Photo courtesy of Ice Hockey Review taken just before the Minutes' Silence held at Widnes Silver Blades Ice Rink prior to the match between Riverside Raiders and Sheffield Ice Tigers on Sunday, 28th May 2017.
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You can now pre-order your very own DVD or digital highlights of this year’s NIHL North Playoffs being held at iceSheffield on the 8th & 9th April.
This year you can also buy a copy of any full game on DVD or via digital version.
- Highlights: DVD £10 (+£1 P&P) or digital version £7.99
- Full game: DVD £5 (+£1 P&P) or digital version £3.49
All of these include match commentary, previews, analysis and interviews as well as replays, slow motion and goal cameras! Better still, you will be supporting British hockey with your order as the teams will receive part of every purchase!
Orders will also be able to be placed at the Playoffs weekend, though we advise purchasing online which you will be able to from until a month after the Playoffs have been held
There’s a great opportunity to be involved in a little bit of ice sport history next Sunday 19th March as the first bandy event to be staged in this country for 100 years will take place at Peterborough Planet Ice arena – with an opportunity for ice skaters to go along and give the game a try.
It is a fitting venue for the renaissance as the game was originally played on the frozen fens back in the 1890s but lost its popularity in this country after the First World War, although it has continued to be a highly popular sport in many other countries to this day.
A new English Bandy Federation was set up earlier this year and members are now spreading the word and encouraging new people to become interested in the sport.
The driving force behind this project is new EBF President Lyn Gibb-de Swarte, a long term speed skater and coach who was also a founder member of the Streatham Strikers women’s ice hockey in the early 1980s.She has announced plans for a purpose built 100m x 60m indoor bandy ice field – the only one in the country – at a new proposed “Littleport Ice Stadium” - to be constructed at Littleport near Ely in Cambridgeshire, which is in the very heart of fen skating country.
The facility will also have the only 400 meter speed skating track in the country, which will help introduce new people to that sport and also save British competitors having to travel to Holland for training and competitions – as that is where the nearest full size oval track is situated.
The game of bandy has been described as both “soccer on ice, and ice hockey with a ball” and Lyn sums it up as” Bandy is a fast, skillful, non-contact sport that any skater can play - and the kit doesn’t cost a fortune either. It’s great fun to watch too, with similar rules to soccer.”
You don’t need have to have played any sort of ice sport before to be able to join in the session, although a basic level of skating ability is necessary.
The bandy try-it event at Peterborough runs from 8pm to 9.30pm on Sunday 19th March and includes a half hour introduction to the game followed by an hour on the ice.The cost is £5 per person and FREE for under-16s.Balls and sticks will be provided
The event will be overseen by top bandy coaches from Sweden and also the Czech Head Coach Michael Bratt who has over 20 years’ experience coaching in Sweden, Holland& Russia and now back in his native land.
To find out more about the game of bandy and forthcoming events, check out the English Bandy Federation’s website HERE
There’s an early New Year opportunity for sports fans to enjoy an entertaining evening out and support two very good causes as the annual Antony Morris Memorial cup ice hockey game is staged at the Silver Blades ice rink in Widnes on Sunday 8th January 2017.
Antony (pictured left) was a recreational player with the Widnes Wildcats and he died after a fall on a night out in Liverpool in November 2015 aged just 29.
The game will be played between the two Widnes senior recreational teams, the Widnes Wildcats and the Riverside Raiders, and funds raised on the night will be split between the Ronald McDonald House charity which enables families to remain close by while their children are in hospital and the Cathie Stankevitch Foundation social inclusion charity.
Admission to the event is free and face off is at 5.30pm.
There will be collection buckets on the door and a raffle. Other fundraising measures will be announced in due course and anybody interested in attending, donating a raffle prize or otherwise supporting the event can find out more information via the “Riverside Raiders (IHC) Widnes” or “Widnes Wildcats” groups on Facebook.
The new 2016 edition of the Ice Hockey Review NIHL Yearbook is now available to purchase!
This year's edition contains a huge, record breaking, 200 pages with lots of great colour photos throughout and is available at the same price as last year of just £8.50 with free UK p&p
The 2016 NIHL Yearbook features team by team and league by league reports and statistics of all teams that competed in NIHL North Moralee & Laidler Conferences, NIHL South Division 1 and NIHL South Division 2 East and West Conferences, with team photos as available and lots of great action photos.
There is also a selection of fascinating interviews and features.
NEW LATE ADDITION - WOMENS HOCKEY!
This new edition also has brief details of Women’s Elite League, Women’s Premier League and National League 1 North & South regular season and playoff competitions, with colour photos of the winning teams at each level and some of the leading players.