The Dundee Comets are a Scottish ice hockey team, based in the city of Dundee. Coached by John Dolan former Dundee Stars Legend They play at the Dundee Ice Arena, along with the Dundee Stars Elite Team and the Dundee Tigers SNL team; the Comets play in the Scottish National League, are current 2011–12 SNL Champions, 2011–12 Scottish Cup Champions and 2012 Spring Cup Champions. They won all these titles in 2010–11
Milton Keynes Thunder
Milton Keynes Thunder are an ice hockey team from Milton Keynes, they are known stylistically as the Rightmove Milton Keynes Thunder for sponsorship purposes, the team competes in the Britton Conference, of the National Ice Hockey League South Division 1. The team was founded in 2001 predominantly to provide competitive hockey and further development opportunities for players leaving the Milton Keynes Junior Ice Hockey system, their home rink is renamed Planet Ice Arena, known locally as the Thunderdome. It has a capacity of circa 2,500. Founded in 2001, MK Thunder shared their home rink with the Milton Keynes Kings. However, the MK Kings were involved in a dispute with rink operators Planet Ice, which led to their relocation to Solihull in May 2002; the space left by the MK Kings was taken by the Milton Keynes Lightning, formed in 2002. As the second most senior ice hockey club in Milton Keynes, the MK Thunder have always played in the National Ice Hockey League South Division 1 or its former incarnations.
It has been used as a vehicle to further develop Milton Keynes based players and has been a'feeder' club for the senior hockey club Milton Keynes Lightning. The teams iced by the club have been dominated by local players, supplemented by the occasional import; the club has links with the junior system and provides development opportunities for junior players at the Milton Keynes Storm Club. In March 2013, Milton Keynes Council approved plans to redevelop the Leisure Plaza after failed attempts in 2006 and 2011; the development of the arena took 17 months to complete. This forced Thunder to play their home games at a temporary rink sited within the Milton Keynes City Centre in a building vacated by the Supermarket Waitrose; the rink and the MK ICE charity established to operate it was organised by the team's owner and the general manager, David Fairhurst. The team returned to the redeveloped rink, renamed the "MK Arena" in October 2014. NIHL League: 0 NIHL Playoffs: 0 NIHL BBO Cup: 1 2016-17The Milton Keynes Thunder lifted their first silverware when they secured the NIHL South BBO Cup in the 2016-17 season.
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Sheffield Steelers is a professional ice hockey team located in Sheffield, England. It plays its home games at the FlyDSA Arena, it is a member of the Elite Ice Hockey League. The club's main sponsor is Sheffield Window Centre. Ice Hockey existed in amateur form in Sheffield, but the sport began its return to an era of arenas and stadium size crowds with the opening of the Sheffield Arena in 1991 and the creation of the Sheffield Steelers — the ice hockey team, to occupy the new arena; the Sheffield Arena was built as part of the city's facilities for the staging of the World Student Games, is a sizeable stadium seating 8,500 and located close to the city centre. Ronnie Wood and David Gardener-Brown were at the helm as the Marketing Director at the club and set about promoting ice hockey to a city raised on the footballing success of Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday. Wood had a specific target, seeking to attract children and families to the city's new sporting Arena, they began taking players to local football matches and parading them around the ground with mascots in an attempt to pull in football fans too.
Another marketing ploy was to give certain players nicknames to help the crowd associate with the new players. The Steelers were named in honour of Sheffield's industrial past, much like the American football team of the same name based in Pittsburgh and the sharing of nicknames are a coincidence; the American football team predates Sheffield's team by 58 years and was popular worldwide due to their dominance in the National Football League in the 1970s. Sheffield and Pittsburgh are considered sister cities; the Sheffield Steelers were the first fully professional ice hockey team in Great Britain, O'Brien suggested that there was a lot of resentment from the followers of other hockey teams who saw them as a "cheque book hockey club" able to buy whoever they chose. Sluyter questions the authenticity of the majority of Steelers fans in the club's early days. Sluyter suggested hockey fans of teams like Cardiff and Nottingham were ice hockey fans first and foremost, while Steelers' supporters were only Steelers fans, knew little of ice hockey outside of Sheffield.
