Cardiff Redhawks

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Cardiff University Redhawks
Logo
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League British Universities Ice Hockey Association
Divisions Division 1 Checking - South

Division 1 Non-Checking - South

Founded 2004
History 2004–Present
Arena Cardiff Bay Arena
City Cardiff, Wales
Committee

President - Joel Kellam.

Secretary - Matthew Lawson.

Treasurer - Andy Saul.

Team Colours Dark Red, Black and White

              

Uniform
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Website http://www.redhawks.co.uk

The Cardiff Redhawks are a British ice hockey team that play in the First and Third Divisions of the British Universities Ice Hockey Association, formed in 2004. They play their home games at the Cardiff Bay Arena, Cardiff, Wales.

Introduction[edit]

The Cardiff Redhawks were formed in 2004 by a handful of students from Cardiff University, many of whom had never played before. Their first game was against a local team, the Cardiff Titans, on the 7th of May 2005 following an NHL exhibition game. The squad began to grow by bringing in players from neighbouring universities such as UWIC, Glamorgan, Swansea and Newport.

Uniform[edit]

The Redhawks have used 3 different jerseys in their time in the BUIHA. The first incarnation was a simple black jersey with red stripes on the sleeves and the original team logo.

Since then a dark red strip has replaced it as the clubs main jersey. The introduction of this jersey also saw the first use of the current hawks head logo. Due to BUIHA regulations the team also added a white version of the jersey in 2008.

A third jersey has since been designed, which will hopefully be used in a Alumni match in the near future.

BUIHA Record[edit]

2005 - 2006[edit]

The Redhawks team in their first ever match

In September 2005 the Redhawks joined the BUIHA, entering teams in the Second (Southern) and Third Divisions. The year proved to be very successful; with the A Team securing second place in their division as well as the Second Tier National Tournament title, and the B Team were runners up in the Third Tier Nationals.

2006 - 2007[edit]

The following year began with the closure of the Wales National Ice Rink and the construction of the Cardiff Bay Ice Rink. Delays in construction left the Redhawks without a home for much of the 06-07 season, forcing the A Team to withdraw from the league.

The A Team represented themselves in Tier One of the 2007 BUIHA Nationals, but fared poorly, losing all their matches and placing bottom. The Redhawks found solace in the success of the B Team who managed to improve on their previous season, winning the Third Tier Nationals.

2007 - 2008[edit]

The 2007-08 season saw the Redhawks regain their stability; the A Team returned to Tier Two South, with the B Team entering their third season in Tier Three. The Redhawks also gained membership to the Cardiff University Athletic Union.

Once again the A Team clinched second place with a post Christmas undefeated streak. They fell short though in the Nationals, managing only 5th place. The B Team overachieved once again, settling for 3rd place in a much more competitive Tier Three tournament.

2008 - 2009[edit]

The 2008-09 season saw the A team win Tier Two 2 South, before losing in the Tier Two Playoffs. The B team competed a clean sweep of trophies, winning Tier Three South, the Tier Three Playoffs and the Celtic Plate. They went on to win the Tier Three Nationals, dramatically winning both their semi-final and final on penalty shots, with netminder Tom Martin stopping 6 out of 6 shots, the game-winning goal in the final came courtesy of Jon Griffiths.

2009 - 2010[edit]

The A team made the jump to Tier 1 South and despite getting off to a good start by beating Warwick at home 5-3 the Redhawks soon found themselves struggling with a short bench and they were on the receiving end of some heavy defeats all season long and they finished in last place. The B team having lost a lot of last years team including their top 4 points scorers (Matt Wood, Jiri Podval, Jim "Frodo" Towers and Jon Griffiths) struggled to find the form from last season finishing second in Tier 3 South and being knocked out in the group stages of Nationals.

