NIHL North – Last Call For Christmas Presents!

santa with ice hockey review book


So – there’s just a few shopping days left before Christmas and you are left with that nagging question: what DO you buy for the NIHL hockey player or fan who already has everything?

Well, OK, it’s blatant commercial plug time but why not get them a copy of this year’s “Ice Hockey Review”? You’ve heard of Stewart Roberts’ absolutely excellent “Ice Hockey Annual” that has been going for over 30 years…? Well… this is like that – but different. It has only been going for two years but it does have its own unique selling point.  This is the ONLY book that covers all the teams that played in NIHL North Divisions 1 & 2 for the 2012/13 season.  Yes it does only cover NIHL North for the time being but next year’s edition will also feature all the teams in NIHL South 1& 2 as well – so watch out for that one for Christmas 2014!

“Great, Paul” I hear you say, “So what is actually in it then?”  Glad you asked!  Ice Hockey Review 12/13 has full players statistics team photos and action shots covering all teams in North 1 and North 2 –  that is (get ready, deep breath…here comes that all-important Google search engine optimisation wording…):

Division 1 North: Solway Sharks, Billingham Stars, Whitley Warriors, Sutton Sting, Telford Titans, Trafford Metros, Blackburn Hawks, Coventry ENL Blaze, Sheffield Spartans

Division 2 North: Nottingham Lions, Deeside Dragons, Solihull Barons, Blackburn Eagles, Fylde Flyers, Hull ENL Stingrays, and Sheffield Senators

– with season overviews and also details of the Northern Cup, North 1 Playoffs and the Promotion Play Offs.

There are also the Player of the Year and Coach of the Year awards and details of the North 1 All Star Teams and some great interviews with Solway Sharks Coach Martin Grubb, Deeside Dragons’ Shaun Kippin and GB international Ben O’Connor

If it’s the “good old days” of the Heineken British League that you hanker after, there’s an in depth interview with Solihull Barons’ Phil Lee who looks back at his 30-plus years at the top of the British game, talking about his early days at Billingham, his move to Solihull, playing at the Sheffield Arena for the Sheffield Steelers and representing his country.

Canadian import Bruce Sims – one of the famous Sims twins who terrorised defences in the early 1980s – made an emotional return to Blackpool this year after 30 years away and talks about his time with Blackpool Seagulls and Southampton Vikings  and there is also a piece about the Liverpool Leopards Legends match against a Deeside Dragons Legends team as well.

So, if you like the sound of all this – the name of the book is “Ice Hockey Review – 12/13 North” written by Paul Breeze and Chris Mackenzie.

Copies are on sale at match nights at Blackburn Hawks, Solway Sharks and Whitley Warriors games and are also available by mail order (better get in quick if you want it for Christmas…) by following this link:

You can also buy the book on Amazon but it costs more from them due to their postage costs.

If you are in the North East (of England…) you can also get copies from co-author Chris Mackenzie. He attends NIHL North games at Whitley and Billingham and arrangements can be made to meet anyone who would like to purchase a copy at games or to post the book. You can drop Chris an email to:

There is also – by the way – a good opportunity here for NIHL North clubs to make money out of this publication to help feed their own coffers. They can order a batch of 10 copies for just £40 which includes p&p (work it out … that’s a damn’ good price) and if they sell them for £6 on match nights, they can make a whopping 50% profit.  For a larger quantity there’s an even better price available – to find out more, just click on the sales link and scroll down to the relevant purchase option.

Well, that’s it for the book plug. If you’ve stuck with me this far down the page, thanks for reading!

There IS also another book that might be of interest to the discerning ice hockey fan  – The Seagull Has Landed, all about the return of the old Seagulls team as a recreational side, with a bit of history thrown in. You can find out more about that one here:

And if anybody would like a copy of each – drop me a line to and I’ll do you a special price.

Happy Advent everybody!


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