MAY 01] COVENTRY BLAZE NEWS
Change For Ice Hockey Setup
Blaze will spend more time on the road and out of England next
season as the British National League is to expand to 12 clubs.
have been flying around for months that various teams had applied to
join the ten teams currently fighting it out in the country’s
second tier of ice hockey.
has now been confirmed by Findus British National League officials
that a new team operating out of a new arena in Dundee will be
taking part in next season’s campaign.
Cardiff team are to drop down to the FBNL from the Superleague after
the Devils went into liquidation, despite vociferous opposition from
some of their fans, who believe they will be getting inferior ice
new Glasgow team had been suggested as a likely entrant, but faced
opposition from struggling neighbours Paisley, who feared losing
some of their fan base.
a rink the same capacity as Coventry, the Devils have not been able
to pay their way in a league where wages are many times higher than
the BNL. Plans to move to a larger arena have not yet come off.
numbers have been down in the physical, import-dominated ISL, and
Bracknell, Newcastle and Nottingham had also been rumoured to be
taking an interest in dropping down to the BNL. Whitley were also
thought to be considering a move up from the lower leagues.
well as more time on the road, travelling to these new opponents,
Coventry fans can look forward to a season with a different
structure when ice hockey returns to the Skydome in late August.
autumn Benson & Hedges Cup has ended, and plans for an FA Cup-style
contest featuring all ice hockey clubs fell flat when BNL teams
refused to get involved with the Superleague plans.
more league fixtures, it is currently intended to hold cup games
solely in midweek, leaving the weekends free for the main
season’s minor competitions, the Planet Ice Shield and Mission
Best of British Tournament suffered as not all teams finished their
French, director of the team that will play out of the Wales
National Ice Rink in Cardiff, said:
are pleased to announce that the Wales National Ice Rink has been
able to secure this support from the FBNL who will provide a more
secure platform for our well established Junior Development
decision to join the FBNL will also encourage local players to
return to Wales and re-create the missing identity previously
achieved with mostly foreign players changing year in year
Ward, one of the directors from the successful Dundee application
would like to take this opportunity to thank the FBNL for allowing
us to establish first class professional ice hockey in Dundee.
people of Dundee deserve the best and that is what we are aiming
to give them. We will be holding a press conference at the Dundee
Ice Arena before the end of this month where we will introduce our
coaching staff and outline our vision for the future of the sport
in the City of Discovery'“.