that Canada would abuse the change at the upcoming 1970 World Ice Hockey Championships; when the IOC did not support the change, Ahearne was caught in the middle and changed his position. The CAHA responding by withdrawing from international play until 1977; this dispute led to the negotiation of the 1972 Summit Series, of which Ahearne was one of the four signatories who approved the event on 18 April 1972, along with Fred Page, Joe Kryczka, Andrey Starovoytov. He retired as IIHF president in 1975, was replaced by Günther Sabetzki. Ahearne received the AHAUS citation award in 1949, he was named an honorary president of the IIHF in 1975. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1977, the British Ice Hockey Hall of Fame in 1987, posthumously inducted into IIHF Hall of Fame in 1997, he was the namesake of the Ahearne Cup that began in 1952 in Sweden, from the combined efforts of Djurgårdens IF Hockey and the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.
Ahearne was born on 19 November 1900 in Ireland. He spent the majority of his life residing in England working as a travel agent, never played ice hockey. Ahearne died on 11 April 1985, at his home in England due to heart failure. Gord Renwick attended the funeral on behalf of Canada, said that despite their disagreements, he was respected by Canadian officials for his business sense
Bradford Bulldogs are an English ice hockey team that play in the North Division of the English National Ice Hockey League. They play their home games at the Bradford Ice Arena, West Yorkshire, they were formed in 1978. The team, unlike most British sides contains an British roster, many who were born and taught to play ice hockey in Bradford; the team features a productive youth system which begins at under-7 level. The Bradford Bulldogs finished bottom of the English National Ice Hockey League Laidler Conference in the 2015/16 season.. Bradford Bulldogs website
The Guildford Flames are an ice hockey team based in Guildford and they play their home games in the Guildford Spectrum. They compete in the top-tier of hockey in the Elite Ice Hockey League. Founded in October 1992, the Flames played in the second tier leagues of British hockey, first the British National League until 2004, subsequently the English Premier Ice Hockey League until 2017. On February 24, 2017, it was announced that the Flames would become the 12th Elite Ice Hockey League team, joining for the 2017–18 season; the team's head coach is Paul Dixon, who took over after Stan Marple retired in 2007. Barry Dow, an American who sponsored and owned the basketball team Guildford Kings and Bill Hurley established and owned the team as management – the two were new to the sport of ice hockey, brought in Mike Urquhart as coach and Darrin Zinger as captain. Key players signed for the first season included Canadians Sean Murphy and Dave McGahan due to their high scoring at Solent Vikings. In addition a number of British players including goaltender, Mike Kellond.
The Flames' inaugural season began in October 1992. With the Guildford Spectrum not yet completed, the team had to train at Slough's facility; the Flames played their home games at Alexandra Palace until their new home ice was ready and played there for the first time on 23 January 1993. When 23 January 1993 arrived and the Guildford Spectrum opened, the event was a big one; the area's paid-for newspaper The Surrey Advertiser described the local council's £28 million arena as "awesome". Guildford's first game at their new home showed a convincing win with Andy Sparks scoring the first goal at the Spectrum; the team went to the top of the Conference due to that game, a position they held onto for the whole season. Season 2018/19 Patton Conference Champions Season 2015/16 English Premier Cup English Premier League Playoff Winners Season 2012/13 English Premier League Champions English Premier Cup Season 2011/12 English Premier League Champions English Premier Cup Season 2010/11 English Premier League Playoff Winners Season 2009/10 English Premier Cup Season 2007/08 English Premier League Champions Season 2006/07 English Premier Cup Season 2005/06 English Premier League Champions Season 2003/04 British National League Play-off Winners Season 2000/01 Christmas Cup Winners British National League Champions British National League Play-off Winners Season 1998/99 Benson & Hedges Plate Winners Season 1997/98 British National League Southern Conference Winners British National League Winners British National League Play-off Winners Season 1996/97 Benson & Hedges Plate Winners The team logo is similar to that of the Calgary Flames of the NHL.