However, it made little difference as Sheffield began breaking several British ice hockey attendance records, in March of that year added an extra 1,200 seats to the Arena to meet the growing demand. Sheffield Steelers had begun their first season in English Division One of the British Hockey League. One year Sheffield Steelers won promotion into the British Premier League, before going on to win this in 1995 — the last team to do so before the formation of the new British Ice Hockey Super League that year. On Sunday 3 December 2006, the Steelers played in their 1000th game; the game was against the Basingstoke Bison at the Hallam FM Arena, for which special orange jerseys had been made for the match. The Steelers lost the game the jerseys were all auctioned off at the game. In the 2000–01 campaign the Steelers completed a Grand Slam, becoming only the second club to win the Autumn Cup, Challenge Cup and Playoff Titles in the same season, they retained the Play-off title the following season, the first team to achieve this in the Superleague era, beating Manchester Storm on penalties in the Play-Off final, held at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham in front of a full house.
David Matsos was appointed as coach for the 2006–07 season. He led the Steelers to a fourth-place finish in a place in the Challenge Cup Finals; the club broke an Elite League Attendance record against the Manchester Phoenix with an attendance of 7,339. In 2007 team Owner Bob Phillips and his wife sold their other Elite League club the Cardiff Devils in order to concentrate on building the Steelers; the club won that season's Elite League Playoff Championship after beating the Coventry Blaze 2–0 in the final with goals from Johnathan Phillips and Dan Tessier. The Steelers were knocked out of the following season's Knockout Cup and Challenge Cup early, but finished first in a league campaign that saw them lose just three times in regulation, they made this a double by beating Nottingham Panthers 2–0 in the Play-Off final. The Steelers season ended in the Quarter Finals of the Play-offs after being knocked out by the Cardiff Devils; the 2010–11 season was preceded by a "walk-out" of Steelers management and office staff, after a vote of no confidence in Owner Bob Phillips.
Phillips put the club up for sale, in December 2010 Paul Ragan, the CEO and owner of the Cardiff Devils, finalised acquiring the rights to the Sheffield Steelers. The Steelers were at the top of the league for the majority of the season, battling it out with the Cardiff Devils.and won the league after back-to-back victories against the Braehead Clan. The Steelers won the league having more regulation time wins. After several rounds of negotiations, Simon decided not to renew his contract, Ryan Finnerty was installed as player/coach after. During that season Sheffield Steelers became the first EIHL team to win a medal in Europe after their appearance in the Continental Cup superfinal. Tony Smith took over as sole owner in August 2011 after buying out Paul Ragan; the Steelers won the 2013–14 Play-Off final 3–2 against Belfast Giants. At the end of season 2014–15 they beat the Cardiff Devils to clinch the Elite League title with 74 points. On 20 April 2015, they parted company with coach Gerard Adams.
They soon brought in former GB coach, as Head Coach and General Manager. At the end of season 2015–16 they became only the second club in the history of ice hockey to become back to back champ
The Blackburn Hawks, are a British ice hockey team based in Blackburn, Lancashire. They are members of the EIHA Moralee Conference, have played in the British National League and the English League Premier Division, their home ice is the 3,200 seat Blackburn Arena. The Blackhawks played their first game on 28 October 1990, in which the Blackhawks defeated Oxford City Stars 6–3; the game was played as a non-import challenge match, where no professional players born outside of the United Kingdom were iced. During the 1990–91 season that followed, all Blackhawks games were played away since the newly built Blackburn Arena had not yet been completed; the first home game played on 26 January 1991, coincidentally resulted in a 6–3 victory against Oxford. The first goal scored at the Arena was by the Blackhawks' Dan Holden, an offensive defenceman who accrued a total of 116 points over the course of the season; the Blackhawks highest points scorer in 1990–91 was Fred Perlini, who contributed 132 points in just 21 games.
Other notable players were Gary Shearman Trevor Foster, Georgie Powell, Paul Fleury. Under manager Keith Purvis and coach Pete Murray, the Blackhawks finished fourth place in the English League Division One and received a promotion due to the collapse of Solihull in the Heineken League. A promising start to the 1991–92 season saw ex- Toronto Maple Leafs coach Doug McKay take over the running of the team. However, his tenure was short-lived due to financial problems, soon the Blackhawks were left without a manager. By the end of the season, the Blackhawks were relegated back into the English League Division One. In 1992–93, the team began to rebuild under the new name of the Blackburn Hawks. Canadian Glenn Knight took up the reins as player-coach, but soon passed the responsibility to the new addition to the team, ex-AHL forward Steve Moria; the team's financial situation was improved following a buy out by Peel Holdings, the firm owning the site on which Blackburn Arena is situated. This change in financial status allowed for an influx of new imports.
