Basingstoke Bison

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Basingstoke Bison
LogoBasingstokeBison.jpg
City Basingstoke, Hampshire, England
League English Premier Ice Hockey League
Founded 1988
Home arena Planet Ice Silverdome
Colours White, Red, Black & Silver
Owner(s) Planet Ice
Head coach Doug Sheppard
Captain Aaron Connolly
Franchise history
1988–95 Basingstoke Beavers
1995– Basingstoke Bison

The Basingstoke Bison are an English Ice Hockey club from Basingstoke. They currently compete in the English Premier Ice Hockey League and have previously been members of the Ice Hockey Superleague and its successor the Elite Ice Hockey League

History[edit]

Formed in 1988 as the Basingstoke Beavers, the club became the "Bison" in 1995. Their team logo (see right) is very similar to that used by the Buffalo Sabres from 1996–2006. Joining the Superleague in 1996, the Bison dropped out in 1998 and joined the British National League. In 2003 they joined the newly formed Elite Ice Hockey League.

Despite being one of the lower budget teams in the EIHL, the Bison maintained their fan base and greatly enhanced local sponsorships and doubled their season ticket sales.[citation needed]

This success is mainly testament to the hard work of Mark Bernard, who occupied the General Manager and Head Coach role with the club during the 2004/05 and 2005/06 seasons. Bernard also stepped into the Netminder's role part way through the latter season after Jayme Platt had left the team.

In May 2006, Bernard left the club to take up the Assistant General Managers post at American Hockey League side the Norfolk Admirals. Prior to his departure, Bernard secured the services of a number of the players that made up the 05/06 roster.

In June 2006, Planet Ice announced that the new player/coach of the club would be former club captain Doug Sheppard, with former Bison and London Racers defenceman Duncan Dalmao returning as player/assistant coach. Sheppard set about building his roster around the core that he had inherited from Bernard.

Bison embarked upon a successful year under Sheppard, securing their highest ever Elite League finish, and taking many points off the top sides in the League.

In April 2007, David Taylor, owner of Bracknell Bees, purchased the Bison. He appointed Ryan Aldridge as the Head Coach of the team, signalling the end of Doug Shepherd's reign. Shepherd went on to join rivals Sheffield Steelers.

Following financial problems, which had resulted in the departure of a number of players (including starting netminder Stevie Lyle), Taylor relinquished ownership of the Bison and the team's new owner was announced as Tomas Enerston by Planet Ice on 8 November 2007.

Less than a year later, following further financial difficulty, Planet Ice put together a rescue package to keep Bison on the ice until the end of the 2008/09 season.

On 25 March 2009, the Bison released a statement confirming that they will be joining the EPL for the 2009/10 season.[1][2] Entry to the EPIHL was confirmed on 15 April 2009,[3] and Steve Moria took over as Head Coach the following day.[4]

After Moria's departure at the end of the 2011–2012 season, it was announced that Doug Sheppard would return as the Bison head coach for the 2012–2013 season.

In March 2013, Doug Sheppard signed another deal with the Basingstoke Bison to continue as head coach for the 2013–2014 season.[5]

The Basingstoke Bison won the 15/16 English Premier League title, under Doug Sheppard as coach, for the first time in 23 years. [6] [7]

Roster[edit]

Roster for the 2016/17 EPIHL season.[8]