2010 - 2011[edit]

Despite the heavy losses the previous season the A-Team remained in Tier 1 South where they looked to improve their record. Before the season had started the team lost some key names in Adam Landriault, Brian Winstanley, Jon Griifiths and Matt Wood. Things didn't get much better once the season began when the team received a 17-3 kicking away at Oxford (although this was an improvement on the 23-5 loss that took place the year before). The next game saw things go from bad to worse when London Dragons made their visit to the Welsh capital in a game that saw 3 Redhawks ejected in what had been a promising first period where they were trailing by just one goal almost up until the buzzer. The second and third periods saw the flood gates open as player coach Evan Juurakko was also ejected taking Cardiff down to 8 skaters who were helpless to stop the final score reaching 14-0 in the home opener. Despite this Cardiff picked up 4 points on the year and reduced their goals against average by nearly 3 goals a game on last year.

The B team finished as runners up of Tier 3 South for the second year running to the Warwick Panthers in the cup competition having lost both match ups during the season. Looking to improve on last years record at Nationals they went undefeated and capped the tournaments group stage with a superb 1-0 shutout for Dan Jenkins over the Nottingham Mavericks C Team. However this wouldn't be enough as two costly draws with the Manchester Metros and the Sheffield Bears as well as a penalty point would be enough to prevent them advancing to the semi-finals.

2011 - 2012[edit]

The A team enjoyed a successful year having dropped back to Division 2 South in an effort to play more competitive games and develop players capable of playing checking hockey. Winning the Division 2 South title entered them for the Division 2 National play-off.

The B team retained the Celtic Plate on a trip to Kirkcaldy, Scotland with a narrow victory over the Edinburgh Beagles. They finished as runners-up in Division 3 South to a strong Southampton Spitfires B team and met the same opposition in the Division 3 Nationals final.

This season saw the introduction of a third team, a further developmental squad allowing more players to participate in competitive hockey. The C-hawks found their feet at the National Championships holding reigning champions Warwick Panthers B to a draw before winning their final game with a 1-0 victory over Bradford Sabres C. The winning goal (and the first in C-hawks history) was credited to Matt 'Mine's a tight one' Lawson.

The Celtic Cup[edit]

The Redhawks also participate in the Celtic Cup Varsity; an annual one off challenge game against the Edinburgh Eagles who are the only other non-English team in the BUIHA.

The competition has run since 2006, the location alternating between Cardiff Bay and Murrayfield, Edinburgh. The 2009 match was held in Cardiff, on the 14th of March. The game ended as a 4-1 defeat for Cardiff, the closest they've come to the cup yet. 2012 saw the re-emergence of the Celtic Cup with the Edinburgh Eagles running out 11-1 winners.

The Celtic Plate[edit]

2009 also saw the introduction of the Celtic Plate; a secondary competition between the Cardiff and Edinburgh B Teams. This was held on the 15th of March, seeing the Redhawks B win the plate with a 5-3 victory.

Cardiff Redhawks B 2009 Celtic Plate Winners

The Celtic Plate re-appeared in February 2012 when the Cardiff Redhawks B team beat the Beagles 4-3 in a hard fought contest at Fife Ice Arena, Kirkcaldy, perhaps the longest journey undertaken by a BUIHA team for a domestic fixture.

Club honours[edit]

2005 - 2006

  • BUIHA Tier Two Nationals Champions (The Hopkins Plate)

2006 - 2007

  • BUIHA Tier Three Nationals Champions

2008 - 2009

  • BUIHA Tier Two Southern Conference Champions
  • BUIHA Tier Three Nationals Champions
  • BUIHA Tier Three Southern Conference Champions
  • BUIHA Tier Three Playoff Champions
  • Celtic Plate Winners

2011 - 2012

  • BUIHA Tier Two Southern Conference Champions
  • Celtic Plate Winners
  • BUIHA Tier Three Nationals Runners-up

Current A Team Roster[edit]

