Once the current NIHL season is done and dusted, there will be no need to wait around until September for your next competitive ice hockey fix as the Widnes-based Riverside Raiders team will be in action in the Ice Hockey Summer Classic, hoping to defend the Play Off title that they won in last summer’s competition.
The Summer Classic features six teams from across the country who play each other home and away in a qualifying group, with the top teams then meeting again in semi finals and final.
Alongside the Raiders, the other teams involved in the 2018 competition are: the Flintshire Phantoms from Deeside, the Wyre Seagulls from Blackburn, Kingston City Knights from Hull and two iceSheffield based teams in the shape of the Steel City Hawks and the Sheffield Ice Tigers.
The Riverside Raiders’ home games are as follows:
Sunday 1st April: home v Steel City Hawks (Sheffield)
Sunday 6th May: home v Flintshire Phantoms
Sunday 27th May: home v Sheffield Ice Tigers
Sunday 17th June: home v Wyre Seagulls
Sunday 29th July: home v Kingston City Knights
(Details of away fixtures to be confirmed)
All home games face off at 4.30pm at Silver Blades / Planet Ice Widnes and admission is free.