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Czech Out the Hornets New Defenceman!
The Bracknell Hornets are delighted to announce the signing of experienced Czech Republic defenceman Valdemar Pelikovsky for the 2014/15 National Ice Hockey League campaign. He will also become the team's new Strength & Conditioning Coach. 35-year old "Peli" returns to the ice after a three year break from competitive matches, during which time he successfully completed his studies to become a qualified Personal Training Instructor, specialising particularly in nutritional and fitness programmes for ice hockey. He now runs his own business in the UK and is the Off-Ice Fitness Instructor at a prestigious annual summer ice hockey international camp in Prague. Following a successful start to his senior playing career in the Czech 2nd Division with HC Prerov, HC Prostejov and HC Sumperk, Peli moved to the USA in 2002 where he spent two seasons with the Anchorage/Alaska Aces and Bakersfield Condors in the ECHL. He returned to Europe at the start of the 2004/05 season for two years in the French League 1 with Dijon and Briancon, before subsequent spells in the Czech Republic, Norway, Slovakia and Italy. In Spring 2010 Peli joined the Sydney Bears in the Australian Ice Hockey League before signing for the Bracknell Bees at the start of the 2010/11 English Premier Ice Hockey League (EPIHL) campaign. In 43 EPIHL matches, Peli scored 6 goals, had 19 assists and picked up 108 penalty minutes. Hornets Head Coach Gareth Cox said; "I know Peli well and am so pleased that he has finally joined the Hornets after a number of years pestering him. After he left the Bees, Peli made his home in Bracknell and has skated with the Hornets over the last few summers. His studies and work commitments stopped him from returning to competitive hockey, but he loves the sport and has fantastic experience and expertise in hockey-specific fitness programmes, which will really benefit our relatively young squad. He will lead all our off-ice training. He has looked great in our summer training sessions, has slotted straight in with the lads and will without doubt improve our blue line offensive threat. I'm also pleased because he had received an attractive from one of our rivals, but made it clear that he wanted to play and work here."
Season Tickets & Match Night Prices!
The Bracknell Hornets are pleased to announce that all ticket prices for their games at the John Nike Leisuresport Complex have been frozen again for the forthcoming 2014/15 National Ice Hockey League season. This year, season tickets are even better value than previously, covering 18 home league fixtures, our home pre-season challenge match(es) and subject to qualification, all home Play Offs games! Season Tickets cost only £95 for adults and £25 for juniors (under 18 on 01/09/2014). If you would like to purchase any, please email email@example.com. Match night prices remain at only £7.00 for adults and £2.00 for juniors. If you hold either a Bracknell Bees Season Ticket or a stub receipt from their most recent match, then you can get an adult ticket for only £5.00! BIHC members still qualify for free admission. This truly is value for money!
The Jazzman Returns
The Bracknell Hornets are delighted to announce the return of popular Slovakian forward Peter Jasik for the 2014/15 National Ice Hockey League (NIHL) season. 34-year old Peter returns for his third straight season in a Hornets jersey having scored 39 goals and picked up 36 assists in 59 games over the last couple of years. Peter first arrived in Bracknell at the start of the Bees' 2007/08 English Premier League campaign and instantly became a fans' favourite, helping the club win the League Cup and finish as Play Offs Runner Up. After a second season with the Bees, Peter joined the Slough Jets for a year, this time winning the EPL Play Offs, before returning home to Bracknell again. In 234 EPL matches, he scored a total of 136 goals and had 151 assists. Peter's senior career began with HK Dukla Trencin in the Slovakian Extraliga and he also had spells in the Czech Republic, Hungary and France before moving to England. Hornets Head Coach Gareth Cox said; "Jazzy is one of the most professional guys I've had the pleasure to work with and I believe one of the most exciting guys in this league. He is well respected and loved by his team mates, leads by example and continually offers great advice to the junior players. Like a number of other dangerous imports in this league, he puts up with a fantastic amount of unpunished physical abuse, but just gets straight on with things to try and hurt his opponents with a goal out of nothing or a sweet, defence-splitting pass to a colleague. It's brilliant to have him back again."