2012-2013

Goaltenders
Number Player Catches Joined Hometown University
17 Wales Rhys Evans L 2009 Bridgend, Wales Swansea University
Defencemen
Number Player Shoots Joined Hometown University
5 Wales Tom Wilkinson R 2007 Wrexham, Wales Cardiff University
8 Canada Nick Leslie R 2011 Canada Cardiff University
10 England Mike Gross R 2010 Poole, England University of Glamorgan
21 England Jay Ingoldsby R 2011 Camberley, England University of Glamorgan
81 England Anthony Laycock L 2011 England Cardiff Metropolitan University
Forwards
Number Player Shoots Joined Hometown University
2 England David "Pumpy" Rogers R 2005 Bristol, England Cardiff University
9 Canada Steve Breslauer R 2011 Calgary, Canada Cardiff University
14 England Will Ruscombe-King R 2011 England Cardiff Metropolitan University
16 England Rich Penhale R 2009 Oxford, England Swansea University
27 Canada Dave Kerr R 2011 Canada Swansea University
88 England Bobby Mole R 2011 England University of Wales, Newport
90 Wales Kai Griffiths-Davies R 2010 Carmarthen, Wales Cardiff University
93 Canada Jordan Ashton L 2011 Canada Cardiff Metropolitan University

Current B Team Roster[edit]

2012-2013

Goaltenders
Number Player Catches Joined Hometown University


Defencemen
Number Player Shoots Joined Hometown University
3 Scotland Barry Meikle R 2010 Edinburgh, Scotland Cardiff Metropolitan University
6 Wales Chris Kirkham R 2008 Wales Cardiff University
30 Wales Matt Hurlow R 2010 Swansea, Wales Open University
75 Wales Andy Saul R 2011 Wales Cardiff University
39 United Kingdom Peadar McCready R 2008 Wales Alumnus, Cardiff University
53 England Alex Crabbe R 2011 London, England Cardiff University
55 Wales Dan Jagus R 2011 Wales Cardiff University
87 Wales Nick Shepherd R 2010 Wales Cardiff University
Forwards
Number Player Shoots Joined Hometown University
13 Wales Gareth Hopkins R 2010 Pontypool, Wales University of Glamorgan
15 Wales Rhys Jones R 2010 Denbigh, Wales University of Glamorgan
23 England Adam Chard R 2011 England University of Glamorgan
32 Wales Dan Hughes R 2008 Carmarthen, Wales Cardiff University
37 England Matt Lawson R 2011 England Cardiff University
40 England Joel Kellam R 2012 London, England Cardiff University
43 England Sam Evans R 2010 Margate, England Cardiff University
68 Wales Fraser Lewis R 2006 Cardiff, Wales Open University, University of Glamorgan
86 Wales Ethan Shepherd R 2011 Wales Alumnus, University of Glamorgan
89 England Ben Voden R 2010 England Alumnus, University of Wales, Newport
91 England Jay Chard R 2009 Herefordshire, England Alumnus, Cardiff University
92 Wales Scott Taylor R 2011 Wales Cardiff University

Past Players[edit]

Number Player Catches/Shoots Joined Hometown University
0 Canada Kris Evans R 2008 Canada Cardiff University
1 England Calum Nicholson L 2011 England Swansea University
4 Canada Simon Trotter L 2011 Canada Cardiff Metropolitan University
7 England Charlie Lemay R 2010 London, England Cardiff Metropolitan University
19 Hong Kong Sam Sui R 2009 Hong Kong Cardiff University
25 England Amy Brown R 2011 England Cardiff University
26 England John Wynn R 2011 England Cardiff and Vale College
51 France Dominique Payen R 2011 Troyes, France Cardiff University
69 England Emily Cheesecake Russell L 2011 Isle of Wight, England Cardiff Metropolitan University
83 Wales Alec Tinsley R 2010 Wales University of Glamorgan
96 Canada Evan Jurakko R 2011 Canada Cardiff University

Great Britain Universities Squad Members[edit]

2006

2009

2011

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