Planet Ice teams head to Coventry
Last weekend was a fantastic weekend for the ice hockey teams based as Planet Ice rinks with Cardiff Devils and the Coventry Blaze making the Elite Ice Hockey League’s playoff’s in Nottingham whilst the Basingstoke Bison, Manchester Phoenix and Milton Keynes Lightning have successfully qualified for the English Premier League’s play-offs taking place at the Planet Ice Skydome Arena, Coventry this weekend.
What is more remarkable is that many of the British players taking part could have learnt to skate and play ice hockey at a Planet Ice just like Ross Green of Milton Keynes Lightning or the Bison’s Cameron Wynn who is currently in Estonia with the GB team.
Out of the four teams playing in Coventry, three come from rinks operated by Planet Ice and its sister brand, Silver Blades.
Planet Ice Managing Director, John Neville said;
“This weekend at Coventry will be a celebration of all that is good about British Ice Hockey and feature some great home grown talent. It is rewarding to see the contribution made by Planet Ice and Silver Blades to British Ice Hockey culminate in three of the four teams competing for the play-off championships”.
As part of the play-offs there will be a demonstration by the Planet Ice sponsored Great Britain Sledge Hockey team who have recently returned from the World Championships in Japan having won bronze and the right to enter the play-off tournament for the Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympics.
John Neville continued;
“It's fantastic that the organising committee of the EPL playoffs has given the sledge hockey programme the opportunity to promote the Paralympic sport of Ice Sledge Hockey at the play-offs and the fans of the EPL are in or a treat. As proud sponsor both the GB programme and the British Sledge Hockey league, Planet Ice is committed to the sport of Sledge Hockey due to its ability to enable everyone to play a sport, on equal terms, regardless of whether of a person has a disability or not”.
Commenting on the success of the Cardiff Devils and Coventry Blaze, Mr Neville said;
“It's a great testament to both organisations that play out of Planet Ice rinks that they have qualified for the EIHL playoffs and we would like to wish both teams good luck. On a personal level, having worked with Paul Thompson and the Coventry Blaze for many years I would love for him to win the trophy as a fitting send off for the 17 years of loyal service he has given the Blaze”.