Stars & Junior Stars Launch NIHL2(S) Team
Oxford Junior Stars
Oxford Junior Stars is a well-established club in Oxford and is taking the exciting step forward of entering a team into the formal NIHL structure to play in a 13 team league with the following teams – Basingstoke Buffalo, Bristol Pitbulls, Bracknell Hornets, Cardiff Fire 2, Chelmsford Warriors, Guildford Phoenix, Haringey, Invicta Mustangs, Lee Valley Lions, Peterborough Phantoms 2, Slough Jets and Swindon Wildcats 2. With Oxford City Stars competing in the newly structured NIHL1 South, this move will mean that Oxford has teams in both the second and third tiers of Ice Hockey in the UK, which as well as meaning twice the hockey for fans to watch, will also aid player development and help ensure a stable long-term future for the club.
Jayne Harrison from the Junior Stars said: “We haven’t had a NIHL2 team in Oxford for 2 years now, so this is a landmark event in terms of junior hockey development in the City, and is reward for the hard work we’ve all invested in the junior club. We’re looking forward to exciting times ahead”.
Oxford City Stars Director Russell Shrives said: “We are building a really good relationship with the Oxford Junior Club, and a major factor in developing this further will be the newly formed NIHL2 Oxford team that the Junior Club will run as a predominately development team, with a few old heads thrown in for their experience. This is extremely exciting and of the utmost importance for Oxford as a City as we can now offer Ice Hockey players the complete route through from juniors to seniors, with players no longer having to leave the club to find this. It also provides older players who drop down from the first team an option to still play competitive ice hockey in Oxford and pass on their knowledge to the developing youngsters. The Stars look forward to working closely with the Junior Club to make this work. We are excited to see the Oxfordshire ice hockey talent develop and hopefully one day play for the Stars”.
For the purpose of building the team and providing summer ice for senior players, the Junior Stars will be holding a senior hockey summer league for six weeks starting on the first Wednesday in June. The summer league will be open to all players old enough to play senior hockey and will cost either an advanced payment of £45, or £10 per session. Everyone will be guaranteed at least one hour of ice per session, and ice time will be from 20:00 to 21:45.
All players interested in playing for the Junior Stars should contact John Harrison (firstname.lastname@example.org).