Hornets 2014/15 Jerseys Unveiled
The Bracknell Hornets are pleased to release a sneak preview of their unique new jerseys for the 2014/15 National Ice Hockey League season, which also marks the team's 20th anniversary. The jerseys are once again designed by Cassio Designs and will be produced by Firstline Sports via JG Hockey in Milton Keynes. The jerseys feature the anniversary logo along with all the team's new and returning sponsors (Jel's Fillas to be added very shortly). Full details of the player sponsorship and own & loan scheme will be released shortly, but in the meantime we are still trying to contact a number of last season's successful bidders to arrange delivery. If you are still waiting for your jersey, can you please pass your details ASAP to firstname.lastname@example.org and we can get things sorted out. Thanks.
A New Captain for the Hornets Ship!
The Bracknell Hornets are pleased to announce the return of experienced defenceman Luke Reynolds for the 2014/15 National Ice Hockey League (NIHL) season. 29-year old Luke broke through Bracknell's junior ranks in the 2002/03 season to make his Hornets debut and soon followed that up with a Bees debut the next year. Luke's impressive form duly saw him play for two seasons in the Elite Ice Hockey League with Basingstoke before spells with Chelmsford, Romford, Wightlink, Slough and Streatham, making friends and becoming a firm fans' favourite wherever he played. But only nine games into the 2012/13 NIHL season, Luke returned home again to the Hornets and quickly proved what a valuable asset he is. In 152 career NIHL-level games, he has scored 18 goals and picked up 48 assists. The highlight of Luke's senior career to date was being part of the outstanding Bees squad, crowned as British National League champions in 2004/05. Hornets Head Coach Gareth Cox said; "With Richard Wojciak retiring at the end of last season, I was desperately keen to get Luke back on board and ask him to be the new club captain. He is an outstanding leader, always has sound advice for the more junior players, reads the game extremely well and is respected by all. He also gives 100% every shift and it's great to be working with him again."
Hornets Continue to Build
The Bracknell Hornets are delighted to announce the signing of forward JJ Pitchley for the 2014/15 National Ice Hockey League (NIHL) season. 20-year old JJ spent the majority of his junior career at home-town Romford, but moved to Bracknell in 2009/10 for an extremely productive season in the Under 16 Stingers and Under 18 Drones, which saw him called up to play for the Hornets the following year. In 2011/12, JJ returned to Romford to play for the Raiders in the NIHL, where his impressive form saw him selected to represent GB in the Under 18 World Championships. The following year, JJ decided to experience hockey on the other side of the Atlantic and joined the Dallas Snipers in the Western States Hockey League (WSHL). In 44 games, he scored a team-leading 20 goals along with 12 assists and 148 penalty minutes. Last season began back in the NIHL with the London Raiders, but he was soon picked up by the Slough Jets in the English Premier Ice Hockey League (EPIHL), where in spite of the team's difficulties on the ice, he impressed all with his consistently gritty performances. In 90 NIHL career games, JJ has picked up 56 points (31 goals and 25 assists). Head Coach Gareth Cox said; "I've known JJ well for a number of years and I'm extremely pleased that he has decided to join us this season. He has really developed strongly since his last appearances in a Hornets jersey and I know that a number of clubs were also keen to pick him up. Last season, we were too reliant on two or three players to carry the scoring burden for the team. With JJ joining us along with new recruits Danny Ingoldsby and Danny Rose, I'm convinced we are going to be a far deeper offensive threat and I'm excited to see things coming together."
