Ayr Bruins

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Ayr Bruins
Ayr Bruins logo.jpg
City Ayr, Scotland

Scottish National League [1]
British League [1]

Northern League [1]
Founded 1939
Operated 1939-1992
Home arena

Ayr Ice Rink (Beresford Terrace) (1939-72) [1]

Ayr Ice Rink (Limekiln Road) (1972-92) [1]
Franchise history
1939-55 Ayr Raiders [1]
1963-66 Ayr Rangers [1]
1966-91 Ayr Bruins [1]
1991-92 Ayr Raiders [1]

The Ayr Bruins were an ice hockey club based in Ayr, Scotland between 1939 and 1992. Established in 1939 under the name Ayr Raiders, the club played their home games at the Ayr Ice Rink (Beresford Terrace) between 1939 and 1972 and at Ayr Ice Rink (Limekiln Road) between 1974 and 1991.

The Bruins played one season in the Northern League before withdrawing, returning to the league in 1969. They continued to play until the closure of the Ayr Ice Rink but again returned in 1974. The side won the Icy Smith Cup (now the British Championship) in 1976 and became a charter member of the British Hockey League's Premier Division in 1983. They made another appearance in the British Championship final in 1989 but were defeated 6-3 by the Nottingham Panthers.

The Bruins changed their name back to the Ayr Raiders in 1989 but were relegated from the Premier Division at the end of the 91/92 season.

More recently Ayr was represented by the Ayr Scottish Eagles between 1996 and 2002 at the Centrum Arena.



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Stamp, Phil. "Ay". a to z encyclopaedia of ice hockey. azhockey.com. Retrieved 23 February 2012.