Paul’s name is known throughout British ice hockey circles not least for his annual season review books. Originally from Peterborough Paul is based in Blackpool and is an avid follower of the NIHL. Watch out his posts on the National League. Also check out Paul’s other sites includingÂ Best Kept Secrets.
Paul first started watching ice hockey in the 1982/83 season when the Peterborough Pirates started up and followed them â€“ and it â€“ throughout the British League period and into the various schisms of the late 90s and beyond.
He played rec hockey (very badlyâ€¦) for Peterborough teams during the late 1980s and once scored an assist away at Oxford (total career statâ€¦).
He got into sports writing through working in the media centres at the European Football Championships at Old Trafford in 1996, the Table Tennis World Championships at Manchesterâ€™s G-Mex Centre in 1997 and the Cricket World Cup at both Headingley and Old Trafford in 1999.
On the ice hockey front, he covered the 1998 Junior World Championships Pool D in Luxembourg for local radio and written press while he was living there for a whileÂ and, in 1999, was media facilities adviser to Tournament Director Frank Dempster at the GB Olympic Qualifying tournament at Sheffield Arena.
He also helped out at Altrincham Aces match nights as stand-in goal judge and occasional time keeper during 1998 and 1999.
After a few yearsâ€™ break from the game, the opening of the new ice rink at Cleveleys in 2011 tempted Paul back into watching ice hockey and writing about it again â€“ reporting on the new Fylde Flyers team in ENL N2 and then helping to promote the reformed Blackpool Seagulls rec team, editing their programme and MCing on match nights.
He unashamedly feels that the British League period of the 80s and 90s was the â€œbest timeâ€ for British ice hockey and that regularly comes up in his writing, although that certainly doesnâ€™t mean that he doesnâ€™t fully appreciate and applaud the efforts put in by all the players, coaches and administrators of the game we have today.
Paul is also the editor and co-author of â€œIce Hockey Reviewâ€ â€“ the ONLY book that covers all teams in NIHL.
Copies are now on sale at Â£6 each plus p&p and there is also a special offer for clubs to buy copies at a reduced rate to sell for their own fundraising purposes.
For more information and purchase options, visit the publishing website at www.poshupnorth.com