Solihull Barons

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Solihull Barons
CitySolihull, England
LeagueEnglish National Ice Hockey League
DivisionNorth - Moralee Conference
Founded2005
Home arenaBlue Ice Plaza
Capacity: 800
ColoursWhite and Red
Owner(s)John Butler
Head coachDaniel Brittle
Farm club(s)Solihull Junior Barons
Websitehttp://www.solihull-barons.net/

Solihull Barons are an English ice hockey team from the town of Solihull who play at Solihull Ice Rink on Hobs Moat Road. The current team, which is the third incarnation of the Barons, was formed in 2005; they are named after the original team of the same name who were formed in 1965, and played at the same ice rink between 1972 until 2000; when they moved to Coventry and became Coventry Blaze.[1]

History[edit]

Previous incarnations[edit]

Solihull Barons won the Southern League in 1977-78 and the English league in 1992-93. Canadian Rick Fera played for the original Solihull Barons in the 1987-88 season.[2]

In 1996 the team rebranded themselves as "Solihull Blaze"; and in 2000 they moved from Solihull's Blue Ice Plaza to Coventry's SkyDome Arena; rebranding themselves again as "Coventry Blaze"; as this left Solihull without an ice hockey team for the first time since 1965, the Barons were reformed and returned to their original arena; which had benefited from a much needed overhaul. Unfortunately, the £1.8m refurbishment delayed by vandals; leaving the venue operators' with a £75,000 damage repair bill, and the grand re-opening was put back until mid-October 2000. Despite the newly-improved playing facility the club struggled to survive in the English Premier Ice Hockey League and ultimately dissolved again just two years later in 2002, they were initially replaced by the Milton Keynes Kings; who moved to Solihull from their home town due to a dispute with the owners' of their own arena, and who re-branded themselves the "Solihull MK Kings" to demonstrate the fact that they were now representing both Solihull and Milton Keynes in ice hockey. Once again however, the team dissolved; having played for just a single season of hockey in the British National League before folding.[3] Following the closure of the Solihull MK Kings, a new "Solihull Kings" team was created and placed back in the EPIHL; but once again this team folded; collapsing after two seasons in 2007.

Current team[edit]

The current Solihull Barons team was formed in 2005, and played their first two seasons in the EPIHL. At the end of the 2006-07 season they dropped down to the English National Ice Hockey League (ENIHL); the Barons currently compete in Northern Division One; known as the "Moralee Conference". The team hold charity games for Birmingham Children's Hospital; the club has a youth system, which starts at Under 9's.

Squad[edit]

Goaltenders
Number Player Catches Born
25 England Daniel Brittle Left England
28 England Josh Nicholls Left England
31 England Sam Hewitt Left England
Defencemen
Number Player Shoots Born
3 England Marcus Maynard Right England
4 England David Rogers Left England
6 England Richard Crowe Right England
10 England Daniel Harrison Right England
13 England Stephen Crowe Right England
14 England Elliott Perrin Right England
21 England Dale White Left England
81 England James Moeller Right England
Forwards
Number Player Shoots Born
7 England Macaulay Heywood Right England
8 England Paul Stanley Right England
11 England Eddy Eaton Left England
15 England Matthew Maurice Left England
16 England Andrew Whitehouse Right England
22 England Elliot Farrell Left England
26 England Adam Brittle Left England
40 Scotland Josh Bruce Right Scotland
70 England Andrew Hayward Right England
71 England Daniel Mulcahy Right England
77 England Luke Brittle Right England
91 Sweden Niklas Ottoson Left Sweden
96 England Stephen Heape Left England

Solihull Junior Barons[edit]

  • Solihull Under 9s
  • Solihull Under 11s
  • Solihull Under 13s
  • Solihull Under 15s
  • Solihull Under 18s

Teams representing Solihull[edit]

  • 1965-2000: Solihull Barons (1965-1996) / Solihull Blaze (1996-2000) (now Coventry Blaze; rebranded/relocated in 2000)
  • 2000-2002: Solihull Barons (dissolved in 2002)
  • 2002-2003: Solihull MK Kings (previously Milton Keynes Kings; dissolved in 2003)
  • 2003-2005: Solihull Kings (dissolved in 2005)
  • 2005-present: Solihull Barons (incumbent team)

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A-Z Encyclopaedia of Ice Hockey". azhockey.com. Retrieved 1 November 2007.
  2. ^ http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=32546
  3. ^ "A-Z Encyclopaedia of Ice Hockey". azhockey.com. Archived from the original on 17 October 2007. Retrieved 1 November 2007.