Tigers NIHL set for changes
Telford Tigers NIHL will have a brand-new look next season, with General Manager Mike Washburn set to take a more hands-on role with the Moralee Conference outfit.
Mr Washburn, who guided the EPL club through its latter days as a fans-run trust, will solely operate and direct the Tigers NIHL – albeit with close links to the senior organisation.
Washburn has been a staunch supporter of ice hockey in Telford, having managed just about every age group in the junior system, and chaired the junior club.
He said: â€œIâ€™m looking forward to next season, we have learned a lot over the past couple of years.
â€œIt is vitally important that we continue to build a pathway for players to progress from the juniors, through NIHL to the opportunity of pulling a Tigers EPL Jersey.
â€œSimilarly, we will compete this season in our own right.â€
Over the last 13 years one of Washurnâ€™s companies, Givara Ltd, has been highly visible in sponsoring ice hockey in Telford every season.
More recently, Givara has been a major sponsor to both the Tigers EPL and Tigers NIHL teams.
Matt Bowyer, CEO of the Telford Tigers organisation, said: â€œMike is a very experienced operator when it comes to ice hockey in Telford and is passionate about the success of the Tigers.
â€œThat passion is crucially important for the continued success of our Pathway of Talent. I have every confidence that Mike will build on the last few years of success at Telford Tigers NIHL.
â€œHis undoubted business acumen will also help in making sure Telford Tigers NIHL continue on a firm financial footing for the future.â€
The changes in arrangements are effective immediately, with the new Tigers NIHL club due to retain the Telford Tigers name and branding. Further information will be available in due course.