Goaltenders
# Nat Player Catches Height Weight Date of birth 15/16 Club
53 Slovakia Tomáš Hiadlovský L 181 cm 79 kg (1988-12-15) 15 December 1988 (age 27) England Basingstoke Bison
93 England Daniel Weller-Evans L 182 cm 71 kg (1993-10-25) 25 October 1993 (age 22) England Basingstoke Bison
Defencemen
# Nat Player Shoots Height Weight Date of birth 15/16 Club
15 England Joe Baird R 175 cm 84 kg (1980-05-19) 19 May 1980 (age 36) England Basingstoke Bison
24 England Declan Balmer L 192 cm 88 kg (1996-06-09) 9 June 1996 (age 20) England Basingstoke Bison
6 Czech Republic Jakub Bartoň R 177 cm 79 kg (1981-07-13) 13 July 1981 (age 35) Czech Republic SK Horácká Slavia Třebíč
9 England Daniel Lackey R 178 cm 98 kg (1990-03-13) 13 March 1990 (age 26) England Basingstoke Buffalo
94 England Stuart Mogg R 182 cm 79 kg (1994-08-01) 1 August 1994 (age 22) England Basingstoke Bison
7 England Kurt Reynolds R 177 cm 78 kg (1986-10-31) 31 October 1986 (age 29) England Basingstoke Buffalo
Forwards
# Nat Player Shoots Height Weight Date of birth 15/16 Club
19 England/Russia Ivan Antonov L 181 cm 79 kg (1997-05-12) 12 May 1997 (age 19) England Basingstoke Bison
63 England Aaron Connolly L 180 cm 83 kg (1993-06-01) 1 June 1993 (age 23) England Basingstoke Bison
47 England Daniel Davies R 180 cm 68 kg (1989-07-26) 26 July 1989 (age 27) England Telford Tigers
35 Slovakia René Jarolín L 187 cm 88 kg (1981-09-16) 16 September 1981 (age 35) England Basingstoke Bison
44 Czech Republic Tomáš Karpov L 178 cm 83 kg (1989-03-09) 9 March 1989 (age 27) England Basingstoke Bison
92 England Alan Lack R 167 cm 84 kg (1992-07-20) 20 July 1992 (age 24) England Basingstoke Bison
89 England Ciaran Long R 190 cm 81 kg (1991-02-09) 9 February 1991 (age 25) England Basingstoke Bison
11 Czech Republic Petr Polodna L 177 cm 82 kg (1982-03-30) 30 March 1982 (age 34) Czech Republic SK Horácká Slavia Třebíč
17 England/South Africa Grant Rounding L 170 cm 69 kg (1990-10-26) 26 October 1990 (age 25) England Basingstoke Bison
13 England Shaun Thompson R 175 cm 69 kg (1987-07-13) 13 July 1987 (age 29) England Basingstoke Bison
21 England Matt Towalski R 177 cm 83 kg (1984-03-06) 6 March 1984 (age 32) England Basingstoke Bison

Honoured members[edit]

Basingstoke have only retired the number of two players, the first being Kevin Conway's number 10 in 2005 following his initial retirement from ice hockey. In the 2005–06 season, Tony Redmond was honoured with a testimonial season. In September 2009, it was announced that Don Yewchin, the original ice hockey coordinator for the Beavers in 1988 would have his number 12 jersey retired before Basingstoke's league game with local rivals Bracknell Bees on Saturday 10 October 2009. In a fantastic twist of fate, Basingstoke won the game 12–0[9][10]

Team Honours[edit]

1989/89
  • Champions – English Div 1 Promotion Play-offs
1991/92
  • Winners – Southern Cup
1992/93
  • Champions – Heineken Division One
  • Champions – Heineken Div 1 Promomtion Play-offs
  • Runners-up – Southern Cup
1993/94
  • Runners-up – Southern Cup
1994/95
  • Runners-up – Southern Cup
1998/99
  • Runners-up – British National Ice Hockey League
  • Runners-up – Christmas Cup
1999/00
  • Winners – B & H Plate
  • Runners-up – ntl: Christmas Cup
  • Runners-up – BNL Play-off Championships
2000/01
  • Winners – B & H Plate
  • Runners-up – Findus British National Ice Hockey League
  • Runners-up – FBNL Play-off Championships
2003/04
2012/13
  • Runners-up – English Premier Ice Hockey League
2013/14
  • Winners – English Premier Ice Hockey League Cup
  • Runners-up – English Premier Ice Hockey League
  • Winners – English Premier Ice Hockey League Play-off Championship
2015/16
  • Champions – English Premier Ice Hockey League

Past Head Coaches[edit]

  • Doug Sheppard – 2012 – present – Player / Head Coach
  • Steve Moria – 2009–2012 – Player / Head Coach
  • Ryan Aldrige – 2007–2009 – Player / Head Coach
  • Doug Sheppard – 2006–2007 – Player / Head Coach
  • Mark Bernard – 2004–2006 – Player / Head Coach / General Manager
  • Steve Moria – 2002–2004 – Player / Head Coach
  • Charlie Colon – 2000–2002 – Head Coach
  • Rick Strachan – 1999–2000 – Player / Head Coach
  • Don Depoe – 1998–1999 – Head Coach

Notable Players[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

External links[edit]