The Hawks competed well and fought hard until the last weekend of the season, just missing out on a playoff spot. The early season demolition of the Milton Keynes Kings was not only the greatest shock defeat of the season but made the Hawks a feared and recognised team, it has been dubbed a "tremendous season and one that the Hawks's faithful should remember for a long time to come" and is taken to be the birth of competitive hockey in Blackburn. Prior to the start of the 1994–95 season, the Hawks were again left in turmoil due to the sudden departure of Steve Moria for the Swindon Wildcats. Inexperienced forward Mark Stokes volunteered himself for the role of player-coach; this season was the year of the Hawks' most disastrous B&H Cup campaign, with six successive defeats. However, the Hawks headlined for other reasons; the British Ice Hockey Association imposed bans on the new imports Sverre Sears, Matt Zilinskas, Jeff Winstanley after they appeared on the front page of the Lancashire Evening Telegraph following a late night naked skating session.
This led to their dismissal from the club, prompted a shakeup in staffing. Ex-Toronto Maple Leaf Rocky Saganiuk arrived. Sangiuk brought in Trent Casey, Darren Durdle, Tony Cimellaro, but the Hawks' leaky defence contributed to their relegation to Division Two come the end of the season. However, a last minute re-structure of the league meant that the team began the new season back in division one. Before the 1995–96 campaign began, it became apparent that Saganiuk was not to return, electing to stay in Canada. Under the management of Mike Cockayne, the Hawks secured sponsorship with Thwaites Beer, began the season sporting new look red and yellow uniforms. For the first time, the Hawks took top place in the league, with the most important result being a 12–9 victory over the newly formed Manchester Storm; the match was played at the Nynex Arena in front of a record-breaking crowd of 9,500, watched by millions on Sky TV, in what was the first live UK hockey match to be shown on satellite television in the UK.
In the season the Hawks again visited the Nynex Arena in a league title decider that generated another British attendance record of 16,280. The 1996–97 season gave the Hawks yet another new coach in Jim Pennycook, one of the most experienced players in the British game; the season saw the start of the well-televised Ice Hockey Superleague, which split British ice hockey teams according to their financial position. Blackburn were not part of this new wave, instead competed in the Northern Premier League of the BNL, limited to three imports; the Hawks' difficulties began right at the start of the season, losing two of their three imports before the end of November. Pennycook played most of the season through injury and suffered from a depleted roster after Christmas with only eight players available for some games, they made a couple of new signings before the transfer deadline, finish the season in a mid-table position. For the 1997–98 season, another name change was brought in, with the intention of promoting the team across the County.
However, attendances failed to improve, many fans expressed disapproval of the new name. A number of staffing issues and roster changes saw the Hawks finish bottom of the league and last in the play-offs. At the start of the 1998–99 season, the team found themselves competing in yet another new league, the English League Premier Division; this was a league set up for teams that wanted to compete but on a smaller budget than those i
Manchester Storm (2015–)
The Manchester Storm are a British, professional ice hockey team founded in 2015. They are members of the Elite Ice Hockey League and are based at Planet Ice in Altrincham, Greater Manchester; the original Manchester Storm team were founded in 1995 and were owned by the operators of the newly-opened Manchester Arena. The Storm won the First Division championship in their inaugural season, before becoming a founding member of the Ice Hockey Superleague in 1996; the Storm won the league championship in the 1998–99 season, before capturing the Autumn Cup the following season. The Storm drew many large crowds, breaking the British attendance record for a match against the Sheffield Steelers during the 1996–97 season; the original Storm were forced to close in 2002 after financial problems. The Manchester Phoenix were formed in 2003, they were founder members of the Elite Ice Hockey League, but moved to the English Premier League in 2009 due to financial reasons. Playing out of the Manchester Arena, the Phoenix would relocate to the Altrincham Ice Dome.