The team jerseys mirror those used by a former NHL team, Atlanta Thrashers from 1999 to 2006. Head Coach Paul Dixon Assistant Coach/Bench Coach Milos Melicherik Kit Manager Sam Smith CEO Rob Hepburn Commercial Manager/Senior Advisor Kirk Humphreys The retired numbers at the Guildford Flames are: 3 Stan Marple 10 Ryan Campbell 11 Fred Perlini 9 Terry Kurtenbach 15 Andy Sparks 1992–94 – Darren Zinger 1994–99 – Paul Thompson 1999-00 – Karry Biette 2000–01 – Wayne Crawford 2001–07 – Paul Dixon 2007–09 – Ricky Plant 2009–10 – Rob Lamey 2010–15 – David Longstaff 2015–16 – Jez Lundin 2017–18 – Jesse Craige Official Guildford Flames website Flames Backburner Site Unofficial Game photos by David Steadman Guildford Flames Too Hot To Handle! – Supports Blog
The Nottingham Panthers are a British professional ice hockey club based in Nottingham, England. They are members of the Elite Ice Hockey League, their main team sponsor is the Nottingham Building Society. The Nottingham Panthers have won four league titles, five Championships, six Autumn Cups and eight Challenge Cups during their history. Panthers are the only British team to win European club honours with one Continental Cup, they are the only team to have played in every season where a British league championship has been contested and are the only founding member of the Premier Division in 1983 to have continually participated in the top flight league. The Panthers have 16 members enshrined in the British Ice Hockey Hall of Fame and have had 34 players represent Great Britain at the World Championships and in Olympic qualifying; the club was founded in 1946 after earlier attempts to establish a team were postponed due to World War II. During their first eight seasons the Panthers played in the English National League.
They joined the newly formed British National League in 1954, which they competed in until its disbandment in 1960. With no league to play in the club ceased operations. In 1980, players and officials from the Sheffield Lancers relocated to Nottingham and reformed the Panthers. Both the original and modern Nottingham Panthers played their home games at the Ice Stadium until 2000 when the team moved into the National Ice Centre; the Nottingham Panthers have one of the largest fanbases in British ice hockey, averaging over 5,000 spectators per game during the 2014–15 season. Their supporters have shared a number of rivalries with other teams during their history; the Panthers have a fierce rivalry with the Sheffield Steelers. The two sides have played over 200 games, including eleven major finals, since 1992. An initial attempt to bring a professional ice hockey team to Nottingham was made in 1939 following the completion of the Ice Stadium in Nottingham City Centre. A team was assembled and brought to the United Kingdom from Canada to compete in the 1939–40 English National League season but were promptly sent home having not played a single game due to the outbreak of World War II.
Seven years after the war had ended, a second effort to bring ice hockey to the city was begun. With a team of Canadians from Winnipeg, the Nottingham Panthers played their first competitive game on 22 November 1946 with a 3–2 home victory over the Wembley Monarchs; the Panthers struggled during their early years and only once during their first four seasons did they finish in the upper half of the league table. The club's first coach, Alex Archer, left Nottingham after two seasons and was replaced by Archie Stinchcombe who would coach the team until 1955. Despite a lack of success in their formative years the team had a number of players who would become local heroes including forwards Les Strongman and Chick Zamick. Zamick became one of the most prolific scorers in the league and won the Nottingham Sportsman of the Year award on two occasions, defeating sportsmen such as the Notts County and England international footballer Tommy Lawton; the club's first major title came in the 1950–51 season.
After finishing fourth in the Autumn Cup the Panthers won 18 of their 30 league games and clinched the league championship. The team ended the campaign having scored the most goals and conceded the least; the following season Nottingham fell to the bottom of the rankings. Success returned in 1953–54 when, after a last place finish in the Autumn Cup, the Panthers secured their second English League title by one point over Streatham. In the close season of 1954 the English League and the Scottish League were merged to form a British League; the Panthers finished second to the Harringay Racers in the eleven team competition. After one season all the Scottish teams, with the exception of the Paisley Pirates, withdrew from the British League and left it with only five members; the close season of 1955 saw the departure of Stinchcombe, replaced as coach by Zamick. The 1955–56 season proved to be one of the club's most successful. Nottingham won the Autumn Cup at the beginning of the season before clinching their third league title on goal average ahead of the Wembley Lions.