Two More Returnees
The Bracknell Hornets are pleased to announce the return of forwards Nick Minhinnick and Tom Fisher for the 2014/15 National Ice Hockey League (NIHL) season. 21-year old Nick returns for his fourth season with the Hornets. In 92 NIHL matches, Nick has picked up 38 points (19 goals and 19 assists) and has also played twice for the Bracknell Bees in the English Premier Ice Hockey League. Nick spent his junior career in Guildford 20-year old Tom is a product of the Bracknell junior programme and returns for his sixth season in a Hornets jersey. In 156 NIHL games, Tom has picked up 121 points (34 goals and 87 assists) and also represented the Bracknell Bees on 19 occasions. He was one of the Hornets Alternate Captains last season and the team's fourth highest points scorer. Hornets Head Coach Gareth Cox said; "Tom and Nick have been two key members of the squad for the last few years and I know them well. Tom is a solid, reliable Centre. Strong on face offs with good vision and tenacity in front of the net. Nick has great hands, an excellent wrist shot and is strong on the puck. Both guys are also solid defensively, which will be extremely important for their roles again in this coming season, but I also know that they can and will contribute well offensively in support of their fellow forwards. Two excellent team-players"
The Return of the “Jordy Line”
The Bracknell Hornets are delighted to announce the return of defencemen Matt Jordan and Jordan Gregory for the 2014/15 National Ice Hockey League (NIHL) season. 26-year old Matt returns for his eighth season in a Hornets jersey, having made his debut in 2005/06. Since then, in 176 NIHL level games, Matt has picked up 82 points from the blue line (14 goals and 68 assists), having also had brief spells in Basingstoke and Slough. He has also picked up English Premier Ice Hockey League (EPIHL) experience with the Bracknell Bees and Slough Jets. His impressively consistent performances last season saw him collect the Hornets’ Defenceman of the Year Award. 18-year old Jordan was the only Hornets player to appear in every game last season. A product of the Bracknell junior programme like Matt, he broke into the team in 2011/12 and in 72 NIHL matches he has picked up 19 points (5 goals and 14 assists). For the last couple of seasons, Jordan has also been on a two-way contract with the Bees, appearing in 10 EPIHL matches. Hornets Head Coach Gareth Cox said; “I’m pleased to get these guys back this season as I know they are capable of doing a job at a higher level and were attracting interest from other clubs. Matt is an excellent leader on and off the ice. He is calm on the puck in our zone and also brings an offensive threat to the blue line. He fully deserved his recognition last season as Defenceman of the Year. Jordan is one of the most positive influences in the room. He plays with a smile on his face, enjoys the physical side of the game and is developing well year on year. In a turbulent time last season, he was our only ever-present, a real Mr Reliable. He is a great long-term prospect, but I’m also pleased that this year he has decided to commit 100% on playing for the Hornets as domestic, study and work pressures combined with the demands of two-way EPIHL contracts can sometimes dampen that natural youthful enthusiasm for playing the sport.
The return of forwards Carl Thompson and Ryan Handisides
The Bracknell Hornets are delighted to announce the return of forwards Carl Thompson and Ryan Handisides for the 2014/15 National Ice Hockey League (NIHL) season.
24-year old Carl broke into the Slough Jets English Premier Ice Hockey League (EPIHL) squad from their junior programme in 2005/06 and soon established himself as a key member, helping the team win two Play Offs Championships and a League Cup over the next five seasons. In 198 EPIHL matches, Carl scored 24 goals and had 40 assists for the Jets. In 2011/12, Carl decided to switch to the less pressurised atmosphere of the NIHL, scoring 12 goals and getting 22 assists in 31 games. Carl joined the Hornets at the start of the 2012/13 season and instantly became a favourite for team mates and fans alike. In 47 games over the last two years, he picked up 50 points (22 goals and 28 assists), before leaving the club in February 2014 to go on a long-planned and awaited, dream world backpacking tour.
