Saving the Best for Last
The YKK Widnes Wild are delighted to announce that netminder Barry Sprakes will be returning to the club for the forthcoming 2018/19 Laidler Division season.
The 37 year old has been involved with the club ever since it first started – both as a key sponsor through Sprakes Transport Services and as a player with the Widnes Wildcats recreational team – and he made history last season by becoming the first Widnes born and trained player to play league hockey for the Wild.
Sprakes dressed for 16 NIHL league and play off games last season and was impressive with his stints between the pipes when called into action. He also iced on one occasion for the Edinburgh Capitals as back up netminder for an Elite League game.
Talking about his return to the Wild for the new season, Barry said:
“I’ve been involved in one way or another from the very start of the Widnes Wild and to be asked to join the team last season was a dream come true. To play for your home-town is every lad’s dream. We have the best fans in the league and more and more coming each week. I can’t wait to get back to training again and working hard towards the goals Ollie and Mark have set for this coming season. Look forward to hearing the crowds soon!”
Barry will wear the number 27 shirt however all of his shirts have been own ‘n’ loaned by the Sprakes family and last years own ‘n’ loaner.
The YKK Widnes Wild still have season tickets available starting at £60 and further information is available on the YKK Widnes Wild Website or from Planet Ice Widnes.
Don’t forget you can catch up on all things Wild by listening to TTGW Radio on HCR 92.3FM on Monday nights at 7:00pm (also available on line and as a podcast on YouTube). Don’t forget to follow the Wild on social media – @WidnesWild on both Facebook and Twitter and @WidnesWildOffical on Instagram.
Photos by Geoff White – www.gw-images.com
Report by Paul Breeze – www.icehockeyreview.co.uk