They travelled to Sweden where they won the Ahearne Cup. The 1955–56 title win proved to be the original Panthers' last. Over the next four years Nottingham alternated between bottom and second place in the league standings. After finishing runner-up in 1959–60, the Panthers took part in the first British Championship final in thirty years where they faced the Brighton Tigers. Nottingham were defeated 3–2 in the first leg but won the second in regulation time by the same scoreline forcing overtime; the Tigers clinched 32 seconds of the extra session. During the close season of 1960 the British National League collapsed and the Nottingham Panthers were disbanded. Ice hockey would not return to Nottingham for the next two decades; the Nottingham Panthers were revived thanks to the efforts of Gary Keward. In 1980 the Ice Stadium directors, led by Charles Walker, agreed to a request by Keward to give ice hockey another chance; the Sheffield Lancers, a team Keward helped to run, were relocated to Nottingham taking the name of the team that had occupied the same building 20 years earlier.
On 20 September 1980 the modern Panthers took to the ice for the first time defeating the Solihull Barons 7–4 at the Ice Stadium. During their first three seasons the Panthers played in regional leagues, first in the English League South and in Section B of the British Hockey League. In 1983 the British Hockey League r
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The Daily Record is a Scottish tabloid newspaper based in Glasgow. It is published six days a week, its sister paper is the Sunday Mail; as part of Reach plc, it has a close kinship with the British-based Daily Mirror, with major stories of British significance being reported in both titles. The Daily Record had a print circulation in December 2016 of a drop of 9.7 % year on year. According to NRS PADD figures, the Daily Record is by far the leading news brand in Scotland with a total audience of 3.1 million. This compares with The Scottish Sun's audience in Scotland of 1.41 million and The Scotsman at 1.13 million. The Daily Record's print sales are dropping at a rate of over 20,000 a year, its January 2010 circulation was 323,831. This has dropped to a January 2017 circulation of 155,772; the Daily Record was founded in 1895. The North British Daily Mail ceased publication in 1901 and was incorporated into the Daily Record, renamed the Daily Record and Mail. Lord Kemsley bought the paper for £1 million in 1922, forming a controlling company known as Associated Scottish Newspapers Limited.
Production was transferred from Renfield Lane to 67 Hope Street in 1926. In 1971 the Daily Record became the first European newspaper to be printed with run-of-paper colour, was the first British national to introduce computer page make-up technology, it was purchased from the estate of Robert Maxwell. A Daily Record newspaper archives website expected to be launched in 2019 will the first edition in 1895 to most recent will be online. Historical copies of the Daily Record from the years 1914 to 1918 are available to search and view in digitised form at The British Newspaper Archive. In August 2006, the paper launched afternoon editions in Glasgow and Edinburgh entitled Record PM. Both papers had a cover price of 15p, but in January 2007, it was announced that they would become freesheets, which are distributed on the streets of the city centres, it was announced that new editions were to be released in Aberdeen and Dundee. The PM is no longer published by the Daily Record. Politically, the Daily Record supported the conservative Unionist Party until the 1964 general election, when it switched its allegiance to the Labour Party.
The paper continues to support the Labour Party and has a close relationship with it, including donating £10,000 to the party in 2007. It opposes both Scottish independence. On the day of the 2007 Scottish Parliament election, it ran a front-page editorial attacking the SNP. Since Murray Foote became editor in February 2014, the publication's stance has become less clear cut. For many years there has been a close relationship between Daily Record journalists and Labour Party politicians in Scotland, a revolving door between newspaper staff and Labour advisers. Helen Liddell went from being General Secretary of the Scottish Labour Party to being Robert Maxwell’s Head of Corporate Affairs at the Daily Record. Tom Brown worked as one of the Daily Record’s highest-profile columnists and served as its political editor, before advising his friend, First Minister Henry McLeish. Paul Sinclair was political editor of the Daily Record, before becoming a special advisor to Douglas Alexander, to Gordon Brown.
