Guildford Flames

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Guildford Flames
2018–19 Guildford Flames season
LogoGuildfordFlames.jpg
CityGuildford, Surrey
LeagueElite Ice Hockey League
Founded1992
Home arenaGuildford Spectrum
ColorsMaroon blue
Owner(s)Sportfact Ltd
Head coachUnited KingdomPaul Dixon
CaptainCanadaJesse Craige
Championships
Regular season titles6 (97/98, 00/01, 05/06, 07/08, 11/12 & 12/13)
Challenge Cups5 (06/07, 09/10, 11/12, 12/13 & 15/16)

The Guildford Flames are an ice hockey team based in Guildford, Surrey and they play their home games in the Guildford Spectrum. They compete in the top-tier of hockey in the United Kingdom, the Elite Ice Hockey League.

Founded in October 1992, the Flames originally played in the second tier leagues of British hockey, first the British National League until 2004, and subsequently the English Premier Ice Hockey League until 2017. On February 24, 2017, it was announced that the Flames would become the 12th Elite Ice Hockey League team, joining for the 2017–18 season.

The team's head coach is Paul Dixon, who took over after Stan Marple retired in 2007.

Formation[edit]

Barry Dow, an American who sponsored and owned the basketball team Guildford Kings and Bill Hurley established and owned the team as management – the two were new to the sport of ice hockey, and brought in Mike Urquhart as coach and Darrin Zinger as captain.

Key players signed for the first season included Canadians Sean Murphy and Dave McGahan due to their high scoring at Solent Vikings. In addition a number of British players including goaltender, Mike Kellond; forward, Danny O'Hanlon and defender, Gary Shearer.

The Flames' inaugural season began in October 1992; they began, unseeded, in the English League Division One. With the Guildford Spectrum not yet completed, the team had to train at Slough's facility. The Flames played their home games at Alexandra Palace until their new home ice was ready and played there for the first time on 23 January 1993.

When 23 January 1993 finally arrived and the Guildford Spectrum opened, the event was a big one. The area's paid-for newspaper The Surrey Advertiser described the local council's £28 million arena as "awesome".[citation needed] Guildford's first game at their new home showed a convincing win with Andy Sparks scoring the first goal at the Spectrum. The team went to the top of the Conference due to that game, a position they held onto for the whole season.

Club honours[edit]

  • Season 2018/19
    • Patton Conference Champions
  • Season 2015/16
    • English Premier Cup
    • English Premier League Playoff Winners
  • Season 2012/13
    • English Premier League Champions
    • English Premier Cup
  • Season 2011/12
    • English Premier League Champions
    • English Premier Cup
  • Season 2010/11
    • English Premier League Playoff Winners
  • Season 2009/10
    • English Premier Cup
  • Season 2007/08
    • English Premier League Champions
  • Season 2006/07
    • English Premier Cup
  • Season 2005/06
    • English Premier League Champions
  • Season 2003/04
  • Season 2000/01
  • Season 1998/99
    • Benson & Hedges Plate Winners
  • Season 1997/98
  • Season 1996/97
    • Benson & Hedges Plate Winners

Team logo and jersey[edit]

The current team jerseys, for both away and home.

The team logo is very similar to that of the Calgary Flames of the NHL. The team jerseys mirror those used by a former NHL team, Atlanta Thrashers from 1999 to 2006 (with logos replaced and advertisements added).

2018–19 roster[edit]

# Player Position Height Weight Date of Birth Nationality Previous Team Acquired
1 Chris Carrozzi G 6'3" 194 lbs (1990-03-02) 2 March 1990 (age 29) Canada Canadian Rødovre Mighty Bulls, Metal Ligaen 2017
40 Travis Fullerton G 6'1" 181 lbs (1987-11-03) 3 November 1987 (age 31) Canada Canadian Dundee Stars, EIHL 2018
33 Michael Will G 6'4" 190 lbs (1987-08-23) 23 August 1987 (age 31) England English Cardiff Devils, EIHL 2016
7 Kevin Phillips D 5'11" 180 lbs (1986-01-05) 5 January 1986 (age 33) United Kingdom British Belfast Giants, EIHL 2015
82 Jeremy Lundin D 6'0" 201 lbs (1988-02-09) 9 February 1988 (age 31) United StatesUnited Kingdom American Newcastle Vipers, EIHL 2009
8 Calle Ackered D 6'0" 185 lbs (1991-01-09) 9 January 1991 (age 28) Sweden Swedish Östersunds IK, Hockeyettan 2017
44 Jesse Craige D 5'10" 174 lbs (1989-01-11) 11 January 1989 (age 30) Canada Canadian Rapaces de Gap, Ligue Magnus 2017
28 Jordan Abt D 6'2" 181 lbs (1991-06-07) 7 June 1991 (age 27) Canada Canadian Norfolk Admirals, ECHL 2018
23 Corbin Baldwin D 6'5" 216 lbs (1991-02-05) 5 February 1991 (age 28) Canada Canadian Idaho Steelheads, ECHL 2018
27 Ian Watters LW 5'11" 185 lbs (1991-12-27) 27 December 1991 (age 27) Canada Canadian Reading Royals, ECHL 2017
18 Brett Ferguson LW 6'0" 201 lbs (1990-03-06) 6 March 1990 (age 29) Canada Canadian Rapaces de Gap, Ligue Magnus 2017
5 Ben Davies C 5'8" 180 lbs (1991-01-18) 18 January 1991 (age 28) Wales Welsh Coventry Blaze, EIHL 2017
51 Kruise Reddick C/RW 5'8" 185 lbs (1990-07-06) 6 July 1990 (age 28) Canada Canadian HC Vita Hästen, HockeyAllsvenskan 2017
90 John Dunbar FW 5'8" 174 lbs (1991-08-24) 24 August 1991 (age 27) Canada Canadian Norfolk Admirals, ECHL 2017
24 Richard Krogh FW 5'11" 172 lbs (2000-01-20) 20 January 2000 (age 19) England English HC Lugano U17, NL 2017
25 Kevin King RW 6'1" 209 lbs (1990-01-14) 14 January 1990 (age 29) Canada Canadian Milton Keynes Lightning, EIHL 2018
74 Evan Janssen LW 5'11" 187 lbs (1993-03-31) 31 March 1993 (age 25) United States American Rapid City Rush, ECHL 2018
39 Evan Ritt C 6'0" 185 lbs (1993-01-20) 20 January 1993 (age 26) United States American Rapaces de Gap, Ligue Magnus 2018
19 Jamie Crooks LW 5'10" 181 lbs (1992-01-08) 8 January 1992 (age 27) Canada Canadian University of Alberta, U Sports 2018
62 Joshua Waller FW 5'9" 154 lbs (1999-06-02) 2 June 1999 (age 19) England English HC Dukla Jihlava U20, Czech Extraliga 2018
29 Erik Lindhagen FW/D 5'10" 172 lbs (1987-10-02) 2 October 1987 (age 31) Sweden Swedish Nottingham Panthers, EIHL 2018

Coaching staff[edit]

Management[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

The retired numbers at the Guildford Flames are:

Team captains[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Bracknell Bees
EPIHL Champions
2007–08
Succeeded by
Peterborough Phantoms
Preceded by
Peterborough Phantoms
EPIHL Premier Cup Champions
2009–10
Succeeded by
Incumbent