Newcastle Jesters

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Newcastle Jesters
Newcastle jesters 2001.png
League Ice Hockey Superleague
Founded 1996
History 'Newcastle Cobras'
1996–98
'Newcastle Riverkings'
1998–2000
'Newcastle Jesters'
2000–01
Arena Telewest Arena
Capacity 4,500
City Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Team Colours Red, Blue, Yellow & White
Owners Harry Harkimo

The Newcastle Jesters were an ice hockey franchise based in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. The team were members of the Ice Hockey Superleague and played their home games at the Telewest Arena (now the Metro Radio Arena).

History[edit]

Single Season of Jesters (2000–2001)[edit]

The name 'Jesters' was the last of three used by the club during its five year existence. The franchise was initially known as the Newcastle Cobras between 1996 and 1998. The team was then known as the Newcastle Riverkings for two seasons between 1998 and 2000 before it assumed its final name for the 2000–01 season.

During the summer of 2001 it was revealed that the Jesters owed unpaid wages to their playing squad and an embargo was placed on the club until a financial settlement was made. When no agreement had been reached two months into the season the Superleague opted to shut down the franchise.

Hockey returned to the area with the Newcastle Vipers who joined the British National League in 2002 and then became members of the Elite Ice Hockey League. The Vipers though would fold in 2011.

Newcastle Riverkings logo

2000–01 Ice Hockey Superleague Roster[edit]

Pos. Name Nationality Birthdate Birthplace
GK Jimmy Hibbert Canada Canadian February 8, 1975 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
GK Bill Russell Canada Canadian February 25, 1977 St. Albert, Alberta, Canada
GK Tommi Satosaari Finland Finnish February 17, 1975 Jyväskylä, FIN
D Craig Binns Canada Canadian July 18, 1974 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
D Craig Binns Canada Canadian July 18, 1974 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
D Bob Halkidis Canada Canadian March 5, 1966 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
D Santeri Immonen Finland Finnish July 29, 1972 Helsinki, FIN
D Arttu Käyhkö Finland Finnish January 5, 1973 Joensuu, FIN
D Darren McAusland Canada Canadian March 3, 1972 Grovedale, Alberta, Canada
D Miroslav Mosnar Slovakia Slovakian August 10, 1968 Bratislava, SVK, Czechoslovakia
D Rob Wilson United Kingdom British/Canada Canadian July 18, 1968 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
RW Tero Arkiomaa Finland Finnish February 20, 1968 Helsinki, FIN
RW Louis Bedard Canada Canadian October 14, 1975 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
C/RW Michael Bowman United Kingdom British October 25, 1980 Durham, England, UK
F David Clarke United Kingdom British August 5, 1981 Peterborough, England, UK
F Eric Fenton United States American July 17, 1969 Troy, New York, USA
F Tomas Kupka Czech Republic Czech September 30, 1968 Prague, CZE
C Danny Lacroix Canada Canadian March 11, 1969 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
C Gelnn Mulvenna United Kingdom British/Canada Canadian February 18, 1967 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
C/LW Matt Oates United States American December 20, 1972 Evanston, Illinois, USA
F Joel Poirier Canada Canadian May 1, 1975 Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
F Stuart Potts United Kingdom British October 9, 1981 Durham, England, UK
LW Erkki Rajamäki Finland Finnish October 30, 1978 Vantaa, FIN
C Lubomir Rybovic Slovakia Slovakian February 12, 1972 Košice, SVK, Czechoslovakia
RW Timo Salonen Finland Finnish August 28, 1976 Pori, FIN
C Tommi Sova Finland Finnish April 8, 1975 Oulu, FIN
RW Jari Suorsa Finland Finnish January 27, 1976 Kuusankoski, FIN
F Andrew Tindale United Kingdom British October 22, 1980 Sunderland, England, UK