He has been Johann Lamont's special adviser and official spokesperson since 2011. Labour peer, former MP and MSP, Lord Watson of Invergowrie has reflected that ‘the one paper no Labour MP or MSP can afford to ignore is the Daily Record'; the Daily Record, along with Brian Souter, spearheaded the "Keep the Clause" campaign which aimed to prevent the Scottish Parliament from repealing Section 28. This law prevented local authorities from promoting "the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship" in state schools. Section 28 was repealed in Scotland in 2000 by 99 votes to 17 in the Scottish Parliament, was repealed in England and Wales in 2003. Former Scottish Labour Leader Kezia Dugdale is a weekly columnist in the paper, every Monday 1937: Clem Livingstone 1946: Alistair M. Dunnett 1955: Alex Little 1967: Derek Webster 1984: Bernard Vickers 1988: Endell Laird 1994: Terry Quinn 1998: Martin Clarke 2000: Peter Cox 2003: Bruce Waddell 2011: Allan Rennie 2014: Murray Foote 2016 Sports Production: Allan Bryce, Darren Cooney 2018: David Dick Mhairi Black - Member of Parliament for SNP.
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The Chelmsford Chieftains are an Ice Hockey team based in Chelmsford, Essex that are playing in the NIHL South Division 2. Since the team was founded in 1987, the Chieftains have played their home games at the Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre. Chelmsford played their first game against the Peterborough Titans in September 1987, they had been placed in the "Heineken League Division Two", beat the Titans 11-4. First goal Stuart Steeves After competing in the English Premier Ice Hockey League for eight seasons between 1998 and 2008, the Chelmsford Chieftains withdrew from the league at the end of the 2007/2008 season, instead entered the English National Ice Hockey League; the hockey governing body in the UK, the EIHA, informed the club that they would be playing in Division 1 for the 2008/2009 season. However, at the league A. G. M. Many of the clubs supported a motion to overturn the league's decision and the Chieftains were placed in Division 2; the Chieftains had assembled a squad capable of playing in Division 1 and at such a late stage, the squad could not be rebuilt.
The outcome was that the Chieftains started the season in a strong position. In the entire 2008/2009 season, the Chieftains allowed a single point, to the Invicta Mustangs at the start of the season. From until the end of the season, the Chieftains won every game, with an average score of 8-2. In 2009/10, they finished fourth in the league. In the 2010/11 season, the Chieftains contended for top spot. Only in the final few weeks did the Wightlink Raiders cement their place at the top of the table; the Raiders had been the only side. At the conclusion of the season, Dean Birrell announced he would be moving to the role of Director of Coaching in Chelmsford, which would oversee the coaching of the Chieftains and Warriors. Taking his place would be MK Lightning forward Gary Clarke, who takes over in a player-coach role for the 2011-12 campaign. 1989 Essex Cup 1990/91 Autumn Trophy 1992/93 British League Entry Playoffs 1996/97 Essex/Kent Cup 1996/97 Essex Cup 1999/00 English League Premier Division Playoffs 1999/00 Data Vision Millenium Cup 1999/00 English League Premier Division 2008/09 English National League South Division 2 2010/11 English National League South Division 1 Playoffs 2011/12 English National League South Division 1 Playoffs 2011/12 Essex Cup 2012/13 National Ice Hockey League South Division 1 2012/13 National Ice Hockey League South Division 1 Playoffs 2013/14 National Ice Hockey League South Division 1 2014/15 National Ice Hockey League South Division 1 1996/97 Playoff finalists 1997/98 Playoff finalists 1995/96 Autumn Trophy Finalists 2010/11 English National League South Division 1 2011/12 English National League South Division 1 2012/13 National Ice Hockey League South Cup 2012/13 South East Cup 2017/18 National Ice Hockey League South Division 2
The Basingstoke Bison are an English Ice Hockey club from Basingstoke. They compete in the National Ice Hockey League and have been members of the Ice Hockey Superleague and its successor the Elite Ice Hockey League. Formed in 1988 as the Basingstoke Beavers, the club became the "Bison" in 1995, their team logo is similar to that used by the Buffalo Sabres from 1996–2006. Joining the Superleague in 1996, the Bison dropped out in 1998 and joined the British National League. In 2003 they joined the newly formed Elite Ice Hockey League. Despite being one of the lower-budget teams in the EIHL, the Bison maintained their fan base and enhanced local sponsorships and doubled their season ticket sales; this success is testament to the hard work of Mark Bernard, who occupied the general manager and head coach role with the club during the 2004/05 and 2005/06 seasons. Bernard stepped into the netminder's role part way through the latter season after Jayme Platt had left the team. In May 2006, Bernard left the club to take up the assistant general manager's post with American Hockey League club, the Norfolk Admirals.
