Flying High

British Ice Hockey welcomed back two teams this week. At the Elite League meeting earlier this week British Ice Hockey welcomed back the Fife Flyers to the top flight. The scottish outfit is the oldest club in Britain and have been excluded from the top flight due to the condition of the Kirkcaldy ice rink. But following on from their acceptance to the EIHL a face off that included new penalty boxes and plexi glass was announced and means the a massive injustice in British ice hockey comes to end.

Another injustice ended in British ice hockey as well this week and went largely unnoticed but for a couple of tweets from the Peterborough Islanders and CB Sport. The Fylde Coast has regained its ice hockey club after an absence of 20 years. The Fylde Flyers will play in the English National League North second division playing out of the brand new Cleveleys Sub Zero ice rink. Their return is in thanks to help from former players of the Fylde coasts former side, the Blackpool Seagulls play off champions in 1981. I wish them every success. With hard work, community spirit and support this could be a team that goes places.

With Billingham also making a come back following their rinks refurbishment the disappointment of losing the Vipers earlier this closed season is a little easier to swallow if not overcome.

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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