Tuesday 27 September 2016

2016 Yearbook To Feature Women's Hockey For The First Time!

We are pleased to announce that the 2016 edition of the Ice Hockey Review Yearbook will be featuring women’s hockey for the first time!

The new edition –which will be available at the end of the October – will have 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.

We believe that this is the first time that women’s hockey in Britain has been featured in this much detail in a formal publication for quite a few years and, if there is a sufficient level of interest, we would like to extend our women’s coverage further in future years.

There is currently a special “earlybird offer” price for copies of the 2016 Yearbook that are ordered through the website before 20th October. After that date, the price will revert to its normal selling price of £8.50 plus p&p.

For order link and more information on the book’s other content, click HERE 

Photo:  Widnes Wild women’s team playing Milton Keynes Falcons in the first ever women’s game to be staged at Silver Blades Widnes in February 2016 (photo by Geoff White – www.gw-images.com )

Sunday 25 September 2016

Earlybird Offer Extended To 20th October!

Due to a temporary glitch with the book printing company, the publication date for the Ice Hockey Review 2016 NIHL Yearbook has had to be put back a couple of weeks and will now be the end of October rather than the beginning.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but the plus side is that the Earlybird Offer now runs until the 20th October. Any copies ordered via the website prior to that date will still be available at the “better than last year’s price” of £7.50 with free UK P&P.

To order copies or more for information about this year’s book, please follow the link HERE

Saturday 10 September 2016

Widnes Wild Women's Team 2016/17 WPL Season Preview

The Widnes Wild Women’s ice hockey team get their Women’s Premier League season underway with a home game against Milton Keynes Falcons this Sunday at Silver Blades Widnes.

This is the Wild team’s second season at WPL level and last season – the first time women’s league hockey had been played at Widnes - they finished runners up in the league standings to the all-conquering Swindon Top Cats who went the whole season unbeaten.  The Wild women were one of only two teams to take a point off the eventual champions and, with the Top Cats now having been promoted to the Women’s Elite League, there are hopes that the Widnes team might be able to go one better this time around.    

Assistant Captain Emma Brown said: "The women's team is largely unchanged from last season with the majority of players resigning. We have a couple of new faces who haven't played on a women's team before, Sav Sumner and Sal Roberts, but who are looking forward to the new challenge and are fitting in well with the existing team. We also have a new coach, Owen Tennant, who has brought a new dynamic to our on Ice sessions and we are hopeful he can help us build on our previous success.

Last season Widnes competed well against MK with a draw and a very closely fought loss. We are hoping to improve on these results and get a win in our first game of the season, starting as we mean to go on.”

The WPL has 7 teams this season as opposed to last season’s 8, due the Whitley Bay Squaws dropping out at a late stage in the summer.  Last season’s champions Swindon have been promoted to the WEL and Kingston Diamonds - who won the Division 1 North v Division 1 South Play Off at iceSheffield - have moved up into the WPL.

The Widnes Wild women’s team Women’s Premier League fixtures for the 2016/17 season are as follows (home games in bold):

11th September - home v Milton Keynes Falcons
25th September - away @ Chelmsford Cobras
23rd October - home v Slough Phantoms
30th October – home v Nottingham Vipers
27th November – home v Kingston Diamonds
11th December: away @ Nottingham Vipers
8th January: away @ Streatham Storm
15th January: home v Streatham Storm
4th February: away @ Slough Phantoms
12th February: home v Chelmsford Cobras
7th May: away @ Milton Keynes Falcons
27th May: away @ Kingston Diamonds

The Wild women’s team’s first home game of the season is against Milton Keynes Falcons this Sunday.  Face off is at 5.30pm - and admission is free!

Photo: action from last season’s home game between Widnes Wild women’s team and Milton Keyes Falcons – the first ever WPL game played at Widnes.  Photo by Geoff White ( www.gw-images.com)  
30th October 2016 v Nottingham Vipers
27th November 2016 v Kingston Diamonds
15th January 2017 v Streatham Storm
12th February 2017 v Chelmsford Cobras