Prior to his departure, Bernard secured the services of a number of the players that made up the 05/06 roster. In June 2006, Planet Ice announced that the new player/coach of the club would be former club captain Doug Sheppard, with former Bison and London Racers defenceman Duncan Dalmao returning as player/assistant coach. Sheppard set about building his roster around the core; the Bison embarked upon a successful year under Sheppard, securing their highest Elite League finish, taking many points off the top sides in the League. In April 2007, David Taylor, owner of the Bracknell Bees, purchased the Bison, he appointed Ryan Aldridge as the head coach of the team, signalling the end of Doug Shepherd's reign. Shepherd went on to join rivals Sheffield Steelers. Following financial problems, which had resulted in the departure of a number of players, Taylor relinquished ownership of the Bison and the team's new owner was announced as Tomas Enerston by Planet Ice on 8 November 2007. Less than a year following further financial difficulty, Planet Ice put together a rescue package to keep Bison on the ice until the end of the 2008/09 season.
On 25 March 2009, the Bison released a statement confirming that they would be joining the EPL for the 2009/10 season. Entry to the EPIHL was confirmed on 15 April 2009, Steve Moria took over as head coach the following day. After Moria's departure at the end of the 2011–2012 season, it was announced that Doug Sheppard would return as the Bison head coach for the 2012–2013 season. In March 2013, Sheppard signed another deal with the Basingstoke Bison to continue as head coach for the 2013–2014 season; the Basingstoke Bison won the 15/16 English Premier League title, under Doug Sheppard as coach. This ended their silverware drought of 23 years. Roster for the 2018/19 NIHL season. Basingstoke have only retired the number of two players, the first being Kevin Conway's number 10 in 2005 following his initial retirement from ice hockey. In the 2005–06 season, Tony Redmond was honoured with a testimonial season. In September 2009, it was announced that Don Yewchin, the original ice hockey coordinator for the Beavers in 1988 would have his number 12 jersey retired before Basingstoke's league game with local rivals Bracknell Bees on Saturday 10 October 2009.
In a fantastic twist of fate, Basingstoke won the game 12–0 In 2018, the club held a testimonial match to celebrate Kurt Reynolds, as he took a time-out from hockey. 1989/90*Champions – English Div 1 Promotion Play-offs 1991/92Winners – Southern Cup1992/93Champions – Heineken Division One Champions – Heineken Div 1 Promomtion Play-offs Runners-up – Southern Cup1993/94Runners-up – Southern Cup1994/95Runners-up – Southern Cup1998/99Runners-up – British National Ice Hockey League Runners-up – Christmas Cup1999/00Winners – B & H Plate Runners-up – ntl: Christmas Cup Runners-up – BNL Play-off Championships2000/01Winners – B & H Plate Runners-up – Findus British National Ice Hockey League Runners-up – FBNL Play-off Championships2003/04EIHL First Team All Star – Curtis Cruickshank2012/13Runners-up – English Premier Ice Hockey League2013/14Winners – English Premier Ice Hockey League Cup Runners-up – English Premier Ice Hockey League Winners – English Premier Ice Hockey League Play-off Championship2015/16Champions – English Premier Ice Hockey League Ashley Tait – 2018 – present – Player / head coach Doug Sheppard – 2012 – 2018 – Player / head coach Steve Moria – 2009–2012 – Player / head coach Ryan Aldridge – 2007–2009 – Player / head coach Doug Sheppard – 2006–2007 – Player / head coach Mark Bernard – 2004–2006 – Player / head coach / general manager Steve Moria – 2002–2004 – Player / head coach Charlie Colon – 2000–2002 – Head coach Rick Strachan – 1999–2000 – Player / head coach Don Depoe – 1998–1999 – Head coach Darcy Anderson Derek Campbell Brad Cruikshank Mark DeSantis Jason Goulet Jason Hewitt Wes Jarvis David Kozier Dean Melanson Dwight Parrish Curtiss Patrick Jayme Platt Brent Pope Danny Stewart Steve Thornton David Vychodil Basingstoke Bison web site Bolt Action Media – Bison's Media providers web site