RTL Widnes Wild Statement
The English Premier Ice Hockey League, Manchester Phoenix, Widnes Wild and Silver Blades Ice Rinks would like to announce that the Manchester Phoenix Ice Hockey team will play the majority of their remaining fixtures for the 2016/17 season at Silver Blades Widnes.
The RTL Widnes Wild would like to confirm that the Manchester Phoenix playing out of Silver Blades Widnes will have no impact on the Wild.
Silver Blades Widnes offered the Phoenix the use of Widnes Ice Rink in the best interests of the British Ice Hockey as it would enable the Phoenix to continue to operate until the end of the season, thereby enabling stability for all the teams, and would also provide the opportunity to assess the viability for the Manchester Phoenix playing out of the Silver Blades Ice Rink Widnes in future seasons.
This agreement has the support of the Widnes Wild NiHL team whose players will be empowered to play up to both the Manchester Phoenix and Manchester Storm when the Wild don’t have conflicting fixtures and with the agreement of the relevant coaches.
A representative of Silver Blades Widnes said;
“We are delighted to welcome the Phoenix to Widnes as we look to expand the opportunity for local people to watch ice hockey in Widnes. We envisage the Phoenix complementing the Widnes Wild NiHL and Womens teams, thereby providing the opportunity to watch ice hockey every weekend in Widnes.”