Tuesday 31 May 2016

Sims Twins To Play In Kenyon Memorial Game At Deeside

The Sims twins with Steve Currie in 1982
Three legendary Blackpool ice hockey players are to be reunited for a special memorial game in memory of a Blackpool stalwart Bob Kenyon who died earlier this year.

The Canadian import trio of Brian Sims, Bruce Sims and Steve Currie are flying across the Atlantic to take part in a special game between Blackpool Seagulls legends and a North West All Stars side on Sunday 26th June at Deeside.

The game is being organised by Darryl Kenyon – Bob’s son – and will raise funds for Trinity Hospice, Blackpool, and Christie Hospital, Manchester, who both took care of Bob during his illness.

The Sims twins and Currie were the Seagulls first overseas stars and part of the team that won the English League North title in the 1981/82 season.  The Sims Twins were renowned for their high scoring abilities and their almost telepathic understanding when they were playing on the ice together. They stayed with the Blackpool Seagulls during their runners- up season in the British League in 1982/83 and then led the Southampton Vikings to the league championship the following year.     Their goal scoring exploits are legendary and are still talked about to this day.

Currie played for the Seagulls for three seasons in total during the 1980s and also had a spell with Trafford Metros where Brian Sims was also player coach for a while.

Bruce Sims at SubZero in 2013
When the Seagulls reformed at the then-newly opened SubZero rink in Cleveleys, Bruce Sims came over and played two games in 2013, helping to raise over £300 for Trinity Hospice but this will the first time that the three former Blackpool players will appear together on the ice in over 30 years.

The North West All Stars team is being arranged by Bernie Snagg – another former Blackpool Seagull - and will comprise of former players from the Altrincham Aces, Deeside Dragons and Liverpool Leopards teams who will all have benefitted from Bob’s coaching and experience at some point during their careers.  In fact, Bob Kenyon’s legacy is so widespread the game is being played at Deeside Leisure Centre so that it is more central for many of the players and supporters who wish to attend.  The Seagulls are arranging coach travel from Blackpool for anybody who would like to travel to the game.

Bob’s daughter Nicola Kenyon is co-ordinating the fund-raising effort in aid of the two charities.  There will be a raffle and bucket collection on the day and a special souvenir programme will be on sale.  

For more information about coach travel, to donate a raffle prize or to advertise in the programme, contact Darryl Kenyon  HERE  or    Nicola Kenyon   HERE  (coach places are limited and demand is likely to be high).
For more information about the Memorial game - click HERE