Chelmsford Chieftains

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Chelmsford Chieftains
2012–13 Chelmsford Chieftains season
Division English National Ice Hockey League South (1)
Founded 1987
Home arena Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre
City Chelmsford, Essex, United Kingdom
Colors Black, gold and white

              

Owner(s) United Kingdom Derek Bartlett
Head coach United Kingdom Gary Clarke
Captain United Kingdom Dan Wright
Minor league affiliates Chelmsford Warriors English National Ice Hockey League South (2)

The Chelmsford Chieftains are an Ice Hockey team based in Chelmsford, Essex that are currently playing in the English National Ice Hockey League. Since the team was founded in 1987, the Chieftains have played their home games at the Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre.

Chelmsford played their first game against the Peterborough Titans in September 1987. They had been placed in the then "Heineken League Division Two", and beat the Titans 11-4.

After competing in the English Premier Ice Hockey League for nine seasons between 1998 and 2008, the Chelmsford Chieftains withdrew from the league at the end of the 2007/2008 season, and instead entered the ENIHL. The hockey governing body in the UK, the EIHA, informed the club that they would be playing in Division 1 for the 2008/2009 season. However, at the league A.G.M., many of the clubs supported a motion to overturn the league's decision and the Chieftains were placed in Division 2. The Chieftains had already assembled a squad capable of playing in Division 1 and at such a late stage, the squad could not be rebuilt.[citation needed] The outcome was that the Chieftains started the season in a very strong position.[citation needed]

In the entire 2008/2009 season, the Chieftains allowed a single point, to the Invicta Mustangs at the start of the season. From then until the end of the season, the Chieftains won every game, with an average score of 8-2.

In 2009/10, they finished fourth in the league.

In the 2010/11 season, the Chieftains contended for top spot. Only in the final few weeks did the Wightlink Raiders cement their place at the top of the table. The Raiders had been the only side the Chieftains had failed to beat during the regular season.

The Chieftains after their ENL1 South play-off win over Wightlink Raiders.

At the conclusion of the season,[which?] Dean Birrell announced he would be moving to the role of Director of Coaching in Chelmsford, which would oversee the coaching of the Chieftains and Warriors. Taking his place would be MK Lightning forward Gary Clarke, who takes over in a player-coach role for the 2011-12 campaign.


Trophies[edit]

1989 Essex Cup
1990/91 Autumn Trophy
1992/93 British League Entry Playoffs
1996/97 Essex/Kent Cup
1996/97 Essex Cup
1999/00 English League Premier Division Playoffs
1999/00 Data Vision Millenium Cup
1999/00 English League Premier Division
2008/09 English National League South Division 2
2010/11 English National League South Division 1 Playoffs
2011/12 English National League South Division 1 Playoffs
2011/12 Essex Cup
2012/13 National Ice Hockey League South Division 1
2012/13 National Ice Hockey League South Division 1 Playoffs

Runners up in major competitions excluding league[edit]

1996/97 Playoff finalists
1997/98 Playoff finalists
1995/96 Autumn Trophy Finalists
2010/11 English National League South Division 1
2011/12 English National League South Division 1
2012/13 National Ice Hockey League South Cup
2012/13 South East Cup

League history[edit]

Season Name of League Final Position # of teams Played Won Lost Drawn OT Win OT Loss Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Points
1987/88 British League Div 2 2nd 14 26 19 6 1 0 0 201 107 94 39
1988/89 English First Div 5th 8 28 10 15 3 0 0 148 153 -5 23
1989/90 English First Div 3rd 7 24 15 6 3 0 0 222 140 82 33
1990/91 English First Div 3rd 8 28 17 9 2 0 0 269 213 56 36
1991/92 English First Div 8th 9 32 15 14 3 0 0 277 276 1 33
1992/93 English League Conference B 2nd 6 32 22 7 3 0 0 357 168 189 47
1993/94 British League Div 1 South 8th 8 44 10 32 2 0 0 260 374 -114 22
1994/95 British League Div 1 10th 12 44 10 30 4 0 0 274 404 -130 24
1995/96 British League Div 1 10th 14 52 16 31 5 0 0 267 377 -110 37
1996/97 English League Div 1 South 2nd 12 22 18 3 1 0 0 175 51 124 37
1997/98 English League Div 1 South 2nd 11 20 16 3 1 0 0 187 69 118 33
1998/99 English League Prem Div 4th 9 32 14 14 4 0 0 195 181 14 32
1999/00 English League Prem Div 1st 5 24 19 4 1 0 0 138 85 53 39
2000/01 English National Prem League 2nd 9 32 23 7 2 0 0 203 106 97 48
2001/02 English National League South 5th 10 18 10 5 3 0 0 100 72 28 23
2002/03 English National Prem League 5th 12 42 24 12 6 0 0 245 170 75 54
2003/04 English Premier Ice Hockey League 4th 9 32 18 11 3 0 0 211 149 62 39
2004/05 English Premier Ice Hockey League 7th 9 32 10 14 8 0 0 128 130 -2 28
2005/06 English Premier Ice Hockey League 11th 13 48 10 33 5 0 0 149 284 -135 25
2006/07 English Premier Ice Hockey League 8th 12 44 20 21 3 0 0 194 184 10 43
2007/08 English Premier Ice Hockey League 9th 11 40 12 24 0 1 3 151 189 -38 29
2008/09 English National League Two South 1st 9 32 31 0 1 0 0 282 67 215 63
2009/10 English National League One South 4th 10 36 23 6 7 0 0 213 89 124 52
2010/11 English National League One South 2nd 11 40 28 4 8 0 0 253 101 152 64

2012/13 Squad[1][edit]

Goaltenders
Number Player
35 United Kingdom Ben Clements
40 United Kingdom Ryan Bainborough
Defencemen
Number Player|-
10 United Kingdom Alex Green
17 United Kingdom Alex Staples
21 United Kingdom Sean Easton
28 United Kingdom Danny Wright (C)
92 Scotland Michael McKay
6 Slovakia Tibor Schneider
23 United Kingdom Sean Barry
Forwards
Number Player
08 United Kingdom Cameron Bartlett
09 United Kingdom Grant Bartlett
11 United Kingdom Darren Brown
15 United Kingdom Ross Brears
19 United Kingdom Danny Hammond
71 Slovakia Julius Sinkovic
91 United Kingdom James Ayling
14 United Kingdom Gary Clarke
05 United Kingdom Thomas Castle
25 United Kingdom Michael Ranby

References[edit]