Blueliner Guide to the Braehead Clan

Home: Braehead Arena, Glasgow, Scottland

Founded: 2010

Colours: Purple, Black, Silver,

The Braehead Clan are one the UK’s newest hockey clubs but represent an area with a deep and rich ice hockey history. The Clan were founded in 2010 following a continued effort to re-establish a professional team in the south western part of Scotland following the loss of the Scottish Eagles during the 2002 season.

The Clan’s first season was not without its own problems though.  Almost as soon as the clubs first head coach Adam Calder was announced he left and the season hadn’t even started yet. But things did turn around and the Clan went on to finish the season in the playoffs and picked up their first piece of silverware with the four team tournament Aladdin Cup trophy in 2011. The Braehead Clan also took the Scottish bragging rights by finishing higher than the other three Scottish clubs in the EIHL.

As for this season Braehead will once again be aiming for the play offs and going one better by reaching the finals weekend. And with wins against Belfast and Cardiff they have shown the potential to do that. Whilst with two games left in the challenge cup group stage they remain in a good position to qualify for the semi finals.

So far Braehead have done a great job in putting Glasgow back on the hockey map but they will have a lot to live up to because of the success of their predecessor the Scottish Eagles in the nineties but with time and the ground they have made in such a short space of time the Clan seem to be well placed to do that.

Neil Tucker

Neil has written on ice hockey for many websites concentrating on British ice hockey mostly. Neil also covers ice hockey in other countries and organises his Blueliner Hockey Tour. A graduate of the Manchester Metropolitan University Neil turned his hand to hockey writing in 2009. As well as contributing on Blueliner Hockey Neil has contributed to Get Real Hockey and Slapshot Magasine.

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