Bracknell Ice Hockey Club
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Match Report U14(2) Beests v Swindon
Bracknell U14(2) 8-0 Swindon U14(3)
It is the Beest’s last game before Christmas and am pleased it is with a really friendly team from Swindon.
With every game the anticipation of the first goal for either team is intense and we had to wait until the fifth minute before Ben opened the scoring for Bracknell with impressive stick handling through the oppositions defence. Another four and a half minutes past before we scored our second goal, this time a pass from Ryan to Tate and finally Dan finding the back of the net. The second period was soon upon us and in the first minute Ryan again helped the play by passing the puck wide to Ben who passed across to Ben to place it in the back of the net. Our fourth goal was only a minute away with a pass from Luke to Isaac who sent Adam clear on net. Another minute passed and Luke again set up the play with a pass to Adam who played it across to Charlie who put it into the net making it 5.
A few minutes later and Isaac had no forward unmarked to pass to so played the puck back to Luke on the blue line and scored his first ever goal with a great slap-shot.
Into the final period and with a great pass from Aaron giving Isaac the space he needed to get a well deserved goal. Our opposition never giving up kept us out of the net until two minutes before the end when a flurry of passes between the Bracknell players ended up with Isaac scoring his second goal of the game. Final score 8-0 with 43 shots on goal and seven different goal scorers for Bracknell, also a great performance by both net-minders (Ethan and Cameron) who both got shut-outs
A well done to everyone on a great team game.. and a well done to Swindon team especially their net-minder Tom who was always kept busy.
Coxy is coming home…
Bracknell Ice Hockey Club are extremely pleased to announce that Gareth Cox has agreed to return to the club as bench coach for the Hornets in NIHL1 South.
Gareth’s association with BIHC goes back to when he started his playing career as an U14 at Bracknell. He played at various age groups and after a short spell at Slough returned to the U19’s and played for both the Hornets and the Bracknell Bees.
His coaching career started in 1997 when he took control of the U14’s and eventually moved to the U19’s. He took control of the Hornets in 2006/7 season with Lukas Smital as his assistant. The pair coached the Hornets for four seasons ending with the play off Champions in 2009/10 season after which he left to coach the Bees.
Gareth also coached the Queen Bees at various times during this period.
Hornets Head Coach Danny Hughes said 'I am delighted to have Gareth on board as my bench coach at the Hornets. His presence on the bench will not only bolster the players morale it will give me more opportunity to work on my playing side of the game. Coxy and I will work on training together and I will give him control of the bench on game days' Current bench coach Bill Webb will continue to work alongside Coxy on game days
Club Chairman Rory Gavin said ‘As soon as I heard Gareth had been released by the Bees I knew we had to have him back home with the Hornets. He has been a great servant to Ice Hockey at Bracknell and we couldn’t let the opportunity of having him back pass. He will work well with Head Coach Danny Hughes and between them I expect us to return to the top half of NIHL1 and cement our place there in season to come.’
Gareth Cox said ‘Whilst being disappointed at being released by the Bees I am delighted that BIHC have given me an immediate return to coaching. I enjoyed my time with the Bees but that chapter is closed, I can now look forward to working with Danny, the Hornets players and management in making them the best they can be’
BIHC Chairman's Announcement
Further to the announcement made by PSM regarding the coaching situation at the Bracknell Bees I wish to put at ease a number of issues already raised by members of the junior club.
The announcement confirms that Lukas Smital has been appointed as Head Coach of the Bracknell Bees and that Mitchell Stead is his Bench Coach.
A number of people have contacted me with concerns on how this arrangement will impede on both of their roles at BIHC. Lukas has already spoken with me and I can assure all members that his position at BIHC is not affected in anyway; he will continue in the same capacity and he will still put in the same amount of time and effort to fulfil this role.
With regards to Mitch Stead I can also confirm that he will be remaining at the junior club as Head Coach of the under 18 squad, I understand from my conversation with Lukas that Mitch is only acting as bench coach for the Bees for one game this weekend only, obviously if Mitch decided to take the role on full time he would not be able to continue in his role as U18 Head Coach, having spoken to Mitch I can assure you that he has no intention of relinquishing this post at BIHC.
Finally, for clarification, Lukas Smital is Head Coach of BIHC not the Bracknell Hornets; Danny Hughes is Hornets Head Coach.
The BIHC is a Club run by elected representatives of the members/parents. The elected members appoint specialists including the Head Coach.
The Head Coach, in consultation with the committee appoints the team coaches.
Sir John Nike is the Club's Honary President.
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