Blackburn Buccaneers

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Blackburn Buccaneers Ice Hockey Club
LeagueN/A, EIHA Rec
Founded2007
OperatedNot for profit
Home arenaBlackburn Ice Arena
Colors     Black      Gold
General managerEngland Beesting
Head coachEngland Mark Higson
CaptainEngland Michael Walsh

The Blackburn Buccaneers are a recreational ice hockey team who play their home games from Blackburn Ice Arena.

Registered with the EIHA, they play non-checking ice hockey. The club provides a relaxed and fun environment. The team is made up of players from complete beginners to experienced players.

The club is run by an elected committee.

Current committee[edit]

Name Position
Chris Beesley General Manager
Chris Beesley Treasurer
Michael Walsh Committee Member

The committee handles all the club's off-ice management and affairs. They can be contacted regarding any club enquiries through the club website.[1]

Recent history[edit]

Whilst 2011 marked a turnaround for the structure and management of the club, it was a relatively unproductive year on the ice as the club only managed to put two wins on the board. Both victories came against the North East Nomads, 9-3 at Blackburn and 15-4 at Dumfries Ice Bowl.

2012 started where 2011 ended with an 18-5 loss to the Tyneside Jesters at Whitley Bay Ice Rink. Wins against the Jesters in the return leg at Blackburn, Nottingham Phantoms, Coventry HoneyBadgers, Manchester Metros 'C', Birmingham Rockets, Altrincham SilverBlades and a draw against Wyre Seagulls saw the club go on their best run of games in their five-year history.[2]

In June 2019 the Buccaneers lifted their first piece of silverware when they won the first annual Bone Idle Tournament held at Bradford Ice Arena. The tournament consisted of 6 teams (Bradford Ice Wolves, Leeds Gryphons, Coventry Centurions, Trafford Thunder, Sheffield Mavericks and Blackburn Buccaneers). All 6 teams played each other in a round-robin format with the top 2 teams playing for the trophy and the 3rd/4th teams playing in a 3rd place playoff. The Buccaneers won all but one of their round-robin games leaving them at the top of the leaderboard. They were defeated only by Sheffield Mavericks in the final round-robin fixture which allowed the Mavericks to end in 4th place and compete in the 3rd place playoff where they were eventually defeated by Bradford Ice Wolves. The Buccaneers won the final 3-1 against 2nd place Trafford Thunder. Having going a goal down in the first period 2 goals from Michael Walsh put the Buccaneers ahead in what was a very tight contest. With less than two minutes remaining in the game Simon Pickering scored a wrist shot straight from a face off to secure the result, leading to the Buccaneers lifting the trophy.

Current squad[edit]

(based on active players)

Number Name Position Country
27 Glen Rattray G South Africa
Ciarán Chapman G England
71 Michael Walsh D (C) England
41 Christopher Beesley D (A) England
31 Callum Greenhalgh D England
29 Daniel Watson D England
45 Paul Tierney D Republic of Ireland
Scott Anthony-Jones D England
Luke Jiggins D England
18 Matt Dixon F (A) England
52 James Longworth F England
Sam Calderbank F England
32 Simon Duxbury F England
16 Raivis Apfelbaums F Latvia
37 Patrick Thomson F England
4 Alex Dunston F England
11 Rob McNair F Canada
14 Sam Towse F England
7 Simon Pickering F England
Adam Duxbury F England
89 Hudson Nuttall F England
Jonathan Nuttall F England
9 Karl Milton F England

History[edit]

The club was founded in 2007 by Darren Shaw, Pete Hird, Gary Buckman and Michael McLoughlin. They played their first game on 13 January 2008 against Sheffield Stix at Ice Sheffield, winning 5-1.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.buccaneersihc.co.uk/
  2. ^ "EIHA Rec Section". EIHA.