Sheffield-born 23-year old Ryan also joined the Hornets at the start of the 2012/13 season and like Carl, has become a key squad member. His team mates unanimously voted Ryan as the Players' Player of the Year at the end of last season and he also picked up the club's prestigious Larry Lee Award as reward for his consistently battling performances, leading to a senior career season-high 14 goals and 17 assists. Before moving to Bracknell, Ryan played for his home town Spartans team in the NIHL as well as 61 games in the EPIHL Scimitars. In 2008/09, Ryan was selected to represent Great Britain in the Under 18 World Junior Championships Div 2B, where his 1 goal and 2 assists helped the team win the Gold Medal. Hornets Head Coach Gareth Cox said; "Getting Carl and Ryan back were two of my key recruitment priorities this summer. We really missed Carl after he went away on his tour towards the end of last season. He is one of the most consistent and under-rated centres in this league, strong on the draw and always looking to set up his line mates. Ryan had an excellent year, led by example, formed productive partnerships with both Danny Hughes and Peter Jasik and his energetic performances gave everyone a lift. It was no surprise that the boys picked him as their Player of the Year. Both Carl and Ryan are leaders on and off the ice and I have no doubt that they will help us improve next season".
Hornets sign Rose and Ingoldsby
The Bracknell Hornets are pleased to announce the signing of two new players for the 2014/15 National Ice Hockey League (NIHL) season, young British forwards Danny Rose and Danny Ingoldsby.
23-year old Danny Rose has spent the last two seasons playing in the English Premier Ice Hockey League (EPIHL) for the Slough Jets. Danny is a product of Slough's junior programme and broke into their NIHL squad in 2008. In 80 appearances at that level he racked up 66 points (24 goals and 42 assists) and his impressive form saw him called up for EPIHL duty in 2012 by then coach Slava Koulikov. Over the last couple of seasons with the Jets, Danny scored 7 goals and had 5 assists.
17-year old Danny Ingoldsby is product of Guildford's junior programme, where his impressive goal-scoring exploits at U16 and U18 levels saw him recruited by the EPIHL Basingstoke Bison last season. In 2012/13 as captain of the U16 Firestars, he scored an incredible 47 goals and had 33 assists in only 17 games, adding another 11 goals and 10 assists in 13 games for the U18 Phoenix. Bison coach Doug Sheppard duly selected him for 47 games last year, although relatively limited ice time only elicited 2 assists. Appearances for the NIHL Basingstoke Buffalo however proved that Danny's scoring touch was still there with another impressive return of 7 goals and 4 assists in only 4 games.
Hornets' Head Coach Gareth Cox is delighted to have picked up both players - "Last season the Hornets definitely suffered by not being able to select from a settled squad. So this season, we want to be more competitive in an increasingly improving league by adding some exciting new talent to a core of last year's team and rising stars from the Drones and Stingers. Danny Rose and Danny Ingoldsby are exactly the sort of guys that I wanted. Both have benefited immensely from recent EPIHL experience and both have shown that they are capable of putting up good offensive numbers. Both have come highly recommended by their previous coaches. I'm really glad that they have decided to join us and look forward to working with them over the coming year".
Hornets appoint new Head Coach
Bracknell Ice Hockey Club are pleased to announce that Gareth Cox has been appointed as Head Coach of the NIHL 1 South Hornets team for 2014/15.
Gareth coached the Hornets for many years before taking charge of the EPL Bracknell Bees in 2010/11 season. Gareth came back to the Hornets during last season where he helped Danny Hughes as bench coach. Gareth has appointed Danny as his assistant coach and he will remain a player in the squad. Stuart Robinson has also been confirmed as the team manager, a role he took over from Alan Fisher who had to step aside due to work commitments during last season.
Gareth, Danny and Stuart are already working hard on next seasons squad with some exciting names being linked with re-signing and joining the club. Whilst the coaching staff will put together the strongest squad possible there will still be a strong emphasis on developing the younger players from BIHC, something the Hornets have been successfully doing for a number of years now.
News of signings will be made over the coming weeks