At the end of the 2014–15 season, a legal dispute arose between the management of the Altrincham Ice Dome and the Phoenix team over alleged financial impropriety regarding junior teams at the venue. Around the same time, the Hull Stingrays of the Elite Ice Hockey League withdrew from the EIHL; the management of the Altrincham Ice Dome and the EIHL subsequently reached an agreement to place a team in Altrincham to fill the gap created by Hull's liquidation. This team was to be the newly-reformed Manchester Storm. On 26 June 2015, the Storm announced their first two pre-season games against the Nottingham Panthers and old rivals the Sheffield Steelers. Owner Mark Johnson posted via Twitter saying fans wearing original jerseys to the matches from the previous Manchester Storm team would be rewarded with something to take home. On the same day it was made public that the newly-reformed Storm had signed their first two players: Team GB defenceman Dave Phillips and Matty Davies, who would both play in the coming season.
The Storm competed in their first match in over 13 years on 29 August 2015 in a friendly against the Nottingham Panthers. The Manchester side led by GM, Neil Russell with the Belfast Giants, came away victors with a 5–4 win after a penalty shootout with the first goal scored by the newly-formed side coming from forward Vinny Scarsella. Despite the side taking a win, behind the scenes the Storm had yet to recruit a full team and were plagued with other issues such as waiting on signed imports to arrive in the UK as well as visas to be approved; the following evening the Storm played away in another friendly against the 2014–15 EPIHL champions the Peterborough Phantoms. The Storm won again with a 7–3 victory with four goals coming from Manchester Storm forward Vinny Scarsella; the first competitive league match took place on Saturday 5 September 2015. The Storm hosted Scottish side the Edinburgh Capitals; the game ended with the Storm winning 8–1 including a hat-trick by Luke Salazar. On Sunday 7 February 2016, the Storm set a league record in an away league match against the Edinburgh Capitals.
The game ended in a 13–9 win for the Manchester side making it the highest scoring league game on record. During the course of the season several players such as Gal Koren, Jamie Chilcott and Matt Caria departed from Manchester due to varying reasons. This, led to the signings of players such as Devin DiDiomete, locally-born Paul Swindlehurst and Derek Roehl who would all help bring a different dynamic to the team as opposed to player-coach Omar Pacha's idea of a squad built on speed; the Storm narrowly missed out on making the 2015–2016 playoffs finishing 9th in the league above last-placed Edinburgh Capitals. The Manchester-side announced two signings following the end of the regular season: player-coach Omar Pacha re-signed for the following 2016–17 season and Team GB newcomer Jack Prince would help add to the side coming straight from a four-year-stint of NCAA ice hockey for the University of Alabama–Huntsville. Returning players included defensemen Paul Phillips and Paul Swindlehurst along with forward Patrik Valcak.
The club made the play-offs for the first time since their formation finishing in 8th but coach Omar Pacha would leave at the end of the 2016–17 season replacing Marc Lefebvre as Dundee Stars head coach in July 2017. Following Pacha in leaving the club in the summer of 2017 were Adam Harding and Taylor Dickin, who both joined the Dundee Stars – though both moved to Tayside before Pacha was appointed coach. Elsewhere, Mark Heatley left soon after the season's end, while Cody Cartier moved to the Ligue Magnus to sign for Gap. Fellow forward Mario Valery-Trabucco headed to France to sign for Ligue Magnus side Gothiques d'Amiens. Following Trabucco out of the Storm Shelter was American defenceman Paul Phillips who moved to Milton Keynes Lightning after two years in Manchester, while forward Jack Prince announced his retirement after a season with the Storm. Fellow defenceman Connor Varley moved to France to sign for Gamyo d'Épinal; the club parted company with player/coach Omar Pacha after two years in the role.
Following a takeover by a group led by Scottish businessman Gordon Greig, the club appointed Ryan Finnerty as their new coach in May 2017. Finnerty had departed Braehead Clan at the end of the 2016/17 season and had coached the Sheffield Steelers, his first act was to sign former NHLer Jay Rosehill who followed Finnerty to Manchester from Braehead. The signings continued as defenceman Dallas Ehrhardt and netminder Mike Clemente committed for a second season, before news that the Storm had signed former NHL forward Dane Byers and a former Colorado Avalanche draft pick in forward Luke Moffatt. Recruitment continued with the signing of youn
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 Belfast Giants are an ice hockey team from Belfast, Northern Ireland that compete in the Elite Ice Hockey League. As of the 2018-19 season, they are the current Elite League Champions and Challenge Cup winners, their main sponsor is Stena Line and home games are played at the SSE Arena Belfast. The Giants have won 11 major honours, including five league championship titles, as well as three Erhardt Conference titles; the Giants played their first match against Ayr on 1 December. Members of the now defunct Superleague, the Giants won the championship in 2001–02 and were play-off champions in 2002–03. With the Superleague's demise, there were concerns that the Giants would not survive because of major financial problems which had developed. Running up debts of £600,000 and facing the threat of liquidation creditors voted to accept 20p in the pound allowing the club to continue. One company was believed to be owed nearly £65,000. However, with the creation of the new Elite Ice Hockey League for the 2003–04 season, the Giants survived.
The Giants finished 4th in the league's first season, but failed to reach the post-season play-offs.. The Giants finished runners up in the 2004–05 season behind the Coventry Blaze but were winners of the Cross-over League Cup, played with teams from the BNL. In 2005, The Giants unveiled NHL All-Star and Olympic Gold Medal winner, Theo Fleury who made his debut against the Edinburgh Capitals; the Giants won 11–2, with Fleury scoring a hat-trick. With 4 additional assists and a fight, he was named man of the match. Besides Fleury, several other players who played in the NHL have played for the Giants. Kevin Westgarth is the latest incumbent from the NHL to don the Giants jersey, arriving from the Calgary Flames after several seasons in North America's top league. One corner of the SSE Arena is known as'Boomerang Corner' and a large group of fans who generate noise, bang drums and start most of the chants sit there, it is named in memory of long time Giants fan Stewart Boone. Any fans are invited to watch the game from the ‘Boomerang Corner’ as this section of the stadium is not reserved seating.
There used to be a traditional 4 sided scoreboard suspended over centre ice, but this has been replaced by two large video screens, one behind "Boomerang Corner" and the opposite corner of the arena for scores, info etc. Two traditional scoreboards are located near the other two corners. With an average attendance of around 4,561, the Giants are one of twelve Elite league ice hockey squads in the UK, they are the 3rd best supported team in the 70th in Europe. The average attendance in the Elite Ice Hockey League is 2,678. Sectarianism had long been seen as a significant problem in some sports in Northern Ireland; when the club was established, the Belfast Giants were keen that the club not attach itself to a particular faith or community, instead wanting to represent Belfast as a whole. A number of policies were subsequently introduced to try to ensure this. Particular clothing, which might have displayed a person's political or religious affiliation, were banned and flags were not permitted to be brought into the arena.
The national anthem of the United Kingdom, traditionally played before games at other arenas in the Elite League, is not played before Giants games. These policies have been successful and the Giants have built a large and enthusiastic fanbase who did not have to fear the sectarianism that marred other sports in Northern Ireland. Sponsors: Stena Line Boojum Founded: 2000 into the British Ice Hockey Superleague Primary Arena: SSE Arena Belfast, Training Arena: Dundonald International Ice Bowl Uniform Colours: White, Teal, Black Logo Design: shows Finn McCool with a hockey stick. Mascot: Finn McCool Motto: "In the land of the Giants, everyone is equal". Last Updated: 17 October 2018 4 Shane Johnson 11 Colin Ward 16 Rob Stewart 18 Graeme Walton 19 Colin Shields 27 Paxton Schulte 44 Todd Kelman 2 Brock Matheson 5 Will Colbert 9 Andrew Fournier 14 Theoren Fleury — former Stanley Cup-winning NHL player 14 Daymen Rycroft 14 Mike Forney — 2015–17 15 Scott Champagne 17 Gregory Stewart 24 Noah Clarke 15 Kevin Westgarth — former Stanley Cup-winning NHL player 43 Derrick Walser — former NHL defenceman and Belfast player/coach 2015–17 50 Matt Nickerson — former NHL draft pick, played for Belfast for two seasons - 2015–17 5 Jérôme Gauthier-Leduc — former Buffalo Sabres draft pick, played for Belfast February–June 2017 91 David Rutherford — played for Belfast between January 2016 and July 2017 before retiring.